The Tests #1 Do I Speak Truth?
The Tests #1 Do I Speak Truth?
Have you ever wondered if you’re saved? It’s not an uncommon question if you take your faith seriously. In this new series of teachings, we are going to put our finger on our spiritual pulse. We are going to do some introspection and see if we pass the test.
The 7 habits of a disciple include studying the scripture, prayer, fellowship, service, worship, obedience, and contemplation. We will be practicing contemplation in this teaching. Contemplation has been likened to a heart-to-heart talk. Contemplation is a deep consideration of your spiritual life that allows the Holy Spirit to guide your life allowing you to make the necessary corrections so that you can live a devout and holy life.
“To examine oneself, spiritually, includes an honest look at whether one is truly a believer in Jesus. Along with that, it calls Christians to examine the details and results of their faith, to see if it's according to the truth. It would involve scrutinizing one's own conduct to see how—or if—they follow through on the will of God for their lives.” What does 2 Corinthians 13:5 mean? | BibleRef.com
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? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
Five questions comprise this self-test. The questions are” “Am I Truthful? Am I Honest? Am I Pure? Am I easily offended? Am I selfish?” (E Stanley Jones, Victorious Living, p 28). You’ll be encouraged to ask them of yourself and ask them in quiet contemplation with God.
“Moral wrongness makes intellectual blindness” (ibid). Our religion can fool us into thinking we are something we are not. We are called to live lives of holiness.
“…just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”
When you become convinced that this gospel is true, you commit to becoming a follower of Jesus. This commitment is the realization that you need God to survive and thrive, so you are willing to surrender doing life the way you have and learning how to do life the way Jesus demonstrated (Matthew 16:24-26).
The question becomes how good are you at following Jesus? If Christ is in you, the Holy Spirit is transforming you and empowering you to be a lover (2 Corinthians 3:18). These changes in you have moral implications. You are expected to change, to become increasingly like Jesus in thought and deeds. Our test questions are to help you evaluate how you are doing. Let’s begin the self-examination.
Now pathological liars don’t give many tells because lying is their first language (John 8:44). They are so used to lying that it’s natural. Here’s a hint, go with your gut. If you feel someone is lying to you, they probably are.
Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
You may pull one over on someone, but not God.
Proverbs 12:22 (ESV)
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord…
A disciple doesn’t do what God detests.
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator
“…if we admit our sins - make a clean breast of them - he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.”