How do I develop biblical habits?
Biblical principles can be applied in a systematic manner to overcome any problem of life and are not a mixture of man-contrived theories sprinkled with a few Bible verses unrelated to problem solving. Instead, these biblical principles provide the essential foundation for any person to change his unbiblical patterns of living and establish new habits of biblical behavior. These biblical principles are living, active and sharper than a two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).
In counseling that is true to God’s Word, a biblical counselor will collect enough information to enable him to recognize and understand the problem as seen in Scripture in order to formulate the biblical solution. Counselees are encouraged to confront the failures and shortcomings of their personal lives from a biblical point of view (Matthew 7:1-5). In doing this, they should begin to see the necessity of turning their focus away from their own desires (II Corinthians 5:14,15; Galatians 2:20, 5:17,19-20; James 4:1-3) and should determine to live in a manner pleasing to God (II Corinthians 5:9; Ephesians 4:1-3; Colossians 1:10-12).
In order for biblical counseling to be effective, the counselor must continually bring the focus of the counselee back to the Lord Jesus. The goal of each session is to help the counselee develop the mind of Christ. Their belief system will be continually evaluated to determine where it does not align with the Word of God. The biblical counselor should be identifying wrong beliefs that have led the counselee to unholy or unhealthy responses. As these mis-beliefs are identified, they are exposed to the Truth (God’s Word) and the counselee is encouraged to replace the wrong belief with the mind of Christ and thus experience holy or healthy responses. They are to walk in the Spirit, not the flesh. The fruit of the Spirit will be the natural result of walking in the Spirit. The biblical counselor will understand that a true knowledge of God and our identity in Christ are the greatest determinants of our mental health. They will also understand that a false concept of God, a distorted understanding of who we are as children of God, and the misplaced deification of Satan (attributing God’s attributes to Satan) are the greatest contributors to mental illness. Therefore, leading a person to understanding their identification in Christ Jesus is necessary.