Heart Searching

Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" In and of ourselves we do not possess the ability to search our own hearts. Our hearts will deceive us at every turn if we face life on our own. On the other hand, the Psalmist says in Psalm 139:23, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts." If we allow God to search our hearts, He will reveal to us who we really are. That can be a little scary, but yet it is necessary for us to be completely right with Him.

Several years ago a local evangelist gave me a list of 125 questions to aid in allowing God to search my heart and to prepare myself for revival in my life. It is my prayer that you too will desire God to thoroughly work in your life. If that is your desire, seriously meditate on these questions and let God show you where you are. This will no doubt take time and effort on your part, but I believe it will be well worth it. Don't hurry through. Allow God time to work. If the answer is yes to any question, that is an indication of sin in your life. Face it squarely and deal with it that God might be glorified in your life. By the way, I'm not sharing all 125 questions, just a few. So get your Bible and dig in. See what God has for you.

I. FORGIVENESS (Matthew 6:14, 15)
1. Is there anyone against whom you are now holding a grudge?
2. Is there anyone whom you have not forgiven?
3. Can you name anyone that you hate?
4. Are there any misunderstandings that you are not willing to forget?
5. Is there anyone you are bitter, resentful, or jealous towards?
6. Is there anyone that you dislike to hear praised or spoken well of?
7. Is there anyone you do not love?
8. Do you allow anything to justify a wrong attitude toward another?

II. SEEKING GOD FIRST (Matthew 6:33)
1. Is there anything in your life in which you have not put God first?
2. Have your decisions been made after your own wisdom and desires, rather than seeking and following God's will?
3. Do any of the following in any way interfere with your surrender and service to God; ambition, pleasures, loved ones, friendships, desire for recognition, money, your own plans?

III. WITNESSING (Acts 1:8)
1. Have you neglected to seek the lost for Christ?
2. Have you neglected to consistently share with your mouth the Lord Jesus?
3. Has your life not shown the lost Jesus Christ?

IV. LOVE (John 13:35)
1. Are you secretly pleased over the misfortune of others?
2. Are you secretly annoyed by the accomplishments and advancements of others?
3. Are you guilty of contention or strife?
4. Do you quarrel, argue, or engage in heated discussions?
5. Do you involve yourself in any divisions or "party spirit"?
6. Is there anyone whom you deliberately slight?

I challenge you to allow the God of Heaven to honestly search your heart. I believe that you will feel a burden lifted and you will be better suited to serve God in your family, neighborhood, and church. Blessings to All!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Excellent I really like your work on this hub. Search my heart o God!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Michael,

That's what we need to allow God to do.


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Faithful Daughter 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

These are heart-convicting questions. I truly believe that God will work with those that have a teachable spirit. If we humbly allow Him to search our hearts, and allow Him to convict us and teach us, we can be truly be called Children of God. God bless!


"Quill" 6 years ago

If we allow God to do what He does best and we follow we will be standing on far bettrr ground than if not...

Blessings and Hugs


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Those questions really do go deep to the heart. And truthfully, those are questions we should try to solve each new day - day by day. As soon as we think we have them all cleaned out, the next new day always seems to bring in new people and situations to forgive and repair. Peace.


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

I quickly read over the questions, and this is not going to be easy! It is really hard to let God have his way and really search my heart. Thank you so much for the questions. I am going to go through them more seriously. I am looking forward to the rest of the questions.


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

This evangelist was a true friend to you! Thank you so much for sharing the list with us!


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Raymond Tremain 6 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

To many people this would be scarey to have another search their heart, but when we let God do it we know that it would be the TRUTH

God loves you

Ramon


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

specialk,

It's definitely something I had to take my time with. On top of that I find that the answers change from day to day. Keep at it.

RTalloni,

Yes, He has been a very good friend through the years. He helps to keep me on track.

Raymond,

Thank God for the TRUTH--the TRUTH that makes us free!


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Not all of those questions produced answers I'm proud of. Bless you dear brother for shining light on the dark places.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

lifegate

I appreciate this hub. Excellent questions and definitely ones for soul searching. Voted up and uselful

CS


tinamarie9884 6 years ago

I do like this hub that you have taken the time to write. It is very well written, excellent work!!


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

These are excellent, thought-provoking questions Lifegate! Thanks for sharing a very useful and sobering hub. Much to ponder. Blessings!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Great hub, helps me to take a closer look at what I'm doing in and with my life:) Thank you!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for stopping by, All of you!


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e summer 6 years ago

Very thoughtful questions! Thanks

We continually rememeber before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurnace inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

e summer,

Thanks for stopping by!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Thank you for posting these timely reminders. It is about high time to post these soul-searching questions as we are about to enter the New Year. May it bring revival to someone today. Blessings to you and regards.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Cristina,

Thanks for you comment. And yes, may it bring revival to someone today!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Great questions. I will have to print so I can more thoughtfully answer them.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Thank you for posting this. I feel the LORD working through these questions, taken from his Word. May I be more obedient and more humble in listening to Him through this word. Some of these are areas that definitely need to be addressed. I pray for discipline to follow up with the LORD in the days to come. Blessings ...


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Prairieprincess,

I'm glad the Lord is working. He will work in any heart that allows Him to work. Bless you!

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