We will start to combat Clutter (Day 17) by taking a look at “laziness”. We want to kick this thing to the curb!! But how?
Let’s commit to meditate on these words day and night and to watch how God’s promises are applied to our problems. Marilyn Hickey says, “You take the promise to the problem, you don’t take the problem to God. You take the promise that goes with the problem because the promise doesn’t return void.” Makes perfect sense. There is POWER in the name of Jesus to break every chain. He is the Word and His Word is power!! Let’s begin.
First, being lazy is a trap many of us fall into. Can we be so bold to admit that we are lazy and unfocused in our work? This may not seem like a big deal, but the Word tells it differently. I find this to be particularly eye-opening:
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys. Proverbs 18:9. I picture someone coming in and taking a baseball bat to my home. A destroyer! By being slack in our work, we are CLOSELY RELATED to the Destroyer! Destroyers do not bring LIFE. Brothers of destroyers? What do you think?
There are many scriptures written on the subject of laziness or sloth. For a nice compilation, check out this site:
I am going to pick one scripture that we can chew on together. Being lazy. That is the problem. Now for the good news!! The promise.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
The antidote to laziness: Discipline. Lazy people are un-disciplined. We don’t feeeeeel like doing what we know we are to do. Discipline tells us we must. It is not a choice. There are consequences to our behavior. Our things, our HOMES will be destroyed if we do not step up and do our part.
Ah, but in that discipline, though painful and unpleasant, will PRODUCE the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Not only will our homes be in order, but we will “yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness”.
May we meditate on these words day and night. May we be not only hearers, but also doers of the Word as they are written on my heart and yours. May we begin to let discipline train us that we would yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness.May your heart and mine not be discouraged by the painfulness of discipline! May this peaceful fruit of righteousness reflect in every nook and cranny of our hearts and homes. Oh Jesus, it is in your name we pray. Thank YOU!
Now let’s get to work!! Mediate (read the Word again and again), pray (ask God and talk to Him), expect (He hears us and answers us) and believe (trust Him! He is not a man that He would lie): ACTION!! do what His Word says and receive every promise!!