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MOTIVATIONAL LESSONS

To the elders of the Lord's church in Ephesus the apostle Paul said, “So
now brethren I commend you to God and to the word of His grace which is
able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are
sanctified,” Acts 20:32.
What are some of the most uplifting and encouraging verses in all of
Scripture? Stay tuned as we look to those verses that encourage us today
from the word of God.
The Bible is full of encouraging verses, verses that challenge us,
verses that motivate us, and verses that build us up to ever live more
faithful to Almighty God.
Today we want to talk about some of those verses that really
encourage and uplift every child of God. When you read your Bible and
when you walk away being uplifted, what are some of the verses that do
exactly that?
We want to begin today with one the most beautiful verses I think in
all of Scripture, Psalm 103:10. Would you notice this verse with me? Notice
Psalm 103:10 the Bible says of God, “He has not dealt with us according to
our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.” When we think about

uplifting verses, you'd be hard-pressed to find one greater than this.
Who is the God that I serve and the God that you serve? What's God
really like? Friend the Bible says of God, ‘God did not deal with us
according to our sin. God is not willing if at all possible through His Son to
punish us according to our iniquities.’ What does that verse teach me? It
teaches that we didn't get what we deserve for sin. God is a merciful and
loving and forgiving God, who is able through Christ's sacrifice, to forgive
and overlook the sins of men. You see my friend this is so encouraging,
because of what sin has the power to do. “The wages of sin is death,”
Romans 6:23. “The soul that sins shall surely die,” Ezekiel 18:4. “The
Lord's ear's not heavy that He cannot hear His arm's not shortened that He
cannot save,” Isaiah said, “but your sins and your iniquities have separated
you from your God.”
Friend this is something that all of us need to hear, because all have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I'm encouraged. I’m motivated
to serve God, because God is willing to forgive our sins. I didn't get what I
deserved for my sin and nor did you, if you've obeyed the gospel. You see,
forgiveness is one of the beautiful ideas of Scripture. God is seen as ready
to forgive, Psalm 86:5. The Bible teaches that that God is a God that is not
only able to forgive but to forget. Hebrews 8:13 God said verses 12-13, “I'll
be merciful to their sin their lawless deeds I'll remember no more.” And like
Micah said in Micah 7:18-19, God is pictured as though it were casting all
our sin into the depths of the sea.
Now you think about the practical encouragement from this. The
things I've done in my life and the things you've done in your life that are
wrong and we all know what those are the things I've said that are wrong,
the actions I've committed that were contrary to the will of God, the things
that we're now ashamed of, the God we serve has completely forgiven us
of those sins.
But friend, let's realize that forgiveness comes at a huge price. Jesus
said in Matthew 26:28 as He instituted the Lord's Supper, “This is my blood
of the new covenant shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Peter said it
this way in 1 Peter 2:24 the Bible says of Christ, “He, Himself bore our sins
in His own body upon the tree that we having died to sin might live for
righteousness by whose stripes we are healed.”

And friend, let's realize the time at which God does forgive sin as
well. Acts 2 when they for heard for the very first time the good news about
Jesus, the Bible says, “When they realized they'd killed their Messiah they
were cut to the heart. They cried out, ‘Men and brethren what shall we
do?’” Here is the Clarion voice of God, “Repent and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin.” Isn't it
encouraging knowing I don't have to worry about my past life? Look at it
this way, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says this, “If anyone is in Christ,” that's a
Christian, “if anyone's in Christ he is a new creation.” Now notice this, “old
things are passed away behold all has become new.”
A second encouraging verse that we find in Scripture takes us all way
back to the time of David found in Psalm 23. I want you to notice the
beautiful words of this Psalm that give us so much encouragement
beginning in verse 1 the psalmist said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall
not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside
the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness
for His namesake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil.” Why? “For You are with me Your rod and Your
staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies. You anoint my head with oil my cup runs over surely goodness
and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the
house of the Lord forever.”
You know just reading words like that from the mouth of God bring
each of us a sense of strength to know that God is the good shepherd. That
just as a good shepherd He's going to feed, He's going to protect, and He's
going to take care of His own gives us such hope and comfort. This is why
the psalmist said, ‘Since the Lord is my shepherd, I don't have to want. I
don't have to worry. I don't have to be eaten up with anxiety. I don't have to
a fuss over what's going to happen in this life.’ The Bible says, “Cast all
your cares on the Lord, and cast all your anxieties on the Lord, He cares for
you. Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication let
your request be made known to God,” 1 Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:6-8.
God is also seen in this passage as the one who can lead us, maybe
even through some of the most difficult times in life. Listen again to these
words “Yea,” psalmist says, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow

