Learning Objective: Understand the power of pure motives in Christ in your daily interactions.
Scriptures: James 4:3|1 Corinthians 10:31 | | Colossians 3:17 | 1 Peter 4:11 | Matthew 5:8 | Proverbs 16:2 | Psalm 66:18
Dear God, create within me a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation that is anchored within my soul as I remember how much you love and adore me. I give you permission to sift my motives, reveal to me when they are false, when I am acting one way and being another. Jesus, you said that I would see God when I have a pure heart: Blessed are the Pure in heart for they shall see God. I want to see you through the lens of pure motives now moving forward. I commit to pausing before I do what I do and inviting you into the reason why I am doing it. I want to do everything I do in your name for YOUR GLORY not mine. Help me to return to my identity in you quicker today than yesterday. Too often I spill out of myself and take the form of the object of my desire: a promotion, affirmation, recognition, approval …all to be enough. Remind my mind that in you I lack nothing. I want my words, thoughts, deeds and actions to take the shape of your love in and through me for the sake of salvation of souls.
Learning Objective: Understand the ramifications of seeking to please people over God in your life. Take back the power you give out to the world.
Scriptures: Galatians 1:10 | Galatians 5:1 | Galatians 5:17-21 (ramifications of seeking the approval of the world) | Galatians 5:22-23 (ramifications of seeking the approval of God).
Dear God, I give way to much power away to people and circumstance to define my worth and value. Forgive me. Restore within my heart an attentive awareness of your voice whispering who I am in you. Free me Lord from the behavior that is fueled by the drug of approval and the disease to please. May I do all that I do with my eyes fixed on you…the author and perfecter of my identity and faith. Have your way with me in spite of myself.
Learning Objective: Expose your negative attitudes, emotions and motives to the love of Christ and allow Him to shift you into the light of HIS attitude and pure motives.
Scriptures: Matthew 5:8 | 1 Corinthians 2:16 | Psalm 51:10-12 | Philippians 2:5-11 | John 5:1-15 | 2 Corinthians 5:20
Dear God, Help me to edge YOU into my attitude, emotions and motives more today than yesterday. I know that whatever you call me to that you are faithful and you will give me the strength to conform my thoughts, will, emotions, motives to yours. You weigh my motives, help me to do the same so that whatever I do I will do it for YOUR glory not mine. Help me to overcome myself to make room for a PURE heart grounded in and through your love for me.