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Motivated by the Master

Joel Osteen has announced publicly that he promises "no condemnation and no Judgment." He is proud of the fact that he does not judge anyone and does not preach such. The fact that he has the largest congregation in America is not surprising. I can see why people would flock to that kind of easy religious experience. May I say kindly, there is not one example of a preacher in the Bible that follows his example, not even Jesus. When Osteen is asked about people of other religions and whether they will go to heaven, he states, "I'm going to leave that up to God." I am sure all the lost of the world that have rejected Christ enjoyed hearing that. What does he do with the charge in 2 Tim. 4:1-4? Read it and know that a preacher is charged with reproving and rebuking according to the Scriptures. Phil. 2:12 tells believers to "work out (not in) your own salvation with fear and trembling." That is serious and that is motivation. In 2 Cor. 5:11 we are told, "knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men..." That is serious and that is motivation. Back in Phil. 2:13 we see, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good will." That is motivation unparalleled. Heb. 13:21 speaking of God states, "make you perfect in every good to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight..." Notice : "working in you." I personally do not believe God has motivated or led Joel Osteen to leave out something preachers are commanded to do consistently. Look at 2 Tim. 4:3-4 and notice: "not endure sound doctrine... heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." V4, "turn away their ears from the truth..." I do not believe that the Lord will motivate anyone to do anything against the direct commands of the Scriptures.

  1. We are motivated by the Master to love.
    1 Thes. 4:7-9, John 15:8-12.
  2. We are motivated by the Master to listen to the Holy Spirit.
    Galations 5:16, 25; John 14:16-17 and John 16:12-15.
  3. We are motivated by the Master to learn.
    2 Peter 3:14-18; Matthew 11:28-30.
  4. We are motivated by the Master to lean on Him.
    2 Cor. 12:9; John 15:5.
  5. We are motivated by the Master to leave the old things behind.
    1 Cor 10:16-22.
  6. We are motivated by the Master to Look for His return.
    Titus 2:11-13; 2 Peter 3:11-14.

True Christians have something of another world in us that motivates us to live a new life in the Spirit. It is a new heart under the control of a New Master.

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