From Wence It Comes
1 John 4:1 tells us Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. It says nothing about the individual, but the spirit by which they have come. When we speak of motivation, it is very important that you understand the importance of discerning the spirit you are receiving. A woman can be elevated in the happiness that meeting a man has brought, but because of a lack of discernment, she has no idea that he's come with the spirits of thievery and manipulation. A con artist comes with a great ability to motivate you in the area in which he plans on robbing you. Seeking motivation puts you in a perspective of need, and sometimes we have no idea what we need at all. This opens us up to be susceptible to unseen contrary forces. Because we have not tested the spirit to see whether it be of God, we have fallen victim to a move of darkness. There are in fact some men of great position out there; men who operate in a contrary spirits, directing the people of God away from the importance of a sacrificial relationship with God alone. And as the scriptures warn. many shall follow their pernicious ways. In order to truly be motivated by the things of God, you must be first be motivated in commitment to the things of God. Too many have receive the first but not the second. The greatest motivation in this life is the ability to understand that Christ did not come to simple make a provision for us to demand all that we desire from God. But He came that we might have power to fulfill the works of the Father to His Glorification. The first step in true spiritual motivation is to motivate away from self endeavor, and into the realm in-which we serve the fruits of the Spirit.