Chapter 5 – Evict Harmful Mannerisms
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1
In order to have a smooth transition to the newly reinvented you, you must remove some obvious (and maybe some not so obvious) strongholds that have been in operation in your life. Reinvention cannot occur if we allow our unproductive ways and mannerisms to exist and function. It is imperative to evict these things out of your daily living!
Think about it – are there things that you do or habits that you have that seem to always yield bad results? Are there patterns, idiosyncrasies or personal traits that are making it difficult for you to please God? Sound the alarm – it’s eviction time!
There are some immediate changes that need to be made as you start the reinvention process. Things may stand out like being late (not punctual) or overeating while others may be more subtle such as telling little “untruths” (lies) when you get in a tight spot.
It is necessary to examine and deal with your present mode of operation in order to identify and remove the items that may be blocking your spiritual progress. It is by no means an easy task, but it is necessary.
If you want God to move in your reinvention process, then there are certain things that must be surrendered. Change will always present a challenge. Transformation frequently requires “uprooting.” But if you want a change, you must make a change. If you want something different, you must do something different.
Hebrews 12:1 says, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us” that we might “run with patience the race that is set before us.”
“What’s set before us” is God’s plan for your reinvention! It’s a race – God-ordered steps “quickly performed” to reach your goal or spiritual finish line.
This is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of “Reinvent Yourself: 21 Practical Keys to Your Personal Spiritual Makeover”. Pick up a copy of Reinvent Yourself here!