Dealing With Deadened Motivation – II

What does it look like to address an issue of the affections by exposure to the attractiveness of our Lord, rather than by effort of the flesh?

Perhaps the marriage analogy can help here.  If I am growing cold in my affections toward my wife (which, if she reads this, I am not!), then the solution is not to “do the right thing.”  I can go and buy flowers and give them to her and even say “I love you” through clenched teeth.  That doesn’t do much for me, and does even less for her.  I am much better off simply being with her, allowing her attractiveness to draw my affections to her again. That is what I’m suggesting spiritually – allow the love of God to draw you to Him.

One last suggestion that has helped me was given to me by a good friend several years ago.  I pass it on to you gladly.  If I don’t feel like reading the Bible and being exposed to the attractive beauty of God’s grace, I don’t pretend otherwise and force myself, I tell him so.  “Lord, I don’t feel like reading your Word today.  Other things are far more interesting and attractive to me…”  Praying honestly (and out loud!) tends to bring conviction and brokenness as the Spirit of God works in my heart.  Before long I am broken at the foot of the cross, overwhelmed by the grace of God to a sinner like me.  Before long I want to be in His Word, not as an external duty, but with a captured heart, strangely warmed, but never proud of my own effort!

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2 thoughts on “Dealing With Deadened Motivation – II

  1. I just wanted to say that this was right on time, latley I have felt my lack of motivation has hindered me a little bit. I really needed to hear this and thank you for listening to the Lord and following up by doing what he placed in your heart this is just what I needed to pick me up and get my focus back to God and who he is.

    I used to think that I needed a long drawn out message but a simple pick me up like this is just as helpful.

    Thank you for all your blogs I have been reading for awhile and have really been helped alot.

    Thanks and God Bless You

  2. Peter: I have read your blog postings for some time now and just wanted to tell you what a blessing this internet ministry is. Many times I have been encouraged or provoked to productive thinking by your cogent remarks and and insights. Thank you and God bless you in your ministry.

    Steve Massey, pastor
    Hayden (Idaho) Bible Church

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