Did you know that 75% of New Year’s resolutions fail within the first month? What if we stopped making resolutions and started establishing the daily habits that will help those dreams become reality! Each Monday through Friday (January 4-29), Pastor Mark will unpack the seven daily habits from his brand new book and help us put them into practice. We'll dig deeper into the seven practical, yet life-changing habits that will set you on a path to harnessing the power of twenty-four hours.
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Make Your Bed
How you start the day sets the tone, sets the pace, and sets the table. Some days are a disaster. Right? Your alarm doesn’t go off. The kids are crying. Your dog leaves a little housewarming gift right next to your bed. That is when and where and why we need to make the bed, and I mean that metaphorically. There are different kinds of habits, micro and macro. The most important habits are high leverage habits. They are the gift that keeps on giving.
Curse the Barren Tree
In the gospels, Jesus walks by a barren fig tree and he curses it. Why? It wasn’t producing any fruit. All it was doing was taking up space. All of the other miracles are life giving. This one is in a category by itself. All of us have barren fig trees in our lives? There are things that are not producing the kind of fruit we want. You’ve got to curse the barren fig tree.
Focus on Inputs
If you want God to do the super, you have to do the natural. This is where we roll up our sleeves and go to work. You’ve got to pray like it depends on God, but you also have to work like it depends on you.
Thy Kingdom Come
Long before you woke up this morning, long after you go to sleep tonight, the Holy Spirit is contending for you with groanings that can’t even be put into words. Right now, Jesus is at the right hand of the Father contending on your behalf. Two-thirds of the Trinity are contending to the third member of the Trinity for you. That’s where our holy confidence comes from! God’s got this. God’s got you. We have far more power, far more authority, than we realize.
Speak Your Peace
I’m not sure what challenges you face, what waves you need to kiss, but there comes a moment when we need to stand up and speak peace. Speak peace to your marriage. Speak peace to your children. Speak peace in your workplace. Speak peace to the racial tension and political polarization. So, the challenge on day 12? Stay calm and carry on!
Shift The Atmosphere
A thermostat doesn’t reflect temperature, it changes it. Sometimes it cools things down. Sometimes it heats things up. Either way, we are called to shift the atmosphere. How? By operating in the opposite spirit.