Motives

Motives

“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10 NASB

James 4 is packed with so much relational wisdom.  It really sums up what causes conflict and quarrels:

  • We want what we don’t have
  • We don’t have because we don’t ask God for it
  • We don’t receive because our heart’s motives are not right

God placed His Holy Spirit in us because He longs to be in relationship with us.  We literally have everything we need right inside us.  When we submit to the Holy Spirit we are submitting to God. Allowing our lives to be directed by the Holy Spirit is what faith is all about.  The Holy Spirit is our constant guide. So much so that if we know the right thing to do and choose not to do it, it is sin.

Father, please teach me how to submit fully to the Holy Spirit that you have placed inside of me. Thank You for sending Your Son to make a way for me.

James 4, Proverbs 3:34

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James 4, Proverbs 3:34

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No

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 You need not swear an oath—any impulse to do so is of evil. Simply let your “yes” be “yes,” and let your “no” be “no.” Matthew 5:37 The Voice

I’ve noticed at times that I get this feeling of shifting into overdrive. I find it hard to sit still. There is some internal dialog that feels like it is battering me inside. It feels like back and forthing. When this begins I try to catch it early.  I ask prayerfully where God wants me to focus.  There are so many things that can pull me into many different directions.  I need His help.

If I can focus on His plan and not mine, it’s very centering. He helps me get rid of the clutter in my mind. I am gently reminded not to take so much on. Just stay focused on Him. He clears the path and very efficiently helps me identify what needs to be done. It becomes a working list that is beautifully balanced with “to dos,” fun and intentionality.

Father, thank you. Thank you for Your peace and comfort. Thank you for Your clear and resounding love and compassion. Your patience. Thank you for Your guidance – from Your gentle nudge to Your clear voice. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit, Your constant presence, Your constant love. Thank you for teaching me to say “no.”

2 Corinthians 1:17-19, Colossians 4:6, James 5:12-16

Boundaries

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 The Father is sending a great Helper, the Holy Spirit, in My name to teach you everything and to remind you of all I have said to you. John 14:26 The Voice

Peace is sometimes hard to find.  Sometimes I’m not sure if it’s because of something I’m doing or something I’m not doing. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to see others uncomfortable. The key for me is to always take it to prayer.  Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is amazing what can be accomplished in our hearts when we allow Him to truly teach us.  Healing, correction, inspiration.  It is truly limitless.

I have been around individuals that were in so much pain that they tried to grab hold of everything in sight.  They were looking; searching.  Sometimes the pain is visible. They grab hold in different ways.  It may be that they want the things you have – a home, clothing, lifestyle.  Or relationships – friends, family, church, work, mentors. They are unsettled within themselves.

In those instances, it has sometimes been hard for me not to engage.  I had a misplaced desire to ease their pain.  I am learning I am not the fix.  I do not have what they are looking for. When I am really fighting the urge to try to “fix it” I become still.  Simply stand firm.  Be a rock. Be immovable. It is the kindest thing that I can do and it is the right thing to do.  Do not move away from them and do not move toward them.  Just stand firm. And pray.

Father, teach me to stand firm and trust you.

John 15:4, 14:15; Romans 8:1-17

When We Don’t Even Know

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25 But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently. 26 And in the same way—by our faith—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:25-26 The Living Bible

Sometimes when I don’t know what to pray for, I pray that others feel God’s Presence and know that He is there with them.  I pray that they feel a fresh renewal of their spirit. Sometimes when I get an impression of someone on my heart, I simply ask God to protect them and watch over them and give them peace.

There are also times that I need to pray in the spirit to connect more deeply.  Then impressions can become even more clear and specific.

Regardless of how and when I pray, I know it is never wasted.  God hears every prayer. He hears every request. We have a powerful and divine partner!  The Holy Spirit is always present and interceding on my behalf.  He can speak for us when we don’t even know what to ask for.

John 2:23-25, Psalm 13:5-6, Romans 8:19-20

Motives

Embed from Getty Images“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10 NASB

James 4 is packed with so much relational wisdom.  It really sums up what causes conflict and quarrels:

  • We want what we don’t have
  • We don’t have because we don’t ask God for it
  • We don’t receive because our heart’s motives are not right

God placed His Holy Spirit in us because He longs to be in relationship with us.  We literally have everything we need right inside us.  When we submit to the Holy Spirit we are submitting to God. Allowing our lives to be directed by the Holy Spirit is what faith is all about.  The Holy Spirit is our constant guide. So much so that if we know the right thing to do and choose not to do it, it is sin.

Father, please teach me how to submit fully to the Holy Spirit that you have placed inside of me. Thank You for sending Your Son to make a way for me.

James 4, Proverbs 3:34

Walk This Way

Embed from Getty Images“15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people)…17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15, 17 AMP

The only way I can stay in a thoughtful, purposeful and wise pursuit of the will of the Lord is to stay in His word and in prayer.  Those two components are critical to keep me on track.  His word provides instruction and insight.  Prayer allows me to empty my heart to Him and allow the Holy Spirit to pour the heart of God into me.  Only then can I begin to walk the way this scripture describes.  I have to practice this every day.  It’s a commitment.  It has been a commitment that has and continues to transform my life.  It’s no different than working muscles to make sure they are fit and strong.  I have to exercise my Spirit woman to make sure she is fit for the daily sparring matches the world brings my way on a spiritual level.  I’m thankful for the daily workout and refreshment that God gives me in prayer.  I’m thankful that even on days when I know something is off but can’t put my finger on what’s wrong, the Holy Spirit can turn it all around.  All I have to do is surrender my heart.

Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide me every day.

John 7:38, Ephesians 5:19-20, Psalm 27:13-14

No

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You need not swear an oath—any impulse to do so is of evil. Simply let your “yes” be “yes,” and let your “no” be “no.” Matthew 5:37 The Voice

I’ve noticed at times that I get this feeling of shifting into overdrive. I find it hard to sit still. There is some internal dialog that feels like it is battering me inside. It feels like back and forthing. When this begins I try to catch it early.  I ask prayerfully where God wants me to focus.  There are so many things that can pull me into many different directions.  I need His help.

If I can focus on His plan and not mine, it’s very centering. He helps me get rid of the clutter in my mind. I am gently reminded not to take so much on. Just stay focused on Him. He clears the path and very efficiently helps me identify what needs to be done. It becomes a working list that is beautifully balanced with “to dos,” fun and intentionality.

Father, thank you. Thank you for Your peace and comfort. Thank you for Your clear and resounding love and compassion. Your patience. Thank you for Your guidance – from Your gentle nudge to Your clear voice. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit, Your constant presence, Your constant love. Thank you for teaching me to say “no.”

2 Corinthians 1:17-19, Colossians 4:6, James 5:12-16