(12 Habits that will bring you to uncommon greatness)

March 3, 2013

Opening scripture: Acts 2:41-47

“Men do not decide their future. They decide their habits, and their habits decide their future”

Habit is a gift from God. It simply means anything you do twice becomes easier.

Luke 4:16 (NLT)
When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures.

(Heb 10:23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(Heb 10:24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(Heb 10:25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Uncommon people do daily what common people do occasionally.
Daniel prayed 3 times a day.

Daniel 6:10 (NLT)
10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.

The psalmist praised God 7 times daily.

Psalms 119:164 (NLT)
164 I will praise you seven times a day because all your regulations are just.

The purpose of discipline is to birth a habit.
It takes 21 days to birth a habit. Discipline yourself for 21 days doing the same thing, and a habit of doing it takes over. Everything you do regularly every day is becoming a habit.

Your habits are creating your future…problems or pleasures. You can break a bad habit.

12 Habits that will bring you to uncommon greatness:

1) The habit of rest.
Tired eyes rarely see a bright future. When fatigue walks in faith walks out.

2) The habit of health consciousness.
Eat healthy foods. Drink a lot of water. Exercise every day. Take walks, etc. Every day you move toward health, you increase your joy, your peace and well being.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV)
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

3) The habit of order.
Order means the accurate arrangement of things. The purpose of order is to create comfort. If you are in a room that has order you desire to stay. If you are in a room with disorder, you want to leave.

1 Corinthians 14:33 (NLT)
33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.

1 Corinthians 14:40 (NLT)
40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.

4) The habit of gaining wisdom.
Be attentive in learning from your life experiences. Be sensitive to seeking wisdom in every conversation.

James 1:5 (NIV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

5) The habit of holiness consciousness.
Have a specific place to meet with Holy Spirit every day. Read your bible every day and apply it in your life. Pray every day. Listen to the Lord in your quiet time.

6) The habit of financial consciousness.
Make more money than you spend. Keep a monthly budget on paper.

7) The habit of doing your assignment that day.
Work as unto the Lord.

8) The habit of planning your day.
Keep a daily calendar of what you need to do for that specific day. Write it down.

9) The habit of managing your time daily.
Make your time count. Your appointments should always have purpose. Schedule appointments from this time to this time. (A start time and end time)

10) The habit of precision and accuracy.
Precision creates confidence.

11) The habit of relationship consciousness.
Do something for your inner circle of relationships daily. Call them every day. Appreciate them.

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily”

What do you need to change?

What bad habits do you need to stop?

What good habits do you need to start?