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Slay The Slothful Spirit- Develop Discipline

Slay The Slothful Spirit- Develop Discipline

If we want to slay the slothful spirit we must have discipline.  Without discipline, we will be disciplined by the negative or difficult consequences that will surely follow. Really, discipline is a continuous decision we make to do and keep doing what is right.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, discipline is training that develops self-control that provides orderliness and efficiency in life.

In the Hebrew, discipline is defined in two senses:

 1.)  Instruction and training for life in order to live correctly; restraint; doctrine; and rebuke.

2.)  Correction

Discipline is necessary because the slothful spirit is always trying to distract us from doing what is right/good and what will yield the best results. Remember, the definition of slothfulness is to delude or betray (to cause to fall); beguile, deceive, throw, or shoot.

Also remember, we need to have discernment (ie be vigilant which means to stay awake; be watchful; to rouse from sleep or inactivity).  Because, without, we will waste time; not follow through with things; and ultimately life will become overwhelming and things will begin to fall apart.

What helps with having discernment is having an ear to hear discipline which gives us instruction of what’s right.  Job 36:10  says, He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.  If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity. Remember, discipline is instruction on how to live correctly. Proverb 8:33 says, hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

In other words, God has wired us all to be able to hear the voice of discipline (instruction) from the inside out. Discipline (instruction) comes by way of God’s Wisdom which is God’s Word that serves as the standard by which our lives should be lived.

Page 23 of Overcome Procrastination God’s Way  states, “God’s wisdom comes directly from the mind of God and is communicated to us through His Word– The Bible.  When God’s wisdom is embedded in our hearts, minds and souls, it teaches and instructs on what we should do and which way we should go.”

God’s wisdom and instruction also comes by way of external/vicarious experiences.  For example Proverbs 24:30-32 says, “I went by he field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the of the man void of understanding; and it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.” In essence, we can look around at our results or the results of others and receive instruction from that.

However, the main point about discipline (instruction) is we all have the freewill choice to either keep it (which means we do what it says) or refuse it (which means to dismiss it [control/alt/delete]).

If we keep it, then we will have good results.

  • Proverb 10:17 says, He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction
  • Proverbs 6:23 says, for the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.(reproof = reasoning; conviction brought by The Word which is brought back to our remembrance via the Holy Spirit John 14:26).

But if we refuse it, we will have bad results.

  • Proverb 10:17 says he that refuseth reproof erreth (lives in error).
  • Proverb 15:32 says

We can Slay The Slothful Spirit and get good results in life by developing discipline.

If you want to learn more, then you can listen to the replay of The 4-23-13 SlackBuster Show.  If you want to follow along, you can download the fill in the blank worksheet at http://clarenceparks.com/worksheets/.

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

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Slay The Slothful Spirit- Develop Desire

Slay The Slothful Spirit by Developing Desire

In order to slay the slothful spirit, we must develop the desire to get moving again.  This is important because desire is what makes the difference between continued slothfulness and frustration vs. accomplishment and soul satisfaction.  By definition, desire is a wish; a longing; or a craving to achieve something.  It’s where we set our sights on something seemingly afar off, then we begin to long to get there.

However, a wish remains a wish and becomes the source of intense frustration without, belief and a decision to take action.  Proverb 21:25 says, the desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labor.  But, according to Proverb 13:19, the desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.

The question becomes, what happens when we have either lost our desire or we never really had it? There is good news: desire can be developed (or restored).  Proverb 13:12 says, hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when desire cometh, it is the tree of life.  In other words, desire can “come” which means it can be caused to enter in.  When it “comes” it becomes the tree of life which means it is what gets us from slack and lack to abundance.

One way desire can be developed is by setting a goal which causes the mind to persuade the soul to take action to accomplish the goal.  According to Earl Nightingale, the secret to success is to write down a goal one side of an index card and Luke 11:9 which says, ask, and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you, on the other side.  Then, read the goal for 3 times a day 30 days.

The slothful spirit will be slain and y/our desire will be developed and/or restored because it will have something to attainable to reach for.  Selah.

If you want to receive more in depth teaching on developing desire, then log ontohttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/christianfreedom/2013/04/16/the-slackbuster-show.  Also, there is a free download of a worksheet that goes along with the teaching.  You can get it at http://clarenceparks.com/worksheets/ (click the green button).

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, J.D., MDiv

http://clarenceparks.com

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It’s April 1st: Don’t Be Fooled By The Slothful Spirit

Slay The Slothful Spirit

Don’t Be Fooled-Slay the Slothful Spirit by Acknowledging that It Has Taken Hold.

Today is April 1st which means to some it’s April Fool’s Day.  I’m not sure where, when or by whom this determination was made but what I do know is that the slothful spirit is one culprit who tries to fool us by slowing us down and eventually stopping our lives in mid-stream.

Literally, the Hebraic root definition of the word slothful is defined as: to shoot; to delude or betray (to cause to fall); beguile; betray; or deceive.  The strategy the slothful spirit employs is to slowly and subtly make us idle and sluggish.  It kills us softly and fools us into giving in to utter stagnation.

It often enters in after we have taken a hit in life such as: the loss of a job; the death of a loss one; a divorce; or some other sudden bad news.  It can also enter in after we have endured a demanding, ongoing, difficult or overwhelming, condition or situation.

After the slothful spirit kicks in, it can be difficult to overcome. However, the good news is, it can be overcome first by acknowledging that the slothful spirit has taken hold of us. Here are some ways to determine if the slothful spirit has taken hold:

1.) Do you find yourself wasting time?

Proverb 18:9 says, he also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

2.) Do you find yourself not doing things that you need to do?

Proverb 19:24 says, a slothful man hides his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

3.) Are things starting to crumble around you?

Ecclesiastes 10:18 says, by much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of hands the house droppeth through.

If any of things are happening or are starting to happen, it may be possible that the slothful spirit has either taken hold or is taking hold of you.  However, by acknowledging it, you won’t be fooled and you can then begin to come out it.  So, don’t be fooled because the slothful spirit does not have power over you.

You can learn more hints on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 on The Slackbuster Radio Show Log onto http://clarenceparks.com/the-slackbuster-radio-show/ for more information.

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

Author.Speaker.Trainer.Coach

http://clarenceparks.com

 Clarence Parks- CJP Enterprises