THE ENEMIES OF THE FAMILY – LAZINESS.
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs 13:4) and meditate Proverbs 6:6-11.
If you desire a meaningful life, do not be lazy.
What is laziness?
Laziness is the refusal to work. Anyone who dislikes working or making an effort is described as lazy. A lazy father will not be able to provide for his household. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:8:
“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.“
The Bible goes further by equating a lazy man who cannot take care of his family to a non-believer. This means that as a child of God, you must work hard to be able to take good care of your family and those around you. It is the work of your hands that God will bless. If you want God’s blessing, you should be able to present something He will bless. The Bible does not tolerate laziness; it condemns it in all its forms.
When we closely examine the Proverbs 31 woman, we can see that she works hard to provide for her family. To summarize her dedication to the well-being of her family, Proverbs 31:27-29 says:
“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'”
Beloved, we have no excuse not to provide for our family because the Bible commands us to. And we have many examples in the Bible of those who made sure to take very good care of their families both in physical and spiritual needs.
A lazy family will be poor, enslaved, and can never become great. In John 5:17, Jesus says, “But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I am working.’” If our Lord Jesus Christ is working, what about you? Beloved, today’s memorization verse gives us all something to ponder.
Any spirit of laziness in your life will die, in the name of Jesus.
- Every spirit of backwardness operating in my family, die, in the name of Jesus.
- Every curse of retrogression at work in my family, be broken, in the name of Jesus.
- Every spirit of laziness holding my family captive, die, in the name of Jesus.
- Every yoke of indolence in my lineage, be broken by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- Every spirit of indifference to greatness in my family, die, in the name of Jesus.
- Father Lord, bless the works of our hands in my family, in the name of Jesus.
- In my family, we will not labor in vain, in the name of Jesus.
This text is an excerpt from the book “Living on top life of the mountain daily devotion 2024” written by Dr DANIEL OLUKOYA.
We invite you to read the following article “ENEMIES OF THE FAMILY: SELFISHNESS.”