Category Archives: Discipline

Quick Reminder: Please Don’t Drive Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs

Christians should avoid laziness in these four key areas of life

Every Christian should consider the Biblical call to avoid laziness and overcome it.  Now laziness is not the same thing as resting after a hard days work. Laziness is rather idleness and the quality of being unwilling to work or use effort and energy. For some unwitting people a holiday means a time to be lazy and avoid all work including house work, while others just carry their work (via a laptop or smartphone) together with them. Now this doesn’t mean each Christian ought to avoid holidays or be a workaholic who works until he or she is completely drained out. That would be too extreme, isn’t it?

The key to a balanced Christian life would be to live a life consistent with the principles of the Bible.  Now there are four areas of life where a Christian can and must avoid laziness, which are as follows:

1. The Spiritual life.

2. The Emotional life.

3. The Physical life.

4. The Financial life.

 

I’ll explain what each of them mean and what can be done to avoid laziness in them but first let’s get to know a few Bible verses about laziness. Here’s the first one:

How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:9-11)

 

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Plus here are a few more Bible verses about laziness to consider:

* A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. (Proverbs 10:4)

* Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger. (Proverbs 19:15)

* The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. (Proverbs 20:4)

 

From the above verses you’d notice that laziness can bring in eventual poverty, hunger and lack. At the same time diligence can make you rich. What would you prefer? For those who want to not be in poverty, hunger and lack which come due to lack of action in the right direction, there’s where the teachings of the Bible come to use. I’ll now explain the four key areas in detail:-

 

1. The Spiritual life

This is the most important area of life a man, woman or child could ever have. Whatever you do in your present spiritual life can have dramatic consequences in the after life. The problem is that some people are very busy in all areas of their life except that of the spirit. They neglect their prayers unto God, forget to give thanks to the Lord, and even avoid doing good works. The usual excuse is that they are too busy or don’t have time. But whatever be the reason, if you be lazy in your spiritual life then do not expect a good commendation from the Lord God. A few verses to reflect and act upon:

1. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:16)

2. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)

3. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (Romans 12:11)

4. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17

 

2. The Emotional life

Your emotional life is the next most important area. Many people make life changing decisions based on their impulses instead of wisdom. This causes them a lot of hardship later on while it may be possible they might enjoy themselves temporarily. Because people are too lazy to cultivate and safeguard their emotions they easily break in the face of adversity. The people of God are called to be vigilant and wise instead. It’s wise to know your current emotional state towards yourself and the Lord God and even your fellow human beings and animals and so on. This can give you the opportunity to either groom or correct your emotions. A few verses to ponder and work upon:

1. So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)

2. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

3. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and the evil out of the evil brings forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)

4. But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8)

 

3. The Physical life

There are people who are very good in their spiritual and emotional life but are lacking in their physical life. Then you hear that such people are finding difficulty in walking or running or climbing and so on. I wish they work on their physical frame as well. So what is the physical life I speak of? It’s basically the physical well-being of the body in terms of nutrition and exercise. While I do agree that it’s given to man to die once and then comes the resurrection of the just (and the unjust for those who die in their sin) it does not mean we neglect our physical bodies in the mean time. The Bible never tells us to neglect our body once we get saved, in fact we are told that we who believe in Christ Jesus are nothing less than the temple of the Holy Spirit. Read the following Bible verses and use them to your benefit:

1. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own  (1 Corinthians 6:19)

2. For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)

3. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might (Proverbs 24:5)

4. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong (Proverbs 31:17)

 

4. The Financial life

The area of finance is something that people give way too much importance to. However the areas of spirit, emotions and physical life should not be neglected while working on the area of finance. Some get into debt because they sleep or laze around instead of working when it’s the time to work. There are others who awake enough to earn their living but asleep enough to not check their overspending or even getting into debts that they can easily avoid. As a result there is a lot of strain in terms of money in their life which affects their families too. So don’t love money at all but instead be diligent in earning it and saving it and only spend it wisely. A few verses in this area that you can act upon:

1. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. (Proverbs 10:5)

2. In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23)

3. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12)

4. But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25:26-30)

Simple Bible Memorization Tip

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Quick Reminder: Never delay on God’s will

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  • Seek the Lord while He may be found; call to Him while He is near. (Isaiah 55:6)
  • So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows. (Psalm 61:8)
  • I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. (Psalm 119:60)
  • As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me!” So he got up and followed Him. (Matthew 9:9)
  • And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him (Mark 1:20)
  • And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. (Luke 19:5)

Amen

Beware when you notice all these in your life

A thought provoking forward that I’ve received. Just felt like sharing this out. Here we go:

1. Beware – When prayer becomes a difficult thing for you.

2. Beware – When fasting is becoming a history in your spiritual timetable.

3. Beware – When you no longer enjoy reading the word of God.

4. Beware – When attending church programme is becoming a burden rather than a blessing for you.

5. Beware – When living a life of holiness is appearing like extremism.

6. Beware – When sinful living becomes a lifestyle in the name of grace.

7. Beware – When you crave for earthly things rather than the things of God.

8. Beware – When waking up in the night to pray is becoming a thing of the past.

9. Beware brethren – When your heart no longer desires to see the Lord Jesus one day.

10. Beware – When you eat more than pray

11. Beware – When you no longer share the Word of God with others.

12. Beware – When you start diluting the preaching Word of God to keep people around you.

13. Beware – When you spend more time on Facebook, whatsapp, twitter, and internet. These things become idols and take the place of God.

14. Beware – When you are very spiritual outside but inside full of spiritual dryness..

15. Beware – When you have more carnal friends than spiritual friends..

16. Beware – When you ignore messages such as these.

Beware of all these, brethren. Satan isn’t resting. We too must be vigilant.

Lets prepare, Jesus is coming soon to take those who are eagerly waiting for him!

Quick Reminder: God can change things, only have faith

  • ​”Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.” – Warren Wiersbe
  • But Jesus said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
  • And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5)

The real offenders must be still be preached the Gospel 

Quick reminder: Love your neighbour 

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am theLord.(Leviticus 19:18)

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (
Mark 12:28-31)

Priority check: Keep the commandments 

[Jesus said:]If you love me, you will keep my commandments.(John 14:18)

If you are not yet aware then let me tell you this; over the Internet there are various posts, images and videos which claim if you love Jesus then you will like or share or comment ‘yes’ or ‘amen’ to what they make known to you. If you want to give in to this, then know this; these are not required to “prove” your love for Jesus Christ. Rather do what Jesus says, which is to follow his commandments and by this you are actually loving him. 

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