What you do isn’t as important as to why you do it! A person’s motives is everything, because it comes from the heart! Proverbs 16:2 (CEV) says, “We may think we know what is right, but the LORD is the judge of our motives.” Another scripture says, “A bad motive can’t achieve a good end; double-talk brings you double trouble (Proverbs 17:20 MSG).” Whew child!
That’s deep! Both scriptures! Have you ever done something that wasn’t necessarily good, in order to make yourself look good? No? Okay how about this.
Have you ever prayed for God to bless you with a spouse, just so you could make your ex jealous? By the way, if you have, you don’t need a man or woman, you need a healing! A person may not be so easy to confess to either of the questions that I’ve asked but it’s important to be conscious of why we ask God for certain things. Sometimes we’re not ready for what we pray for. Sometimes the things we want are just things we think we need to pacify our emotions.
Don’t pacify your emotions, confront them! What is the truth behind them? Once you find that out, ask God to help you deal with them for good, so that you can heal. A person with the wrong motives is a person who operates from their insecurities. Listen, we’re all insecure about something, but that doesn’t mean your insecurities should dictate your life!
Have faith! A person whose motives are good, has faith! They believe in something greater than the temporary gratification of pleasing themselves. They experience the same issues as the rest of the world, but their choice makes all the difference. They choose not to allow negative things that’s happened to them, to get inside of them.
James 4:3 says, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” What are you asking God for today? Are your motives genuine, or is there a gray area? That gray area is a sign that your heart may not be in the right place. You may not be asking for money, it may be something else you want, in order to fulfill a desire that has nothing to do with God.
I’ve made this mistake in the past and have learned to live by this scripture, Proverbs 16:3 (NLT), “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” This means, get on one accord with God, by following the lead of the Holy Spirit and you will succeed! You’re already a winner in Christ, but in order to experience that vision or live out that dream, you must follow His lead! Good or bad motives are both derived from a special place in the heart that desires a specific result. What’s in that special corner of your heart?
Is it something that’s taking up space and keeping you from experiencing God’s best? Is it something you need to confront, that’s been causing you to make bad decisions about the good things? God wants to give you the desires of your heart, but not if those desires are going to hurt you more than help you. Be honest with what you are truly ready for in life, and be even more honest about why you’re ready. God wants you to live purposefully, healthy and loved.
You can desire great things, but it’s the way that you go about attaining those things that tells the truth about what you’re really after.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, 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.