Mastering Our Motives

From the time we were very young and right up to the present moment, we have been receivers of an astronomical amount of input. Much of it has been good. Much more of it has been bad. I believe the majority of people have not really noticed how much they have been influenced by the input to which they have been exposed, and have not made an effort to sift through it to ascertain what is good and what isn’t. The true Christian has a responsibility to match the input up against Scripture to determine what is acceptable and what should be rejected. In Hebrews 5:12-14, the inspired writer chided those whose Spiritual growth was stunted. “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Being skillful in the Word of God enables us to escape being victims of our emotions. It gives us the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. Instead of being motivated by our fleshly desires, we seek the mind and will of God in matters of life. We are not swayed by Satan’s subtle attempts to trip us up, as he did with Adam and Eve. We will not be ignorant of his devices and wiles. We will be led by Biblical principles and not by the dictates of strong “feelings.” Selah! What is remarkable about this is that being governed by Scriptural principles results in rich and wonderful feelings. What a contrast with self driven “feelings” that delight for a moment but leave us empty and unstable! Let God’s Word motivate you. Ron

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