May 16, 2013 – Daily Bible Reading

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Proverbs – Chapter 22 –

The Evil of Laziness

From the number of times that laziness is mentioned in Proverbs, we must conclude that it can be a major problem. The following verses show the serious impact that laziness can have on our life.

  • Pro 10:26  As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him.
  • Pro 12:24  The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
  • Pro 12:27  The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man’s precious possession.
  • Pro 13:4  The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
  • Pro 15:19  The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway.
  • Pro 19:15  Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger.
  • Pro 19:24  A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
  • Pro 20:4  The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
  • Pro 21:25  The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.
  • Pro 22:13  The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”
  • Pro 24:30  I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
  • Pro 26:13  The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!”
  • Pro 26:14  As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed.
  • Pro 26:15  The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
  • Pro 26:16  The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly.
  • Ecc 10:18  Because of laziness the building decays, And through idleness of hands the house leaks.

Having Wisdom in Friendship

Proverbs 22:24-25 – See also Pro 29:22.

Our friends have a strong influence on our life.  My good friend, the late Dr. Alexander Ness, wrote a book on what he called “transference of spirits.” In that book he explained how spirits are transferred from one person to another just by exposure and interaction. He gives many examples of this spiritual phenomenon. He shows the biblical basis of how a rebellious child affects those that are peaceful and obedient, or a licentious person seduces the innocent, or a meeting can be changed from peaceful to chaos by a person full of strife. In some specific conditions this can work also in a positive direction, and a minister can bring harmony and unity when others have failed. But that requires great skill.

Often the change is slow and progressive, but other times it can be sudden and strong.

Anger is one of the emotions that produces strong behavior and is easily spread to others. Even Christians can be full of bitterness and anger because of unresolved hurts. The love of God in us may draw us to the angry person in trying to help. However, the Bible warns us to be wary of angry people. If you get too close to, or involved with them, you will be affected in a negative way.  The root of bitterness has the ability to easily spread and defile many (Heb 12:15).

Those who are bitter pour out the bitterness in their heart on people around them. If you keep hearing their words you will begin to believe them and will pick up their attitude. It is better to distance yourself from these people to protect yourself. If you continue the relationship, soon they will also be angry with you,

Anger is an emotion that we must be careful with because it easily becomes sin (Eph 4:26) Remember that evil companionship corrupts morals (1 Cor 15:33)

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I thank you Father, for all the guidance that we can have from your words. By following your instructions we can avoid many hurts and experience many blessings.

Thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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3 Responses to May 16, 2013 – Daily Bible Reading

  1. Liliane6600 says:

    Certainly, we all have seen examples of transference of spirits. An angry or rebellious child may disrupt an entire classroom! A person with a “bad tongue” will easily get a group of friends to judge and speak badly of others.

    I recall my elderly aunt, some 20+ years ago, when suffering from depression — I could only take her “in small doses” because if I was not careful, I would be dragged down with her. Even a few years ago, she would always be negative and angry at some of the women in the retirement home (suffers from bi-polar). That was just annoying to hear but praise the Lord, I would say that the last 5 years or so, have been so much better. Perhaps the transference of spirit has been from her loving niece! : – ) …… or perhaps just better medication! I don’t really know except that the change is for the best. Praise God

    Being aware of how we are impacted by others is important for us to remain true to the Lord. Sometimes we have no choice, the “angry” person may be a parent, perhaps an aging parent suffering from alzheimer’s. In that case, we draw our strength and protection from the Lord.

  2. CecileC says:

    I was laughing to myself this morning when I read Proverbs 22:13 about the lion in the middle of the road. Boy did I use this when I was first born again, I praise God for Dianna who introduced me to this verse and it changed my committments to others. Because I could find the best excuses and they were real, once I took control of the lazysiness it changed my life. This was hindering the gifts of the Holy Spirit because it was hard to grow when you always had this darn lion in the middle of the road stopping me from serving the Lord. I am so grateful for all the people God has put in my life that have great spirits and have taught me many things. Lord I thank You for Your word and how it has and continues to change me and bring me to levels I thought I would not reach. You are an awesome Father and patient with me and I thank you for always being there for me. In Jesus’ mighty name!! AMEN

  3. Robyn says:

    Proverbs 22:10 came to my attention. Don’t allow strife to enter and take control. Reminds me of Proverbs 3:5-6 : “…Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way.” Doing things our way or judging (with prejudice) is not the right path. I find this easier to put into practice with people I don’t already know. With friends and family you expect the best, forgetting they, too, are only human and truly believe they are doing their best. And so they are at that time in their life journey. It’s so very hard to be patient and forgiving when deeply disappointed and hurt. Sometimes I “retreat” only after putting my foot in my mouth. OOPS! And strife has jsut been spread instead of agape love ;(

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