During our series on developing a life plan to live free, we have looked at the decision, positive peer choice, accountability and boundaries. Once we have established these elements in our lives, there comes a point at which we must practice them every day. When we practice these elements every day, we begin to have consistency. It has been said that it usually takes 21 days of doing a good habit every day for it to become a natural part of one’s life. On the flip side, it usually only takes a few hours to develop a bad habit.
You may be stuck in a life-controlling problem and there seems to be no hope. The fact is there is always hope when a person decides to make a change, when a person chooses good friends, when a person becomes accountable for their choices and when a person develops boundaries to live free. God always honors our willingness to seek help and our desire to live free.
In I Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul lists the type of people who will not go to heaven, “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Thos who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people – none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” Notice what Paul says in verse 11. “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed, you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Paul is telling us that there were people trapped in sin and life-controlling problems, but God helped them overcome and live Godly lives. In the lives of these people, consistent practice of godly responses to life’s challenges resulted in lives free of strongholds.
There will be challenges in life, but we can depend on God to walk with us every day including the darkest moments. The Word of God tells us that God will never leave us or forsake us. God is with us always. Proverbs 3:5-6 promises us that if we trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and if we don’t lean on our own understanding and go to God with everything, He will direct us and He promises to make our path clearer.
Please understand that it’s not how we start the life plan to live free, but how consistent we are in the process. A wise person once said, “Consistency is far greater than rare moments of greatness” (Anonymous). Living free is a daily objective for the rest of our lives. The character that we must build into our lives to experience consistency is endurance. We must maintain commitment to a goal during times of pressure. There needs to be a focus on objectives, the decision you have made, the new choices in friends, the accountability and boundaries. All of us will make mistakes on this journey called life. But asking God for forgiveness and moving forward by walking with God will help you live free from life-controlling problems.