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What Motivates You?

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By Steve Countryman

oes your goals motivate you? Does getting older and not being able to do what you used to do motivate you? Does your anger motivate you? Does your love motivate you? Does your rage and hatred motivate you? Does getting even motivate you? Does your feelings motivate you? Does your addictions motivate you? Does your social life of partying, bar hopping and one night stands motivate you? Does your hobbies or your favorite sports teams motivate you? Does your friends motivate you? Does making friends or being liked motivate you? Does your family or spouse motivate you? Does your boyfriend or girlfriend motivate you? Does your job or boss motivate you? Does the bad report from the doctor motivate you? Does serving time in prison motivate you? Even a hermit living in a cave is motivated by nature, by hunger, by survival and by necessity.

All motivation comes down to two areas that affect everyone everyday. These two areas are also at the center of your daily walk and relationship with Father God. How you handle them or how they handle you is where you will find your future. One can build you up and the other can tear you down. One brings hope and the other despair. One leads to a brighter future and the other to death and destruction. One will mobilize you and the other will paralyze you. I am speaking of faith and fear.

I was once again reading 1Kings 18:20-45 and 19:1-4. I am troubled every time I read this story. There is Elijah who had Ahab summon all 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah. He told them to take their bull and prepare it for sacrifice but not to set the wood on fire. They were to call down fire from their gods to light it. Hour after hour went by and no response from their gods. So Elijah took his bull and prepared it for sacrifice but he did not light the fire either. He went so far as to have the bull and the wood dowsed in water 3 times, so much so that it filled up a trench around the alters. After Elijah finished taunting the prophets about their lame gods and after watching them shout, cry out, ceremonially cut themselves and still no response from their gods, Elijah called on Jehovah God. 1Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. Notice that God’s fire from heaven did 5 things, 5 represents God’s grace in scripture, it burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the ground and licked up all the water from the trench.

Then Elijah prayed for rain to break the years of draught. After praying seven times a cloud formed over the sea and a heavy rain was coming. Elijah warned Ahab to leave before the rain stopped him. Ahab got into his chariot and left. The power of the Lord came upon Elijah and he ran ahead of Ahab 15 miles out running a horse drawn chariot. Then Ahab told his wife Jezebel about all that happened and Jezebel sent a threatening message to Elijah that his life would soon end.

Isn’t Jehovah God the same God who just performed these powerful miracles? Isn’t this the same God who brought the Israelites out of Egypt by parting the Red Sea and they crossed over on dry ground? Then since this is the same powerful God, didn’t Elijah believe that God could protect him from Jezebel?

Elijah had just participated in three huge miracles and awesome displays of God’s mighty power. The fire from heaven, the heavy rain and out running a horse drawn chariot for 15 miles. When Elijah received Jezebel’s message the Bible says that he became afraid and ran off to the dessert to hide. That is where my dilemma is found. Elijah with tremendous faith, a mighty man of God filled with courage and boldness had God’s power flow through him to do these mighty things but yet became afraid of a threat from an evil and wicked woman who had killed lots of God’s prophets. God did not tell Elijah to go to the dessert and hide as He had him do before. Elijah didn’t bother asking God what he should do. Fear had gripped and motivated Elijah so badly that he just ran off to hide, or as he told God, that he wanted to die!

Fear will motivate you to make bad decisions. Faith is where courage and boldness is found. Peace is found in faith not in fear. That is why it has always been a bad idea for Israel to give land away to their enemies to appease them in trade for peace. That peace has yet to come even after years of giving away land that God told them not to do! For they were giving away their inheritance. The joy of the Lord is our strength and that joy of the Lord is loaded with powerful faith. Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Psalm 89:8 Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

God’s faithfulness is not just to His Word and it’s completion but also represents His faithfulness in YOU! God has faith in you! You carry the faith of Jesus in you as the Bible says you have been given a measure of faith. It is the same faith that Jesus had in the Father. As Christians we have what the mighty men and women of the Old Testament never had. We have the same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead living and dwelling in each of us, quickening our mortal bodies. That same powerful Holy Spirit that is home to Jesus in His temple our bodies has made ALL power and authority of our heavenly Father God available to each of us ALWAYS and in ALL THINGS! John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these. So don’t let fear motivate you but turn to the author and finisher of your faith, Jesus and let faith motivate you and your life every day!

