7 Ways To Identify A Spiritual Slacker

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2 Peter 3:9 says:

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

As I was reading this verse. . .God stirred in me to make a statement and then ask you and me a question. . .which He wants us to ponder before we answer.

First, here’s the statement. . .God is not slack concerning His promises and neither should we be.

Second, here’s the question? Are we spiritual slackers?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines slacker as:

“Moving slowly; sluggish; lacking in activity; not busy.”

When it comes to activating and appropriating His promises into our daily life. . .God does not want us moving slowly. A lack of spiritual activity on our behalf will most certainly be a subject of conversation on Judgment Day.

As I began to study the Word, God showed me “7 Ways To Identify A Spiritual Slacker.”

1.      We’re a slacker, if we fail to follow God’s instructions.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 in Amplified Bible says:

“Now we charge you, brethren, in the name and on the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) that you withdraw and keep away from every brother (fellow believer) who is slack in the performance of duty and is disorderly, living as a shirker and not walking in accord with the traditions and instructions that you have received from us.”

This scripture is pretty clear. . .if we are moving slowly or sluggish in applying God’s principles in our life. . .then we’re a slacker.

If we’re failing to follow His instructions then we’re a slacker.

2.      We’re a slacker if we fail to claim our rightful inheritance.

If you knew that a rich relative of yours passed away and left you an inheritance of at least $1,000,000 would you claim it? Of course, you would.

The truth of the matter is that we all have a very rich relative who died and left us far more than a million dollars but we’ve got to claim it. . .before we can possess it.

Joshua 18:3 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Joshua asked the Israelites, How long will you be slack to go in and possess the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?”

If we’re not moving forward into His glorious provision and precious promises then we’re throwing away an awesome inheritance.

3.      If we’re a slacker, we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 in the Message Bible says:

“Don't you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? "If you don't work, you don't eat." And now we're getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don't slack off in doing your duty.”

The scripture is even clearer in James 4:17 in the New Living Translation which says:

“Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”

Make no mistake. . .it’s not enough to talk about what we’re going to do. . .it’s what we do that will determine not only our reward on earth but in heaven, as well.

4.      We’re a slacker if work is a dirty, four-letter word to us.

Proverbs 10:4 in the Amplified Bible says:

“He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

However, if we’re not a slacker. . .then we have a promise found in 2 Chronicles 15:7 in the Amplified Bible which says:

“Be strong, therefore, and let not your hands be weak and slack, for your work shall be rewarded.”

5.      We’re a slacker, if our life is a magnet for malcontents.

Proverbs 18:9 in the New International Version says:

“One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”

Our work ethic. . .our behavior patterns effectively operate as a magnet drawing to us. . .people of like mind and behavior.

1 Corinthians 15:33 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.”

If you visit our website www.haroldherring.com and search for my teaching “The Six People Closest To You,” it will help you determine if you are hanging out with people who are good for your spiritual growth.

6.      We’re a slacker, if we don’t honor our vows and pledges.

Deuteronomy 23:21 in the Amplified Bible says:

“When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not be slack in paying it, for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and slackness would be sin in you.”

Unfulfilled promises never bring about God’s will.

Notice God’s warning in Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 in The Living Bible to those who make promises and don’t keep them!! He says:

“...Don’t be a fool who doesn’t even realize it is sinful to make rash promises to God...So when you talk to God and vow to him that you will do something, don’t delay in doing it, for God has no pleasure in fools.

“Keep your promise to him. It is far better not to say you’ll do something than to say you will and then not do it. In that case, your mouth is making you sin. Don’t try to defend yourself by telling the messenger from God that it was all a mistake (to make the vow). That would make God very angry; and he might destroy your prosperity. Dreaming instead of doing is foolishness, and there is ruin in a flood of empty words...”

It’s not a good idea to neglect or ignore this passage of scripture if you ever make a pledge. God believes in vows. . .and He has no tolerance for those who fail to keep their word.

7.      You’re a slacker, if you aren’t willing to help others.

Hebrews 13:16 in the Message Bible says:

“Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. . .”

If we live our life in such a way that everything is about us. . .then we’re a slacker.

If we’re unwilling to lend a helping hand to someone who has no noticeable way of blessing us for our assistance. . .then we’re a slacker.

Proverbs 3:27 in the Message Bible says:

“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person.”

A final observation. . .let me tell you about someone who is not slack. . .never has been nor will He be.

2 Peter 3:9 says:

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

God is not slack.   Everything He has promised us in His Word is coming to past. The manifestation of His blessings is not determined by our present situation or anything born of the natural mind.

God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19). . .has He not said that He will bless you. . .will He not bring it to pass? Your answer. . .your deliverance. . .your blessing is on the way.

Don’t slack off now. . .because God certainly hasn’t.

As I was about to close this teaching. . .the Lord reminded of something I taught several years back. I was directed to ask you to

write the top seven things you think are going right for you. . .or maybe even, the things that you’re doing right.

I strongly encourage you to complete this spiritual exercise before you go to bed tonight.

When I made my list. . .I didn’t stop and think. . .I just started writing . . . I encourage you to do the same.

Finally, Proverbs 8:32 in the Message Bible offers some pretty sound advice for the next seven days and beyond.

"So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace these my ways are most blessed. Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don't squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day's work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God's good pleasure.”