(Causes and Dangers of Laziness)
Laziness is caused by the following:
- Poor self image
- Despair because of lost opportunities
Poor self image.
A lazy person has a problem with self image.
God created man to be His co—creator. To dominate ,be fruitful, and to replenish the earth .— (Gen 1:26-28 )
But laziness will inhibit him.— from seeing himself that way ..
Psalm 82:6-7 KJV
 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
Because he sees himself that way , he cannot take advantage of all the resources at his disposal.—
the mind of Christ, –(1Corinth2:16 )
the name of Jesus—(Philip 2:8-10 )
the blood of Jesus, ( Rev 12:11 )
the word of God.( 1 Peter 2:2 )
the Angels of God , (Psalm 91:11 )
The Holy Spirit ( John 14:26)
His confession is all about –poor me, I am a victim — and God said in
Numbers 14:28b KJV —-, As truly as I live, saith the Lord , as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
Sin opens door to all forms of manifestations in the life of any believer..
Sin leads to a seared conscience which makes a person unwilling to rise up from where he/ she is to make a change.
The person looses his spiritual vision and cannot be anything but lazy.
Sin creates a wall between man and God and the needed help from God will be denied.
Isaiah 59:1-2 KJV
 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Despair because of lost opportunity
Some people may have been doing well but along the line due to mistakes, bad planning,sin etc they fell .This people may have been forgiven and restored but they have not forgiven themselves for the lost opportunities.
Consequently they may be saying to themselves I have waisted years—5yrs, 10 yrs, 15years. I am now 40yrs, 50yrs, 60yrs, etc ., What can I do now.I will just wait until I die.This is a wrong thinking and it is the hand work of the devil.The bible says in
Jeremiah 29:11-14 KJV
 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me , when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  And I will be found of you, saith the Lord : and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord ; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
Joel 2:25 KJV
- The lord restores all the lost years
 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
- MOSES was 80 years when led the children of Israel out of Egypt.
- Joshua made the Sun and the moon to stand still when he was fighting the Amonites in the valley of Aijalon—( Joshua 10:12-13).
- The lord made the shadow to go back ten steps as as a sign to Hezekiah that He was able to restore the years lost ( 2 King 20:1-10)
Dangers of laziness
These are the following dangers of laziness.
- Mother of other sins
- It has a negative effect on Salvation.
- It affects your generations
Laziness is a mother of other sins
Laziness is as sin that is committed with other sins that are part of the package.
- The sin David committed started with idling at home ( a form of laziness ) instead of being in the battle he was at home .This laziness lead him to commit the following sins
—–lust,adultery, Deceit, lying,Murder etc.
- Laziness opens door to the sin of lying—lazy person will reasons for not doing anything
- when a lazy fails to get what he desires , he may be tempted to steal in order to meet his needs.
- Other sins associated with laziness are
— Pride ,hatred , jealousy, anger,drinkuness,etc.
Laziness has a negative effect on Salvation
It is very difficult for very lazy person who has always had his ways to be saved.
Matthew 16:24 KJV
 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Salvation requires active cooperation with God.
The kingdom of God suffers violence and only the violent takes it by force—Mathew 11:12
- Do something about your spiritual state.
- Peter said Repent now
- May be you have always said
- I will repent,,I will confess and forsake all my sins.
- Now is the time.
The believer must decide to do the following:
—– decide to follow Christ
—-take up the cross daily
—-becomes a man of violence.
—-enters the kingdom violently
–enters by the narrow gate and walks along that hard way.
A LAZY MAN CANNOT COMIT HIMSELF TO THESE.
Laziness and its associated spirits can be passed to your children and children children,
The children of lazy people if this habit continues can learn and grow to be also.
The facts of children doing what their fathers did is shown as follows:
- Abraham lie about his wife that she was her sister –Gen 12:11-16,
- Isaac dis the same Gen 26:6-11
- David committed adultrey with Bathseheba , He son Amnon committed incest with his sister Tammar and Absalom committed adultrey with his father’s concubines
- David arranged for the death of Uriah , Abraham arranged for the death ofAmnon.
- David one sin was women but his son SOLOMON’s basic sin was women.
If you are lazy— your children will be lazy
— your grand children will be lazy.—-your great grand children will be lazy — if nothing is done it will continue
Exodus 34:7 KJV
 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation .