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Examination Time

A doctor can show us ways to examine ourselves. The purpose of this is to make sure nothing is growing that could harm us. It is wise of us to practice this. We have the ability to do the same with our spiritual well-being. Even after walking with the Lord for years, this is still important.

In the natural, there can be problems growing in our bodies that left unchecked can cause serious effects, or even death. The same can be said for our spiritual walk. We may develop habits, mindsets, or attitudes that can produce harm or spiritually deadly consequences. In the natural, a doctor will use different tools to be more effective in the examination process.

God has given us spiritual tools to use. He places mature Christians in our lives to mentor us. A wise mentor can tell us the truth about ourselves in love. If you don’t have a mentor, pray and ask God to provide such a person. We have been given the precious Word of God. Its pages are filled with ways for us to examine ourselves. I am grateful for Holy Spirit. He will guide, direct, and teach us. I have felt His nudge in my life many times. He is our ever-present friend and mentor.

Sometimes, it seems we are quick to examine others. We may not be as fast to judge ourselves. There are times when we need the discernment to judge, there should always be a balance. I feel there is safety in being part of a church that moves in the five-fold ministry. I have found that leadership is much more qualified to examine others than I am. Our church is in Seeking Time, which is a time that we set aside each year to pray and fast as we wait on God’s direction. During this time, I am asking God to help me see areas in my life that need to be dealt with. As He reveals these to me, I will use the Word, Holy Spirit, and five-fold ministry to help me become more spiritually healthy. Could it be time for your exam?

~ 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?”

~ Connie Robinson

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