August 4, 2020 "Laziness"

“The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful

upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his

own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.”   Proverbs 26:13-16

Everyone can benefit from a study of the sluggard because too much of him lies in too many of us. Though we may not always exhibit his characteristics to such a full extent that we may be labeled as such, we can certainly profit from scriptural truth and straight forward urging that the Holy Spirit sends in our direction. For a true lazy person rarely acknowledges nor deals with his problem .

A few observations.... First, the slacker is not some sort of abnormal person. He or she is an ordinary man or woman who simply makes too many postponements or excuses for the obvious opportunities in life. Second, being a sluggard once in awhile is one of the great pleasures of life, as pleasurable as sleeping in on a rainy day. But this occasional reprieve is not to become characteristic of anyone.

The lazy person who has no mind to work never lacks for pretenses for idleness, delay or self-indulgence. None is so blind as those who refuse to see nor so deaf as those who will not hear. If a person is not willing to work, he or she can find endless excuses to avoid it. The less you do, the less you want to do, and the more useless you become. To overcome laziness, take a few small steps toward change. Set concrete realistic goals, consider the steps needed to reach it, and follow those steps. Pray for strength and persistence. To keep your excuses from making you useless—-stop making useless excuses.

To the diligent soul difficulties are challenges not withdrawals from action, they are challenges to be conquered. It is in conquering them that your abilities are developed and your habits positively honed. Difficulties should be seen as proof of God's confidence in us and opportunity from God to challenge us to improve our faith in Him. Those who are spiritually diligent will receive instruction and have boundless potential.

We must be prepared to take life as it comes; to mount the hill when it lies ahead and to go down the hill when it lowers, to walk through dark valleys and the dry deserts of this life on our way to eternity in Him. Let’s ditch sluggardly behavior and live diligently by faith, walking in His Spirit, and staying busy at what matters !

Have a GREAT day 👍🏻

Suggested readings:

  • Proverbs 6:6-11; 10:26; 12:24; 13:4; 18:9; 20:4; 21:25; 24:30-34; 28:19
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58
  • Colossians 3:23
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15

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  • 8-03-2020 "Got Patience?"

    “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”   James 1:4

  • 8-02-2020 "Do Nothing or Do Something"

    “And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.”  Nehemiah 1:3

  • 8-01-2020 "The Widow's Mite"

    “And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.”  Luke 21:1-4

  • 7-31-2020 "The Barnabas Effect"

    “Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.” Acts 11:22-24

  • 7-30-2020 "Be of Good Cheer"

    “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”  Acts 27:25

  • 7-29-2020 "Brotherly Kindness"

    “And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity." 2 Peter 1:7

  • 7-28-2020 "Love Thy Neighbor"

    “Master which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all of the law and the prophets.”    Matthew 22:36-40

  • 7-27-2020 "Don't Go It Alone"

    “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”   Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

  • 7-26-2020 "Members of One Another"

    “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.”    1 Corinthians 12:18

  • 7-25-2020 "The Covenient Christian"

    “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”   Matthew 16:24-28

  • 7-24-2020 "Be Steadfast"

    “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”   1 Corinthians 15:57-58

  • 7-23-2020 "Volunteer or Servant"

    “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”    Matthew 23:11-12

  • 7-22-2020 "It's Not About You"

    “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”   1 Corinthians 13:4-7

  • 7-21-2020 "Press Toward the Mark"

    Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 3: 14

  • 7-20-2020 "Always Be Thankful"

    “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”  Colossians 3:15

  • 7-19-2020 "Keep On Serving the Lord"

    “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”   2 Corinthians 12:15

  • 7-18-2020 "Worry"

    “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34

  • 7-17-2020 "The Way of Escape"

    “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1I Corinthians 10:13

  • 7-16-2020 "Anger"

    “He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.”  Proverbs 14:17

  • 7-15-2020 "Confidence in God"

    “And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.”      Genesis 22:9-10

  • 7-14-2020  "Words Matter"

    “The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.”    Proverbs 10:20

  • 7-13-2020 "I've Failed God Again"

    “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”    Luke 22:31-32

  • 7-12-2020 "Ear Ticklers"

    “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”  2 Timothy 4:3-4

  • 7-11-2020 "Rejoice in the Lord Always"

    “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls, there are no grapes on the vines…though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in The Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”   Habakkuk 3:17-18

  • 7-10-2020 "Ready to Give an Answer"

    “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."   1 Peter 3:15

  • 7-9-2020 "God Will Lift You Up"

    “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”   Proverbs 18:10

  • 7-08-2020 "Mercy"

    “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."  Matthew 5:7

  • 7-07-2020 "Growing Into Maturity"

    "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"   Ephesians 4:15

  • 7-06-2020 "We Might Not Always Agree"

    “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”  Ephesians 5:21

  • 7-05-2020 "What Are You Contributing?"

    “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” James 3:13

  • 7-04-2020 "Independence Day"

    “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6