MOTIVATION – A MISSING KEY IN BIBLICAL LIVING…
We understand that many of you are under attack through debt and litigation concerns and in the midst of the battle one gets weary.
The following are a few thoughts for you to consider as a source of encouragement and motivation.
A persons inner drive or impulse to behave in a certain way once stimulated, it comes from within, it cannot be forced. It is a state of being that the individual has to press onward to achieve – regardless of the circumstances.
It is very difficult to be continuously motivated as most of that which we hear and experience is negative. To achieve positive motivation it depends on each person’s unique personality and their life experiences. Your race and social-economic background, though real factors, must not be allowed to hinder, shape, warp, discourage or dissuade you from seeking to achieve your goals!
Motivation is most influenced by:
The way an individual sees themselves and by how they believe others view them;
2. Their character, attitude, values, morals and sentiments.
To be motivated and encouraged positively (especially the downtrodden) you must understand that all human beings are created in God’s image. You can as many have done, be motivated without God and be quite successful in this life, but your end will be a very dismal and destructive one. If you repent of your transgressions and seek to restore a relationship that has been broken due to disobedience, submit your ways to the will of God, you then have an ally who will prepare a path for you to overcome your problems…
“…If God be for us, who can be against us?
To become motivated and encouraged (positively and spiritually) one has to look beyond the present circumstances…
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen – Hebrews 11:1.
Understand that there is a deeper meaning to all that you are experiencing in this life. Once you understand whom your fight is REALLY with and that you have a real enemy, then you can seek the only true solution for peace, motivation and encouragement…
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
By seeking to obtain the Mind of Christ, you place yourself in a position to receive all the promises and blessings of the covenant as you trust Him…
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
If you will just submit and place yourself under the yoke of Jesus by learning of Him, He has promised to give us rest and peace from our labors and burdens.
Then, once peace has been restored to your souls and your heavy burdens are lifted, the natural outgrowth is a new perspective on all situations. This new perspective then gives you the strength to be motivated and encouraged.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
So if you can do all things, it also means that you can receive all things. This means that you can receive the blessing to live debt free, that you can secure and preserve wealth for yourself and your family. That you can receive health and healing in your body, you can receive wisdom and understanding beyond your present understanding and all you have to do is take His yoke upon yourself freely and learn of Him.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
With the above done, nothing should now be in our way of receiving a new positive self-image and receiving strength from our God to accomplish great things.
Therefore, take the time, do an honest self-assessment, motivate yourself and consider:
a. What are your likes and dislikes?
b. What are your positive and negatives qualities?
c. What do you want out of life, now 3 month, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, from now, etc…
Once the self-assessment is complete then take the time to:
a. Set clear goals that you will be motivated to attempt to achieve;
b. Tell yourself that in Christ you can reach these goals with His help;
c. Work toward your goals in faith and realize that nothing comes without you being focused, that you must sacrifice maximum effort and direct input…
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
There is no need to get so spiritual that we just sit back waiting for pie & money to fall out of the sky! It ain’t happening! All James is saying here is simply this – put your hand to the plow, do all that you can do in faith and as you do all that you can do in faith, then God, who sees you working in faith will bless you as you work/walk in faith.
Nothing heavy here, nothing too deep, just simple biblical living!
If you are sold, make the commitment or recommitment; consider your ways and change. You have nothing to loose and EVERYTHING TO GAIN!!!!
See: John 1:12; John 3:16; Revelation 3:20; Romans 10:9 -13.
The Good Steward