Focusing on Jesus is a discipline. Lots of times we don’t feel like doing it, but we KNOW it’s right.
4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
4 Lazy habits make for spiritual poverty, but diligence in the spiritual disciplines brings blessings.
RESET. That’s what I call it. When I am in a “don’t want to” mode, I reset by acknowledging that I am in such a mode (or mood), changing my schedule, and thanking Jesus for loving me anyway. I then go over all the Scriptures I know pertaining to how I should be when I am Spirit-led. Like these:
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Humility. Philippians 2:3-5
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance [patience, long-suffering], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness [my big one] and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects [“we will guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride], always trusts [always giving the benefit of the doubt], always hopes [that each of us will live as Christ wants us to live], always perseveres [keeping at it and never giving up]. 8 Love never fails [we always win!]. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
There are more, but those are the big ones. They are certainly enough for us to chew on for the rest of the day. Let’s ask the LORD which ones(s) He wants us to work on today and get after it. I’m sure that we will have plenty of opportunities to practice…!
Abba, sometimes I’m just tired. But I know that it’s no excuse to act in an ungodly fashion. So, may You well up inside me and give me all the grace I need today to be You to others. Coffee helps. Thank You. Amen.