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Procrastination the Fertilizer for Disaster

I am sure all of us would agree on occasion you have had a challenge with procrastination.

Maybe you procrastinate on priorities at work—not starting until the deadline is staring you in the face or your boss is standing over your shoulder.

Perhaps you put off cleaning out the garage or organizing your desk, because you feel overwhelmed because of how long you think it will take.

Maybe you put off doing your TRBC homework until the very night it’s due and then you pull an all-nighter to get done.

Or maybe you drag your feet on reaching your personal goals

  • NOT writing the book you always wanted to write...
  • NOT training for the marathon you've dreamed of running...
  • NOT saving more
  • NOT getting fit, and NOT living your life the way you know you should.

I also think we could all say that each of us have areas in our life where we procrastinate in some form or other. I think we all would agree procrastination is the "fertilizer for disaster". There-in is the title of this message.

There's no reason to feel shame or guilt because you procrastinate. I what you to know that you're not alone, I also what you to know it’s not because you're lazy, irresponsible, or unmotivated. And by no means is it because you have a character flaw.

Once I share with you the SECRET to conquering procrastination your world will significantly improve in many ways.

In fact, when you become aware of an area in your life where you have a tendency to procrastinate you will see it as an OPPORTUNITY!

If you will allow this massage from God’s Word to become a part of your life you will gain a natural drive for consistently producing at optimum efficiency.

While maintaining a Christ-centered inner worth that's strong enough to solve problems and continue your commitment to your values and your goals.

Your supervisor and your co-workers, classmates, as well as your family and friends will see and feel the impact of a change in you.

Procrastination has little to do with your character traits and everything to do with fear. FEAR is the real reason we procrastinate.

1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.

  • Fear is defined as to be exceedingly afraid, fear, terror, alarmed or frightened which results in punishment OR the penal infliction of torment.

Despite what society tells us, “procrastination habits” cannot be erased by learning a few time-management skills or becoming more motivated. It goes much deeper. To defeat this great thief of time, money, and success, once-and-for-all you must dig to the root of the problem... the enemy would love nothing better than to have the solution hidden behind decades of myths and misconceptions.

What happens when you procrastinate?

You may not even perceive these fears, but they are present. They haunt you at a subconscious level that disrupts your emotions and your actions. Left unchecked, these fears can keep you tail spinning in an out-of-control destructive cycle...

It starts by fearing that you'll be judged or criticized, which leads to perfectionistic demands on you (which leads to self-condemnation). At that point, you may experience a fear of failure, causing you to procrastinate—which leads to being self-critical and greater feelings of guilt.

Maybe even anxiety or depression. As a result, you lose confidence and self-esteem. Meanwhile, things are piling up, you get mentally overwhelmed, and you procrastinate. Now you have a greater fear of experiencing your supervisor's, or spouse’s anger, which leads to fear of condemnation.

As a result, it's even more difficult to get started. You struggle to concentrate as your guilt, stress, and shame multiply.

No WONDER we procrastinate!

[Fear causes worry. Worry is something over which you cannot have your own way and in reality is personal distrust and irritation with God.] - John Hagee

Worry is assurance that disaster is coming!

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it ever happens!

Let’s look at three people that dealt with procrastination:

Gedion did not want to fight:

Turn in your Bible to the book of Judges Chapter 6.

2 The Midianites >treated the people of Israel >very badly. That’s why they made >hiding places for themselves. They hid in holes in the mountains. They also hid in caves and in other safe places.

3 Each year the people planted their crops. When they did, the Midianites came into the country and attacked it. So did the Amalekites and other tribes from the east.

So they cried out to the LORD for help and God answers their prayer.

14 The LORD turned to Gideon. He said to him, “You are strong. Go and save Israel from the power of Midian. I am sending you.”

15 “But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I possibly save Israel? My family group is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh. And I’m the least important member of my family.”

16 The LORD answered, “I will be with you. So you will strike down the men of Midian all at one time.”

23 But the LORD said to him, “May peace be with you! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”

37 Please do something for me. I’ll put a piece of wool on the threshing floor. Suppose dew is only on the wool tomorrow morning. And suppose the ground all around it is dry. Then I will know that you will use me to save Israel. I’ll know that your promise will come true.

38 And that’s what happened. Gideon got up early the next day. He squeezed the dew out of the wool. The water filled a bowl.

39 Then Gideon said to God, “Don’t let your anger burn against me. Let me ask you for just one more thing. Let me use the wool for one more test. This time make the wool dry. And cover the ground with dew.

40 So that night God did it. Only the wool was dry. The ground all around it was covered with dew.

Moses did not want to go back to Egypt:

Turn to Exodus chapter 3

10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh. I want you to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. They are my people.”

