Habits

Habits are the things we do over and over. Find out what God has to say about good and bad habits.

What Are Your Habits?

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Habits are the things we do over and over without even thinking. We have good habits and bad. The goal is to stop the bad ones and do more of the good ones.

Key Points:

  • A habit is something you do over and over.
  • Habits have a way of controlling us.
  • Good habits are things that make your parents and God happy.
  • Bad habits are things that make your parents and God sad. Romans 7:15

Memory Verse:

Romans 7:15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some of your silly habits? (ex, sitting in the same chair at dinner, eat the same lunch everyday, pick your nose)
  3. What is a habit? How do your habits control you?
  4. Make a list of your good and bad habits. Why are the bad habits not good for you?
  5. Read Romans 7:15. Do you ever feel like you want to do what’s right but you don’t? What is a word that describes this struggle between right and wrong? (hint: we all have it and Jesus came to fix it)
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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Stop Your Stinkin Thinkin

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If you want to get rid of your bad habits, it starts with what happens between your ears.

Key Points:

  • Before a habit ever becomes what you do, it starts with what you think. And when your thinkin’ is stinkin’, your habits smell bad, too!
  • The Bible says that if you’re a Christian, you have God’s Spirit living in you. Do you know what he does in you? He gives you a whole new way to think and act!
  • The Bible says you have to “put on your new nature”, like putting on a jacket or shoes. It’s something you have to actually do, every day. Ephesians 4:23-24

Memory Verse:

Ephesians 4:23-24 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Make a list of things that are really stinky. Why don’t we like stinky things?
  3. What are some examples of stinky thinking?
  4. How does God help us to act like a new person?
  5. What do we need to do to live the way God wants us to live?
  6. Read Galatians 5:22-23. List all of the fruits of the Spirit. Which ones do you need to work on most?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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This is part of the Habits series.

Step Into Good Habits

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One step at a time, we can learn to walk with the Spirit and live a life that honors God.

Think about when you first learned how to walk. Did you just jump up on your feet and start running around like a teenager? No way! You stood up and took one little step. And then you fell back down. Just ask your mom. Nobody starts with teenager steps. Everybody starts with baby steps.

Key Points:

  1. The Holy Spirit gives us power for good habits.
  2. Good habits look like the fruit of the Spirit.
  3. It takes baby steps to walk by the Spirit.

From the Bible:

Galatians 5:16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

Galatians 5:25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

Talk About It
  1. What was your favorite part of the video? What is one thing you learned?
  2. What’s the hardest thing you’ve learned to do? (ex. Skiing, playing guitar, skateboarding, reading) How did you get better at it?
  3. List the fruits of the Spirit. Which ones are already habits in your life? Which ones do you need to work on?
  4. Ask your parents what it was like when you learned to walk. Were you a quick learner or accident prone?
  5. What should we do when we fall down in our walk with God?
  6. Read Galatians 5:24-25. What does it mean to nail our sins to the cross? How does the Holy Spirit help us to live for God?
  7. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?

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This is part of the Habits series.