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Offline Primrose

Motivation in our lives.
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:07:30 AM »
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Surely it is to do with what is motivating us, in our expression of our faith.

If we say and do things that are not said or done the right way and for the right reasons, then how can the truth be in our writing and expression.

How can that possibly be from the motivation from the Holy Spirit?

If I come with an attitude of wanting to win the debate and the point of view that achieves nothing at all.  If in the light of Christ, my view has no truth in it.

Thats why guidance has been given:

Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Therefore my attitude should be to express knowing that its a journey in finding more truth. To be gentle with each other in discovering that, as we correct and learn from each other.

If I form an opinion then let God take captive of it and if its true in part, then in part it has substance. If it is true then it is from the Rock of Christ. It has no substance or value if it is not.

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Offline Primrose

Re: Motivation in our lives.
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2017, 10:45:26 AM »
That doesn't mean that we don't have our own individuality. For God made us unique and we all have a different expression and a different part. We all see things at a different angle.
Truth comes in many versatile forms and is the interaction between our Creator and creation.

Its there in different versions, facets and angles. Its all part of creation being interactive and being part of His glory.

Someone here made a very valid point that God knows our hearts from the beginning to end. He knows who would and would not respond to Him and the strongholds and obstacles to that potential.

 On the other hand, Paul said there was no excuse for God has made Himself known in creation. If only people looked at God in creation and away from corrupt churches, religions and traditions, they would see the real Him and not the manmade image of Him.

If God has made Himself known, then why would we need the gospel.
To declare the good news of redemption, through Jesus Christ.
In more tangible ways as well as spiritual ways.

As it is a tangible expression of God wanting to connect to us and showing the means of how. Through what Christ has done for us and not what we do for God.

 Although it is in  the end the human spirit that needs to respond to God's Spirit, regarding the good news. To be born again.

God made us interactive to partake in His joy and glory. Which is why His people are involved with the salvation of mankind ( offered to all men, women, girls and boys).

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Offline Primrose

Re: Motivation in our lives.
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 01:37:56 PM »
The work of the Holy Spirit gives us more and more awareness of God around us, in us in relationship and how He works.

He touches peoples lifes and their hearts so that they spontaneously praise Him

Mary's soul was magnifying the Lord and her spirit was rejoicing when she knew she was pregnant, with the Saviour of the world.Luke 1:46-55
She praised God from the depths of her heart, for how He turns things around.

John Newton praised God for His grace. Expressed through his song "Amazing Grace" from his own experiences.When he grasped the extent of how he was not only pardoned through the grace of Jesus. He was transformed.

These people were motivated to praise God. In how God worked through them.

The Holy Spirit unlocks us to Praise God from our hearts,  not just in words but in our lifestyle and many ways.

Its true that the people around us can come to know the Lord, over the witness of life, within us, over a long period of time. Most of the time.

Only surely there are times of wanting to praise God from the mountains, in our own language or in learning other languages, over a period of time.
To express the glad tidings.

The flames of fire gave them new tongues at Pentecost. Everybodys experience is different. Therefore thinking that surely the  Holy Spirit could motivate  some individuals to learn new languages, over time. To praise Him with. Or in their own language.

Surely God wants to see that fire. Spurring the bird migrating at specific seasons and mainly staying at home but migrating in Spirit, whether its migrating physically or staying home.

Praising the Lord either way and having the fire to speak Him out with our lifestyle and words.

Offline Primrose

Re: Motivation in our lives.
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 05:47:00 PM »
I don't know how anyone claiming to be changed in Christ, can remain to be luke warm. They may well alternatively have the fire locked inside.

When its authentic, its going to produce genuine praise.

Its not plastic, connected to insincere  praise from the  lips with the heart far away.

It is a praise in the heart and even if thats locked in.

Yet God unlocks.
By the truth we are set free.

Stephen spoke the truth, with no pretense from his lips. He was the "epitome of goodness" as a fruit from the Holy Spirit. Yet others with the pretense, misunderstood him and were offended by this good man, who was like an angel.

He didn't pat them on the back in flattery and say things to tickle their ears. Thats because his motives were genuine. He was not going to be swayed by religious pretense.

He was not impressed by their religious hypocrisy because he was a genuine man.

He didn't speak indirectly. He didn't skirt around what he wanted to say, where points he made were not noticed.

Stephen clearly made his points directly, with genuine intergrity.

He was motivated to say the truth and so they would be set free.

 They however  refused it.

They over reacted by stoning him.
Not wanting to come into the light for their deeds were exposed.

The religious present "goodness" in a different way to how God's goodness really is.

They also present "perfection" in a different way to how God's perfection is.It is not plastic and its not robotic.Its involves caring about truth and justice in God's eyes. It involves truth and love, wanting others to know the truth to be set free.
To be set free by the offer of redemption in the gospel.
To be set free by Jesus setting us free, in our walk with Him.

Jesus was the "epitome of perfection". Yet he offended the arrogant and pretending because they did not want to come into the light.

For speaking the truth He was crucified and yet through that many can be set free and motivated by Him. Others refuse and remain enslaved by darkness.

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