What you do every day develops the habits in your life. They are based on the words you hear, your thinking, emotions and actions. Whether good or bad, habits determine your level of success.
To live in God's abundance, you have to develop good habits that are
based on the Word of God. Also, you must do some practical things so
that you can obtain God's promises.

  1. God's Word promises a life of abundance, but you have to do your part. (John 10:10, AMP).
    1. God wants you to have a good life.
    2. God's promise of abundance is always ready for you to tap into, but you have to do your part by paying attention to:
      1. The type of words you listen to. Words that line up with the Word of God lead to abundance.
      2. Your words will determine your thinking.
      3. Your thinking will determine your emotions.
      4. Your emotions will determine your decisions.
      5. Your decisions will determine your actions.
      6. Your actions will determine your habits.
      7. Your habits will determine your character.
      8. Character leads to the fulfillment of God's promise of living in abundance.
    3. If you choose to go against God's way by listening to the wrong words, you will have emotions that lead you away from His will, which will
      produce wrong decisions, wrong actions, wrong habits and wrong
      1. In other words, you will limit the level of abundance God has for you.

  2. What you do every day determines how you develop the abundant life.
    1. We are the sum total of the hungers and habits that we have in our lives.
    2. If we are dominated by sinful cravings that are against the Word of God, they will lead us down the wrong path and ultimately to the wrong
    3. If you don't practice doing the right things, you will do the things you don't want to do (Romans 7:19-25, AMP).
    4. The answer to getting away from forming the wrong habits is found in Romans 8:1-5.
      1. There is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus and walk after the Spirit. Don't feel condemned, change your thinking by changing the words
        you hear by speaking the Word of God.
      2. If your thinking is right, your habits will be right. Align your thinking with the Word of God. It will give you the strength to overcome the urge to practice the
        bad habit.

  3. Renew your mind with good thoughts (Romans 12:1-2).
    1. To develop habits that lead to an abundant life, you have to renew your mind.
    2. Every thought shapes your thinking (Romans 8:5).
    3. Ask yourself, "What do I surround myself with? Whose words shape my thinking?"
    4. Words are like seeds. You can't let yourself be exposed to negative words.
    5. Negative words will develop bad habits that will limit your abundance.
    6. Speaking His Word pleases God.

  4. The Replacement Principle helps you to develop good habits.
    1. Renew your mind with thoughts that are good and line up with the Word of God.
    2. Don't stop doing the bad habit first before choosing to walk in the Spirit, or God's way of doing things (Galatians 5:16). Put God's way
      first and the urge to practice the bad habit will decrease.
    3. Changing your negative thinking will develop a good habit.
      1. Any change in life is hard even when we know that it is for the better.

  5. Use the Replacement Principle in your life.
    1. You have to stop doing habits that get you in trouble.
      1. Example: shopping too much outside of your budget.
      2. Stop window shopping. Just going to the mall or the shops you like will fuel that bad habit to spend too much money.
    2. Be ready to stop doing bad habits immediately.
      1. The longer we let bad habits hang on, the longer it takes to get rid of them.
      2. Choose a specific quitting time and drop the habit.
      3. When it gets hard to resist the bad habit, think of Jesus and how He resisted to the point of sweating blood (Hebrews 12:3).
      4. Don't tell yourself that you'll quit after "one more time." If you practice this bad habit, you will get out of control and it will be hard
        to put on the brakes. This is also called lasciviousness, which means, "having no restraint."
      5. Each time you let the bad habit continue, the craving will increase.
      6. The craving will develop into an addiction and at that point you will need help.
    3. Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones will develop good habits.
      1. Think on things that are good (Philippians 4:8).
      2. If you need to get rid of negative thoughts, conform to God's Word and His ways.
      3. To maintain positive thoughts, read the Word and hide it in your heart, so when temptation comes, you'll have the words to combat the bad
        thoughts (Psalms 119:9, 11).
      4. Remember, you can't fight thoughts with thoughts. You have to fight thoughts with words. Speak them and the thoughts will have to flee.

Scripture References:

  • John 10:10 (AMP)
  • Romans 7:19-25 (AMP)
  • Romans 8:1-5
  • Romans 12:1-2
  • Galatians 5:16
  • Hebrews 12:3
  • Philippians 4:8
  • Psalm 119:9, 11
Pastor Robert B
Redeemed Church