Friday, September 2, 2011

2011 September 2 - Morning Manna

"The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets" (Proverbs 22:13).

Today's Morsel:  You would think that if one knows there is something that will destroy him, that they would take actions to prevent it from happening.  Laziness seems to get a hold of many people and they don't see the need to make a change or correction.  I've seen people who will make no effort to seek employment, knowing they are about to be evicted from their homes, that they have no gas for their car, and they have no food in their house, and yet they do nothing about it.  Then they expect God to bless them.  Friend, God does not bless slothfulness. Why such laziness?  There are numerous deaths caused by drunk drivers and many hospital beds are filled with cancer patients that doctors say is caused by smoking and smokeless tobacco, so one would think that these things would be outlawed.  One would think that people would take action in their lives to avoid using them.  Like the man in today's scripture, he knows that the lion will destroy him if he goes outside,  but because he's too lazy to do anything about it, the lion is probably going to kill him.  The lion can be seen as many things.  Drugs, alcohol, pornography, indebtedness, wrong companions, a love for money, prostitution, and laziness are all things in the streets.  The man who is void of understanding,  Solomon said, there is a rod for his back (Proverbs 20:13).  Paul told the church at Thessalonica,  "Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother" (2 Thessalonians 3:8-15).  Laziness should never be in a born again believer's life.  We are called to be diligent and dedicated to the cause and to let our light shine so that men will see who we really belong.  "Laziness grows on people; it begins as cobwebs and ends in iron chains" M. Hale.

Sing:  Jesus use me, O' Lord don't refuse me, for surely there's a work that I can do, and even though it's humble, Lord help my will to crumble, though the cost be great I'll work for you.

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