EXAMINING OURSELVES

When I think about someone in the Bible with a lot of spiritual discipline, I think about King David. He was far from perfect, and yet he is considered to be a man after God’s own heart. He is called a man after God’s own heart because he understood the importance of self examination. When you wake up in the morning, I urge you to examine yourself as King David did. In Psalms 26:2-3 he writes, “Examine me O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. For thy loving kindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

I want to share 5 Steps to help us examine ourselves:
Step 1: BEING GRATEFUL
This step invites you to recall in mind and heart the blessings you have experienced throughout the day or since your last examination (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Step 2: BEING AWARE
Recall the events of your day from start to finish. Take some time to consider the moments that drew you towards God’s presence and the moments that may have led you away from that. Ask yourself: Where have the events/circumstances of my life have taken me? (Psalms 19:14)
Step 3: BEING SEARCHED
Ask the Lord to show you any thoughts, actions, that took you away from your path towards growing in the image of Christ. Allow the Holy Ghost to convict you (not condemn you), and bring you closer to God (Psalms 139:23-24)
Step 4: BEING FORGIVEN
With a contrite heart, receive the Lord’s forgiveness for anything he brings to mind and heart. (Psalms 34:18, Psalms 86:5)
Step 5: BEING GRACE-FILLED
Receive the Lord’s grace to amend your ways, and to empower you to continue in your walk with God. (Galatians 5:1, Titus 2:11-12)
Church, how our daily lives unfold is up to us. We can be miserable, or we can be happy in the Holy Ghost. We can doubt, or we can choose to havefaith. We can feel depressed, or we can choose to praise God in spite of life’s storms. We can fear, or we can put our trust in God. We can complainabout hardships, or we can recognize God’s power and know that all things work together for good to them that love him. We can dwell on the negative, or on the joy of the Lord which is our strength. We can speak of lack, or we can affirm God’s never ending supply. We can give up or we can make a fresh start. We can do it alone, or we can depend on God. That being said, it is our duty as Holy Ghost filled believers to know where we stand. I challenge us to examine ourselves by his Word so we all may become stronger in the Lord and grow in God together.

 

Brother Miranda

   December 2018   
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