If you want to move forward in God, then you need to overcome weaknesses that are continually sucking you two steps back.
My one word for 2011 is strengthen. If I’m going to be strong in every area of my life, then I need to look at my prevailing weaknesses. I have gone for the first quarter of this year being lazy in dealing with a weakness that has unfortunately been lurking for years now. So I am going to push up my spiritual sleeves and deal with it, and you are my witness.
It would be hypocritical of me if I didn’t practice what I preach, so I am going to lay out my plan of action from my post Overcoming Weaknesses with a Plan of Action.
#1: My area of weakness: Diligence (lack of diligence with keeping a schedule)
#2: Scriptures to help me stand in this area:
- Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
- Proverbs 12:24a NKJV The hand of the diligent will rule… The diligent are in leadership.
- Proverbs 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. The wealth of the diligent is valuable/precious/influential.
- Proverbs 21:5a NKJV The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty… Plans = thought/plan/purpose.
- Proverbs 18:9 NKJV He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
- Proverbs 13:4b …the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. Fat meaning satisfied, anointed.
#3: I commit to change by praying each morning, and as needed, “I put off slothfulness and put on diligence.”
#4: Thoughts to cast down (with scriptures to take their place):
- “I don’t feel like doing what needs to be done.” (Proverbs 18:9) (Not in context of times when I truly don’t feel well.)
- “It’s okay to frequently depart from my schedule.” (Psalm 90:12)
- “I can frequently stay up late.” (Proverbs 12:24a) (I tend to do this and take a nap the next day, but it replaces other things I could be getting done.)
Doing these things will help me get into the habit of bringing every lazy thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, so that I can be assiduous with my time and responsibilities. I have also updated my schedule to include a firm bedtime. Overcoming this weakness is going to be a process, but I am doing all I can to walk in victory.