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The Seven Habits of a Godly Life – Dr. Charles Stanley



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he listens to you you listen to him you

obey him he got you as an awesome sense

of intimacy in a life that trust God

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well the title of this message is the

seven habits of a godly life you should

get every one of them down ask yourself

the question are you a godly person so

first of all I want to define a couple

of things and first of all I will define

what a habit is and a habit is a

recurring often unconscious pattern of

behavior that is acquired through

frequent repetition that's what I have

it is something we do over and over and

over again the second definition is

simply this what is a godly life

so what's godly it's a life no longer

seeking satisfaction through a sinful

lifestyle but is now surrendered to God

and His will for your life in other

words we would call that a sanctified

life not perfect doesn't mean you never

sin but it means that your life is fully

surrendered to him so I want to give you

seven habits that every single believer

ought to make as a part of their life

and the first one is this the habit

first habit is a life of prayer and you

recall one of my favorite passages very

simple in the mark that first chapter

when the disciples they never quite get

a hold of this but the scripture says in

Chapter 1 of Mark verse 35 in the early

morning while it was still dark Jesus

got up left the house

and went away to a secluded place and

was praying there Simon and his

companions search for him they found the

men said to him everybody's looking for

you and so that's sort of typical about

the way people operate sometimes Jesus

is doing the most important thing in

life and they don't quite get that and

then again for example in the fourth

chapter of Luke and the 42nd verse when

they came Jesus left and went to a

secluded place and the crowds were

searching for him and came to him and

tried to keep him from going away from

them and he said to them I must preach

the gospel and so forth now when we talk

about a life of prayer we're not talking

about once in a while we're talking

about that everyday you sense the need

the desire and the joy and the awesome

power that comes through pray talking to

the father that is it ought to be a

habit something that is recurring in

your life not just when you get in

trouble when you get need but because

you love God because you're grateful for

who he is and what he's doing in your

life and for example I'm the 11th

chapter of Luke the disciples came to

Jesus and said now would you would you

teach us to pray like him John the

Baptist teaches his disciples to pray

and so they saw something absolutely

different about Jesus praying it wasn't

some ritual that people who usually

would go through in those days but they

could sense that he was talking

personally to the Heavenly Father so

when I look at these verses and think

about it the truth is you can't live a

godly life unless you have a prayer life

you're not you can't you live in a world

we all live in a world of temptation and

trials and heartaches and burdens and

sin and everywhere you turn there it is

you cannot live a godly life

I didn't say a life with that innocent

but I got little life and we defined

what that meant

you can't live a godly life unless you

have a good prayer

because the prayer life keeps you

connected to Almighty God sensitive to

his will and his purpose and his plan

for your life you don't pray you will

never got their life and if you'll think

about it it's the most important

activity of your life you've got to have

a life of prayer secondly the second

habit is trust or faith whichever word

suits you best and I love that one

hundred and third song and the 19th or

US and the Bible says the Lord has

established his throne in the heavens

and his sovereignty rules over all so if

you'll think about what that verse says

if God Almighty has established his

throne in the heavens and watch this his

sovereignty that is his all-knowing

supernatural divine power rules over

everything then what does that do that

gives me an awesome foundation to

believe him knowing that he's in charge

it doesn't make a difference what

happens how it happens through whom it

happens for whatever reason I know that

God is in control and I can trust him

but whatever he allows in life and I

think that's why that verse is so

important is because if you don't if you

don't trust him if you don't trust him

you're not gonna pray and you have to

ask yourself the question well where is

where is trust in your own spiritual

life trust in the Lord with all your

heart lead not to your own understanding

and all you always acknowledge him and

he'll direct your path and I quote that

verse to you very often because it is a

basic verse and when you're not trusting

what happens it builds intimacy with him

and intimacy means that I have a

relationship with him I don't have to

introduce myself to him an intimate

relationship with a person means that

that you are close not only to their

