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Motives

The reason you do what you do.  Intend, intent, plan, purpose.

How we react to a moral dilemma often exposes our real motives.  Frequently we are
more worried about getting caught than about doing what is right.  Jacob did not seem
concerned about the deceitfulness of his mother’s plan, instead he was afraid of getting
in trouble while carrying it out (Gen 27:11-12)  If you are worried about getting caught,
you are probably in a position that is less than honest.  Let fear of getting caught be a
warning to do right.  Jacob paid a huge price for carrying out his dishonest plan.   The
Pharisees did many things, but didn’t get anything out of it (Matt 6:1-8).

God knows the heart:  (Jer 17:9-10) “the human heart is most deceitful and desperately
wicked.  Who really knows how bad it is?  But I know! I, the LORD (Yahweh), search all
hearts and examine secret motives, I give all people their due rewards, according to
what their actions deserve”.  In Heb 4:12  says “for the Word of God is quick, and
powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder
of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.”.  as we read Matt 7:21-27 we see, we have to have a real heart
motive.  The Bible tells us in Prov 23:7 “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he”.  
Remember, Jesus said “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”.  And
words are seeds.  Forming our lives.

We need to know why, we are doing things. (Matt 6:19-24).  The Bible tells us to
examine our self.  Out heart and our actions need to line up (Rom 12:9) ‘Let love be
without dissimulation.  Abhor that which is evil, cling to that which is good.”  Do nothing
with a selfish motive. (Phil 2:2-8,14;  Col 3:14-17). We are told in Eph 6:5-7 be a God
pleaser.  In Matt 5:8 tells us “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

Problems with people are often clues that wrong motives are at work.  Conflicts and
disputes among believers are always harmful.  James explains that these quarrels
result from evil desires battling within us-we want more possessions, more money,
higher status, more recognition.  We will even fight in order to fulfill these desires.  
Instead of aggressively grabbing what we want, we should submit ourselves to God, ask
God to help us get rid of our selfish desires, and trust Him to give us what we really
need.  Everything we do for the wrong reasons is really wasting our time.  James
mentions in James 4:1-12 the most common problems in prayer, not asking, asking for
the wrong things, asking for the wrong reasons.  Do you talk to God at all!  When you  
do, what do you talk about?  Do you ask only to satisfy your desires?  Do you seek God’
s approval for what you already plan to do?  Your prayers will become powerful when
you allow God to change your desires so that they perfectly correspond to His will for
you (I John 2:21-22).

What foundation are you building on?  I Cor 3:10-15.  remember gratitude is a God
honoring attitude. Do all things with thanksgiving (I Thess 5:16-22).  We should pray as
David prayed in Ps 26:2-3.
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