October 11, 2021
2 Corinthians 13:5 New Living Translation
Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.
Every Sunday at Transforming Culture Ministries we end service with the following benediction. “Oh let us teach the truth of life in the most effective way, and let us live the life we teach in the Presence of God each day.” Almost every Sunday growing up I heard this benediction and repeated after my Daddy as he said it. It’s one of those things I can say without thinking about it, and that’s when the problems come in. If we are not thinking about the benediction, the prayer, the scripture, if we can quote it or say it without engaging our minds, then we are not open to be challenged or changed by the Holy Spirit and we will not grow.
Paul said to examine yourself. Any time your doctor or dentist examines you, they don't just look at you. They ask questions.They go deeper than what is obvious. How do you examine yourself? How do you check to see if your faith is genuine? Well let me offer you an instrument to use in your examination. Feel free to use that benediction. Did you go to church yesterday? If you didn’t, examine why. Ask God what He thinks about that. If you did go to church, was the truth preached? If you got the message then it was probably effective. Next question, are you living what you learned? When your faith is genuine, you live what you know. Last question, are you seeking to be in God’s Presence today? You do not need anyone to tell you where you are in your Christian walk. You can examine yourself and see if you are growing just by thinking about a few questions. Keep your faith genuine. Examine yourself.
Thank You Lord for teaching me Your Word day after day in such an effective way. Help me to live the life I’ve learned. Remind me, Holy Spirit, to continue to examine myself. I want to continue to grow in You and move in my faith. In Jesus’ Name…
Deidra B. Johnson, PhD
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