Check your motives

For those who are truely seeking Jesus, it is my experience that God will not bless those things that have their roots in improper motives, or will lead us away from our calling.  Nor will God bless those things we strive to achieve in our own strength that we build up to protect ourselves.

God disciplines those He loves, so don’t be annoyed or tempted to follow the ungodly ways of unbelievers, even when their evil ways seem to do well!  For those who are serious about God, He will protect them from themselves and will not allow these ungodly “blessings” to lead off them track.

Jeremiah 12:1-6 “You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? 2 You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. 3 Yet you know me, LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter!
4 How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered?
Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished.
Moreover, the people are saying, “He will not see what happens to us.”

God’s response: 5 “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”

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