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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

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Day 14- Go All the Way Through The Process

Day 14 of 21 Days to Break the Back of a Slack, Sluggish and Slothful SpiritGo All The Way Through The Process.

“The slothful man roasteh not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.  Proverb 12:27

Many of us get started but we don’t finish what we start and as a result we end up in the same position we were in before we got started; or worse.  Therefore, it is extremely important to go all the way through the process, from start to finish, so that we can celebrate our success.

The slothful man in Proverb 12:27 probably got up early in the morning; put on his hunting clothes; and lugged his bow and arrows through the bush and trees.  Then, he probably tracked, trapped, killed and carried away his prey (and his gear) all the way back through the bush all the way back home.  But, because the man did not roast what he caught right away, it probably spoiled and as a result he most likely had to go all the way through the process all over again in order to feed his family the next day.  In essence, even though the man  started the process, because he did not go all the way through it, he ended up in the same position he was in before he took action.

Unfortunately, many of us do the same thing.  We get excited about things we desire.  We conjure enough desire and courage to commence our journey.  Then, we labor for a while but we discover that completing what we’ve begun is going require more time and energy than we thought when we first began. Or, we get distracted by something else, we don’t go all the way through the process.  This becomes the turning back point; the point when we say to ourselves, “this is too much,” or “this is going to take too long,” or “I just don’t have the strength to finish this right now.”  However, many of us do not get back to it and as a result we never really finish what we’ve started or if we do, we may have to start all over again in order to get the intended results we desire.

This incomplete process is very frustrating and we end up lacking like the slothful man because we have put forth some effort, received a false sense of accomplishment but because we did not complete the process, we walk away with no real results.  This happens even if we complete a substantial part of the process.

“A project is just a project until it has been completely accomplished.

On the other hand, there is nothing more satisfying than the completion of something we’ve begun.

“The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. Proverb 13:19

Diligence is our most prized possession because it’s what gets us where we want to go.  Selah.

Be Blessed!

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There are 21 Days to Break the Back of a Slack, Sluggish and Slothful Spirit– So, Go All The Way Through The Process.

Day 13- The Practice of Diligence

Day 13 of 21 Days to Break The Back of Slack, Sluggishness and The Spirit of Slothfulness- The Practice of Diligence

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him:for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Diligence can be a difficult thing to learn especially if we have spent much of life being slothful.  Making the shift is easier said than done.  But, that does not mean that it cannot be done because it certainly can.

In order to learn how to become diligent we need practice.  That’s right, we need to practice being diligent in order to become diligent.  It may seem like circular reasoning but in this case practice really does perfect us in becoming diligent.  It’s kind of like getting stronger.  We can’t get stronger unless we work out, exercise, lift weights, eat right, sleep right and so on.  The more we do those things the stronger we will get.

Such is the case with becoming diligent.  We need to diligently practice doing something diligently.  One of the most important things we can diligently start doing right away is diligently seeking God.  In theory, this seems like it should be an easy thing to do but in practice it is not.  Apparently, diligently seeking God is difficult because so few people actually do it on a consistent basis.  However, doing it diligently helps to show us what it takes to be diligent.  It is a lot like learning how to love.  If we can love a God that we cannot see, then surely we can love people that we can see.  Diligently seeking God works the same way.  If we can diligently seek God, then we can be diligent in other areas of life.

It takes real endurance to diligently seek God which includes: praying when we are exhausted; reading The Word when we “don’t have time;” and worshiping God when we are discouraged.  Our love for and our faith in God is what drives our diligence.  Additionally, there some rewards for doing it.

“He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

Some of the Spiritual rewards we receive for diligently seeking God include: a greater and deeper understanding of the nature and mind of God; a stronger anointing to do incredible things; more control of the flesh; and answered prayers, etc.

The biggest reward we receive from diligently seeking God is learn how to be diligent in all of our affairs.  Some of the other rewards we receive from diligence include:

  • Elevation

“See the man that is diligent in his business?  He shall stand before kings.  Proverb 22:29

  • Riches

“He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.  Proverb 10:4

  • Blessings

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments which command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee…” Deuteronomy 28:1-2

It is worth it to diligently seek God because we will learn how to become diligent in all of affairs.  There are many rewards and benefits for doing so.  Selah.

