March 10, 2019
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.