of death, I'll fear no evil.” Why? I don't have to walk it alone. You're with me.
“Your rod and your staff they do comfort me,” during the dark times of life
whether it be sickness, whether be a crisis, whether it be even a time of
death, I'm so encouraged by knowing God's there with me. That God is
there to help me that I'm not alone, that I can trust in the Lord with all my
heart, Proverbs 3:5. That just as the Hebrew writer said, “The Lord has said
‘I'll never leave you nor forsake you.’” And thus for the child of God, he
doesn't have to go through those difficult times alone. God goes with him.
God helps him during those times, and we take great strength and
encouragement by knowing that. And for the child of God that valley of the
shadow of death is not the worst thing that could happen. “Blessed are the
dead who die in the Lord. ‘Yes,’ says the spirit that they may rest from their
labors their works do follow them,” Revelation 14:13. “Precious in the sight
of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
And so just like with the idea forgiveness in Psalm 103:10, we take
strength in knowing the good shepherd will always take care of us. He'll
always walk beside us, and if we remain true to Him, we can dwell in the
house of the Lord forever.
A third encouraging passage that we think about in Scripture is one
that brings each one of us hope and encourages us to live faithfully to the
Lord. In Psalm 46:1 the psalmist teaches us that God is our source of help.
Would you notice these words with me listen to Psalm 46:1. The psalmist
said, “God is our refuge and strength,” now notice this, “a very present help
in trouble.” Did you ever feel like you need strength? You ever feel like you
need help in this life? You ever feel like that maybe Satan's got you down,
and you just can hardly get up? That life throws you a curveball and
sometimes you just feel like throwing in the towel?
Let's realize God is our help. Hebrews 2:16-18 say, “We can come
boldly to God that He's able to aid those who are in any kind of trouble. And
we can come boldly to the throne of grace that we might find grace and
mercy to help in time of need.” I have not been left without help nor have
you. Who is that help? God is our help. He's our refuge.
You know when we think of a refuge, you think of a place where you
can go to escape from something. You think about a place of safety. You
think of maybe in the cities of refuge in the Old Testament where if

somebody had committed some crime against another person, if they could
make it to that city of refuge all would be okay. They could rest easy. They
could breathe a sigh of relief; all that burden could be lifted from their
shoulders. God is that city of refuge. God is that safe haven in my life and
yours. He is that source of strength. Remember Philippians 4:13? When
you think about God and Christ being our strength, you can't help but think
of this verse. The Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me.”
And then friend, let's realize God is a present help. The Bible says in
Psalm 46:1 that “He is a very present help in trouble.” I understand the
distance and time that separates and things like unto that nature that
separate us from God, but do we not realize that God is able to help us?
That He is able through His word, through the example of Jesus, through
the power of prayer, through the encouragement of other Christians to help
us in our time of trouble? Providentially God is able to aid those who need
His help. And thus, what an encouraging passage this is!
Another passage that would be at the top of that list is found in 1
Peter 5:7. The context of this is Christians having to do battle against
Satan, 1 Peter 5:8. Christians needing to resist him, ‘steadfast in the faith,’
1 Peter 5:9. In the midst of that great battle and striving to resist sin and
Satan, listen to what Peter says notice these words, “Casting all your care
upon Him, He cares for you.” The King James Version says, “Casting all
your anxiety upon Him, He cares for you.” Literally the Greek idea is to
‘hurl,’ to ‘throw’ it at God, to let God help you with the anxieties, and the
cares that we have. And so again, we find the idea that when I struggle with
things, I don't know how to deal with, when life gets me tied up in knots,
when I do have anxiety and problems that arise, what do I do with those
problems? Give them to God. “Cast all your cares upon Him.” God is more
than able to bear the load, to bear the burden, and to help me with that
difficulty. “He's able to aid those who need help,” Hebrews 2:16-18.
But then just as much as knowing that God is able to help which
Psalm 46:1 teaches as well, I believe this verse expresses something so
beautiful in the last part. Look at 1 Peter 5:7 again. “Cast all your cares
upon Him.” Why? “He cares for you.”
Friend people need to know, God's people need to know, all mankind

