July 23, 2018 by maryruwe
We deal with motivation and maintenance in every area of our lives; whether it’s learning to play a musical instrument, writing a book, learning to cook better meals, keeping the car clean, or weeding the garden, you name one for yourself.
Some examples might be,
1) If we don’t monitor what foods are on the shelf in the pantry or freezer there is a possibility that when we are ready to prepare a meal we discover we don’t have the right ingredients.
2) If we don’t check the oil in our car or pay attention to those “check engine” lights, then eventually the car won’t run properly or not at all. We know vehicles need gas so that’s not so hard for us to remember; but the battery and oil, now that might be a different story.
3) If we don’t maintain our physical strength then our body and immune system become weak and there is a stronger possibility of sickness and disease attacking our health.
4) If we don’t monitor our finances correctly then we will find ourselves in debt. Take a clue: it’s harder to get out of debt than it is to stay out of debt. Each spending decision takes us one way or the other.
Keeping our faith strong by hearing and hearing the Word of God makes it easier to believe God’s Word for our needs to be met. (Hebrew 10:17) It all comes down to preparation. Second Chronicles 27:6 tells us that Jotham became mighty because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God. Several Scriptures instruct us to “prepare the way of the Lord”; I’ll just mention two. (Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3:3) I think of it this way; in preparing my heart by hearing the Word of God, I am better able to recognize the leading of the Lord for my life, and, better able to see the tricks of the devil.
In other words, “what we don’t know” can hurt us, or at least make life difficult or frustrating. What we don’t maintain could potentially become a major problem. The problem I see most of the time is the fact we lack the motivation to maintain during the good times, the healthy times, the prosperous times, etc. The same is true with our spiritual lives. What we are not maintaining becomes weak. What we are not aware of can defeat us.
Maintaining our relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ keeps the blessings of God flowing in our lives; that should be enough motivation for anyone. However we must stand against the same temptation the Israelites faced when they entered the Promise Land – to not forget God – when they entered their rest. (Deuteronomy 25:19) In our day we say it this way, “When things are going right”.
We must stay motivated at all times to maintain our faith. Being motivated causes us to act in ways to bring our desires or needs into our lives. The need for healing motivates us to study healing Scriptures and stand in faith for our healing. We find Scriptures about money (giving and receiving) to build our faith to believe for finances to buy groceries for meals and gasoline for the car, etc. To maintain means to keep in an existing state or to sustain against opposition or danger. If we don’t maintain strong faith we will not be able to stand against the attacks, tricks, and deception (wiles) of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11) We must remember that when we keep our heart perfect toward the Lord, He will show Himself strong on our behalf. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Relationships are maintained by spending time with each other and this is also true of our relationship with our Lord. We must take time to be in His presence, in His Word, and in prayer to maintain our faith in Him. So let’s make the decisions to be motivated, at all times, to increase our faith by hearing and hearing the Word of God, which of course, will help us maintain our strong faith. Our purpose in life is to bring glory to God and to please Him. We need faith in Him to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Have a great week. See you next time.