heart but their thinking the way they

think the way they feel an intimate

relationship

for every husband and wife ought to have

all the days of their life intimate

relationship with God is you and he

talked together he listens to you

you listen to him you obey him he guides

you

that's an awesome sense of intimacy in a

life that trusts God and if you want to

know whether you're a trusting person or

not ask yourself this question what am I

worried about if you can't look around

see I'm not worried about anything

that's because you're trusting in

whatever you're worried about is God's

long awesome finger saying you're not

trusting me at this area of your life a

godly life is a life of trust third

third habit in this awesome life is the

habit of meditation in the Word of God

now I don't know how you describe how

important this is but the scriptures are

there and I want us to look at it for

just a moment and the psalmist said in

this 63rd chapter in the sixth verse

listen when I remember you on my bed I

meditate on you in the night watches for

you've been my help in the shadow of

your wings I sing for joy my soul clings

to you your right hand upholds me now

what does it mean to meditate it means

that I read it it means that I think

about it I search my heart in the light

of what God is saying I ask him whatever

questions I have on my mind

I surrender whatever he brings to my

mind and meditating upon him here's what

meditation does meditation is like

looking into a mirror but it is also

looking beyond the mirror that is I see

what God sees and then I see beyond that

and I see him your focus is on him and

when you begin to focus on God here's

what happens

worries drift away concerns drift away

your mine is no longer contaminated with

all kinds of things that do not do you

any good at all meditation is an

absolutely essential part of living a

godly life and where there's no

meditation you're not gonna live a godly

life you can't you think about when you

get up in the morning how much of the

world crowds itself into your thinking

you have to get dressed of course need

breakfast and you gotta get in your car

and drive down the expressway or

somewhere and finally get to work in as

soon as you do

it's chatta chatta chatta chatta chatta

all the day the keyboards flying all the

day in your mind it's all then you've

got to get back in your car you get back

on the highway and and dodge the traffic

again all the way home and when you get

there you undress inside relaxing then

there's dinner I can fill up your day

and not even know you because that's

what we do and so where is God where's

where's God's private time with you what

leads to a godly life is the time of

being alone with him longing for him

meditating upon him thinking about him

and then there's a fourth habit a very

important one and the one you hear me

say all the time obey God and I want to

go back to Deuteronomy 27 all the way

back in the Old Testament because he

makes it so crystal clear in this twenty

seventh chapter and the tenth verse God

speaking through Moses to his people

here's what he said he said you shall

therefore obey the Lord your God and do

His commandments and his statutes which

I command you today and then down that's

when chapter 28 verse 1 now it shall be

listen this if you diligently you know

what that means consistently diligently

obey the Lord your God being careful to

do all his commandments which I command

you today the Lord your God will set you

this has sent you high above all the

nations of the earth he was talking

about Israel but put yourself in that

position

when you and I obey God we listen well

think about this we're walking on a

higher level think of and how the world

lives they live with all kinds of evil

thoughts and busy busy busy no time for

God you have chosen to follow Jesus and

the follow him means you live on a

higher level it doesn't mean that you're

looking down on other people it just

means that you have chosen to live by a

standard that's higher than the world

standard it doesn't mean that we're

better than somebody else

but Italy means our lifestyle is better

than the lifestyle of the world so I ask

yourself the question now do I have a

habit of really praying and trusting and

meditating upon the Word of God and

would I be considered an obedient child

of God and how many times have you said

it and you said as well as I can the

wise way to live is to obey God then

leave all the consequences and

circumstances to God now I will do that

only if I'm have a life of prayer only

if I'm trusting only if I'm meditating

upon him that's the only way I'm gonna

do it so these are simple habits that

make your life what God wants it to be

and listen think about this there's

nothing that can keep you from obeying

and walking in these seven habits

nothing except the choice you make you

see you have to you have to cheat you

have to choose some things you have to

choose to go with them oh my god have

this or have God walk this way

I have God's Way and so I the reason I

said seven habits because they remember

we said of happiness are occurring off

an unconscious pattern of behavior

