Encouragement In The Bible – Christian Spiritual Motivation

Encouragement In The Bible – Christian Spiritual Motivation

In his book Getting Well Again, Dr. Carl Simonton showed the major role that motivation plays in fighting disease. Dr. Simonton, an oncologist from Texas, specialized in treating cancer patients. In his practice, Dr. Simonton noticed that mental attitude, or encouragement, made a big difference in how people resisted disease.

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Dr. Simonton’s patients who lacked a encouragement for living often crumbled quickly. Perhaps this is why many elderly widows and widowers often die within a year of losing their spouse. In many cases the last years of their life were taken up in caring for their ailing spouse. Their reason for living has just passed away and, feeling they have nothing to live for themselves, they soon contract some disease and pass on as well.

In contrast, a terminally ill cancer patient might tell Dr. Simonton that because they wanted to get their last child through high school, they couldn’t die for another two years. Then, despite the odds stacked against them and the fact that they weren’t expected to live that long, they somehow made it through until their goal was achieved.

In both scenarios, motivation made all the difference. Motivation keeps us going and gives us something to look forward to, especially when life becomes very hard.

This is why the christian spiritual motivation is so very important. When we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, when we have lost faith in ourselves, there is someone else that we can believe in. We may be discouraged, even highly unmotivated, but if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ there is light at the end of the tunnel. And because that light gets brighter and brighter the closer it comes, we are able to handle setbacks.

When we consider the life of Jesus—what He went through and did—we see that He had a lot of motivation. One of the main reasons He could suffer what He did was because He had a lot to look forward to.

This is why faith in Jesus can make all the difference for us. By following His forward-looking example, we can endure a great deal ourselves.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Because He saw something glorious at the end of the road, Jesus was enabled to experience the horror that He did and still accomplish His mission. Though called to do something extremely difficult, to forego earthly pleasures and actually give up His life for people who were basically clueless about His mission, He was motivated to carry it through.

This is very good news—not only the news of the gospel, but the news that, even when we feel extremely discouraged, His energy, drive, and commitment can all be ours. Now that’s motivational!

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(Last Updated: April 23rd, 2017)

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  1. God reveals the purpose. He gives a purpose when there is none. Speaking from experience. I was never good with words, or wise in the world’s eyes. I was foolish to many based on my child like imagination. God bestowed on me Wisdom and Understanding to know Him, His kindness and Righteousness, things that the world’s philosophers would sit in silence. His promises and divine qualities that I may keep Him, so that I may never lose Him. “Anyone who has this Hope, purifies themselves.” Jesus is the Way, and all these riches are found in Him only. “We are witness of these things that the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey.” All by God’s Grace. The LORD says, “You will find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” “Where your heart is, there also is your treasure.” (Matthew 6:21) Where is your heart? Have you not heard? (Matthew 22:36-40) Halleluyah! All things are possible in Christ!

  2. Many will seek to enter that narrow door, the door of salvation, but “will not be able.” They are unwilling to trust/rely on Jesus alone. They are unwilling to pay the price. It costs too much for them to give up the world. God’s gate is a gate through which one cannot carry the baggage of sin and self-will, nor can one carry the accoutrements of materialism. The way of Christ is the way of the cross, and the way of the cross is the way of self-denial. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23–24). Jesus knows that many will choose the wide gate and the broad way that leads to destruction and hell. Correspondingly, He said that only a few will choose the narrow gate. According to Matthew 7:13–14, there is no doubt that more will go to hell than to heaven. The question for you is, then, on which road are you?

  3. “Jesus Christ, I believe you are the true Son of God and that you died on the cross to rescue me from sins, death and to restore me to the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit. I choose now to turn from my sins, my self-centeredness, and every part of my life that does not please you. I choose you. I give myself to you. I believe you are the way, the truth, and the light. I receive your forgiveness and ask you to take your rightful place in my life as my Savior and Lord. please lord of lords and king of kings come reign your love into my heart and into my soul and fill me with your love and your life, and help me to become a person who is truly loving—a person like you. may your blood wash my sins away and restore my mind, body and soul, Jesus. Live and Love through me and touch my soul. Thank you, God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen”.

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