New Year Motivation

December 31 2023

Topic: Motivation

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What stops us from staying the course, even when we know it’s a good course to follow?

  1. Our resolutions are good, but not in the right order
  2. Priorities
  3. Knowledge or understanding
  4. Motivation

Motivations from the Apostle John

  1. The True Light has come, and darkness flees.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

  1. You are now children of God!

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13

  1. When you know the Son, you get to know the Father.

The Lamb of God, Messiah, Bread of Life, Light of the World, I Am, the Good Shepherd, I and the Father are One, the Resurrection and the Life; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the True Vine, Our Victory, Our Hope and Assurance

  1. Jesus said, “You follow Me!”

21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” John 21:21-22

  1. Motivation from the 7 churches
  • Don’t lose your first love for Jesus
  • Be faithful even to death
  • Be on the alert for stumbling blocks
  • It won’t be easy, but hold fast to the faith you have
  • Complete your works till Jesus comes
  • Keep my Word and do not deny My name
  • I am knocking, hear my voice and open the door

As you pursue your motivation for growth and change in 2024, is it found first in Jesus?  He is light to our world’s darkness.  He is the answer to our messiness.  As His children, He blesses us when we follow Him.