Heart Searching--Part 2

In a previous hub entitled Heart Searching, I began to list several questions to allow us to examine our hearts before God concerning personal revival. The list was given to me by an evangelist that had passed through our area. I found it very helpful in my own life, and some of you have requested the entire list of 125 questions. At this point I will add four more sections for your consideration.

Please take your time and allow the Holy Spirit to work. Rushing through them won't accomplish much. An answer of "yes" to any question represents an area of your life that needs to be corrected. I guarantee that if you are honest before God and get things thoroughly right with Him, you'll be blessed. Merry Christmas to all of you!

I. Stewardship (I Corinthians 4:2; II Corinthians 9:6, 7)
  
A. Have you robbed God by withholding His due of time, talents, and money? 
   B. Have you robbed God by withholding your income for God's work?    
   C. Have you failed o support mission work either in prayer or offerings? 
   D. Are you undependable so that you cannot be trusted with responsibilities in the 
       Lord's work?  
   E. Are you allowing your emotions to be stirred for the things of the Lord, but doing nothing
       about it?
  
II. Caring for the Temple (I Corinthians 6:19, 20)
   
A. Are you in any way careless with your body?
    B. Do you fail to care for your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit?
    C. Are you guilty of intemperance in eating or drinking?
    D. Do you have any habits which are defiling to the body?

III. Pride (Psalm 115:1)
    
A. Do you take the slightest credit for anything good about you, rather than give all the
         glory to God?
    
B. Do you talk of what you have done rather than what Christ has done?
     C. Are your statements mostly about "I".
     D. Are your feelings easily hurt?
     E. Have you made a pretense of being something you are not?

IV. Self-sufficiency (II Corinthians 3:5)
    
A. Are you self-conscious rather than God-conscious?
     B. Do you allow feelings of inferiority to keep you from attempting things you should in
         serving God?        
 
                                 


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Well put, to the point. A good self examination for us all.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

again great questions that will require some time and heart thought.


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JeanieR 5 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

Well, Lifegate, this gives plenty of material to ponder. Goodness, where will I start? I have not arrived to the point of saying all's well. This is a great list to take into prayer for the new year. Thank you!

Christmas blessings to you and your family!


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A M Werner 5 years ago from West Allis

I like these types of questions. I think many people truly don't take their walk with Christ serious enough. There is little introspection and quiet meditation. People are so busy being busy they forget to seek Him and identify with His will in their life. I especially like question 3B - Do you talk about what you have done rather than what Christ has done?

We live in a world where self-promotion gets you ahead. It can be difficult to remember that He is the one working through you and accomplishing the works. He truly deserves all the credit. Peace


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djbraman 5 years ago

Oh this is great and a confirmation to me because this evangelist addresses the same issues in us that cause our prayers not be answered as well. These are biblical principles that need to be brought out to show what is stopping us from getting back to holiness, and most these are concerned with the matter of the heart. Christ is searching and looking for the pure hearts. You see, we love G-d first and then that love spills over on others. I tell you Pastor, the closer I got to the Lord in my relationship with him and began to try to walk out the word, the more flaws I saw in me. And eventually I had to just fall on my face in humility and pray for him to search my heart, and to remove everything in it that was not pleasing to him. And the answer I got back, was to empty myself of me! We care too much about being promoted in the church by man, but I will tell you the only person I care about promoting me is the Holy Spirit, and once I let go of myself, and got down in that altar and started praying every week for my brothers and sisters in Christ, everything changed in my heart! I began to look at churches and the ones I saw without prayer for one another, were powerless. When hold on to the world up in the church because we are afraid to change the status quo or rock the boat, our hearts are no longer fixed on Him. I fixed on Him, and I sold out for Him, and did I pay a price for following Him, you bet I did! Christians think they be a Christ follower without it cosing them. I stop trying to build treasure here on earth and I'm not the most popular among men, because I took hold of what His love really is and it was a good thing what He did for me, and I pray for others to get a taste of Him! Oh my G-d, that I might know You and not just about you!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Donna,

Good for you! We all need to be more sold out to and for Him, but there surely is a cost, as you said.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great questions to ponder about for this coming New Year. Thank you for sharing it. Blessings to you and regards. A blessed New Year to you lifegate and your family.

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