needs to know, listen to this very carefully: The God of heaven cares for
you. The God of heaven loves you. The God of heaven has a special place
in His heart for me and you. That's the kind of God that we serve, a loving
caring benevolent merciful God, that's why we can ‘cast.’ You know it's
really a play on words ‘Cast your cares on Him. He cares for you.’ God, in
essence, is saying since ‘I care for you so much, since I have worry over
you, let me help you with the desires and cares that you have in this life.’
Friend just to know that the God who spoke and this world came into
existence, just to know that the God who sent His own Son to this world
cares for me, gives me great strength and encouragement every day to live
faithfully to the Lord. You see, I know God cares for me and you, because
when Jesus illustrated our need and God knowing our need one of the
passages that He used says that ‘God knows the very number of hairs on
our head.’ Now you think about the detail, the intricacy, the minute detail of
knowing every hair on every person's head. Is that a figure of speech to
show just how much God cares? Absolutely! But friend you think about the
nature of that idea, and then realize just how valuable I am and you are to
God.
There's another passage I believe that gives us great hope and
encouragement. And I want to direct your attention to Hebrews 13. I believe
this to be right up at the top of my favorite verses in the Bible. Hebrews
13:5-6 teaches about the ever present love of God. The Bible says, “Let
your conduct be without covetousness. Be content with such things as you
have for He Himself has said,” listen to what God said, “I will never leave
you nor forsake you, so we may boldly say ‘The Lord is my helper. I will not
fear. What can man do to me?’” Why should I live a life without
covetousness? Why should I not have to worry about, ‘Well Joe over here's
got this, and I'd like to have it. I really want it.’ Why do I have to not worry
about that? Why do I need to be content with what I have? Because God
has said, ‘I'll never leave you nor forsake you. Therefore you can say now
this is in contrast to what others might have. What is it that you have that is
greater than anything anybody else can have? I don't have to covet
somebody's house. I don't have to covet somebody's car. I don't have to
covet somebody's bank account. Why not? Because you possess and I
possess something far greater than anybody else could ever have. The
Lord has said, “I'll never leave you nor forsake you so that you may boldly
say.” Here's what you possess: ‘The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What

can man do to me?” What could you possess greater than the Lord as your
helper? Friend there's nothing in all the world! And thus, the idea that God
will never leave us.
You know one of the things that often happens in this life is that sadly
sometimes friends or family or loved ones who are close to us choose to go
down another path. And at times, they do abandon us. And that's difficult
and that hurts and that's something that we all look toward with sadness.
What's different about God? ‘I'll never,’ God says, listen to these
encouraging words, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ God will never
ever abandon His children. He'll never leave them. He'll never forsake
them. They'll never be left out to dry on their own. God's going to take care
of them. Friend in view of that, that's why we can say with great joy and
contentment: The Lord's my helper! No need for me to fear! What can man
do to me? If God is for us who can be against us? If God's on our side, “We
can do all things through Christ who strengthens us,” and gives us the hope
and encouragement that we desperately need in this life.
Now I want to mention two or three other passages that also bring us
great encouragement in this life and one of those is found in 2 Corinthians
8:9. I believe this is one of the most beautiful passages about the
motivating, encouraging love of Christ. Listen to this verse.2 Corinthians
8:9 the Bible says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that
though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor that you through
His poverty might be made rich.”
You just stop and think about all that. It said in that verse the grace of
Christ, talking about His unmerited favor that which He did which was not
demanded, which He did not have to do, which He selflessly did anyway.
What is that grace? “Though He was rich yet for your sakes, He became
poor that we through His poverty might be made rich.” Let's translate that
and translate that into language that we can understand. Jesus was in the
very place I'm striving every day to go: Heaven. “Out of the ivory palace,”
these palaces the psalmist said, “He came into a world of sin and sorrow.”
And in this place, He left Heaven and lived among sinners. They laughed at
Him. They mocked Him. They said ‘He's Beelzebub,’ the chief of the
demons. They eventually took Him and nailed Him to a cruel Roman cross
and there crucified Him as a common criminal. “That we through His
poverty might be made rich,” by what Jesus did, by the life that He lived, by

