How does one check their motives?

Words are cheap when actions are deceit. Words are valuable when actions of good are added. I have come to believe that words with action equals motivation. What is our motivation on any and every issue? How do we communicate our faith? How do we communicate our good deeds?

James says even Faith without good works is a valueless commodity. James being precise with his words repeats, “good works without faith is also valueless.” (James 2:14-19)

It takes faith with good works to show a valuable faith. James 2:19, “you say you have faith and have not good deeds to equal your faith but say ‘we believe there is one God, OK, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” What do we do? Do we believe and say as the demons? Or does our communication give a portrait of faith and good deeds that speaks loud and clear with power and authority over the demons that we are Faith showing and doing good deeds. Therefore, we have no fellowship with their ways.


We don’t like valueless commodities. House sticker prices are going down and the house we live in is just that “a house.” When sticker prices start to inch back up our house becomes our home. We love value!

James (2:22) gives a raving motivational speech by saying, “Faith creates works and works perfects faith.” Herein-lies the motives of our motivational check-up. What does our motives say about our being?

Would we say ‘motives’ is the sleek sticker price on things we do and say? As I listened to Senator Hillary Clinton give a speech at the Democratic Convention in support of Senator Barack Obama, I thought I am not sure who this speech is for? Was she truly backing Senator Obama, or was she positioning herself to benefit herself and her future job desires? Then, I heard some of her staunch supporters express the same kind of thoughts. Although, some I sure believed her motives and will follow her lead. Many times our words and actions send mix messages. Maybe we want to send mix messages in order to deceive? Maybe we do it because we have lack of communication for various reasons, sickness, emotional pain, lack of knowledge and the list could go on and on.

At times like this we can always remember “The Anchor Still Hold!” Read the words of this song and click below and sing with Donnie Sumner and me as we reach and hold on to our anchor.

YouTube – “The Anchor Holds” By Donnie Sumner

I have journeyed through the long, dark night
Out on the open sea,
By faith alone, sight unknown,
And yet His eyes were watching me.

The Anchor holds, though the ship is battered.
The Anchor holds, though the sails are torn.
Well I have fallen on my knees,
as I faced the raging sea,
But the Anchor holds, in spite of the storm.

I’ve had visions and I’ve had dreams;
Well I’ve even held them in my hands,
But I never knew those dreams could slip right through
Like they were only grains of sand.

O, the Anchor holds, though the ship is battered.
The Anchor holds, though the sails are torn.
Well I have fallen on my knees,
as I faced the raging seas.
O, the Anchor holds, in spite of the storm.

Now I have been young, but I am older now.
O and there has been beauty these eyes have seen;
But it was in the night, when I faced the storms of my life.
Oh, that’s where God proved His love to me.

The Anchor holds, though the ship is battered.
The Anchor holds, though the sails are torn.
I have fallen, fallen down on my knees
as I faced the raging seas.
But the Anchor holds; O, in spite of the storm.

I said I’ve fallen, fallen down on my knees
as I faced the raging seas;
But the Anchor holds, in spite of the storm.
Remember Donnie was one of Elvis’ best friends and back up singers. He knows the storms and he knows what to do, reach up and hold on to the Anchor..Let us check our motives together with our faith and deeds and hold on to the Anchor, Jesus. Yes, Jesus, He is my anchor. Let Him be yours! “Faith creates works and works perfects faith.”

And, remember to show mercy and grace filled with love and hope and good deeds to others that need to find an anchor. We can find the anchor and they can too. I want this to be my motivation!

Blessings, Sara

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