that's acquired through frequent

repetition something that you not do

continuously now each thing I've

mentioned so far you can do the reason

you do not do this because you don't

think it's important now watch that the

reason we don't do things of ABB's

sacred godly awesome life-changing

lifting habits is because we've decided

to choose the world's way and no matter

who you are how gifted you are or how

much money you have how wise you think

you are how much education you have you

cannot live a godly life the best life

without practicing these seven habits

now what is the fifth one this earth

habit is dependence upon the Holy Spirit

and somebody says well what does that

mean it means that I surrender my life

listen to the indwelling presence of the

Holy Spirit and I remember what Jesus

said to his disciples he said sit down

wait in Jerusalem until you be endued

that is until the Holy Spirit comes into

your life and when he does then you'll

be ready to do of what I have called you

to do so I've given you some some

scriptures here some of them are

familiar to you maybe some or not but in

Ephesians chapter 5 you men what the

scripture says in this particular

passage and let's look at verse 18 the

scripture says do not get drunk with

wine for that is dissipation of waste

but the filled with the spirit now if I

took a quart sized jar and set it up

here and I had it half full of water you

would say well it's only half full it

would only be full when it's up to the

top brimming complete when he says be

that that a Greek verb says be ye being

filled which means it's a continuous

thing in the morning when you two get up

amidst your prayer before you if when

you're meditating before you even get

out of the bed you should say Lord I

just want you to fill me with your

spirit today

now here's what that means jesus said to

his disciples then Luke before you do

what I told you to do wait in the city

of Jerusalem until you be endued until

the Holy Spirit has come upon you to

enter well you for the simple reason you

are not equipped to do what I've called

you to do apart from the indwelling

presence of the Holy Spirit who will

empower you

he will empower you teach you how give

you guidance and direction to do what

I've called you to do now most people

don't have any idea who the Holy Spirit

is you are as a follower of Jesus as a

believer of Christ you've trusted the

MPO salvation you are now already in

dealt by the third person of the Trinity

who is the Holy Spirit when you and I

choose to disobey God we choose the sin

against the Holy Spirit who is within us

and whom God sent into our life to

enable us to become to be to do to

accomplish whatever he has in life so

you're never alone you're indwelt by God

the Holy Spirit who was there to enable

you help you encourage you strengthen

you heal you you name it he's there

because we need a God in our life and he

knew we would then of course there is

the sixth son and that's giving to God

unto others and in the sixth chapter of

Luke which is a very rhythm in your

chapter you remember what he says give

and it should be given to you good

measure he says listen they will pour

into your lap a good measure pressed

down shaken together running over for by

your standard of measure it will be

measured to you in return I'm not

thinking about giving to God my favorite

example of that is I was thinking about

this last night my first Sunday school

teacher was this naturally I was

probably three or four years old

somewhere that balanced because I

started school at five which was too

early never caught up

and then but I went to Sunday school

every Sunday and I remember all the

chairs with different colors green red

yellow blue so forth and then the Sunday

school teacher was this I don't know how

told she was but she looks like she's

about 10 feet old to me got sitting down

she had black hair sweet wonderful lady

and they came around to take the

offering and I remember my mother will

always give me a few pennies to drop in

oh yes she would never let me go without

having something to give so before I

could count my mother taught me to give

to God so when I got my first job which

was a paper route I made four dollars a

week well I was grateful to God I

thought I can't get God change I gave

him a dollar which was 25% I never

thought about that I just don't know

what did God yet then after that I had

to pay friend I made 16 dollars a week

and so I gave God more than title net

and then all of my life I've never

adjust sound never for the simple reason

I learned very early in life you cannot

outgive God and watch this secondly you

can't even predict what you're going to

need and if you can't predict what

you're gonna need how you gonna manage

all of it so we give to God and trust

him to do exactly what he promised to do

and so I give you this simple example

that many of you heard before because

it's one that's so impressed my life so

you have to ask you something question

is that young will be one of the habits

in your life and the vowel says that God

loves a cheerful Giver so if he loves

the cheerful Giver what about those who