the good that He went around doing, I can ultimately one day live in that
place called Heaven.
Can you see just how much Jesus loves you? Can you see just how
much He wants you to be His child and to live with Him forever in Heaven?
He wants it so much. He left Heaven, came to this earth, lived as a poor
man, and gave up His own life so that one day I can live with Him.
Friend I'll assure you, no one has ever loved you and no one's ever
loved me the way Jesus loves us that it motivates and encourages more
than you can ever begin to imagine.
Another verse that encourages Christians so much is found in Psalm
116:15. And this passage teaches us that that last day, that final day when
the curtain falls and I breathe my last, not a bad thing for a child of God.
Notice the words of Psalm 116:15 the Scripture says, “Precious in the sight
of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
We ask you this today, how does Heaven, I’m not talking about how
we view it, how does heaven view when one of God's children dies? Listen
to that again “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
Why is that? That person who's a child of God no longer has to fight that
fight. That person no longer has to face the temptation, no longer has to
face the struggle, and ultimately they have been rewarded with the crown
of life. In fighting the good fight, in finishing the faith, they've received the
crown of life, and Heaven, and in the presence of God they can be for all
eternity.
Do we realize that that thing that bothers us probably as much as
anything else that day that we have no clue when this going to come, but
we can see that it is surely approaching swiftly, doesn't have to be a dark,
dreary day. You know the world looks at death as a dark, dreary, sad,
sorrowful day that to be more than looked at in great darkness. Not God
and for the Christian! We don't have to look at it that way either. “Blessed
are the dead who die in the Lord. ‘Yes’ says the spirit that they may rest
from their labors and their works do follow them.”

Does death have to be a bad thing for a child of God? Do we have to
look at that as a dark and dreary day? Of course not! As Christians we get
a second chance in Christ.
Now I want to mention to you a couple of other verses that go
hand-in-hand the first is 1 Timothy 2:4. Here's what we learn of God, we
learn about God's universal love and desire for all men to be saved. The
Bible says in this verse, “Who desires, of God, who desires all men to be
saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” What's so encouraging
about the God we serve? Friend the God of the Bible is not a prejudiced
God. The God of the Bible does not have some of the prejudice that men
do today based on maybe common economic status, based on job, based
on skin color, based on other factors, no God wants all men to be saved
and come to a knowledge of the truth. Of course the Bible teaches that that
can be possible for every person, if they will submit to the Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. God wants every one of His children ‘to be faithful unto death
so that they can receive the crown of life,’ Revelation 2:10.
Friend as we think today about some of these encouraging verses
that uplift us so much from the Bible, I want to ask you a serious question:
Do these verses really impact your life, because you're a child of God and
because you know you're right with Him?
If not, then friend the strength these verses provide is not yet yours.
But it can be. Are you willing to become a Christian? Are you willing to
submit your life to the will of God?
You don't want to miss out on the great promises, the precious
blessings, the wonderful encouragement we've talked about today. But if
you're not God's child, if you're not a Christian, then sadly you are missing
out on the wonderful blessings of being a child of God.
What does one have to do to become a child of God?
Friend it's not hard. The Bible teaches that to become a Christian I
must first hear the word of God. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by
the word of God,” Romans 10:17. After hearing the message about Jesus, I
then must commit to it in believe in Him. Jesus said “Unless you believe
that I'm He you'll surely perish in your sins,” John 8:24. Having believed

that Jesus is the Savior of the world, I've got to turn from a life of sin and
repent. Luke 13:3 Jesus said, “Unless you repent you will all likewise
perish.” Having confessed the name of Jesus, Romans 10:10, I then must
be baptized in water for the forgiveness of sins.
Jesus said it so plainly in Mark 16:16. Jesus said, “He that believes
and is baptized will be saved. He who does not believe shall be
condemned.” Peter said “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.”
And so friend, if you're not a child of God we encourage you today
become a Christian. Be encouraged every day to live faithful to Almighty
God.

Study Questions for: “Motivational Lesson 11”
1. According to Acts 20:32, what is able to build us up and give us an
inheritance?

2. How has God dealt with us according to Psalm 103:10?

3. What are the wages of sin according to Romans 6:23?

4. What does Ezekiel 18:4 say of the soul that sins?

5. What will God remember no more according to Hebrews 8:13?

6. According to Psalm 23, why should we not fear?

7. How shall we trust in the Lord according to Proverbs 3:5?

8. What can we find in God according to Psalm 46:1?

9. Why should we cast our cares upon Him according to 1 Peter 5:7?

10. According to Hebrews 13:5-6, how should we conduct ourselves?
Why?