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Discipline, Work

Overcoming Laziness And Mediocrity

The Holy Spirit has convicted me about being true to my word, and to make up my mind that I’m going to take myself seriously. It wasn’t until last Friday, when all the emotional high faded, that I was stuck with a decision of whether or not I was truly done operating in mediocrity.

See, it’s important that we make that decision and those declarations of change, but what happens the next day when the Holy Spirit reminds us of what we spoke in faith?
Do we hit snooze on our future and roll over? Or do we put our flesh in check by actually following our daily to-do list, no matter how long it takes?

The book of Proverbs gave me my entire life this week. The Holy Spirit led me to face the fact that I had been lazy and unproductive with my time.. I had heard of the saying, “in order to get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done”, and because I was stuck in a cycle of comfortability and mediocrity, I did not have the desire to move beyond what I felt like doing in those moments.
The Holy Spirit led me to these specific scriptures on the consequences of being lazy and inactive.

The Problem with Being Lazy and Being a Christian:
⁃ We are not able to fully complete the assignment God has chosen us for.
⁃ We completely ignore the souls God wants to save by using us.
⁃ We are selfish
⁃ We are deceived into thinking we have all the time in the world

– Proverbs 20:13 “Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor; open your eyes and you’ll have enough to eat.
⁃ Proverbs 6:9-10 “How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest.” And your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit.

Now that we have taken the time to look within ourselves and find the problems, how do we do our part in becoming productive people?

The Solution: How to become a Worker
⁃ Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of the unknown.
⁃ An Approved Worker ( 2 Timothy 2:14-26 CSB)
⁃ Romans 12:11 “Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord.

I use these scriptures above to guide me towards productivity. In addition to meditating on these scriptures, I wake up around 6am every morning, I write out a letter to God (Good Morning, Abba…), I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me to scripture that He May have placed on my heart while journaling, THEN I start my day with whatever tasks I wrote out the night before.

Now, it is a struggle sometimes, but I feel ten times better while I’m working and knowing that I’m actually a hard worker when I put my flesh in check.

And so are you.

No matter how you feel about yourself now, God does not see you that way. He always see His children from where He sits, which is on the throne in Heaven, not from where we are in our circumstances.

God desires for us to let Him cultivate us into the royalty He’s always seen. Wouldn’t you love to find out what God created you for, and to actually live that out?

You were created for an extraordinary purpose, but you have to first believe in God and yourself that it will actually happen. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17), and the only way you can grasp and claim everything that God has for you in 2018 is by declaring this over your life:

God, forgive me for operating less than what You’ve predestined. I did not choose you, but You chose me for something amazing. I am a world-changer. I have amazing gifts. I am a child of God. God’s plans for me are to PROSPER and not to harm me (Jeremiah 29:11). I trust You, God and I give You full permission to take my will, my heart, my mind, and my spirit, and shift it to what pleases You. Not my will, but Your’s, God. I declare this over my life, daily. In Jesus name I pray, and IT IS SO! Amen.

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