This is a guest post written by my incredible wife, Courtney Foster. You can connect with her on Twitter.
The shed is a place we hide our junk.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll shine a light into the sheds of our hearts & minds, and clear out the clutter that we’ve accumulated.
This week, Chris told us how behavior patterns we hold on to can hinder us.
Patterns perpetuate patterns.
We can carry on a helpful or harmful pattern we’ve learned from a parent, etc., and then pass it on to our children.
What dangerous patterns stored in the shed of your life are defining your destiny?
How do we change sinful & harmful patterns in our lives?
The apostle Paul elaborated on this:
• “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” (Romans 7:15-25 NIV)
My husband shared…
The 4 R’s To Change The Patterns In Your Life:
R1. Recognize that it’s a pattern.
What habit keeps surfacing?
R2. Repent of the sinful habit.
Give it to God & leave it with Him.
R3. Rethink how you should view the pattern.
You can either make excuses, or make a new pattern.
• Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
It is a process we have to reinforce in our lives until we reflect His will, not ours.
The most consistent pattern you live by is the one that will shape your future.
Click here to check out week one of “The Shed” in its entirety.