From Essential Faith Volume 2: In order to grow spiritually, we should identify the bad habits and/or sinful tendencies which keep us from maximizing our potential for God. Even if we’ve developed a consistent habit of spending time with God every day, we will not move to the next level in our relationship with God, if we continue to sin against Him. If we’re spending quality time with Him, He will challenge us to step-up our game. An athlete may eat right and study his sport, however, to go to the next level he must also discipline himself to get rid of bad habits and work hard in areas where he is weak. The failure to undo bad habits and address our weaknesses will prevent us from moving into the “big league” with God. Most of us have bad habits and we simply need to stop making excuses and commit to change. Unless we change, our bad habits will hold us back from maximizing the talent God has given us. Most bad habits are rooted in selfishness. However, when our lives are about God, He shines in our heart and we are able to give others the most beautiful gift—that is, the knowledge of Jesus. The Bible says: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:6-7) Yes, spending time with God is amazing—however, it means little if it’s not continuously changing us to better reflect His glory. God is light and we cannot walk in darkness and expect to reflect light! “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5b) The decision to walk in light is one we make daily–indeed, sometimes hourly. When we desire to live free, we determine to unlearn the habits which weaken us and chain us to sin. God set us free so we could maximize our talents for His glory!