Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Noah's Life Purpose

Noah was a pleasure to the Lord. He was the only truly righteous man living on the earth at that time. He tried always to conduct his affairs according to God's will. Gen 6:8-9 (TLB)

Where do you find the motivation to live out the purpose of God? One of the greatest examples of God-centered motivation in the Bible is found in
the life of Noah. In is life lies the secret of a man who survives the disaster of his age. What motivated him?

When Noah built the ark he showed us the motivational power of obedience.

God gave Noah the directions and Noah followed them. The ark was a huge object lesson in obedience. Arks, temples, churches are built by people who trust God. Lives and hearts and families are built by people
who trust God.

When Noah entered the ark he showed us the motivational power of trust.

He walked into the ark behind all of the animals and God shut the door. He shut it seven days before the first raindrop fell. While the sun was yet shining and the sky was blue, while the people around were still convinced that nothing was going to happen, God shut the door. What do you think Noah was thinking that first week? All he had to carry him through was his trust.

Noah on the ark shows us the motivational power of faithfulness.
How many days do you think Noah floated on the ark? 40? The rain fell for 40 days, but the actual time on the ark until the water receded was actually
382 days! When you feel that God is taking too long to act and yet you keep trusting - that's faithfulness.

When Noah came out of the ark he reminded us of the motivational power of worship. The first thing Noah does when he leaves the ark is go give thanks to God. What would you want to do first after a year in an ark? One of life's greatest motivators is found in taking the time to say thank you to God.

Today my Obedience to God will motivate me to... My Trust in God will motivate me to... My Faithfulness towards God will motivate me to... My Worship of God will Motivate me to...

Listen! Arky Arky

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