What do you do when you go up to a soft drink machine? See for example the story of Balaam and King Balak in Numbers 22-24. The good news is that, if we act with good motives, we will receive a reward. January 12, 2020. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. We pretend things aren’t hard at times. It is not to get the attention of others but to enter the presence of God Almighty. God said, No. I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me. God said…Ahhh, finally you have the idea By praying not chiefly so that God may be glorified and people saved, but that his church might begin to grow and other pastors might look up to him as an effective evangelist. A deacon had a parrot that said, “lets kiss, lets kiss.” It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up. Why they are fake about it – to be seen by men. They have the ability to define you and to set you apart and pull you into spiritual greatness if you will just allow them to do so. Listen to more sermons by this speaker | more Swallowing Life's Bitter Pills • 3/19/2006 | 9,200+ downloads Abstinence from Alcohol • 4/7/2002 | 4,400+ downloads UnashamedSermons.com is a labor of love dedicated to all the pastors and Christian workers spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world! We offer 30,000+ outlines and 10,000+ free sermon illustrations from top Christian pastors and communicators. You push the machine. SermonSearch.com is an online resource for sermon outlines and preaching ideas. 15 And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. Tag Archives: wrong-motives. Matthew records three times Jesus going to pray this prayer…, He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” On the surface that seems like a license to the very thing James warns against. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. James 4:1-3: Ask and Have: ... it is most determinately fixed by Almighty God. Some people approach prayer like they do a soft drink machine. Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Real religion involves righteousness from the heart and religious actions done with the right motivations. In this account from John’s gospel, Lloyd-Jones demonstrates how the Greeks come with the wrong approach and challenges you to take the right approach in coming to Christ. Preaching, for the wrong motives The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. You Have Not Because You Ask Not. This word was used to describe an actor who wore a mask and played a specific role. You get in God’s will! In between his last meal and his arrest, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to pray. We show up at church to fulfill our role, whatever it may be. We put up masks to hide our brokenness. wrong motives. ... Unashamed Sermons is no longer being actively maintained but is remaining online for archive purchases. So in this passage then, how are the people being “fake”? In “The Power of Prayer” and “The Prayer of Power”, R.A. Torrey tells of one minister who was praying for revival so he would not lose his church. Aimless Praying: H. W. Beecher. The truth is, that if we pray something that is not of God’s will – it won’t be answered. Do you only care about pleasing people? – no faith Prayer is not like presenting our Christmas wish list to Santa Claus. C. It is important that we discipline our giving. This passage gives us God s criteria for right motives. The key issue that Jesus is dealing with is “showboating” prayer. If the soft drink doesn’t drop out of the machine, you get ticked-off. Illustrations used in this sermon: Giving in secret, Sacrificial giving, Image by: SXC.HU If this sermon was helpful to you, please consider leaving your feedback in the comments section at the bottom. How do you know if you are like this? Any prayer request motivated by lust, sensuality, or sinful passion is against the character and nature of God. And God’s word tells you God’s will. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. Two quick things to observe when looking at another reason for why God doesn’t answer prayers: 1. God said, No. Jesus shows us the importance of motivations through three examples: giving (6:2-4), prayer (6:5-15), and fasting (6:16-18). She was probably the most strict-living lady I knew, raised in a great church, tithed, attended regularly, read her bible, and prayed. If your prayer is motivated out of dishonest or dishonorable desires, God will not honor such prayers. Below are some of the WRONG reasons why people follow Jesus or go to church. Where they are fake about it – In worship and in public And when God doesn’t perform the way they think God ought to perform, they feel cheated. James says (4:3), “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” That’s selfish praying! If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. We are not to seek the approval, applause, and recognition of men. The word that is used here for love is not centered on God and His divine love but rather is focused on the brotherly love and acceptance of humanity. It would be as fake as a three dollar bill. The purpose was to make themselves look good, pious and spiritual. The love that Jesus speaks about is not motivated by God but by human selfishness. – broken relationships (with God, with each other). Prayer is not about swimming pools or new cars or houses or clothes or CD players or stuff. ii. The Greek word that Jesus uses here is hypocrites (hoop-ok-ree-tace’) which was used in Greek theater. There are a number of scriptures we are going to be looking at as I share the final message in this series but I want to begin with what James writes in chapter 4 of his letter, 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? We hid our pain, our turmoil, our trials, our anger behind the mask of a painted smile and fake our way through. You put in your money, you make your selection, you punch the button, and you wait for your soft drink to drop out of the machine. It’s for one simple reason: my Mormon neighbors and friends have the wrong message. Prayer is all about our relationship with God, not about getting what we want. Matthew 26:44 (NIV). You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. Man Gives to Beggar for Wrong Reason. How eager are you to read the Bible? Why? Is it no wonder then, that Jesus urgently shared with His disciples the importance to abide in Him? Simple. How excited are you about getting together with other believers to serve, to worship, to pray, to learn God’s word together? I’ve had people tell me that they no longer believe in God because their prayer wasn’t answered. There is no hiding yourself from God. I asked God to spare me pain. