The Fountain Day 60: Habits

It’s time to break out of habits that keep you held back.  Habits that trip you up.  Things that you have done forever and don’t realize are holding you captive. 

Habits…We all have them.

I remember hearing a story of a family who always cut off the end of their ham before they baked it.  When the husband questioned his wife over why she did this, she stated that it was because her mom taught her to do it that way.  Out of curiosity, she then called her mom and asked why she cut the end off the ham before baking it.  The mom said that’s how her mom did it, so she always did it that way too.  The girl, becoming more curious, then called her grandmother and asked why she always cut the end of the ham off before baking it.  The grandmother lightly replied, “Because it didn’t fit in the pan unless I did.”

This analogy may sound silly, but it carries a heavy significance. 

What if some of the most basic habits you have, are not truly necessary or even effective?  It can be shocking to look at life and discover the truth of what we believe.  Some of us believe things simply because it’s all we’ve ever know, not because it’s really true. 

What if the roots of your faith are from the pot your parents were planted in and therefore are cutting you off from growing into the tree God has created you to be? 

It’s time for some of us to be transplanted.

Break out of your former root system and ask God to place you in a larger place where your territory can expand.  Breaking out is uncomfortable.  Breaking out may cause others to call you crazy, but who cares?! 

I keep having visions of chains breaking.  I’ve been seeing it all morning and it’s what I’m seeing now as I write about breaking free.  The Chain Breaker is here now, and He is ready to set you free. 

Imagine it like this.  You’ve been like a train that goes on one track.  You’ve been riding along that one route forever, but today God has pulled the bar that opens you up to a new route.  It may feel weird because It’s new, but it’s where He is moving now, so it’s suddenly become the only way forward.

How exciting is this season?!

We’ve only needed a slight course correction to get moving forward.  Let’s go!!

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am he.  Before Me no god was formed, nor will there be one after Me.  I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from Me there is no savior.  I have revealed and saved and proclaimed- I, and not some foreign god among you.  You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.  Yes, and from ancient days I am He.  No one can deliver out of My hand.  When I act, who can reverse it?”  Isaiah 43:10-13

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  The wild animals honor Me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to My people, My chosen, the people I formed for Myself that they may proclaim My praise.”  Isaiah 43:18-21