what about those who are stingy who

don't give God y'all tell you you know

I'll tell you why God's not pleased

forgives just what it says I can do

without him I'll handle it

I can manage I don't need God to manage

my money

think about how foolish that is your

money could burn up overnight the

situation can be that you'd lose it all

overnight yet

but listen to skip it you will never be

in the situation where you don't have

anything because you have God living

within you and everything you need God

has promised to provide an awesome habit

in our life then I will give you the

seventh a habit and that is very

important one and that is the habit of

forgiving of the people and the

scripture one of them very clear

scriptures in Ephesians chapter 4 and

we've all read it many times before but

it's the truth and we read it again and

again and again and the scripture says

listen be angry and yet do not sin do

not let the Sun go down on your anger do

not give the devil an opportunity very

very important passage and then he says

don't greet in verse 30 don't grieve the

Holy Spirit of God by whom you were

sealed that the day of redemption then

he says in verse 31 let all bitterness

and wrath and anger and clamor and

slander be put away from you along with

all malice be kind one to another

tender-hearted forgiving each other just

as God in Christ has also forgiven you

it's not always easy no it's difficult

sometimes to be forgiving to people who

have done certain things to you and I

think one of the worst situations is

when you've been betrayed when you have

trusted really trusted somebody done

your best to help them in lots of ways

and then they betray you they they do

what would be the last thing you'd think

that they were doing your life and yet

we have to be forgiving now here are

seven habits listen carefully I could

have done this in a lot of different

ways but I wanted you to see every verse

and they get all seven habits now so

that every single person in here fully

understands

the seven habits about which you live a

gun in life a life that will be blessed

over and over and over again in many

many different ways but it's a it's a

choice you make and I would suggest that

you make a choice right now we got to

pray in a second

and in this pray I'm gonna pray that

you'll be wise enough and say to God

Lord I want these seven habits in my

life and I will begin today working them

into my life it's a working process into

your life will you would you live up to

all of them every day no but here's what

you do you ask God to forgive you show

me why tripped up on that one Lord and I

just reaffirmed my desire to be

forgiving to others or whatever it might

be

Oh Lord I was too busy this morning I

got up and ran off forgive me for not

stopping to meditate upon your word to

surrender my life to you

yields myself to you made a mistake god

I don't want to do that again you don't

think God would correct you yes he will

he will correct you he'll give you

enough trouble one morning after you get

up and ignore him that she won't forget

it

listen you know what it's because He

loves us thinking about there's a whole

Bible full of truth but I believe those

seven habits absolutely will transform

your life and lead you to be able to

accomplish in life more than your heart

can ever desire now if you here this

morning and you're not a Christian

you're not saved you never trust the

Jesus as your Savior I understand this

is probably beyond you but let me say

this you'll never understand I'll be

able to enjoy life at its best until you

surrender your life to Christ because

you can't ever lose surrendering to

Jesus never you say what I have to do

you ask the Lord to forgive you of your

sin not because you deserve it but

because Jesus went to the cross

died on the cross shed his blood for you

paid your sin debt in full the Bible

says and therefore when you ask God to

forgive you because of what he has done

for you he paid your debt God forgives

you and makes you a child of God then

you begin the practice of these seven

habits what an awesome life you have

before you and I trust that you'll do it

following love iane praise you and thank

you for the word of God from Genesis 1:1

to the last verse of the revelation and

this morning we're praying that you'll

give us wisdom to recognize there were

these seven habits everything else will

fall in place then we will open the door

to the best of your blessings and I pray

for somebody here today who is unsaved

you've never trusted you as their Savior

that they would be willing to ask you to

forgive them of their sins believe that

Jesus went to the cross and paid our sin

debt in full and by trusting his death

at Calvary the shedding of his blood

that confession and repentance brings

forth salvation and following salvation

we would develop these seven awesome

life transforming habits in our life and

lord I pray that for all of us today and

that somebody seated here who's not

saved would be willing to ask you to

forgive them and they cleanse their

heart and surrender their life to you

right now

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