7 December 2014
We are asked and reminded in scripture to test and examine ourselves in our faith. There is a tendency for all of us to creep away from God.
Jeremiah 17:9 gives us exactly the reason why we need to do this: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?“
I am prone to wander away from God’s provision and love. As we see – even Adam and Eve, despite having everything they needed and more (even more than anyone after them to this day), still failed when they were tested.
1 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?”
Lamentations 3:40 “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.”
1 Corinthians 11:28 “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.”
So repeatedly, our Father warns and reminds us to consider our ways before him. We know God searches all hearts and knows all our thoughts. So the act of examining ourselves is in a sense being honest with God – giving the Holy Spirit free reign to convict us of anything wrong in our lives. And God is faithful – he will always shows us where we have fallen short.
Lord God, thank you that you are truth and light. You expose my dark secrets, my motives, my sins. I give you free reign to search my heart and know my thoughts. Convict me of where i have fallen short Lord, remind me that your ways are always good, always refreshing and never meant to harm me.
6 December 2014
Every so often i believe we need to shuffle up our spiritual activities. Whilst routine is good, some routines are simply just that – a routine. We have to be careful with routines because they have the ability to build us up and also weaken us. If our spiritual life is more a matter of routine than true worship to God, it will subtly weaken us.
It’s not a matter of stopping our routines altogether but about mixing in something which will heighten the act of worship. If we tithe or give regularly to a church or charity, it may be good to visit the charity and be involved in some event. It’s good to visit other churches, other care groups, join a new class or volunteer for something new.
Scripture calls us to stay alert, awake, be sober minded – and because routines can have the tendency to lower our alertness – we need to be careful and add new things to be on our toes.
Lord Jesus, help me not to be weakened by routine. May i be alert, awake and sober over my spiritual life. Let me not slumber but keep me fully aware of my spiritual motivations or lack thereof. May i come back to a true heart of worship.