Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of Motivation.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

You are motivated to make enough money to stay alive during some financial crisis, or a depression.

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

We are left here in order to advance to maturity, to receive the imputation of divine blessing from the justice of God, to the imputed righteousness of God.

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.

JAM 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.

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.

PSA 7:9 “For the righteous God tests the right lobes and the emotions [reins].”

g. Motivation is the design or object one has in any action; hence, it is one’s intention or purpose.

In the Christian life, the believer is either motivated by doctrine in the soul and the filling of the H.S., which produces personal love for God, or by the lust pattern of the old sin nature and Satan’s cosmic system, which produces good and evil.

JAM 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your lusts.

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

JOH 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

It pierces - diikneomai = to cut through!
It cuts through the garbage.
It cuts through the confusion!
It cuts through the excuses!
It cuts through the rationalization!
It cuts through the tradition!

It judges!

Critic - kritikos = to critique, to judge, to discern, or to evaluate. 

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