Replacing Bad behavior with Good is a must if you want to make a real change.
This is what God says. “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.” Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
Dr. David Jeremiah says; “that if people clean up their lives and don’t fill them with God, they are left a person vulnerable to even greater evil than what they were originally exposed to. True change replaces evil habits with good ones and unrighteousness with righteousness.” Replacing bad behavior with good is merely a simpler way of saying it.
A lot of people do this on a day-to-day basis. They give up a bad habit or make a life change. Then instead of filling that now void, or replacing bad behavior or bad habits with good ones, they leave it empty. Not a good choice.
If you leave a pot outside for a day, do you really expect to go out the next and find it full of things you want? No, what you will find is probably dirt, flies, snow, rain, other insects and possibly it destroyed. So then why do we think we can leave our empty space inside and expect it to be filled with good things? You have to fill that pot with the good things you want when you have emptied a place if you are truly expecting a good and sustainable change!
This might seem a little deep, but the depth of a person is what makes us who we are. Shallow to me means superficial, someone not really wanting to change or not willing to dig deep enough to make a real change. Shallow is a lack of character. But the person who has depth, now their heart, mind, body, and soul is incredible and produces amazing things in his or her lifetime.
Take a person who has lost 50lbs on their own with hard work and eating right. I guarantee you that person has some depth. They have learned and replaced (filled) bad cravings and laziness with healthy foods and exercise.
A person who has a criminal background and who is angry all of the time has now given his or her life to the Lord. That person will either replace their bad habits and fill the void with something good. For instance; living a changed and wonderful life. Or they will end up going back to what they were and never really be able to move on. Feeling even more hopeless than they ever had before.
God wants us to fill up on him, to replace bad behavior with good. He has more love for us than any other person and cares more about our whole person more than anyone else. He wants us to replace bad habits with good ones, unrighteousness with righteousness!
Whether you are starting a new diet, have just been saved, given up drinking or have decided you need a new group of friends. You need to fill that empty void with Jesus and positive, productive and healthy things he provides. Don’t think for an instant that you will not go back if you don’t. Because that would make you something other than human.
Filling bad behavior with good is the road a champion will take, a road in which you will find and see the full potential for which you were made!
– Heather Earles
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