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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Inspired by. . . true motivation

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:20-23

 

Does this Biblical truth worry you a little bit?  Are you ever afraid you may be going through life thinking you are one of His, only to be turned away in the end? After all, those calling to the Lord in the passage above seem to be pretty confident.

I am no great theologian. But neither would I trust my position with God to the interpretation of any man.

My position with God; whether I spend eternity with Him or apart from Him, depends upon one man.

Jesus Christ

What I do for God matters because it reveals my heart. My true motivation.

It is the difference between saying 'I love you' and DOING I love  you.

 

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George MacDonald, one of my favorite authors, wrote, "What have you done today because He told you to do it?"

What is our motive? our heart?

Are we doing things because society says they are right? or because God says they are right?

In a video I posted recently on my Facebook page it says, "Life is not an emergency."

We need to slow down enough to be CAREful with people – CAREful with things. Our environment, our resources, all the blessings the Lord has given us.

And we need to be CAREful with our relationship with Him.

When we fail there is GRACE. But in our minds and hearts, at the forefront of everything we do, we should endeavor to do what He has told us to do.

 

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You don't have to be a theologian to understand these Truths:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

...but I [Jesus] say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; Matthew 5:44

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Blessings,

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13 comments:

  1. Lovely rose photo and wonderful quotes ~

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  2. June, this is such a beautiful post, so heartfelt . . . "We need to slow down enough to be CAREful of people", yes, yes, yes!! This is something I've had on my mind so much lately, mostly the words we choose to use with people and to hear the things that people are not saying that we need to know. Thank you for sharing this!

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  3. Visiting from Cool Clicks....may the Holy Spirit continue to be a guide in all your endeavors♫ My effort can be found here: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/01/as-rural-postal-carrier-i-come-upon.html

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  4. being careful and kind is a wonderful way to have a joyful life :)

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  5. love this..... and have a long story to tell about what your post reminded me of.....I may have gotten an idea for a post from you... Thanks friend!

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  6. Beautiful! I need to slow down and be careful with all that He has entrusted to me. Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Brew!

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  7. We need to slow down enough to be CAREful with people


    Agreed! Oh it is so easy to get caught up in ourselves and forget this. Lovely post :)

    visiting from The Weekend Brew and Jumping Tandem :)

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  8. Hi June
    I think we should be careful about how we treat ourselves as well! I am happy to visit from Barbie's and agree with you 100%! We should be soooo.... careful how we treat Pappa God's children, especially those He has given us! Have a blessed week.
    Much love
    Mia

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  9. George MacDonald is one of my favorite authors, too. Now I'm going to have to make time and come back to read through even more of your blog. :)

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  10. I love the quote about being shaped by what we love, and the emphasis on care in our lives - showing care to others is so important.

    I'd love it if you'd link this up to my Monday Mantras Inspirational Linkup too if you have the time.

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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