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Are your motives the reason for your lack?
by Edward Davis
09/16/13
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James 4:2-3

2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet[a] you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Grace and peace be upon you my brothers and sisters,

Are you familiar with game show called "Who wants to be a millionaire?" A better question is" why you want to be a millionaire?" The scriptures teaches that God will supply all our need according to his riches in glory and that God will give us the desires of our heart. Both of these scriptures are forever true however; our motives play an important role in these scriptures being manifested in our lives. Oftentimes, we lust after things like cars, houses and money. We fight for stuff and even ask God for other people husbands and wives. The above text allows us to focus on why we lack the things that God has already promised us in his word. The scriptures teaches us that the Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want better translated I shall not lack. In spite of that Christians still experience lack, is there something wrong with the Word of God? No, the Word of God is true however; there is something wrong with our motives regarding things. God does not mine you having things he just will not allow things to have you. The scriptures declares that we should not have any other gods beside Jehovah God. Could it be, the reason you
have not been promoted because your motives are wrong? Could it be, the husband or the wife has not shown up because your motives are wrong? Could it be, that you are not a millionaire, you have not started the business, you have not bought your dream car or house because your motives are wrong? The text allows you to see that wars and fights break out because of wrong motives and wrong desires for pleasure. The desires for positions, promotions and prosperity are so strong that people are willing to murder one another for it. Finally, after all the back biting, lying and scheming for things, we decide to ask God for the things which he refuse to grant because we ask amiss, that we may spend it on our pleasures. I am not saying that God don't want us to have things that will bring us pleasure but I am saying that we need to checkout our motives before we ask God for things that we desire. Why do you want a husband, why do you want a wife, a car, a house or even why do you want to be a millionaire or a business owner? Here is the key that will ensure your motives are pure, " Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things shall be added.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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