Are you motivated? What was the trigger that got your attention? What was the cause that woke you up? What was the issue that captured your thoughts? What was the problem that made you have to do something?
Did you say no? Are you stuck in a place of apathy? Or maybe it is more of uninspired? Or is it that you have become disinterested? Or could it be that you have just become indifferent?
What would it take to you to become motivated? Would it have to be good or would it have to be bad? Would it have to be huge or could it be small? Would it have to be personal or could it be global? Would economic hardship be enough? Would sickness or illness be enough? Would natural disasters be enough? Would something bigger than what anyone could respond to be enough?
I know I have heard of cases where people have prayed show them heaven or show them hell, which ever one will get them to decide. Would a view of heaven get you motivated to live a life in the present? Would a view of hell get you motivated? Would it take the extreme opposing options be enough?
So today, if you are motivated is it sustainable and will it get you where you need to be? God tells us how He would rather people be hot or cold than lukewarm. What might happen today that will motivate you for today and for the future? Are you ready? Will you become an overcomer? Get unstuck and get motivated? Will today be your day to decide?
As I was looking to find an image for today’s post and did a web search the following was the first answer/response to my query:
As nouns the difference between motivation and apathy is that motivation is willingness of action especially in behavior while apathy is complete lack of emotion or motivation about a person, activity, or object; depression; lack of interest or enthusiasm; disinterest.— Response to search motivated vs apathetic
The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 18th
The Promise to an Overcomer
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Revelation 3:21
‘To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.’
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Reflect on Jesus’ observation of the 7 churches (Revelation 2 and 3)
- Consider their hearts
- Consider their behaviors
- Consider their needs
- Consider their successes
- Consider their struggles
- Consider their motivations
- Consider their apathy
- ‘ And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the trusty and faithful and true Witness, the Origin and Beginning and Author of God’s creation: [Isa. 55:4; Prov. 8:22.] I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth! For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. [Hos. 12:8.] Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see. Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude]. [Prov. 3:12.] Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne. He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches).’ —Revelation 3:14-22
- Consider their temperature – Hot, Cold, Lukewarm
- Out of your abundance are you missing the fact that you need God?
- Do you have so much that you think you don’t need what God has to offer?
- Don’t you realize that the wealth is a gift from God and that you should be a steward, a good steward of the gifts?
- Don’t you realize the good that you could be doing with that wealth beyond spending it on yourself?
- Isn’t the state of your heart more important than the appearance you are making?
- Isn’t the final destination of the life you are living more important than a temporary high or buzz on this side of things?
- If you compare what you have financially and compare it to what you have in heart currency where do you find yourself?
- Are you living for self or are you living as a conduit for God with the wealth you have been given?
- Check out v17 and you will see how Jesus challenged the people of Laodicea in relations to their heart currency or wealth and that they had sold out for the material world and because of that they had left their hearts in a state of:
- So what it takes is to turn to Jesus and change the direction of your life.
- Let’s use the setbacks to have comebacks! Let’s use difficulties to become overcomers!
- Let’s trust God to overcome our problems in our lives!
- No matter if the problem is poverty, addiction, illness, accidents, or disaster
- No matter if the problem is “the burden of wealth with lack of insight about where the wealth came from and how to use it.”
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
In what ways can wealth be a serious obstacle to following Christ?
- They can think they have it all under control
- They can think they have everything they need
- They can think they own the world
- With man it can seem impossible but with God all things are possible
- It reminds me of the rich man story in the Bible and when Jesus comments how it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into heaven.
- As it caused people to become sad thinking it would be impossible, Jesus encourages them with the words above “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.“
What do repentance and overcome look like for a rich person?
- The realization that every good and perfect gift comes from God!
- The realization that the money is God’s and we are just His stewards and conduits to bless others!
- The realization that the money is for a purpose greater than ourselves
- Repentance is turning back to God with these realization in order to overcome the selfishness and selfish desires in order to use what God has given us for His plans and His purposes, across the street and around the world!
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
So are you motivated? Do you want to get motivated through external forces? Could you find a way to become motivated? Would it take extremes like a vision of heaven or a vision of hell? Would it take an experience to so incredible for you to become motivated? If you aren’t motivated then could today be your day?
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.