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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 88 (Onward Christian Soldiers #212)


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 88”

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 Romans 12:11. (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.)

Romans 12:11

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

This verse comes in a series of pithy sayings in Romans chapter 12. Verse 11 gives us three interconnected commands that shed light on the issue of laziness especially for the Christian.

Christians ought not to be “slothful in business.” We ought to be eager and ready to work. Whatever the Lord leads us to put our hands to, we ought to be diligent and productive in doing it. Some people work, but they have no enthusiasm about their work. The Greek word translated as “in business” means “earnestness in accomplishing, promoting, or striving after something; to give all diligence [to a task].” In other words, if you are going to work, go all in. King Solomon said, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”

Then, we are instructed to be “fervent in spirit.” The Greek word translated as “fervent” means “to boil with heat, to be hot, to have zeal.” In other words, the work you do ought to be something you are passionate about. If your spirit is fervent about the work before you, you will work, not only with your mind and hands, but with your heart and soul. Adam Clarke said, “In every thing, let your heart be engaged. Be always in earnest, and let your heart ever accompany your hand.”

Finally, we are instructed, in the midst of our work, to “serve the Lord.” Ephesians 6:5-7 tells us that, whatever work we do, we should work “as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.” Every Christian’s life ought to be a life of service. Working in the church or on the mission field is not the only way to serve the Lord. Every believer is called to serve Christ diligently in whatever work he puts his hand to.

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!

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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 84 (Onward Christian Soldiers #208)


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.)

Proverbs 21:25-26

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.

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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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 82 (Onward Christian Soldiers #206)


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.)

Proverbs 19:15

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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 80 (Onward Christian Soldiers #204)


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 80”

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 15:19. (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.)

Proverbs 15:19

The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

This verse speaks to the difference in the attitude of a slothful person and a person who is ready and willing to work. When they get up in the morning or embark on any endeavor, they have different mentalities about the way ahead of them. And this mentality plays a large part in how they approach work.

For the slothful or lazy man, the path ahead is full of thorns. Some versions read, “strewn with thorns” or “blocked by thorns.” The slothful person only sees the difficulties, the impediments to success. He uses any roadblock as an excuse to justify lazy behavior. John Gill writes in his commentary, ‘The way of the slothful man is made difficult by his own conduct. In his slothfulness, he implicates and entangles himself in such difficulties that he cannot extricate himself; his way is not passable, at least not very easily. In his own apprehensions, he raises difficulties about doing business, which to him seem insurmountable, and which discourage him from attempting it, it being like breaking through thorns and briers.’ The slothful man has a mentality which says, ‘Difficulty ahead. Don’t go there.’

The righteous man, on the other hand, sees the way before him as plain. The Hebrew word translated as “plain” literally means to raise a highway. The man who has a righteous, non-lazy mentality sees what lies before him as the means of getting from where he is to where he wants to be. He sets a goal and pursues it . He is not intimidated by the challenges that he may face — certainly not to the point that he never attempts anything.

If we are to overcome sloth in our lives, we must deal not just with our actions, but with our atitude — our mentality. We must choose to see what lies ahead of us as a way of opportunity — a way to reach our goals and accomplish what needs to be accomplished.

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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 78 (Onward Christian Soldiers #202)


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 78”

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 13:4. (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.)

Proverbs 13:4

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Our focus verse for today highlights another of the opposing outcomes of those who are sluggards, those who won’t work, and those who are diligent, or hard-workers. The Bible says, “the soul of the sluggard desireth.” Now, we all know what it means to desire in life. All people have desires of some kind. The passage here is talking about the desire for material things that are essential for life as well as for those things that are not necessarily needed, but that are nice to have.

“The sluggard desireth, and hath nothing.” In other words, the lazy or slothful person does not get what he wants because he is not willing to work for it. In most cases, it is not that he is less able or at more of a disadvantage than other people, rather it is his unwillingness to work that causes him not to have the things he desires. Paul Kretzmann wrote in his commentary, “The sluggard is always ready to discourse on what he wants and ought to have, and yet has nothing. He is without success because he is too lazy to work for it.”

The diligent person, on the other hand, the Bible says, “shall be made fat.” Now, fat, in this context, does not mean physically fat, but prosperous or having plenty. The word translated as “fat” means simply to become prosperous. (The prosperity gospel will not make you rich, but hard work can make you prosperous.) A diligent person typically has all that they need and much of what they desire within reason. The result of hard work is money to take care of the basic needs of life — food, shelter, and clothing. As Kretzmann continues in his commentary, “The diligent, as a result of their industry, possess in abundance what they need.”

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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 76 (Onward Christian Soldiers #200)


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 ”

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 12:11. (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.)

Proverbs 12:11

He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

In Old Testament times, there were two primary occupations that most people were engaged in — agriculture and raising livestock. People made their living by working with their hands on the property that they owned. They ate and provided for their own needs based on the fruit of their own labor. Most families would be considered self-sufficient. It was a very serious matter if one did not work his own land or take care of his own flocks. He would not be able to supply for his needs, nor would he be able to sell the surplus of his goods for profit or trade them for the goods he needed.

Matthew Henry commented on this passage, “It is men’s wisdom to mind their business and follow an honest calling, for that is the way, by the blessing of God, to get a livelihood. He that is willing to take pains in work shall have food convenient for himself and his family, enough to bear those under his care comfortably through the world. Even the sentence of wrath upon man has this mercy in it: ‘Thou shalt eat bread, though it be in the sweat of thy face.’ Be busy. That is the true way to be easy [or to be at ease in life].”

Some, however, are not willing to work their own land (physically or metaphorically). Instead, they follow “vain persons void of understanding.” The Hebrew word translated as “vain” means “empty, worthless, or idle” men. If you waste time with people who are vain, meaning people who have no vision, no purpose, no drive to accomplish things in life, you will eventually end up like them.

Computers operate on a simple principle of input and output. The user inputs something, such as a search term, and the computer outputs something, such as search results. If you don’t put anything in, you don’t get anything out. Some people only want to be on the output end of life. They want to get, get, get, and never want to put in the necessary work that produces results. The Bible says that those who think and live in this manner are “void of understanding.” They don’t understand how life works. You can’t be ‘satisfied with bread’ unless you ’till your land.’ You won’t have your needs supplied unless you put in the necessary work.

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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 73 (Onward Christian Soldiers #197)


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.

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Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 73”

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 Genesis 2:15. (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.)

Proverbs 6:6-8

6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

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The Bible Knowledge Commentary says regarding this passage, “A person can become financially destitute by laziness as well as by foolish dealings. Solomon was probably not calling his son a sluggard; he was speaking rhetorically to anyone who might hear or read the message. The Hebrew word for sluggard occurs 14 times in Proverbs and nowhere else in the Old Testament. It refers to more than laziness. In 15:19 a sluggard is contrasted with the “upright,” and in 21:25–26 a sluggard is contrasted with the “righteous.” A sluggard is associated in 19:15 with the “shiftless.” A lazy, irresponsible person is challenged to learn from the ant and be wise. Ants, known for being industrious, are commended here for their initiative. Apparently ants have no leader—no commander to direct them, no overseer to inspect their work, no ruler to prod them on. Yet they work better than many people under a leader! Ants also work in anticipation of future needs, storing and gathering while it is warm, before winter comes. The virtue of wisdom is not in being busy but in having a proper view of forthcoming needs that motivate one to action. Those who act only when commanded do not possess wisdom.”

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!

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