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This is a brief scriptural bible study outline, especially suitable for those who draw back from whole-hearted work. Timely, biblical counsel.
  1. God commands his people to be workers - not shirkers!
    • A. Look up: Prov. 10:4-5, 13:4; Ephesians 4:28; Genesis 1:28, 2:15, 3:19 - and see what our Larger Catechism says in Question Number 141. ( Larger Catechism)
      "He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame".(Proverbs 10:4-5)

      "The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat". (Proverbs 13:4)

      "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth". (Ephesians 4:28)

      "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth".(Genesis 1:28)

      "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it". (Genesis 2:15)

      "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return". (Genesis 3:19)
    • B. See what God says about lazy people! 2 Thessalonians 3:10
      "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat".
    • C. Every Christian has voluntary work to do in the church as well as payed work in their occupation, (Nehemiah 3 , Romans 12:1-18 ).
  2.  Proverbs teaches us how to make sure we do not fall into the sin of laziness.
    • A. Don’t hang about with "party animals" (Prov. 23:20-21)
      "Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh; For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man in rags."
    • B. Don't participate in foolery when there is work to be done: (Prov. 28:19)
      "He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread; but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough."
    • C. Don’t be so soft, or so self-indulgent that work scares you off: (Prov. 20:4)
      "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold (winter); therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing."
      "He that loveth pleasures shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich." (Prov. 21:17)
    • D. Get out of bed on time! Don’t indulge in habitual over-sleeping: (Prov. 20:13)
      "Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread."
    • E. Don’t allow yourself to slip into habits of laziness: (Prov. 19:15)
      "Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger." (spiritually also!)
    • F. Never make excuses for not working; because that is the way self-opinionated fools try to justify their sin of laziness (Prov. 26:13-16, 22:13)
      "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As a door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom. it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason."

by Rev.Chris J. Connors

 
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