Awake No. 4 2016 Part One

Sunday, August 7

He continued steadfast as seeing the One who is invisible. This is taken from Hebrews 11:27. 

Pharaoh was a formidable ruler and a living god to the Egyptians. Imagine, then, how Moses felt when Jehovah told him: “I will send you to Pharaoh, and you will bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10 tells us: “Now come, I will send you to Pharʹaoh, and you will bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Moses went to Egypt, proclaimed God’s message, and incurred Pharaoh’s wrath. After nine plagues struck the land, Pharaoh warned Moses: “Make sure that you do not try to see my face again, for on the day you see my face, you will die.” Exodus 10:28: “Pharʹaoh said to him: “Get out of my sight! Make sure that you do not try to see my face again, for on the day you see my face, you will die.” Before Moses left Pharaoh’s presence, he prophesied that the king’s firstborn son would die. Exodus 11:4-8 tells us: “Moses then said: “This is what Jehovah has said, ‘About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, and every firstborn in the land of Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharʹaoh who is sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the slave girl who is working at the hand mill, and every firstborn of the livestock. Throughout all the land of Egypt, there will be a great outcry such as has never occurred nor will ever occur again. But not even a dog will bark at the Israelites, at the men or their livestock, so that you may know that Jehovah can make a distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites.’ And all your servants will certainly come down to me and prostrate themselves to me, saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you.’ And after that I will go out.” With that he went out from Pharʹaoh in the heat of anger.” Finally, Moses instructed every Israelite family to slaughter a goat or a ram—an animal sacred to the Egyptian god Ra—and to splash its blood on their doorways. Exodus 12:5-7 tells us: “Your sheep should be a sound, one-year-old male. You may choose from the young rams or from the goats. You must care for it until the 14th day of this month, and the whole congregation of the assembly of Israel must slaughter it at twilight. They must take some of the blood and splash it on the two doorposts and the upper part of the doorway of the houses in which they eat it.” How would Pharaoh react? Moses was not afraid. Why not? Note the words of today’s text.

Awake: How to Harness Your Habits

We all have habits, both good and bad. For example, Austin gets up and goes for a jog in the morning three times a week. Laurie eats a bag of chocolate candies every time she is upset. Both of these people have been affected by the same force.

We all want to enforce good habits in our lives. Maybe to eat better or exercise more often. We might also want to break bad habits, like drinking too much, smoking, eating junk food, or spending too much time on the Internet. It is very hard to break a bad habit, hard but not impossible. As the Awake No. 4 tells, a bad habit is like a warm bed on a cold night. Easy to get in, but hard to get out. Here are three suggestions that are based on principles found in the bible.

#1 Be Realistic

Some people try to change everything in their life immediately. They think that they can stop immediately or “cold turkey”. Few can actually do this, but for this is not possible. You can’t reach your goals if you try to reach them all at once.

BIBLE PRINCIPLE: “Wisdom is with the modest ones.”—Proverbs 11:2

Trying to go “cold turkey”or trying to get all your goals done at the same time is not realistic. We recognizes that there are limits to our time, energy, and resources. We can’t change all at once, to change we need patience.

What You Can Do

Here is three steps to help you be realistic increments.

  1. Create two ‘master lists’—a list of good habits that you would like to build and a list of any bad habits that you need to get rid of. Do not limit yourself; on each list, write down as many as you can think of.

  2. Prioritize the items on your lists, numbering them in the order of importance to you.

  3. Choose a few habits—even just one or two—from each list, and focus on those. Then move on to the next one or two habits on each of your lists.

Speed up the process by replacing a bad habit with a good one. For example, if your list of bad habits includes watching too much TV and your list of good habits includes keeping in touch with loved ones, you could resolve: ‘Instead of immediately turning on the TV when I get home from work each day, I will contact a friend or a relative and catch up.’

Jehovah’s Witnesses. (2016, August). How to Harness Your Habits. Awake! How to Harness Your Habits, Vol. 97(No. 4), 3-4.

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