Motivation for Spiritual Increase
Psalms 115 – read the whole chapter
12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.
Fear the Lord- The reverential awe of God. The utmost respect for God.. Respect for his words, respect for His presences, respect for the work of his hands. The fear of the Lord is to love God and Hate sin.
It is certainly to love what he loves and hate what he hates. To cling to what is good and to push away that which is evil. That you may increase in all good things.
Ultimately, You must take responsibility for your own increase and spiritual development.
Now don’t get me wrong God gives the increase… But we are responsible for the planting and the watering.
1 Corinthians 3:6-8
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
They are one – one in labor united for increase. You have surrounding you a united support system that is dedicated and focused for your increase and spiritual development. But you still have a responsible part to play.
You have got come to the fountain and you have to drink.
It starts with Spiritual discipline and ends in joy.
Even though you know that if you don’t do it no one else will, you may still struggle with having the motivation.
It’s like that one room in your home
the garage/ attic, basement or maybe a storage room. Over time things build up, get cluttered, dusty, dirty,
The place you put all the things you know you need to deal with but for whatever reason you just can’t deal with it right now.
Unmotivated – lack of interest or enthusiasm
Time- this boils down to one thing you don’t feel it is a priority. People make time for what they want to do.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Overwhelmed – so many things that need to change… Where do I start?
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Unknowledgeable- I don’t know how to fix this. It will take study.
Hosea 4:6 (KJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Cycles of lethargy- Seek him diligently
1 Chronicles 28:9
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
2 Chronicles 15:1-2
1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The seed is in itself
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
If you are in strife you have the seed of strife in you and when you talk you plant it.
If you are in faith you have the seed of faith that when you speak produces more of what you have