2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 The Seduction of Idleness

 

 

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.

 

 

I have seen Spiritual Attacks take on many different forms, but none so destructive as Idleness. Idleness at it Root has kept many Believers from stepping fully into their Calling and Destiny. We must start to understand that one part of idleness is from someone who is not willing, but another part is a deceptive Spirit that keeps you this way. There will always be a Slave and Master relationship in your life. It is Written, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” This reference goes far beyond just money, the Root of Idleness shows us that either you are working hard to serve the Lord or in your Idleness working hard waiting for God’s Plan to happen for your life. Both on the Outside may look the same, but at their Root are two radically different elements. I know of a young man in the Lord, love the Father with all his heart, but is always looking for a Job. 3 years running and for some reason or another cannot find employment. I spoke to him and asked about what kind of work he was seeking and his answer was anywhere that is hiring, but really wants a Job with someone doing something for the Church. He had received a Word from someone that if he Worked for God or got a job working with someone in the Church, all his finances will be taking care of. Sounds like a great Word, but in the end, it is destructive. Ambition to Work for God is great, but Satan can use that to make you forgo hard work to try and see that Plan come to pass. If you read what Paul wrote, “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” and He was talking about general labor, had no refers to preaching. We are all called to work in God’s Kingdom, but did not be misled in the notion that hard work in this world should be overlooked. There is a blessing that is missed when you do not pursue Hard work. I find the lying Spirits keep people this place and you miss Rebuke that Spirit in Jesus Name and Go Forth and find a Job. I have seen many for are ashamed at where they are at and find many excuses, but in the end, you should not let that lying Spirit be master over you, For God’s Word is the only thing that Shall rule over us in Jesus Name!

 

 

Prayer: Father, today I pray that you open our eyes to your truths. I know you have given your children special favor for those who seek to serve you, but let us not wait in idleness, but seek what you have appointed for us in Jesus Name, Amen!

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