We all have habits, both good and bad. It's a fact of life. The question is how we can change our habits and positively impact on our lives. Anyone who has tried to develop good habits or change bad ones has had a struggle. The process involves more than knowing what to do, one needs to know how to do it and be motivated to do it. But there is one more vital element, for those of us struggling with these issues: we need the power to do it.
One of the hardest struggles of the human heart is to realize the need of a Power outside of oneself. As independent beings, it is natural to try to solve all of life's perplexities without help.
God commanded Elijah, the prophet of the Lord, to go and anoint Elisha to be a prophet to replace him. Elijah came up to Elisha while he was plowing his farm. When Elijah let Elisha know he was being called by the Lord Elisha went and kissed his father and mother good-bye and killed his oxen and cooked them, using the plow and yoke as wood for the fire. Then he used the oxen to feed the people in his town. In this way Elisha made it plain that he was not going to continue his profession any longer, but was devoting the rest of his life to the Lord's service.
Jacob, whom GOD later renamed Israel, had 12 children. These 12 children and their descendants are known as the 12 tribes of Israel.
Reuben was the first child and was entitled to the birthright, which would have given to Him and his descendants a double portion of the inheritance, as well as spiritual blessings. But Reuben forfeited the birthright by committing adultery with his stepmother. The birthright was given to Joseph.
Jacob, whom God later renamed Israel, had 12 children. These 12 children and their descendants became known as the 12 Tribes of Israel.
Levi was Jacob's third son, born of Leah. Levi means joined. Leah named him Levi hoping that now her husband would be joined closer to her. Interestingly enough, joining people closer to God has become the life work of the tribe of Levi.