MOTIVATION FOR DOING WHAT YOU OUGHT TO DO
ROMANS 7: 22 - 25
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JESUS CHRIST "...works in you both to will and to do His good
pleasure" (Philippians 2: 13).
The energetic living Lord Jesus spiritually indwells the
believer. Two of the many functions He performs are to motivate
and enable a person to do what is right.
He is responsible for the INWORKING we for the OUTWORKING.
Somewhere between the inworking and the outworking there is
often a break down. Romans 7: 19 speaks embarrassingly for most
"For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I
will not to do, that I practice."
Is that a painful description of you? None can answer "yes,"
with pride. Well, then if there is no pride let there be
contentment in continuing a herkey-jerkey, on-again-off-again
Christianity isn't intended to be a series of ups and downs. It
is to be a succession of ins and outs. Christ works in us that
His will might be worked out by us.
Two full-time college students majoring in music were discussing
their part time jobs. One said, "I work in the opera at night.
The pay is good even for my bit role as a spear carrier."
The second, knowing of his fellow students long day and heavy
schedule said, "How do you stay awake so late at night?"
"Simple, the guy behind me carries a spear also."
We need to develop the mind-set of a person with a motivating
spear carrier behind him if we are to avoid doing what we should
not and do ...
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