Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
I have some beautiful shoes I bought. They are taupe–more grey than taupe but still beautiful nonetheless. But I have gotten attached to them and several pairs of shoes like it. See, I like peep toe shoes with a closed heel. I don’t know why! But I think they look best on my feet. Until I got these shoes, and well another pair I already have but seldom wear. They are a little tight because the leather needs to give…they are not unbearably uncomfortable but there is a tightness that made me go back and forth about keeping them.
So God spoke to me about the shoes last night before bed. We often end up in the same situations over and over again without knowing. At first it’s cute, fun, and exciting. Then the same problems we had before in other situations start surfacing. We wonder where it went wrong…and we continue this behavior. Could be eating, dieting or dating but it’s a pattern nonetheless.
Hopefully you’re like me, you realize that particular cut of shoe isn’t for you (or maybe that designer!). You recognize the pattern and stop making the same mistakes: you learn from them after you have been in the fire one too many times, or you end up depressed, stressed and beat down. Recognizing the pattern is only half the battle. Go to a shoe specialist (okay I’m done with the shoes)–or The Chief Specialist, God–and analyze the problem. Pray and cry out to Him. Ask Him to search your heart and reveal you to yourself. Ask God to show you the dark areas that need to be illuminated, the wounds that need healing, and the things that need to be forgiven. And soon, the habit will be broken and you can go forward to live in the victory!
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God–truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:21-24