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Idleness Is A Bad Habit

Key Verse

“Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger” Proverbs 19:15

Text — Proverbs 19:13-16


According to Oxford dictionary, idleness is a state of inaction or inactivity. Other words used to describe idleness include unused, useless, dormant, fallow, inactive, vacant among others. There is a saying which goes thus “idleness is the only refuge for weak minds and the holiday of fools”. No dream comes true until you wake up and work hard. The chief reward of idleness is poverty as Proverbs 10:4 rightly puts it that “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”

Hard work does not kill because the secret of success is sweat. Idleness kills and destroys great ambitions, it brings shame, poverty and failure. Idleness puts its victims under slavery in Satan’s kingdom.
The way out of idleness includes the following:
⁃ Understand the fact that time is life and it will soon be over.
⁃ Ensure you invest your day in something profitable
⁃ Take stock of your daily achievement at the close of day
⁃ Set your goals daily and work hard to achieve them
⁃ Take time to talk to God daily for guidance
Remember the way to be nothing is to do nothing, and the way to be somebody is to do something.

Further Reading

 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12

Prayer for today

Dear Father, forgive my past idleness and give me hunger for hard work.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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