A Spiritual Check-up (2)

'I, the Lord, search the heart...' Jeremiah 17:10 NIV

How do you measure up when it comes to:

(1) Obedience.'Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.' (Hebrews 13:17 NKJV)

Do you consistently obey the things you know God wants you to do? Do you submit to the guidance of those God has placed over you? Do you pray for them and thank God for the deposits they make into your life?

(2) A pure heart. 'If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' (1 John 1:8-9 NKJV)

Do you confess your sins specifically and by name? Do you purpose to forsake your sin the moment God reveals it to you? What about your unsurrendered areas? Are you willing to give up all sin for God?

(3) A clear conscience. 'I...strive to have a conscience without offence toward God and men.' (Acts 24:16 NKJV) Do you seek forgiveness from those you've offended? Is your conscience clear with God and man?

(4) Confidence before God. 'If our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.' (1 John 3:21-22 NKJV)

Have you moved beyond merely 'right or wrong', and asked yourself, 'How will this affect my confidence before God?'

written by Bob Gass