11 But Moses spoke to God. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” he said. “Who am I that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 God said, “I will be with you. I will give you a sign. It will prove that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, all of you will worship me on this mountain.”

Exodus 4:1 - And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

Exodus 4:10 - And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh:

Turn to Jonah chapter 2:

1 A message from the LORD came to Jonah, the son of Amittai. The LORD said, 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh. Preach against it. The sins of its people have come to my attention.”

3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD. He headed for Tarshish. So he went down to the port of Joppa. There he found a ship that was going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board. Then he sailed for Tarshish. He was running away from the LORD.

4 But the LORD sent a strong wind over the Mediterranean Sea. A wild storm came up. It was so wild that the ship was in danger of breaking apart.

7 Here is what the sailors said to one another. “Someone is to blame for getting us into all this trouble. Come. Let’s cast lots to find out who it is.” So they did. And Jonah was picked.

Here in these three examples you can clearly see the crippling effects of procrastination caused by fear in each of these men’s lives. Thank God they came to know the key to setting themselves free from their fears and they all moved on in victory in each of these situations. God wants each of you to live and walk in this same victory!

Why spend one more second procrastinating on LIVING... When at this very moment you can write a script for excellence, restoring your natural drive to start and finish every priority in front of you with a purposeful passion.

Once that happens, you begin to achieve never-before-imagined accomplishments, one after another. You gain the self-worth and confidence of someone who truly understands that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. And you become a magnet to a new whole world of opportunities that impact your walk in the Lord, your career, bank account, and your everyday exhilaration.

1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Let me share three things how understanding God’s love for you will cause you to overcome fear:

1. God is for you.

Romans 8:31 (KJV) - What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

It is very important that you know--whatever comes against you, God is for you. When you feel that you don't have what you need for your situation God is for you.

Romans 8:32 (KJV) - He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

  • How do we know that Abraham loved God. He did not withhold his only son.
  • The same way we know God loves us because he gave His own Son.

Because we are loved by Him we can know that He has done all things for us.

2. Have faith in God’s love for you.

You need to have your faith in how much God loves you! Not on how much you love God.

(1 John 4:9-10)

9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Propitiation -atonement, that it has been concretely set in stone that He, extinguished the guilt incurred by our misbehavior -- an expiator:

You are God’s beloved. The more you know that God’s love you the greater victory you will walk in.

Song of Songs 2: (NIRV)

4 Lead me to the dinner hall. Let your banner of love be lifted high above me.

(The banner is a declaration of a standard or testimony of that which is normal and consistent)

When your faith becomes wrapped up in the fact that God loves you and the fact that you are the righteous of God in Christ Jesus you will start to attract to you everything you need.

3. We are strengthened by HIS might.

(Ephesians 3:14-19 KJV)

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

God grants to you the might to do all things, which is directly related to His love for you not your love for Him.

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

In the mist of every circumstance that comes we must be rooted and grounded in the fact that God loves you.

Cast not way your confidence which has a great recompense of reward. Heb. 10:35 Confidence in God’s love for you!

The love of God is your power!

The love of God is your strength to do what you need to do!

1 John 4:16-19

16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Our love is complete and accomplished in Christ Jesus therefore we can have boldness in times of accusation, condemnation, damnation, judgment.

19 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

  • With the knowledge of His love for us we love Him.
  • With the knowledge of His love for us you can be free from the agitation of fear and procrastination.

TRBC students let not your hearts be troubled:

Psalm 23:4 (KJV)

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

A shadow can't hurt you.

  • The shadow of a Lion can't hurt you
  • The shadow of a Snake can't hurt you
  • The shadow of a Sword can't hurt you

Hebrews 13:6 (NIRV)

6 So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’

I shall not fear what man can do to me.

Proverbs 16:7 (NIRV)

7 When the way you live pleases the LORD, he makes even your enemies live at peace with you.

Joshua 1:9 (KJV)

9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

  • Fear cannot live in the atmosphere of faith
  • It cannot live in the secret place of the most high
  • It cannot live in atmosphere of confidence and worship

You will never change what you do not confront. If you would like to be liberated from anxiety, worry and procrastination pray this prayer.

Freedom from Procrastination Prayer

Heavenly Father we come into Your presence in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ. And today we cast every care upon You because You are our burden barrier. Today we are asking You to take all of our concerns all of our worry and bury it in the sea of forgetfulness and let us live in the joy and peace of the knowledge of God's love for us; knowing that God is our answer for today and tomorrow. I receive my peace over all fear and worry right now in Jesus name.

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