Man is largely a creature of habit, and many of his activities are more or less automatic reflexes from the stimuli of his environment. By: G. Stanley Hall
Animals will consistently function in their environment trying to meet their basic needs. Seeking shelter, migrating to food and water, and competing for attention. They function within their environment and will adapt to subtle changes when it suits their needs.
Animal habituation is the learning that occurs after prolonged exposure to a stimulus causing the sensory system to no longer pay attention or respond. They just start ignoring the change. If a predator lies dormant, or watches them without attacking, then it will not be considered a danger. The unsuspecting animal saves their senses for more sudden, unexpected stimuli so that they can be prepared. Unaware, that at any moment they could be devoured, they sit comfortably in their own worlds. When a sudden change happens, they are caught off guard, scramble, panic, and at times make bad choices. They can be even singled out and taken one by one.
1 Peter 5: 8-9
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
We are the animals of our kingdom. We seek basic needs and also develop habits within our environments. These habits could be emotional, physical, relational, mental, and environmental. We continue to behave, feel, react, think, and seek shelter every time a certain stimulus occurs. Our habits are so ingrained that they are automatic, undetectable, and detrimental to our own well being. Sometimes a sudden event or situation arises and we realize the habit. It is unfortunately too late. It is now a part of who we are and who we will always be, right?
Satan wants us to think there is no other way. We try to change, but the habit just creeps out when we are weak, scrambling, and panicked. He has just been waiting around for this opportunity to remind you that you are not strong, we are his. Helpless and singled out for the taking.
At times we may fight back with our own strength. You may migrate to a new location, seek something else to fill us, or find some shelter in a false god. But, the feeling of regret, guilt, and confusion still lie deep in the recesses of our minds waiting quietly for the next unsuspecting opportunity.
What do we do in this man eat man world?
2 Corinthians 10:5
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We must take our habits captive. To do this,we need to create an opportunity for ourselves to be open to God and His greatness. This openness is a routine of reading His word along with continuous praise seasoned prayer. Psalm 46:10 says, “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;” Slowly take in each each verse and let His words sit inside of us to rest.
My prayer I know needs some adjustments. How about yours?
Prayer should look like the following verses;
1 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
When we stay vigilant reaching for God and continuously praying, we will then be free from our captive habit. Only He can release the bars and extinguish the enemy.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
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