Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
Today we see the results of the neglect that was prevalent in the fall as humans profess to know right from wrong by leaving God’s will out, or by neglecting to consider his will when we make laws and decisions for what we consider is right living. Right living without God is not right at all.
Neglect can begin in all kinds of situations as a stronghold of laziness, selfishness, irresponsibility, or any number of demonic strongholds try to take over our thoughts. When we disregard the responsibilities in our lives we set our lives up for disaster. Neglect can promote despair, depression, or other emotions as this stronghold binds us and virtually immobilizes us. If neglect continues, it will bring on catastrophic results. A world in neglect cannot survive or function properly.
Neglecting God or his word confuses us and guide us erroneously into a world where self righteousness and human reasoning rule. Human reasoning apart from God or his word leads to death.
1. Justify your actions by the word of God and not by the flawed righteousness or religiosity of man.
Acts 6:2 So the Twelve [apostles] convened the multitude of the disciples and said, It is not seemly or desirable or right that we should have to give up or neglect [preaching] the Word of God in order to attend to serving at tables and superintending the distribution of food.
Luke 16:15 But He said to them, You are the ones who declare yourselves just and upright before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted and highly thought of among men is detestable and abhorrent (an abomination) in the sight of God.
2. Regulate your actions by the Word of God. The Word of God is the Will of God.
1 John 3:4 Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect—being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).
3. Listen to Godly instruction and follow through.
Proverbs 8:33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not refuse or neglect it.
Proverbs 10:17 He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.
4. Never neglect the needs of those who are less fortunate than you. Always extend hospitality to those in faith.
Hebrews 13:16 Do not forget or neglect to do kindness and good, to be generous and distribute and contribute to the needy [of the church as embodiment and proof of fellowship], for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it.
5. Never neglect or reject your salvation, the gifts God has given you, or the coming together with like minded believers.
Hebrews 2:3 So how will we escape punishment if we reject the important message, the message that God saved us? First, the Lord told this saving message. Then those who heard him confirmed that message.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the gift which is in you, [that special inward endowment] which was directly imparted to you [by the Holy Spirit] by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you [at your ordination].