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. ... Related Sermons. God said, No. All The Right Moves – All The Wrong Motives (1 of 4) Series: All You Need Is Love Jeff Strite I Corinthians 13:1-3 OPEN: Jesse James was one of the most famous men of the West. You quarrel and fight. These are great practices, which most religions do, but we could practice them with wrong motives.-Giving to those in need (v.2-4) –giving is not meant to be showy. The real issue is not “God, what is Your will regarding this specific circumstance?” The real issue is “Am I in God’s will as a person?” If my life is in harmony with God, then my desires are going to be in harmony with God!” I love this quote attributed to Saint Augustine. How wrong I was. This is what the hypocrites did. James warns believers that certain prayers will not be answered by God. Genesis 13:1-5 Topic: Prayer I am preaching about, The Value of Your Altars. Learn how your comment data is processed. This I … My prayers been answered!” An actor playing a specific role and nothing more. 250 Sweinhart Road, Boyertown, PA 19512; 610.369.1507; Copyright © [2015] Trinity Church of Boyertown. broken relationships lack of faith They think God is not a “good” or loving God. Grace Chan. So you don’t have to constantly say, “Is it Your will?” When you go to buy a new car: “God is it Your will that I buy a brown Chevy or a gold Mercedes?…God is it Your will that I order the steak or the pork chops?” No, you don’t have to ask god’s will on every little item like that. God will never give you anything that would lead you to impurity and sin. God sees through every mask you wear and every role you play. James 4:1-3 (NIV), Let’s focus on that last verse for a moment, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”. It is a warning to not pray with a wrong motive as demonstrated by the “hypocrites” in Jesus’ example. (quoted in the message “Why does God sometimes say “No” to my prayer?” by Marc Axelrod”). Now before I go further I need to clarify something. Some of the wrong motives include pleasing men to earn their salvation. Warning against Pride … 2 You crave what you do not have; you kill and covet, but are unable to obtain it. The person giving the prayer and the focus on God is completely lost. Regardless of how eloquent the words that are used or how passionate the pleas may be, God has promised not to give what has been requested from Him. See more ideas about prayers, pray, bible verses. What do you think is the motivation behind your prayers when you pray? She wanted a swimming pool in her back yard. We pretend and we become less and less genuine. 4 You adulteresses! I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. 2 You want something but don’t get it. WRONG REASONS FOR FOLLOWING A CHURCH OR FOLLOWING JESUS (1) FOLLOWING GOD FOR MATERIAL THINGS – (Luke 12:15 – And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”) Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? The trouble with wrong motives is they can end up hardening and become principles! Who is getting the attention by that kind of praying? So it is important that our prayer is consistent with God’s character and nature in order for it to be His will. Is Jesus saying that public prayer is wrong? The only way you can know the will of God is by reading and doing the Word of God. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. Posted on March 25, 2007 by Darren Ethier. You do not have, because you do not ask God. I read this passage this morning: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. January 12, 2020. All Rights Reserved. I asked God to give me happiness. I just don't have time to give to it like I … God’s answer wasn’t very pleasant to Balak – in fact, God commanded Balaam to pronounce a blessing, instead of a curse, upon Israel. The issue here is not public versus private prayer. A hypocrite is a person who pretends to be something they are not. He will never pay attention to prayer requests that are expressed to Him out of anger, hatred, jealousy & envy. Grace Chan. It’s because the heart has its motives: right or wrong. Sermons Resources Creative Connect. There are 18571 characters in the full content. Scripture: I Corinthians 13:1-3This content is part of a series. The Value Of Your Altars. There are times when we pretend life doesn’t hurt. Powered by churchthemes.com.churchthemes.com. Sermons preached by Darren Ethier. I just don't have time to give to it like I had in the past. – yes, not yet, and no Jesus said that these hypocrites loved to pray and at first glance that sounds pretty good but as I’ve said before, when we read scriptures – context means everything! We don t worship them as God, of course, and we certainly don t do what they say if they tell us to disobey God. Wrong motives are harbored in the desire to spend what you get on YOUR PLEASURES. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. In other words, the hypocrites made it a practice to pray in public places to show others that they were praying. You do not receive because you ask with wrong MOTIVES We take on a role, play the part. Many people think that God is always going to answer their prayers the way they want them answered and in the time that they want them answered. How often do we show up just to “play the part”? He is also a just God and sin and evil does not survive for long in His presence. A pastor could be praying for revival and be praying with wrong motives. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. The Bible tells us a story about two of Jesus’ disciples who had a motivation problem, in: Mark 10:35-45 (“Some reasons for unanswered prayer” by Freddy Fritz). Unashamed Sermons is no longer being actively maintained but is remaining online for archive purchases. Matthew 26:42 (NIV), So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. You cannot be hypocritical with God because He knows the truth already. Absolutely not! The goal or object of one’s actions.” Every child of God must seriously weigh his motives in serving the Lord. Do you know that the term is for something or someone who isn’t genuine? Author Ed Dobson wrote a book titled The Year of Living Like Jesus, in which he tells the story in diary form of how he tried to live as Jesus lived and as Jesus taught for a year.On day thirteen of month one, he records this story: My wife and I drove to Key West. God said, No. There was a woman who had a different understanding of prayer. You hit it, and if that doesn’t work, you write a nasty little note that says, “This machine took my money!” and you leave it on the machine. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content. The wonderful promise of scripture is this, 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. More than likely it will be that your life will be enriched, that your house will be enhanced, that your barn can get bigger all for your own benefit. (“Answered Prayers” by Roger Thompson). 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. January 12, 2020. I pray that you reveal to me the things that are wrong and help me make them right. In God’s eyes, this is wrong motives – it doesn’t line up with His generous and just character, and nature. Exodus 8:8-8 Topic: Prayer Our service to God has to be motivated by a proper motive. SermonSearch.com is an online resource for sermon outlines and preaching ideas. There is nothing wrong with praying aloud in church. Matthew 6:5-6 (NIV). 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV), In this series of messages I’ve had a chance to share with you some of the discoveries I’ve made in scripture in answering the question, “Why God doesn’t answer prayer?” I’ve learned (and hopefully you have as well) that there are predominately three main reasons for unanswered prayer: (briefly expand on each point verbally as the Spirit leads), ? wrong motives. I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you. Proverbs 21:13 (NIV). So the deacon asked the preacher if he could leave his parrot with the pastor to influence his parrot so that it wouldn’t say, “lets kiss…” God is incredibly generous and delights in showering blessings upon His people. Matthew 6:2–4 NIV “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. So in our text from James 4:3, James is writing that when we ask according to our own will, according to our own desires that are independent of God’s will and His desires our prayers won’t be answered. HOW NOT TO GIVE. If we pray according to God’s will – it will be answered (providing that the other factors that I’ve already talked about in this series are in order!). Fake! You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your evil desires. (quoted in “Are your Prayers Answered?” by Ted Sutherland), Recap previous messages in the series: Heavenly Father, I surrender all motives of my heart before you. Jesus is giving a clear warning about prayer here to the disciples and it begins with do not. I shared this verse last week but it is worthwhile to refresh your memory here, 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. According to the Bible, the purity of our message trumps every other consideration—even one as vital as our motives. UnashamedSermons.com is a labor of love dedicated to all the pastors and Christian workers spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world! It isn’t granted, it is learned. This message speaks about the wrong methods of motivating people to serve God, the wrong motives in serving God, and how the Holy Spirit compels us with the right motives to serve God The Holy Spirit Compels Us Introduction: Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:9-15, Matthew 9:37, 38 Key thoughts: There is a tremendous need for people to come to Christ. Now this is a pretty obvious conclusion to make although it’s not so readily practiced in our prayer lives. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You'll write powerful and fresh messages every week with our preparation tools on a number of sermon topics, including expository preaching. I want to live in Your will.” Then you ask according to your desires. He didn’t want one, said they couldn’t afford one, that they didn’t need one. God is a very loving and merciful God. In just a short while, he will be arrested, tried, and executed. Based on God’s Word in Ephesians 2:8-9 and Ephesians 6:6, those are wrong motives. Sermons. The whole transaction takes a few seconds. How eager are you to spend time in His presence in prayer, and worship? What they are fake about – The love of prayer No, no way, no how were they going to have a swimming pool in her back yard. Are you one of those who work hard only while the boss is watching? Well as I started going over the list of character traits and the nature of God – did you think to yourself, “I’ve got to get this down, I’ve got to remember this, next time I pray I’m going to match up what I pray against this list, Is there anything I’m missing?” The reality is, for most of you, after you walk through these doors at the end of the service you won’t remember even one item from that list. 2. They go around constantly saying, “God, is it Your will that I ask for this?” over every little item. ... Wrong motives are harbored in the desire to spend what you get on YOUR PLEASURES. I asked God to take away my habit Location Events Give Stay Connected Home Sunday Service Upcoming Events ... Wrong Motives. Motives For Faithfulness Hebrews Series Heb. You may have poor motives and good service … Preaching Christ Out of Wrong Motives January 16, 2015 by Dan King In his letter to the Philippian church, Paul lamented the fact that certain ones of his fellows in the preaching ministry were engaged in spiritual work out of unseemly motivations. 10.1-25 June 8, 2014 Chester FBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker Introduction: A There is a plaque that is … This is especially true in the giving of our money. Then she put feet to her prayer by calling the swimming pool company and ordering a pool. Skip to content. They come for wrong reasons and with wrong motives and when Jesus does not pluck them from the floodwaters of their broken life, they find nothing in Him and leave. Proper motives are essential in Christian service. You get your life in God’s will and say, “To the best of my knowledge, I’m trying to do what’s right, Lord. We put up masks to hide our true feelings and emotions. It’s been said that worship is meant to have an audience of one – meaning that God is really the only one that matters when we worship. The title today is “Right things, wrong motives” because this is exactly Jesus’ point. © 2020 SermonSearch. If our prayers are self-centered and hypocritical in nature they will accomplish nothing. Absolutely nothing was wrong with any of those three acts--unless they were performed for the wrong reason in wrong motives. 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