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

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It takes 21 Days to Break The Back of Slack, Sluggishness and The Spirit of Slothfulness. (Soon to be released  21 Day Devotional e-Book)

 

 

 

 

Day 12- Shift Your Focus

“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness...” Proverb 21:5

Diligence is a choice but it is not an easy choice because it requires a strong sense of purpose, character, fortitude, laser beam focus, and faith. Diligence does not come naturally or easily to most folks but it certainly can be developed by shifting our focus.

The diligent have laser beam focus on plenteousness which literally means they focus on getting ahead.  Proverb 21:5 says, “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness” It drives and motivates them to keeping praying, plowing, planting, patiently waiting, and laboring because they know that surely their diligence will result in an abundant harvest.  We can glean from them.  Better than that, we can become one of them by thinking the same way.  “As a man thinketh, so is he.” (Proverb 23:7).

However, let’s not get it confused. Getting ahead means that we think about becoming who God has ordained us to be.  God has ordained that we be ABOVE ONLY and not beneath.  When we have laser beam focus on who we are and what our lot is supposed to be in life, we will find plenteousness.

“And the Lord shall make shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above ONLY, and thou shalt not be beneath…” Deuteronomy 28:13

This is what our lot in life is supposed to be and therefore that is what we should focus on the most. However, if we are slothful, this may be very difficult to do especially if we have tried shift before but we were not successful. As a result, we may think of ourselves as being beneath ONLY and not above.  But, of course, we know that this is not true. What is true is that we are ABOVE ONLY and not beneath.

Thus, we can shift our focus and our tendencies by focusing on the truth.  Selah.

Be Blessed!

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Day 11-Make “The” Choice

“The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor” Proverb 12:24

In our lives, we are all faced with making “The Choice:” to be diligent or to be slothful?  This choice can be made at any point and it doesn’t matter where we are in life when we make the choice.  However, making the choice determines what type of results we will receive in life.  The results of diligence are positive but the results of slothfulness are almost always negative.

The difference in results is clear.  Here are a few examples:

“He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” Proverb 10:4

“The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor” Proverb 12:24

“The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverb 13:4

In other words, diligence will most likely lead us to riches; being at the top of the food chain instead of the bottom; and satisfaction.  On the other hand, slothfulness will most likely lead us to poverty, forced labor, and emptiness. Neither is predetermined when we are born but both are choices that we make somewhere along the continuum of life.  Ironically, those who are diligent continually choose to be diligent while those who are slothful continually choose to be slothful.  However, we can always choose differently if we decide to do so.

Now, this is not to say that we will not be faced with challenges and other impediments that are designed to set us back because certainly we will. However,  the good news is, we can still chose to be diligent in working our way back from our setbacks.  It is our choice. We do have a say in the matter.  Or, rather, shall I say, we have a hand in the matter.

First, we choose to diligently pursue our destiny.  Then, we have to put our hands, feet, back and souls into diligently plowing through the fallow ground until it becomes fertile. At this stage, we have to be even more diligent because back breaking work is required.  This is where many of us turn back because the days are long and the energy that needs to be exerted is exhausting.  However, it is here that our strength is developed along with our faith.  Those qualities are essential in order to navigate our way through the next phases of our success which include: praying without ceasing; planting seed in the fertile soil; being patient; watering our seed offering; more prayer; and then laboring for the harvest.  Diligence and faith are required for each phase.

But, we have to keep making the choice to be diligent or by default we will choose to be slothful.

Which do you choose? Selah

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Day 10- The Grief of Slothfulness

The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.”  Proverb 26:15

Have you ever wondered why sometimes, it is difficult to perform a mission critical task? Well, the culprit could be grief induced slothfulness. Slothfulness can be caused by grief and in return it causes further slothfulness.  Usually, grief  comes when we have lost something or someone.  But, it could also be caused by deep mental anguish or distress caused by a number of things to include: being overwhelmed; lack of order, etc. During these difficult times, many people are experiencing some form of grief and as  a result are not able to do things that really need to be done.

“Grief looms deep inside of our souls and it causes us to feel faint, weary, disgusted, or distressed. “

Such is the case with the slothful man who hides his hand and won’t or rather can’t even bring his hand to his mouth.  Obviously, the man needs to bring to bring his hand to his mouth so that he can feed himself.  But, he can’t find the strength to do it.  In fact, it “grieves” him to do it.  But, God knows if he doesn’t do it, he is not going to survive or at the least the quality of his life is going to diminish.  Perhaps, he justifies it by saying , “I lost my appetite.”  And maybe that rationale makes him to temporarily feel better.  However, the rationale does not negate the fact that the task of lifting his hand to feed himself is a mission critical task. His grief caused slothfulness and then his slothfulness caused further grief because he needs to eat but he won’t or he can’t.

