by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday June 23, 2006
Letting Go of Our Procrastinating Ways
We like to think that our delaying tactics are no big deal. After all, we tell ourselves, no one is really hurt by the things we put off. Over time, however, our choices topostpone action can develop into a lifelongpattern of procrastination. The ruler Felixdelayed making a decision about Christ andeventually turned away completely.
To get on track, we must change our attitude about procrastination, admitting it is a serious problem and noticing where we consistently put off action. It’s important to identify feelings of doubt and discomfort we may have, confess that procrastination has a hold on us, and then decide in our hearts to turn away from it. Tell God, “I want to live by Your schedule and please You by my obedience.”
Repentance should be joined by a commitment to actively embrace new ways of decisive living. Use God’s Word to fight against feelings of doubt and discomfort whenever they arise. Who we are in Christ and who He is to us are the truths needed to overcome bad habits. The Bible says that we are new creations, indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit, and we are no longer slaves to sin (Galatians 5:1). Jesus, our Savior, is also our Lord. He provides all we need through His resurrection power (2 Peter 1:3). His grace turns our weakness into strength (2 Corinthians 12:9). Victory is ours through Him (Romans 8:37).
When we order our lives on the basis of Scripture, we will live by faith rather than feelings. Jesus offers to set us free from the bondage of procrastination. Don’t put off accepting His invitation!
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