Monday, February 25, 2013

Faith WOD


READ:  Matthew 7

REFLECT: What could be the motivation of someone who "does mighty works in His name," but doesn't know the Lord?

RESOLVE:  Write down one verse from this chapter that reminds you of your true motivation.
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"Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness."


  1. Verses 21-23 motivate me because they are intimidating to say the least. Intimidation can be used as motivation and encouragement when you put a positive spin on it. These verses are a reminder that Jesus is the judge. The only way to get to heaven is through Jesus Christ. Matthew 10:32 says "Whoever aknowledges me before others, I will aknowledge before my Father in heaven." That's encouraging right? If the absolute paradise that is heaven cannot motivate us to do God's will, then the absolute horror of hell should.

  2. I catch myself sometimes doing good things and expecting good in return or wanting some type of recognition. But in reality all I am doing is setting myself up for failure because I am not glorifying God like I should every time.

  3. How about verses 13 and 14? How narrow? How small? These verses motivate me!! I need to do better and I pray that God forgives me of all my sins. Jessie Brown Pounds wrote in 1906 "The Way of the Cross." By the way, this chapter concludes the Sermon on the Mount; a 20 minute sermon. Pulpit ministers should take note to this example.