The same thing happens to us.  There are many of us who need to do some very critical things that may determine or at least influence the quality of our lives.  But, because of the grief that looms deep within we can’t or won’t take action.  Arguably, there is nothing more frustrating than this because we know that if we don’t take action the results will not be good.  But, we don’t, can’t or simply won’t because of the grief that fills our souls.  Therefore, we must take action against the grief that keeps us from taking action.

We should realize that this is a spiritual issue that needs to be dealt with spiritually.  King David dealt with his stifling grief by looking deep inside his soul.  In Psalm 42:5, asked himself,

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why art thou disquieted within me?”

In essence, by asking such a probing question, he was able to get at the root of what was causing the grief in his soul.  Even though he doesn’t answer the question, he does provide a solution.  This is very helpful because many of us either do not know why we are grieving or even worse, we don’t know how to stop grieving so that we can get moving again in our lives.  Thus, he followed his question with a solution.   He said,

“hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of my countenance.”

The solution for our grief is to put our hope in God as the only One Who is able to bring us out of our grief.  In fact, we can begin to praise Him even before we begin to see the results of being set free from the grief that stifles us from getting mission critical as well as beneficial tasks accomplished in our lives.  Therefore, He is the One Who can bring help and health to our souls.  Selah!

Be Blessed!

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Day 9-Gotta Get Out There

Day 9- Gotta Get Out There!

“The slothful man saith, there is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.” Proverb 22:13

There is something out there but it is not a lion.  What is out there is what we’ve been hoping and praying for.  But, many will not go out there because of the perception that we will be eaten alive if we go.

“There” is located right outside of our comfort zones.  So, by definition it is uncomfortable to go there.  But, the benefit for going is much greater than the cost of not going because there is a great degree of satisfaction that comes from making the attempt even if we don’t find what we are looking for on the first attempt.  On the other hand, there is a greater degree of torment and angst that comes from not going because somewhere deep inside we wonder if we would have been successful if we would have gone out there when we had a chance.  If not careful, we may end up suffering from the woulda’, coulda’, shoulda’ syndrome for the rest of our lives.

Really, what’s happening here is fear which causes us to prejudge what the experience of going out there is going to be like.  We think it is going to be terrible.  Also, we are afraid to fail; we are afraid of rejection; or we are afraid that we will have to endure some type of pain or exertion of energy that we don’t have.  Therefore, we become bound by the fear based boundaries we place around ourselves and as a result our progress is thwarted by those boundaries. Simply put, we go only as far as our self imposed comfort zones and no farther.  Our fears tell us to, “stay here! don’t go there!” because if you do,  you are going to experience some type of pain.  Of course, we listen and we stay here instead of getting out there in order to discover what’s out there specifically for us.

Also, we may not get out there because we may not feel prepared.  As a result, we may either spend too much time shooting down our own ideas.  We say to ourselves, “I’m not ready yet,” or “I need more preparation.” If that is the case then there is a benefit in getting prepared.  However, the main caution here is that we may spend too much time “getting prepared” instead of “getting out there.”  Preparation as well as planning is important so long as it does not become a scapegoat for taking meaningful action.

There are some things we can do to “get out there:”

1) Make a list of the perceived unpleasant things that make it difficult to “get out there.” To help you with this step click the red button and download a free form. Buy Now!

2) Find Scriptures to refute those unpleasant things.

3) Use those Scriptures as the foundation of prayer.  In other words, speak the Word against those perceived unpleasant things during prayer.  God honors His Word and this builds our faith and confidence.

4) Get up off your knees and take action with confidence that God is with you as you get out there.

There is no lion or anything else that will eat you alive.  So, get out there!  you will be so glad you did.

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

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Day 8- Good Things Come to Those Who Don’t Wait!

Day 8- Good Things Come To Those Who Don’t Wait!

“They answered, “come on, let’s attack them!  We have seen that the land is very good.  Aren’t you going to do something?  Don’t hesitate to go there and take it over.”  Judges 18:9

When we face real or perceived challenges, our natural inclination is to wait or hesitate before taking action; that is if we take action at all.  At work here is our fear based perception that we are not equipped to overcome the challenges we face or that we don’t have the ability to see through to the other side of the challenge.  As a result, we stay right where we are.  We wait or hesitate.  What we don’t realize is that good things come to those who don’t wait.

The Israelites were facing an enemy that was securely entrenched in the land that was flowing with milk and honey.  They seemed to be an insurmountable foe.  But, God’s promise;   “that He had given it [the land] into [their] hands; a place where there is no want of anything that is in the earth;” superseded the so-called power of the enemy.  Therefore, their instruction was to not hesitate in taking action because God had prepared something that was “very good” on the other side of through.

So it is with us, God has prepared something “very good” on the other side of through for us.  It is certainly better than what we are working with right now.  However, we too will have to be courageous and commence our journey with unshakable faith because the other side doesn’t come to us; instead, we have to go to it.  The sooner we take action; the better because our greatest foe is the uncertainty of time.  Perhaps, some preparation is needed.  If that is the case, then we should not wait or hesitate in getting prepared even if we have to face our greatest fears or find enduring strength to commence our journey.

To our advantage, we have evidence of how God brought others through.  If He did it for the Israelites, surely He will do it for us.  After all, according to 1 Peter 2:9, we too are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God…”  Therefore, something “very good” has already been prepared for us but we have to be willing to take action even if we have to dig deep to get past whatever we are facing.  If we don’t go, then we will never know what God has in store for us.

So….“come on, let’s attack!  We have seen that the land is very good.  Aren’t you going to do something?  Don’t hesitate to go there and take it over.”

Good Things Come To Those Who Don’t Wait!

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

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Day 7-Desire Dwells But Diligence Propels

Day 7- Desire Dwells But Diligence Propels!

“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” Proverb 13:4

Desire dwells but diligence propels.  Our desires remain just desires unless we take the diligent steps to accomplish them.  Most who have been sluggish for one reason or another have desires to accomplish something other than being stuck in a rut.  However, when we are sluggish, we usually end up accomplishing frustration because we have not achieved our desires.  According to Proverb 21:25, “the desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labor.”   To add insult to injury, frustration is the first step that leads us to poverty.  The good news is, if this is where you are, you do not have to stay here.

Diligence, along with God’s help, will cause our desires to be fulfilled and will turn our poverty into riches.  Diligence will cause our souls to be made fat which means our souls will be satisfied.  However, diligence is not cheap.  Instead, we have to pay a premium that requires us to be relentless and undeterred in our pursuit to accomplish what we desire.  Nonetheless, as we take our first steps, God is able to help us.  King David prayed in Psalm 145:16, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”  Thus, the first thing we can diligently do is to seek God for the fulfillment of our desires.  “He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).  Then, we must get up off of our knees and then take diligent action to turn our desires into accomplishments.

This is very important because “desire accomplished is sweet to the soul” (Proverb 13:19).  It is time to make fat, and sweeten up our bitter souls, with diligence.

Desire Dwells But Diligence Propels!

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

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Day 6- Now Arise!

Day 6- Now Arise!

“How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?” Proverb 6:9

The time has come to arise from our state of sluggishness which comes from the dirty tricks and hard hits life has dealt us.  It is as if we have fallen and we can’t get up.  However, even though it may be challenging, we can still arise.

If nothing else, rising up requires an unshakable determination to leap to our feet and then get moving.  Or, if we have been down for a while or if the most recent blow knocked us down for the count, we can take one small step of progress.  It is very much like a fighter who has been knocked down; who, while the referee is giving the countdown, s/he first climbs up on one knee, then grabs the rope for support, and then stands up and begins to fight again.  During this process, I can only imagine what goes through the fighter’s mind during those critical ten seconds.  I imagine the fighter asks him/herself, “should stay down or should I get up?” or “do I or do I not have the strength to get up?”  First, there is a decision to make the attempt.  Then, there is the attempt which determines how much human strength we have left to get up once again.

Deciding then making the attempt to get up comes from deep within.  On one level, it is a test of our inward resolve to not be defeated.  On another deeper level, it is evidence of our relationship with Christ.  Christ specializes in the getting up business and with His Spirit dwelling on the inside of our souls, we are given the supernatural ability to arise shake our state of sluggishness.  We just need to ask for His help.

The Apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:16, “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.”

This can be our personal prayer as we dig deep within to arise from the hits and knockdowns of life has dealt us.  This can be done even if we have counted ourselves down and out.  When prayed, the light and glory of the Lord will come and strengthen you in the inward man and will show you where to find the strength to get through and get past your sluggishness and feelings of defeat; and how to get up.

“Arise, shine; for your light has come!  And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”  Isaiah 60:1

Now, Arise!

Be Blessed!

Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv

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