Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.
Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 82”
In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.
The sin that we are looking at today is the sin of “sloth.” This is the fourth sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.
Today, we will be looking at Proverbs 19:15. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
This verse speaks to the results of a slothful attitude and slothful behavior.
Another book by the wise writer of Proverbs informs us that there is a time for every season. There is a season for work and a season for receiving the fruits of our labor. The slothful person does not want to work when it is time to work, yet wants to reap when harvest time comes. The slothful person has all kinds of excuses for not wanting to work. For the man who will not plow and plant in spring, he claims it’s too cold. But, when harvest time and winter come, he will be worse off, begging for that which he would not work for.
John Gill said, “The sluggard shall ask of those who have ploughed and sowed, and are now reaping and gathering at harvest time. But if a man will not plough and sow, he cannot expect to reap, nor should he be encouraged in begging. This holds good in spiritual things as well. Such who have been slothful and sluggish about their spiritual affairs, unconcerned for the grace of God, and indolent in the use of means or performance of duty, will ask when too late, as the foolish virgins asked oil of the wise virgins when the bridegroom came and as the rich man asked for water from Abraham when in hell.”
This verse also implies the importance of patience and waiting for results from our work. Many people are willing to work if they can see the results instantly or the next day. But, more often than not, we will not see the benefits of our labor for weeks, months, and even years. The farmer plants in spring time, but sees no crops until fall, nine months later. In this way, we understand that work is itself an act of faith. You are expending energy with no immediate benefit to yourself. Perhaps in order to overcome sloth, our prayer ought to be, “Lord, increase our faith.”
If you struggle with sloth or laziness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!