Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, January 29th, 2018
Success Strategies (Part 20)
Good Habits
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniel 6:10 (NKJV)
Daniel had a custom of praying three times a day with his windows open. Apparently, his habit was known among co-workers in Babylon. In jealousy, they set a trap (a new law) to catch him.

When the new law became known to Daniel, he ignored it and followed his habit of prayer. So he was thrown into the lion's den, and the result is glorious history. Daniel was saved. His accusers were not, and Darius became a God-fearing king.

'I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel' (Daniel 6:26).

The word, habit, comes from habitation, which means dwelling. Christians know the best place to dwell is in Christ: 'Abide in Me, and I in you' (John 15:4).

Jesus gives us the Power to make and follow good habits, like staying in prayer, reading His Book, walking in faith, helping the weak, speaking kind words and sacrificing selfishness.

Among rising stars for God, good habits include practice and performance, again and again--on stages large and small. Because through Jesus, 'The Author and Perfecter of our faith' (Hebrews 12:2), practice makes perfect. In worldly terms, your marketability increases.

What about bad habits? Ask God's help. At the same time, pull them out of the garden of your life like weeds--because that's what they are. If a bad habit sticks up its head to grow back, repeat the process--as often as necessary.

In addition, nurture your good habits like flowers. Cultivate them. Before you know it, the weeds will be swallowed up by life, as it is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory' (1 Corinthians 15:54).

Both God and man promote people who practice good habits. Therein, good habits are a success strategy.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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