Posted in 365: Barbara Thurston
7.28.15 Okay I know everyone gets a physical or at least you should get a physical. So let me ask you something have you ever done a Spiritual checkup?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
Those who are saved by grace are called to grow in grace (2 Pet. 3.18). As disciples of Jesus, we are to live a life of love – love for God and love for our neighbor, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Too often, in the busyness of our day-to-day lives, we let other priorities crowd out the two highest priorities Jesus gave us. The following questions are designed to help you examine your spiritual life over the past year and to prayerfully seek God’s help in areas where you desire to grow in the New Year.
*Are you reading your Bible daily? Set aside sometime each day to read God's Word and see what it's saying to you.
*Are you praying daily? Do you pray for the one's you love, Church members, Missionaries, The Government or what about praying for your enemy?
*How often have you shared the Gospel this year? Have you gone out into this lost and dying world and shared your faith? Ask God to give you a burden to win the lost for Christ.
* Are you fighting with some kind of sin in your life? Something that you know you shouldn't be doing but you just can't stop. I know I've shared this before I use to say curse words like everyone else and I got sick of it so I asked God to take it from me, and guess what He did. If there's something you need to get rid of in your life ask God to take it from you.
* Have you memorized any Scriptures this year? “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You” (Psalm 19:14)
* Are you serving in a local Church? Are you in the Choir, Sunday School Teacher, Children's Church Teacher, or even a door holder? Psalm 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
* Are you exhibiting the work of the flesh or the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:19-23)? Here, allow the Word to guide your self-evaluation: “Now the works of the flesh are obvious:sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy,drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. . . . But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,gentleness, self-control.” Which traits most characterize your life today?
* Can you say someone is walking more with the Lord now because of your influence? Do you put others 1st by leading them down the right path?
* What steps have you taken to spread the gospel to the nations? Have you taken a mission trip lately? Are you praying for the Missionaries in the field or are you studying about missionaries?
* How would your family assess you as a family member and a believer this year? Those who are around us daily are the ones who can evaluate our Spiritual walk. If someone was to ask a family member about your Spiritual life would they say your life models Christ?
Our daily bread said the following about a Spiritual Checkup:
Given a choice, I’d probably not voluntarily visit my doctor for a physical exam. I’m inclined to assume that everything is okay and not bother my doctor about it. But since my wife is a nurse, I don’t have a choice. I go in for regular exams.
And given a choice, many of us are a little afraid of spiritual checkups as well. After all, if we check our spirit too closely, we might have to change a habit or two. We might need something like an “attitude-ectomy.”
I suggest that we get over our reluctance. With God’s guidance, let’s undergo a spiritual checkup, using Proverbs 4:20-27 as a checklist.
Ears (v.20): Are we hearing God’s Word clearly and with understanding? Are we doing what those words tell us?
Eyes (vv.21,25): Are we keeping our eyes on the teachings that will guide us toward righteousness?
Heart (v.23): Are we protecting our heart from evil?
Tongue (v.24): Is our mouth clean and pure?
Feet (v.26): Are we walking straight toward God’s truth without wavering?
How did you do on your examination? Are there areas where you need to take action? Regular checkups will help to restore your spiritual vitality.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
Show me the way that Jesus has trod;
Then I will tell of Your saving grace,
Until the day when I see Your face. —Hess
A spiritual checkup is the key to spiritual health.
God I come to you thinking you about letting me do this Spiritual checkup study. I come across stuff on a daily basis that I know I need to work on and I know that you are with me through it all. God I just want to please you in all I say and do. Like the verse above says Create in me a clean heart Lord. Show me the way that Jesus has trod. That is so awesome Lord, create in me a clean heart. God be with my facebook family and friends and if any of them need a Spiritual Checkup then let them do the checkup today Lord. Know that I love you and I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen