This week someone on Facebook made an astounding comment about themselves. They asked for prayer as they were questioning themselves and wondering if they were measuring up to God’s standards. I was a bit taken away because it showed that this person was indeed trying to please God themselves instead of looking around them at others. It is profitable for everyone to look within to see how “we” measure up.
From the Word:
” 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?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
Recently, I have tried to do the same (not pinning any ribbons on myself), just the fact that as the scripture states; “that Jesus Christ spirit is in you,”
Another wonderful reminder is in Psalms 26:2
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me: try my reins and my heart.”
We also must remind ourselves to the scriptures which tell us that the Spirit of the Lord is within us, if we have confessed our sins, and become His servants.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:9
Once we really take to heart what the above scripture is saying, we must keep looking within us to make sure we are in line with what the Spirit of God tells us. I do not think until last year that I “really” took those words to heart and realized that I needed to shape up and act more like Jesus.
Is it possible that we change our actions to be more like Him?
It seems hard sometimes when we are confronted with the very presence of evil, disruption, discomfort, disgust, hardship, and sorrow. However, Jesus was tempted like we are as it say in Hebrews 4: 15.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
We have a way to escape, and that is prayer, dedication, and more prayer and dedication. Very often it is hard to look within, grab the words that His spirit tells us. When we have someone standing in our face spouting off or denying the blessings of God, we want to show them that Spirit of Christ dwells within us.
Recognizing that regardless of how close we are to Him does not keep us from having the trials that come too often. More than likely we will have more than our share if we are trying to move forward in our spiritual walk. However, He will protect us, lead us through our temptations, trials and errors. Yes errors are evident and part of like. What do we do when we error? Repent and move forward, and remember we are tempted when we are drawn away by our own lust. James 1:14
My mom used to pray; “Lord give me clean hands, a pure heart, and a sound mind.” She was very prayerful, and God answered her prayers.
This makes me today want to be more like Jesus Christ than I have ever been. I want to have the Fruit of the Spirit, everyday. I want to be in a position that if someone ask me to pray, I pray and feel that Jesus has answered my prayer for them. That is when we are giving of ourselves, taking the time to be aware that we gain more wisdom, faith, courage, discipline , and hope when we take time to help someone else.
Looking within to see how we measure up is one way to know that we have no condemnation and if we do, we can pray over it, get over it, and leave it at the alter forever more. A scripture that speaks of condemnation is in Romans 2: 1-29 summarized ESV version
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. …
This is not meant to make anyone feel guilty. It is only meant to help us look within ourselves, and not someone else, it will only make us stronger and profitable for God’s will through us. When we study our motives, our actions, reactions, our responses, our facial expressions, our emotions, and anything that might be unacceptable, we are drawing closer to Him.