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A Lack of Discipline

Key Scripture 2 Corinthians 5:17; Proverbs 4:23.

The devil and fishing.

  • If the devil were to go fishing for you, what bait would he use.
  • He might laziness.
  • Being lazy means “to be unwilling to work or use energy. Showing a lack of effort or care” (Concise Oxford English Dictionary (2004), s.v. “lazy”).
  • The Bible uses the word sluggard.
  • This means “loose or undisciplined. The Hebrew term can refer to a bow not strung or equipped with an arrow for action.


  • There can be professional and personal discipline while still maintaining a lack of character because of our sinful inclinations.
  • There are those who are talented but lazy.
  • These people will only reach a certain potential because of their lack of desire to work harder to be better.


  • A lazy individual is someone who ultimately has spiritual heart issues.
  • Laziness could be determined and temporarily fixed through behavior modification, but ultimately, if the spiritual condition is never settled, this area will always be an issue.
  • How do you set up safeguards against laziness?
  • We can guard our heart from laziness by ensuring we remain disciplined in everything we do, but not allow discipline to become an idol as it can often become.
  • Don't make excuses for things that need to get done, both professionally and personally. You must to yield to the Holy Spirit.
  • Plan to get things done that need to get done.
  • Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
  • Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
  • We must be very diligent, proactive, and careful, to ensure we’re not flirting with disaster in the area of laziness.
  • Laziness isn’t always being unwilling to work. Laziness can also be failing to work where it really matters—which breeds sins like lust, greed, and envy.
  • Lazy people can be lazy. Busy people can be lazy. Laziness is a heart problem, not a work problem.