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.
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/.
Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv