Check Yourself

I Corinthians 11:31: For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

If we correctly and Biblically judge ourselves and our lives, and live Biblically, we will not have to be judged by God or by others.

(Outline from Pastor/Evangelist Randy Chovan):

Am I in the faith? In other words, am I a genuine Christian?

2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Am I living my life the way the Lord wants and commands me to?

Am I in fellowship with the Lord?

1 Corinthians 1:9: God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Do I have daily devotions?

2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

John 5:39: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Do I harbor any bitterness?

Hebrews 12:15: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Bitterness in a believer definitely hurts his testimony and others.

Do I have any unconfessed sin in my life?

Psalms 66:18: If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Do I have ought against my brother?

Matthew 5:23-24: Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Do I love the brethren?

Hebrews 13:1: Let brotherly love continue.

Do I gossip?

Proverbs 11:13: A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

Am I easily offended?

1 Peter 2:20: For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

Am I guilty of the sin of stubbornness?

1 Samuel 15:23a: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. . . .

How is my relationship to my mate, children, brothers, sisters, and employer?

Ephesians 5:21-25: Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Ephesians 6:1-9: Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

Do I ever go on visitation?

Luke 14:23: And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

James 1:27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this; To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Am I really what people see?

1 Samuel 16:7: But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Am I concerned about souls?

I John 3:17, 18: But whoso hath this world*s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Am I willing to inconvenience myself for others?

Matthew 5:41, 42: And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Am I willing to ask the Lord to speak to me through Biblical preachers and teachers and am I willing to do what the Bible says?

James 1:22: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

John 14:15: If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Allan Redpath:

What about my relationship with men?

Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am a better man than I really am? Is there the least suspicion of hypocrisy in my life? Am I honest in all my words and acts? Do I exaggerate?

Am I reliable? Can I be trusted? Do I confidentially pass on what was told to me in confidence? Do I grumble and complain in the church?

Am I jealous, impure, irritable, touchy, distrustful? Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying? Am I proud? Do I thank God I am not as other people? Is there anyone I fear, or dislike, or criticize, or resent? If so, what am I doing about it?

What about my relationship with God?

Does the Bible live to me? Do I give it time to speak to me? Do I go to bed in time and do I get up in time?

Am I enjoying my prayer life today? Did I enjoy it this morning? When I am involved in a problem in life, do I use my tongue or my knees about it?

Am I disobeying God in anything, or insisting upon doing something about which my conscience is very uneasy?

When did I last speak to someone else with the object of trying to win him for Christ?

Am I a slave to books, dress, friends, work, or convention? How do I spend my spare time?

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