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.
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Clarence J. Parks, J.D., MDiv