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.
Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv