The faithfulness of the Lord never ceaseth, His mercies never come to an end there are new every morning, new every morning, Great is Thou faithfulness O Lord! Great is thou faithfulness.// Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, who is like unto Thee, o Lord, am the gods who is like Thee You are glorious in holiness fearful in praises doing wonders alleluia, doing wonders alleluia.

Yes! You are doing wonders in my life and situation. Great are You Lord, You are greatly to be Praise. Let the living water flow over my soul, let the Holy Spirit come and take control of every situation that troubles my heart all my cares and burn unto Thee I come.

Thank You gracious Father for another beautiful day in your Presence, glory be to Your Name on high. Everlasting King of glory, we worship You we Praise Your Holy Name, Great are You Lord, You are greatly to be Praise Father You reign. Have You way again in our lives today. Do those things which only can do, thank You Father. glory be to Holy Name in Jesus Name amen.

Beloved, how are you doing? Praise the Name of the Lord! our God is a good God! I thank not thank Him enough for His faithfulness in my life, my family, career and my ministry Praise be to Jesus! beloved, below is an interesting story from the bible, I believe you must read about it, teach it or have your Sunday school teacher or pastor talk about it. But you know what you are definitely going to see it from a different dimension today as you go through it.

Oftentimes, we display the same thing in our life unknowing that we are acting base on the motive in our heart. We have study about the (heart and mind) in our January series. Now Jesus encounter the mother of his faithful disciples and here she is a simply request from Christ but Jesus know the depict motive behind these request and sounded same to her. “You don’t know what you are asking for”  let go to Matt 20:22 and get the rest of the story.

Is possible why you are not growing or moving forward in your life might be because you are following God with an “Ulterior Motives.” Than like the mother of the Zebedee’s, you have repent and serve God with ultimate humility and the Lord will be glorify through you and you will be blessed.

God searches the heart (1 Chr.28:9) and He know every motive of the heart. So let us come with clean heart and clean hands before Him. Praise the Lord.

Join me as we discover more:

Exodus 5:1-6:30, Psalm 18:1-6, Proverbs 3:29-32, Matthew 20:20-21:11                    

Ulterior Motives

You don’t know what you’re asking.—Matthew 20:22

There are many people in the Scriptures who appear to be spiritually minded but whose hearts harbor deeply unspiritual motives. Take the mother of the sons of Zebedee, for example, who according to Matthew 27:55 was one of the women who followed Jesus from Galilee in order to minister to Him.

Most commentators believe this small band of women to have been devotees of Christ, assisting Him and the disciples by preparing meals, washing and repairing clothes, and so on. Onlookers would have classified them as deeply spiritual, willing to give up their time to minister to Jesus—and of course, in the main, they were. In one place, however, the Scripture draws aside the veil from the heart of one of them, the mother of James and John, and shows her approaching Jesus with the request: “Promise … that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right and the other on Your left, in Your kingdom.” … “You don’t know what you’re asking,” Jesus said (Mt 20:21-22).

Yes, she served Jesus. Of that there can be no doubt. But she had a secret and selfish motive in her heart: a privileged position for her sons. It is easy to excuse her action, as many have done, on the grounds that she was doing only what any other concerned mother would have done—attempting to get the best for her children. But Jesus saw right into her heart and said: “You don’t know what you’re asking.” How sad that her beautiful ministry to Jesus was spoiled by ulterior motives.

Prayer                               

My Father, help me to see that I cannot be a fully integrated person when I harbor within me two mutually exclusive loves. I cannot love You fully when I love my own interests fully. Set me free, dear Lord, to live only for You. Amen.

Further Study

Jms 2; Eph 2:3; 1Jn 2:15-16

What motive was James exposing?

What did he say about the law?

Beloved, we cannot hid it from God, we hide our thoughts from men to see but we cannot hid it from God. where ever you hide the Lord see even in the thick darkness. May we serve God with pure motives so that our services will be pleasing unto God. Praise be the Name of Jesus.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.