Meanderings of a Minister

Time for a Faith Check
February 10, 2012, 8:20 pm
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We are just over a month into the new year.  How are you doing on your resolutions?  Chance are very good that many of those heartfelt goals and dreams have long been dashed upon the rocks of reality.  The thing about resolutions is that they are usually set so absolutely that, once broken, they are abandoned because they become untenable.  For instance, I resolve to read my Bible every day.  The first day I miss reading my Bible, I can never fulfill the resolution because I was supposed to be resolved to read every day.  This can lead to checking out completely.

If one of your resolutions was to grow in your relationship to Christ, I would like to help by giving you a way to check on this progress in a way that does not leave you checked in or checked out, but gives you a scale to see where you are and if you are making progress.  These questions are taken from messages I have been preaching lately and I find them helpful for taking our spiritual temperature.

  1. Are you preparing to receive God’s blessing?  (Are you doing those things that need to be done to be used for His glory?  Are you reading your Bible for application, praying for relationship, serving using the gifts He has given you and sharing the gospel and what you have with those that are in need?)(2 Kings 3)
  2. Are you crying out to God for His help to grow?(2 Kings 4:1-7)
  3. Are you obeying what God has told you in the past?  (2 Kings 4:1-7)
  4. Are you believing that God wants to bless you and use you to bring Him glory?  (2 Kings 4:8-17)
  5. Do you believe God CAN bless you and use you to bring Him glory?  (2 Kings 4:8-17)
  6. Are you desperate for God’s help to the point you won’t let go until you see Him working?  (2 Kings 4:18-37)
  7. Are you thanking God for the work He has already done in saving you and growing you thus far through your journey of walking with Him?  (2 Kings 4:18-37)

This is a good start to begin to look at your spiritual growth this year.  Next week, we will add to this list from more of the book of 2 Kings.  When considering the above questions, don’t answer yes or no, but ask how you are doing in growing.  Are you dead and not growing (1) or are you humming along and growing greatly (10)?

Based upon your assessment, what need to change?  Why not pray right now and ask God to help you move more towards growing greatly (10) no matter where you find yourself?


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