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May 20 Devotion: Motivation


Nehemiah 1:1-11 – “The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, 2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. 4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, 5 And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: 6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. 7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. 8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: 9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there. 10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. 11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.”

Definition of Motivation-

A. To provide with motive

B. To cause to move forward

C. To stir up to action

3 Looks at Motivation

I. Self Motivation –

  1. Motivation to ask – Nehemiah 1:1-3

  2. Motivation to weep – Nehemiah 1:4

  3. Motivation to pray – Nehemiah 1: 5-10

  4. Motivation to volunteer – Nehemiah 1:11

II. Situation Motivation –

  1. Motivation from the past – Nehemiah 1:2 note word “HAD”

  2. Motivation to the present – Nehemiah 1:3 note word “are in”

  3. Motivation of the future – Nehemiah 1:3 note word “also is”

III. Stirring Motivation –

  1. Motivated to stir others – Nehemiah 2:17-18

  2. Motivated to stand opposition – Nehemiah 2:19,20,4:4-6

  3. Motivated toward outcome – Nehemiah 2:20 – “Prosper”

Close – Key verses and statements

Nehemiah 2:18, Nehemiah 4:6, Nehemiah 4:8, Nehemiah 6:15

-Bro. Mike Goodson


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