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Create in me a clean heart, O God.  Renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NLT)

Wouldn’t that be a great name for a game show, “What’s Your Motive”?  Motives are a sort-of mind game, aren’t they?.   It’s ultimately about our intention to have you believe something or to acquire something we want.  Motives can be good or bad, wrong or right, pure or impure.

Have you even known someone who always seems to operate with a hidden agenda?  You know the one.  The one who is “fake”.  The one you can’t trust.  The one who whenever he/she is talking is more than likely lying to you?  Do you remember when you first found out this person had a hidden agenda?  When you figured out this person’s method of operation was tricking you, and deceiving you for their personal gain?  Maybe it was subtle.  Maybe they just want you to believe something that they are not.  You feel deceived…..betrayed…..like you got kicked in the stomach.   

You see, I was one of those people.  In active addiction, that was my m.o.    I wasn’t like that when sober though.   No where near it.  As days of sobriety started to add up, God revealed to me the subconscious manipulation methods I used in order to get people to do what I wanted.  He showed me how I could be subtle in my intent and that my motive was not pure.  I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody.  It had become a learned behavior and half the time I wasn’t even aware of it.

So I ask God to help me stay sensitive to the motives of my heart.  I ask God to bring to the surface the little bits &pieces of impurity that may have lingered or have worked their way back in again.

“Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you.” – Psalms 86:11

God doesn’t reveal these things to me so I will feel bad about myself.  That is what the devil wants me to believe.  I use to live in a constant state of guilt & shame (see my post about forgiving myself).  God knew my self esteem was unstable back then, and in time I would heal.  But now He reveals the condition of my heart so that I can repent any unconfessed sin.  I want Him to.  I ask Him for this.  He reveals my subtle motives so that I can become pleasing in His sight.  So I can change.   So I can honor Him.

God knows my heart.  He knows me better than I do.  God knows that I really don’t want to hurt people or even hurt myself.  He knows I wanted to change and I wanted to please Him but I couldn’t do that until He showed me the motives of my heart.  It’s important that I keep my motives in check on a daily basis.  Without purity of heart, I won’t be able to move forward to what the Lord wants for my life. 

God wants us to know who He is.  He wants us to know His attributes, His character.  The more I learn about God, the hungrier I am to read His Word.  It never ceases to amaze me how He reveals something to me I never saw before (when I’ve read the same verse numerous times through the years).  I get so inspired when this happens!  I pray the Lord will reveal things to you today that you haven’t noticed before.

The Bible tells us everything we need to know about God.  It is difficult for our limited minds to fully grasp all the He is.  Scripture tells us that one day it will be made perfectly clear (1 Cor. 13:12), but until then, we use His Word to get to know Him.  It’s been said,

“If God were small enough for your minds, He wouldn’t be big enough for your needs.”

So for that reason, don’t be disgruntled if you can’t fully understand who He is and why God does certain things.  I encourage you to look up and underline the following verses in your own Bible. 

  • God is Faithful.  “…He is God, the faithful God…” (Deut. 7:9)
  • God is Unchanging.  “He is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)
  • God is Love.  “…for God is Love.” (1 Jn. 4:8)
  • God is Omniscient (all knowing).  God knows everything. “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” (Matt. 10:30)
  • God is Omnipresence (present everywhere). “Nothing in all creation can hide from Him…”. (Heb. 4:13)
  • God is Omnipotent (all powerful). “…what is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
  • God is Truth and Eternal.  “…the Lord is the true God…the everlasting King…” (Jer. 10:10)
  • God is Gracious and Merciful.  “The Lord is merciful and gracious…” (Ps. 103:8)
  • God is Wise.  “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth…” (Prov. 3:19)
  • God is Infinite.  “I am the Alpha and Omega…” (Rev. 22:13)
  • God is Righteous and Just.  “…for all His ways are just…righteous and upright is He.” (Deut. 32:4)
  • God is Spirit.  “For God is spirit…” (Jn. 4:24)

Of course, there are many more wonderful attributes of God.  In my first year of recovery, one of the most comforting of these was that I could trust God.  I was so untrusting of people, I couldn’t even trust myself!  But I know I can trust in Him.  He doesn’t change, EVER.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  I just love that about Him, don’t you?


A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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