Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of Motivation. Part 2.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

We must learn certain doctrines which are pertinent to our application to life on a day-by-day basis.

Point 1. Definition.
a. Motivation is what is located inside the individual’s soul impelling or inciting action.
b. Motivation is both the mental and-or emotional incentive or impulse.
c. A motive is any thought which determines a choice or induces action.

PRO 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives.

d. Inducement = an attractive consideration held out to persuade.
e. Impulse = an involuntary feeling prompting to act.
f. Motivation is a mental state or emotional force which induces an act of volition.
g. Motivation is the design or object one has in any action; hence, it is one’s intention or purpose.

Point 2. The Word of God is the critic of motivation, HEB 4:12.

Point 3. Evil is the source of anti-Christian motivation, PSA 21:11; 1CO 10:5-6; MAR 7:22-23.

PSA 21:11 “Though they were motivated to do evil against Thee, and devised a plot, They will not succeed.”

1CO 10:5-6, Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low [by the sin unto death] in the desert. Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved [evil things].

Point 4. False motivation hinders spiritual growth, PHI 2:14; JOB 17:11.

PHI 2:14 Keep on doing all things without sullen discontent [pouting] or argumentations [which undermine authority];

JOB 17:11 “My days are past, my motivations are torn apart, Even the desires of my right lobe.”

Point 5. Divine motivation is the grace of God as seen in the predetermined plan of God, ROM 8:28; ROM 9:11;
EPH 1:11; EPH 3:11; 2TI 1:9, described by the Greek word prothesis.

Grace and impersonal love are the motivators of the essence of God, while justice is the action of the essence of God.

Point 6. The great issue in spiritual giving is motivation, 2CO 9:7.

2CO 9:7 Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart [been motivated in his right lobe]; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful or a joyful giver.

Point 7. For the mature believer, God turns evil motivation into grace blessing, GEN 50:20,
DEU 23:5.

Point 8. The motivation of the mature believer is often maligned, EXO 17:3.

EXO 17:3 But the people thirsted there for water; and they complained against Moses and said, “Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?”

They did so because Moses was a constant challenge to their pride until finally their pride blew up and triggered the mechanism of jealousy, vindictiveness, implacability, etc

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