Check up! Whenever one feels sick or uncomfortable, they go to the doctor for a check-up; that is, to see what’s going on and to know the state of their health. And so when one gets to the doctor, the doctor will examine their symptoms, ask a bunch of questions, all with the aim of trying to find out if the patient is sick or not; if yes, what is the sickness and where it is.
There’s another side also, when one goes to the doctor regularly like once every 6 months or once a year and so on. There might not be feeling anything abnormal health wise but they go just as a way of maintaining their health and knowing how things stand. This later practice is actually advisable to all of us. We shouldn’t only go to the doctor’s office just because we are sick but we should go even when we are feeling fine, just to know how things stand and better manage our health.
That is for the body.
But what about the health of our souls? What about the inner man, how do we check up for that? Our character, how do we know if all is well or if we have to improve something? For this issue, some go to mediation classes, others take yoga, others take vacation to Hawaii (I know I’d love that too), some use music and dancing, others go to comedy nights and there’s a whole other bunch of ways men have come up with; all of this in order to heal their emotional beings, their souls. But what about those who can’t afford yoga classes, taking vacation trips, meditations, music and concerts and everything else.
All the above ways one can do, I can’t say if it works or not because I’ve never done any of them, but I wanna share with you what I do and it works for me; I can guarantee that it will work also for whoever will try it as well.
It’s found in 2Cor 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?
Have you seen that? The bible here shows us a way to check ourselves up. I love this method because for one it is not expensive; because even though going to the doctor is great, you still have to pay for tests and others stuff; another reason is that as you examine yourself the God’s way, you will discover things about yourself that no machine or doctor can see or even diagnose, isn’t that awesome!!??
Sometime ago, I fell on some papers I had written for this particular task, and as I read through them, I was really humbled and I found that I was……..( oh wait, forgot to mention that the results were confidential too, between you and God. Haha!!)
So, I wrote them down for all of y’all and I really hope that you’ll give yourself a chance and try to meditate and answer them truthfully. You don’t have to share with anyone your results but nevertheless if you find that you’re in need of a doctor who can heal you, body, soul and hearts; I’m recommending Doctor Jesus, here are his address: Acts 16:31, Rom 10: 9, Rom 10: 10….. His number can be found in His address book called ‘The Bible”; you can be assured that you will find Him therein.
Whatever results you get, Jesus loves and He is always there for you.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (His name is Jesus Christ) shall be saved”
Without further ado, Welcome to the examination room:
All questions are compulsory if you want to know the truth about yourself
There’s no time limit, you can take as long as you want,
If you have a question, answers are in the Bible, precisely Jeremiah 33:3
The questions are in a such a way that it is impossible to cheat, don’t even try
- Love: Are you treating others with the unconditional love of God? That is, do you do for others what you would like to be done for you as well?
- Selfishness: Putting your own needs over the needs of others. Love is concerned with the welfare of other people; are you more concerned with yourself and how you feel?
- Stealing: Can you remember taking money or property that was not yours? Prov 28:24
- Cheating: Did you get anything from anyone unfairly or do anything in a way in which it’s not supposed to be done?
- Lying: Have you ever got something or done anything using any form of deception?
- Slander: Speaking evil of someone. You do not have to lie to slander; have you spoken about others without love?
- Immorality: Are you guilty of stirring up desires in that you could not righteously feed? Sexual vice, all impurities even against your own body? Or even in others?
- Drunkenness: drugs, sorcery, carousing and others; did you find yourself drowning yourself in alcohol or other ungodly products and thus defiling your body which is the temple of God?
- Hardness: Did you fight back? Murmur or return evil for evil?
- Habits: Have you continually over indulged natural appetites? How about your eating habits?
- Half-heartedness: Can you remember times when you deliberately shirked your full share of responsibility?
- Hindrance: Have you destroyed another’s confidence in you by needlessly taking up their time? Have you betrayed another’s confidence in you?
- Hypocrisy: Did the life you lived before some people make all you said of Christ and His gospel a lie?
- Broken vows: Is there a vow you made to God or to your neighbor that you have not kept?
- Unforgiveness: Are you holding any resentment, grudge, offense against anyone; friend or foe?
- Foul or polluted language: Do you engage in evil words, unwholesome or worthless talk, and filthy, silly, foolish corrupt talk?
- Envy: Behind the talk of other’s failures and faults usually lurks envy. Are you not content with what you have?
- Ingratitude: How many times have you said: ‘Thank you God” today? Or how many times have others done things for you that you have not expressed your gratitude for? Or are not grateful for?
- Anger: Have you been bad tempered or quick to fly off the handle and taking rash decisions because of this or that? Prov 22:24
- Cursing: Have you used gutter language? Words you cannot repeat in front of someone you respect?
- Needless silly talk: Talking and acting anyhow, Jests and practical jokes that tend to undermine the standard of life; have you made fun of an ethnic group or a certain part of the world, a state or region in your country? Or some politician? Ethnic and regional jokes have no place in holiness.
- Pride of life: What part of your life do you think you can handle without God being involved (career, sleeping, walking, eating, relationship)? Are you pretending in thought or life to be more or less than you really are?
Pride is the worst of all; the Bible says God resists the proud. Therefore let’s examine ourselves in these areas:
- Do you focus on the failures of others or are you concerned with your own sense of spiritual need?
- Are you self-righteous and critical or compassionate and forgiving, looking for the best in others?
- Do you look down on others or esteem all others better than yourself?
- Are you independent and self-sufficient or dependent; recognizing your need for others in your life?
- Must you always maintain control or do you surrender control?
- Do you have to always prove that you are correct or are you willing to yield the right to be correct?
- Do you have a demanding spirit or a giving spirit?
- Do you work to maintain your image or do you die to your reputation?
- Do you find it difficult to share your spiritual needs with others or are you willing to be open and transparent?
- Do you try to hide your sin or are you willing to be exposed when you are wrong?
- Do you have a hard time saying:” I was wrong, will you please forgive me?”
- When confessing your mistake or sin, do you deal in generalities or deal in specifics?
- Are you remorseful over your sin when you get caught or are you grieved over your mistake/ sin and quick to repent and repair?
- When there is a misunderstanding or conflict, do you wait for others to come and ask for forgiveness or do you take the initiative?
- Do you compare yourself with others and feel deserving of honor or do you compare yourself to the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for mercy?
- Do you think that everyone else needs revival or do you continually sense a need for a fresh encounter with the filling of the Holy Spirit?
If you have any particular question you can leave it in a comment, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
The Best Is Always Yet To Come.