“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (NIV) Jeremiah 2:13
I’m going through a period of change and re-direction. With change (or even without it) there can sometimes be moments of self-destruction. Self-destructive behavior is behavior that can and will (if left alone) lead to voluntary, albeit inadvertent, destruction of self. Despite what self-destructive behavior we exhibit individually, we all have one thing in common and that is our self-destructive behavior is usually an attempt to fill some perceived void or right some seemingly irreparable injury, harm or pain in our lives.
Several weeks ago my father asked me to think of 3 things that could lead to my self-destruction – not just to my destruction, but to my self – destruction. WOW! Self-destruction is something serious! (If you look closely at the photo, you will see a fingerprint on the button). He instructed me to research some scripture that related to those struggles, to share them with him and then we would begin to pray those scriptures. (He probably thought I had forgotten because I haven’t mentioned it again until now. :-))
One thing that I chose, that I will share with you, is finances/overspending. I had recently listened to Andy Stanley’s pod cast on personal finances called Balance. It is a 6 part series. You can view it here and download the free resources at the bottom of the page.
The other two things were a little harder to think of. So, I started a list of things that can cause people to self-destruct and then chose two that I could most relate to from the list. Since I was choosing scripture anyway, I found scripture for each of the self-destructive behaviors on my list to share with you. I encourage you to choose from this list (or think of your own) self destructive behaviors. Choose scripture that speaks to you and that will help you overcome these behaviors and pray them over your life.
Abusing Alcohol and/or Drugs, Gluttony and Promiscuity – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Proverbs 23:20-21, Ephesians 5:18
Greed/Coveting – Matthew 6:21, Luke 12:15, 1 Timothy 6:9
Hatred/Unforgiving Spirit – Matthew 6:15, 1 John 2:9-10
Laziness – Proverbs 13:4, Colossians 3:23
Love of Money – Luke 16:13, Hebrews 13:5
Overspending – Luke 16:10, Philippians 4:11-12
People Pleaser, Being a – Galatians 1:10
Pridefulness – Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 16:18, Proverbs 29:23, Proverbs 13:10
There is a such thing as too much of a good thing. Almost any behavior can be self -destructive if it overtakes our lives and thoughts and prevents us from walking out the purpose and plan God has for our lives. We can and often are in denial about our self-destructive behaviors.
Just like the people of Israel, looking for fulfillment in the broken cisterns of our lives is unfulfilling and leads to emptiness and self-destruction. The behaviors that become self-destructive are usually our attempts to do things ourselves, which cause us to forsake God and attempt to make a go of it on our own.
My prayer for you is that you aren’t like the people of Israel. I pray that you pursue and remain close to God, read and study his word, pray without ceasing and allow the word and spirit of God to guide your behaviors. Speak life, blessings and healing into every situation so that your behaviors don’t overtake you and lead to your destruction.
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