The Habit of Having No Habits

Oswald Chambers

The Habit of Having No Habits

If these things are yours and abound,‭ ‬you will be neither barren nor unfruitful‭…‬  2‭ ‬PETER‭ ‬1:8

When we first begin to form a habit,‭ ‬we are fully aware of it.‭ ‬There are times when we are aware of becoming virtuous and godly,‭ ‬but this awareness should only be a stage we quickly pass through as we grow spiritually.‭ ‬If we stop at this stage,‭ ‬we will develop a sense of spiritual pride.‭ ‬The right thing to do with godly habits is to immerse them in the life of the Lord until they become such a spontaneous expression of our lives that we are no longer aware of them.‭ ‬

Our spiritual life continually causes us to focus our attention inwardly for the determined purpose of self-examination,‭ ‬because each of us has some qualities we have not yet added to our lives.

Your god may be your little Christian habit‭— ‬the habit of prayer or Bible reading at certain times of your day.‭ ‬Watch how your Father will upset your schedule if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit symbolizes.‭ ‬We say,‭ “‬I can’t do that right now‭; ‬this is my time alone with God.‭” ‬No,‭ ‬this is your time alone with your habit.‭ ‬There is a quality that is still lacking in you.‭ ‬Identify your shortcoming and then look for opportunities to work into your life that missing quality.

Love means that there are no visible habits‭— ‬that your habits are so immersed in the Lord that you practice them without realizing it.‭ ‬If you are consciously aware of your own holiness,‭ ‬you place limitations on yourself from doing certain things‭— ‬things God is not restricting you from at all.‭ ‬This means there is a missing quality that needs to be added to your life.‭ ‬The only supernatural life is the life the Lord Jesus lived,‭ ‬and He was at home with God anywhere.‭

Is there someplace where you are not at home with God‭? ‬Then allow God to work through whatever that particular circumstance may be until you increase in Him,‭ ‬adding His qualities.‭ ‬Your life will then become the simple life of a child. 

From My Utmost for His Highest‭ ‬Updated‭


It is perilously possible to make our conceptions of God like molten lead poured into a specially designed mould,‭ ‬and when it is cold and hard we fling it at the heads of the religious people who don’t agree with us.

from Disciples Indeed


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