March 10, 2019


 

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Being Motivated by the “Law”

Pastor Reece Bowling

Hebrews 10:24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

In Israel I was impressed and motivated by the devotion of the Orthodox Jewish people, not to copy their behaviors but to walk in a similar devotion to God.  They have a passion to follow God’s word.  This passion affects every aspect of their lives. I think we should aim for a similar radical devotion but in the context of being followers of the teachings of Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s leadings in our lives.

Let’s get motivated!

  • Lasting motivation and devotion always begin with understanding why God asks us to follow.

Because he cares about you.

Joshua 1:8

But healthy devotion doesn’t result only from the pursuit of personal success

Because he also cares about other people too.

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,

What did Jesus say about the law?

Mark 12:29-31

Showing devotion to God and loving our neighbor’s are never in conflict. They are equally important.

In fact, Jesus preached that love IS the new law.

John 13:33

God leads us to prosper and thrive but he also loves through us – Story of friend and his church

  • How do we know what God wants?

The Spirit and Word

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Hebrews 8:10 But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Ezekiel 36:26-27

It’s the Spirit in us that gives us the desire and power to do the Scriptures teach us that God wants.

Philippians 2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

  • What should we be doing?

Cultivating lifestyles of listening, recognizing, and responding.