God Looks at Our Motives

September 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Devotionals

Reading for the Day: Proverbs 16:1-2

We can make our own plans,
but the Lord gives the right answer.

People may be pure in their own eyes,
but the Lord examines their motives.

No one likes lie detector tests. They have a way of revealing what we would like to keep hidden. It is precisely those hidden things that God looks for. There are people who have devised ways to fool the lie detectors but you can’t fool God at all.

Motivation is important. On one hand, it helps you continue on in a task until you succeed. It can mean the difference between success and failure. On the other hand, motivation can lead to poor decisions that take us down dangerous roads in life. Those who take that tack often call it “self-preservation.”

God is not swayed by any of that. King David asked God to search his mind and know his thoughts. For most of us, that is the very place we don’t want God to be. We say one thing but do another. David was coming clean with God because he wanted to be understood just as much as he wanted to understand God.

The mind is the last frontier. It is here that God works to change not only what we do but why we do it. The Word of God says that He loves a cheerful giver. If you give to others to gain attention instead of obedience, He will know and it will not be credited to you as righteousness.

Prayer Suggestions: Ask God to show you when your motives aren’t pure. Then, allow Him to work to change them.

Robert Moment is a personal growth strategist and inspirational life coach. Author of highly acclaimed book, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is very passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love, joy, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/Christiansfaith.

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God Will Speak to Me

July 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith

As we seek God’s guidance, we sometimes think it would be nice if we could hear Him clearly.  We find ourselves hoping for our own “burning bush” to point us in the right direction.  Does God still speak to us today?

The answer is a resounding, “Yes!  God does speak to us!”  But sometimes we don’t hear because we are listening for the wrong thing.  There isn’t always a clear and easy to understand answer, and most of us will never actually “hear” God’s voice in our ears.  But he speaks to us daily through our prayers, through Scripture, through our consciences and through the events He orchestrates to teach us and help us to grow spiritually.

Are you so busy listening for a voice in the night that you are missing opportunities to receive God’s word in the world around you?

God’s desire is for us to willingly wait until He is ready to reveal His Word, but we are often in a hurry, and may misinterpret or convince ourselves that He has told us something just because it is what we want to hear!  Don’t act in haste because you are tired of waiting for God to speak to you.  Seek his counsel and wait for His instruction to guide you, otherwise you may miss out on God’s finest and very best because you’ve taken a shortcut.

God speaks to us in many ways.  He speaks through His Word, our conscience, and the events around us.

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
- Jeremiah 33:3

The Bible is filled with God speaking His Word.  This is literally the revealed Word of God, and is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.  God is eternal and so are His Words!  They do not change with the passage of time, so if you want to hear Him speaking clearly, read His Word.

“All Scripture is God-created and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Our conscience is one of the most profound ways that God speaks to us today.  Think about it – whenever your conscience bothers you, isn’t it because you’ve done something that is contrary to God’s word?  That is because God, in His infinite love for us, has given each of us a conscience that nudges our souls and tells us when we are wrong, gently guiding us back to the path God has laid out for us.  He is the voice of love speaking inside our souls!

The challenges we face, the hardships we bear and the triumphs we experience are all part of God speaking to us.  Through the circumstances we face each day, God is changing us and helping us to mature spiritually.  As we draw closer to God, we will realize that He has been there all along.

But to truly hear God’s Word, we must not look for ways to further our own agendas.  We must be seeking His will for us. The more we seek after what God has planned for us, the more He will speak to us, whether through His Holy Word, through the voice of others, or through our consciences.  We cannot expect revelation or demand that God speak to us – He will speak when the need is there, and if we are actively seeking Him, we will hear His words in our heart and soul.  Sometimes He speaks to us quickly, other times we must wait quietly upon His word to be revealed in the time He knows is right and proper for us.

God promises in the Bible that He speaks through Christ and will speak to all who listen earnestly for His voice:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.”
Revelations 3:20

Are you listening for God’s word?  Will you open the door and let Him in?

Robert Moment is a personal growth “throw the box away” inspirational life coach , speaker and author of best-selling Christian Book, God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about teaching individuals how to experience God’s love, peace , joy , power and prosperity. Visit www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing 7 day online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/Christiansfaith .

Copyright ©  2010 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.