“HOW TO GET AND STAY MOTIVATED!”

Here are some practical thoughts on how to stay motivated all the time:

A. Evaluate your motivation

Are you naturally motivated or do you need someone to continually motivate you? Is it hard for you to sustain momentum or are you always moving forward? You need to be honest about yourself and how well you do in moving toward your goals in your spiritual life and staying motivated as a member of the church.

B. Use every available tool

Staying motivated and sustaining momentum takes continual work. You have to keep pushing yourself or you will run out of gas.

The best way to do this is to use every available resource to keep you going. Read portions of the Bible that will motivate you. Listen to preaching and music tapes that will inspire and motivate you. Make yourself accountable to someone that will keep you focused on your goals.

Be faithful to all the services in church to help you in your spiritual walk with God, and being motivated. The point is do something. Don’t leave motivation to chance. There is too much at stake.

C. Start Today

It is easy to read about or to hear preaching on motivation but it is another thing to put them into practice.  Decide right now on what you’re going to do that will help you to stay motivated and sustain momentum.

Put into practice what you have just heard or you will find yourself moving back and forth like a rocking chair…lots of movement but no progress. Chris Sonksen (with some editing)

“HOW TO GET AND STAY MOTIVATED!”

Philippians 3:13-14

One of the greatest challenges that face Christians all around the world is the art of staying motivated. Most everyone is great at setting a goal or a resolution for their life, but staying motivated is not always that easy.

Very few people are naturally motivated. Typically, we set out to accomplish a personal dream or goal or to create a new success habit in our life then we get excited, energetic and ready to conquer the world. But then a few days or weeks go by and the excitement wears off, and we find ourselves back where we started.

Staying motivated includes learning to create and sustain momentum. John Maxwell says “Momentum is your best friend.” Here are a few benefits waiting for those who learn to stay motivated by gaining and sustaining momentum…

 

I. BE CONSISTENT IN GROWTH

You will grow faster as an individual and accomplish more in less time when you learn to stay motivated. Often those who cannot stay motivated take one step forward and one step back and they find themselves in an endless cycle resulting in no progress.

II. OVERCOME OBSTACLES

 When you are motivated and have momentum you are less likely to be slowed down by a bump in your life. On the other hand, if you have no momentum any bump will cause you to stop. 

III. REALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL

It’s simple…without staying motivated and sustaining momentum it is impossible for you, your family or church to reach your personal or public potential. However, when you can stay motivated and create momentum, you will find that it will create an energy and level of faith that will allow potential to be set free. Chris Sonksen (with some editing)

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“HOW IMPORTANT IS THE BIBLE TO YOU?” CONCLUSION!

Acts 1:16, “Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.”
 
WHY WAS THE BIBLE WRITTEN? 2 Timothy 3:15-17
 
A. To teach mankind.
B. To rebuke mankind.
C. To correct mankind.
D. To instruct mankind.
 
HOW IS THE BIBLE TO BE PROCLAIMED? 2 Timothy 4:1-8
 
I. In and out of season vs. 1-2.
II. In times of disbelief vs. 3-8.
 
Bottom line, the Bible was not only given to save man from their sin, instruct them in the Word of God, but mainly it was given to honor and glorify God Himself.
 
Why? Because the supreme subject of the Bible is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Challenge to make the Bible the most important Book in my life and learn to love, read and study it more faithfully.

“HOW IMPORTANT IS THE BIBLE TO YOU?” PART 3.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?

The Old Testament Prophets

2 Peter 1:20-21, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, “Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”

Jeremiah 1:7-9, “But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.”

Ezekiel 1:3, “The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.”

The New Testament Saints

1 Peter 1:10, “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.”

Acts 1:16, “Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW IMPORTANT IS THE BIBLE TO YOU?” PART 2.

2 Timothy 3:15-17, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 4:1-8; Acts 17:10-17.

WHAT IS THE BIBLE CALLED?

The Book

Mark 12:26, “And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?”

Luke 3:4, “As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

Acts 1:20, “For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.”

The New Testament

Luke 22:20, “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”

2 Corinthians 3:6, “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

Hebrews 9:15, “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

The Scripture

2 Peter 3:16, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

Galatians 4:30, “Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.”

John 7:38, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

The Word of God

Romans 10:17, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW IMPORTANT IS THE BIBLE TO YOU?”

1 Peter 1:18-25

Let’s start this study with a new love and appreciation for the Bible – God’s precious Book to men. One of the questions each of us ought to ask early in our Christian life is, “How important is the Bible to me?”

Think about this: Men have been writing books for centuries, and some have made an impact upon the world while others have long since forgotten.

The most promising and best-selling books written by men will one day turn to dust and be forgotten, but the Bible – The Word of God will endure forever.

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Isaiah certainly knew what he was saying in Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Before we go any further let’s first of all look at where the Bible came from:

Exodus 4:10-15, “And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO BE A FORGIVING CHRISTIAN”CONCLUSION!

Colossians 3;12-16.
 
III. JESUS FOCUSED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF SIN NOT THE PERSON OF THE SINNER.
 
Don’t focus on the one that hurt you. Anger with sin is directed to a person.
 
Anger without sin is directed at the principle of sin. How can you tell the difference?
 
A. In principle you see the sin against Christ.
B. In person you take it personally
 
David focused on God not Goliath. You can know if you look at your honor rather than Jesus’ Honor.
 
IV. HE FOCUSED ON GOD’S PLAN NOT HIS PAIN.
 
See God’s higher purpose for allowing your pain.
 
Jesus on cross: by bleeding He saw God’s higher purpose. He saw with spiritual vision, to destroy Satan. “He doeth all things well.”
 
Don’t you dare think God doesn’t love you because he left your presence.
 
See 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. Don’t fail to see the Grace of God. Praise Him for it; He allowed your suffering to comfort you so you could comfort others. You can go on and be bitter, and you children turn bitter and pay. Or, decide to be comforted to comfort others, forgiven so you can forgive others.
 
Forgive all bitterness and get it out of your heart and mind. Then you too will experience what David did.
Are you a forgiving Christian?