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Bible verses about Motivation for Overcoming
(From Forerunner Commentary)

Psalm 51:17   (Go to this verse :: Verse pop-up)

Broken spirit means "to be overwhelmed with sorrow." Contrite heart means "to be completely penitent, feeling remorse and affected by guilt, deeply regretful and wishing to atone for sin." "Broken spirit" and "contrite heart" are virtually the same thing. This is further confirmation that spirit is used as an aspect of mind that generates a wide diversity of activity, including, but not restricted to, conduct. It must be clean and right if the conduct that is produced is going to be beneficial. This alludes, then, to our motivations. What is in our heart? What is in our spirit? If our heart and spirit are not right, our motivations will not be right, and our conduct will have the aim of taking advantage, of controlling, of manipulating to one's own ends, self-centeredly rather than selflessly.

John W. Ritenbaugh
The Holy Spirit and the Trinity (Part 4)


 

John 12:4-6   (Go to this verse :: Verse pop-up)

Judas had been with Jesus Christ for three and a half years, and this occurred some six days before Jesus was to be crucified. John reveals to us Judas' habit. He had been with Christ at campfires and had heard His sermons and teachings. He had been involved in the camaraderie and the special education that a person gets when with a small group. Despite this, Judas never saw Jesus clearly enough to motivate a change in his life. He was a thief from the beginning. He never said to himself, "All these things apply to me, so I have to change." Because of this, his final act was to hang himself—after actually seeing what he was! He had never realized it prior to that time.

John O. Reid
Don't Take God for Granted


 

 




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