About the Author: My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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I am A Child of The Most High God!

The Glory of God

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By Steve Countryman

Hosea 1:10 “they will be called ‘children of the living God.”  Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”   John 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

The phrase “I am a child of the Most High God” has to be one of the most difficult phrases for most Christians to wrap their minds around!  Mostly because we constantly listen to that stupid voice in our heads telling us that we don’t deserve to be His child.  The God who gave His One and only Son to suffer and die for all mankind’s sins.  That just to be a servant of the Most High God is such a privilege.  Trying to rationalize how the God of all creation would call us “friend” let alone His child is beyond our ability to comprehend.  And yet God’s love is so far above our understanding that He doesn’t only call us friend, call us His children but also makes us co-heirs to the throne of heaven!

It is a mindset that we need to receive.  It is a mindset that we must have daily.  1 Corinthians 2:16 “But we have the mind of Christ.”  It is our heavenly responsibility to walk in it constantly everywhere we are and everywhere we go.  It is where the power and authority of heaven resides in us!  The reality of being a child of the Most High God carries so much more than we know or understand.  For too long we have been settling for good instead of God’s best for us.  We have compromised away His blessings and spiritual power because of our lack of patience, our lack of faith and trust, our lack of commitment and dedication to God and our lack of wisdom, Biblical knowledge and revelation.  It is understanding that as a child of the Most High God that God not only answers our prayers but more importantly He is the ANSWER to all of our prayers!  Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  You seek first His kingdom, His ways, His will, His commands and show and prove your love for Him by your obedience and follow through then being a child of the Most High God is fulfilled in you!

There is power and life is in the tongue, in spoken words and especially in speaking out loud God’s Word and promises!  The following is best when read out loud.  I need reminding and I know it will help you realize who you are in Christ Jesus and who Christ Jesus is in you!  Anytime you are faced with problems, attacks or you just need to hear from God, this is a good thing to pull out and declare out loud.

I am a child of the Most High God and God makes me more than a “get-me-by” person, more than a survivor, more than a victor and more than a conquer.   I am a child of the Most High God and I am blessed beyond measure, beyond imagination, beyond my widest dreams and I overflow with His goodness everywhere I go.  I am a child of the Most High God and my boast is in you Lord for every good and perfect thing in my life is from you.  I am a child of the Most High God and I “put on” your amour, the mind of Christ, your love and mercy, your patience and contentment.  I am a child of the Most High God and you “clothe me” in your righteousness, your peace and joy, your power and authority.  I am a child of the Most High God and I represent the Holy family of God everywhere I go ALL the time!  I am a child of the Most High God and I will not compromise away my beliefs or your Word.  I am a child of the Most High God and I will not give up, give in, quit, lay down, hesitate, let myself be deceived or be distracted away from fulfilling the destiny that you my God has for me.

I am a child of the Most High God and my body is the Temple of the Lord and is His dwelling place.  I am a child of the Most High God and sickness and disease is not allowed in His Temple my body!  I am a child of the Most High God and I walk in your prosperity, goodness, all spiritual giftings, your overflow, abundance, surplus and extravagant blessings.  I am a child of the Most High God and I am a Holy Spirit filled believer who walks in ALL power and authority of heaven everywhere I go.  I am a child of the Most High God and my daily walk is one of intimacy, closeness, openness, honesty and transparency.  I am a child of the Most High God and I am above and not beneath, I am the head and not the tail.  I am a child of the Most High God and NO weapon formed against me shall prosper!  I am a child of the Most High God and I walk in reverential fear, in your spirit of wisdom and revelation.  I am a child of the Most High God and I will not allow the evil one, who has been defeated, to lie or deceive me!  I am a child of the Most High God and I will not allow sin, addictions, wickedness, any vile thing or situation/circumstance to rule and reign over me!  For ALL power and authority of heaven lives and dwells in me, His Temple through God’s One and only Son Jesus through the Holy Spirit.  I lay hands on the sick and they recover, I cast out demons and raise the dead.  For I am a child of the Most High God and it is time for All of God’s children to start acting like it!

About the Author:
My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona.  In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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