Papa Joe’s Solid Ground
Self-examination, Is It Necessary?
“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? ” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NASB)
Men, there are times in our lives we are making progress in our Christian walk becoming more Christ-like, and then there are those times we step back into our worldly ways and lose sight of Gods purpose for us. How can we get a handle on this, as far as falling back into our old nature goes? How can we recognize this behavior or pattern developing in the early stages, before we get to entrenched into that rut which becomes a deep valley hard to climb out of?
2 Corinthians tells us, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!”
Self-examination can be brutal, especially if we are falling away from Gods instruction. The only thing worse than that, which can produce dire consequences, is to stay in that mode of disobedience, or falling away. So how do we prevent this disaster that we all struggle with? When I take that time to look at myself, What in my life has changed since I have accepted Jesus as my Savior? What are my priorities, and are any of them out of line? As I take the time to look back I can easily see what needs work, and where I am improving. You know men, The Good The Bad and The Ugly!
Self examination is really a two part exercise. Okay Papa Joe what exactly do you mean by that? Men, self examination will show us where we have fallen off and need improvement, but it also exposes the forward progress we have made. The growth, or maturity of our walk with Jesus as He continues to shape and mold us into the godly men He wants us to be.
“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:23-25 NASB)
The second part of 2 Corinthians tells us, “Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you.” If Jesus Christ is in us then He tells us, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”(Philippians 4:13 NASB) Men, the King of Kings has placed His Holy Spirit in us,
1 Cor. 3:16, 6:19 - This means we have discernment, conviction, and power to do all things that honor God in the name of Jesus. There is nothing we can’t overcome in Him, and through Him. So we are to allow Him to correct us on those weakness’s exposed through this exercise of self-examination, and allow Him to encourage us in the improvements we have made in our walk under His strength.
The last part of 2 Corinthians says, “unless indeed you fail the test?” This part is so important men, and is needed to make everything else work. Is our faith genuine? Have we intentionally asked Jesus into our lives? Without the obedience, or evidence of fruit in our lives, what sets us a part from the world? “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” (Matthew 7:16 NASB)
Self-examination is good for all of us. Its like taking inventory of our progress, or lack of. Allow God to continually refine you by simply submitting to Him in prayer, studying His Word, and being in fellowship with believers. His Promise, Phil. 1:6 “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!