... a weekly letter of encouragement.
November 8, 1993
QUESTION: "How do you know when your motives are pure?" You don't.
Let's be honest: Given the condition of the human heart, as described in Jeremiah 17:9, it is doubtful our motives are ever 100% pure!
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]?" (Amplified)
So how do I ensure the fact that when I am making a decision or embarking upon an activity that I am doing the right thing? Here are four check points that will at least raise your batting average:
#1 Be accountable to a person or group. Get around godly people who are not afraid to give it to you straight. Be transparent with them and seek their counsel:
"Better is open rebuke than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy." "Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed." (Proverbs 27:5,6;15:22)
#2 Keep your nose in God's word. It will help to keep you honest:
"For the word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 Amplified)
#3 Prayerfully engage in self-examination and examination by the Holy Spirit:
"Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it..." "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts, and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way." (II Corinthians 13:5 Amplified; Psalm 139:23, 24)
#4 Make sure you have a deep sense of inner peace before acting: The moment you loose that inner peace: Stop!
"And let the peace of Christ rule (literally: be umpire) in your hearts..." (Colossians 3:15)
Have a great week!
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