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.
— PRAYER —
Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 84”
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 21:25-26. (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.)
25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
This passage presents yet another dire consequence of being lazy or slothful. Even though the slothful person is unwilling to work, he still has desires for the things that result from hard work. Although “his hands refuse to labor,” he still desires the fruits of labor. And the Bible says this desire is so painful that it kills him. Have you ever wanted something so badly that you almost felt as though you would die if you did not have it? That is how the slothful person feels every day. Yet, despite his desires, he is still unwilling to work for that which he wishes to obtain.
The Bible says he “covets greedily all the day long.” He sits around looking at and longing for what other people have but won’t get up and get some for himself. In contrast, the righteous person, the hard worker, not only has enough for himself, but has enough to give freely to others. In “The Biblical Illustrator,” Joseph Exell expands on what it means for the slothful man to be killed by his own desire. He writes that the “suicide” of the slothful comes about by five elements: (1) Ennui (AHN-WEE) or boredom and listlessness arising from a lack of occupation; (2) Disappointment. Disappointment kills; (3) Envy; Seeing others succeed kills the slothful; (4) Poverty; Sloth fills cities with the poor and prisons with criminals; and (5) Remorse; regret and remorse weigh heavy on the human heart.
You don’t want your life to end up like the slothful. As quickly as possible, you want to be in a position where you will not want things; instead, you will be giving things away. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” And hard, diligent labor now enables us to be on the giving end in the future.
If you struggle with sloth or laziness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
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!