Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
Verse Of The Day: Like a door that turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. Proverbs 26 : 14
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
LISTEN: People enjoy taking shortcuts. We often find it difficult to filter through our behaviours pointing out traits of laziness. By our actions, we unconsciously cheat ourselves out of God’s best by taking an easy route to life. (Proverbs 14 : 12). Many enjoy ‘meal of idleness’ instead of labouring honorably and truly to succeed and prosper. Today, laziness has eaten deep into “the fabric of society.” People want to make money without working for it. That is why we hear virtually everyday of people being kidnapped and tortured for ransom. Laziness in the mind has made a lot of people to live outside the will of God for their lives. (Proverbs 30 : 12). They do not like to work hard or to be active in meaningful activities, instead, encourage inactivity and indolence; thereby offering themselves to the devil as vessels of wickedness and societal crisis.
Beloved, failing to work hard or be active in meaningful activities is a sure way to accept Satan’s offer to invest in wickedness. He who spend his time in idleness can take any offer from the devil. So let us all examine ourselves and point out traits of laziness in our lives before it begins to hurt us. Are you a teacher? Husband or wife? A student? A lawyer or Doctor? An employee? A Pastor? Etc. Are you doing what is expected of you, and at the right time? Our verse of the day says, ” Like a door that turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. (Proverbs 26 : 14) A sluggard is a lazy person. Lazy people love idleness. They are not satisfied with sleep. They are quick to find thousands ways to excuse themselves from hard work and meaningful activities. Beloved, have you discovered some traits of laziness in your life? Have you been procrastinating and shying away from hard work and meaningful activities lately? Watch it before it hurts you. Invite God today and you will overcome it.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Shun laziness and engage in diligent hard work and meaningful activities.
2. Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might and heart.
3. Examine yourself and point out traits of laziness and purge yourself of them.
4. Do not spend your time in idleness, instead, engage in meaningful activities.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, you are the creator of heaven and earth. You also created me in your own image. You are not a lazy God, and therefore I am not created a lazy being. Help me to shun laziness but rather work hard in meaningful activities to the glory of your name, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, have you been procrastinating and shying away from hard work and meaningful activities lately? Watch it and invite God to help you overcome it.
Daily Reflection: Failing to work hard or be active in meaningful activities is a sure way to accept Satan’s offer to invest in wickedness and unrighteousness. Beware!
Daily Quote: He who chooses to spend his time in idleness can take any offer from the devil.
Today In History: January 23, 1950 Jerusalem becomes the official capital of Israel.
Say This: Today, I confess that I am created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, I cannot be lazy and Idle. I will diligently work hard and expect the blessing of the Lord in my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God baptise you with strength and success. May laziness and procrastination lose their grips in your life, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact: Did you know that there are 31,557,600 seconds in a year?