Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Word of God is the critic of motivation. Part 29.
Sunday, November 24, 2002
The believer is either motivated by B.D. in the soul and the filling of the Holy Spirit, which produces personal love for God, or by the lust pattern of the old sin nature and Satans cosmic system which produces good and evil.
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.
Critic - kritikos - judge = to critique, to judge, to discern, or to evaluate.
JOH 12:47 “And if anyone hears My doctrines, and does not guard them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”
JOH 12:48 “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My doctrines, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.”
It works because it is universal in scope - no one is hidden from Gods sight!
All things are open = all things are uncovered.
Laid bare = to be totally and completely exposed.
1SA 16:7 “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
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.
False motivation hinders spiritual growth, PHI 2:14; JOB 17:11.
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