Not a topic that is often preached about but it's a necessity. The Bible says 'Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in youunless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.' 2 Corinthians 13:5-10. And in Philippians 2:12 'Continue to work out your own Salvation with fear and trembling.'
How often do you self examine? Self examining is not an easy task as we are admitting to ourselves truths we might not want to admit. It's difficult to receive the truth but we must otherwise how else are we going to put things right? How else are we going to exposure the bad so the good can come out of it? How else are we going to know where we are in Christ spirituality if we do not admit our faults and failings?
I know there are times where I had to self examine. Before Christ came into my life I use to be a very impatient person. Recently I began finding myself getting extremely impatient with something I have been praying to God for. Now when it comes to prayer I'm normally patient in waiting still trusting and believing in God and eventually I get the results. But with this particular request I began to get very anger and frustrated with God that he did not answer my prayer yet. So angry that my feet stamping when praying became louder and louder but I wasn't getting anywhere with this.
God showed me I was lacking in patience I needed to trust him and believe his timing is perfect. At first I felt embarrassed that I allowed patience to win for a while until I had to examine myself asking God to help me in that area (again)! Though it wasn't a comforting experience at least my lack of patience got exposure and I know what I still need to work on.
No one is perfect and there is nothing wrong in admitting your faults taking a good hard look at yourself and exposing the mess, exposing the negativity. Because if you don't you will always remain the same, and as the saying goes 'if you do the same things you'll get the same results.'
I don't know about you but my aim is continually strive for excellence, average is not enough. So give it a go, go to yourself examining room and take a good look inside admit to yourself truths about you that you're displeased with. How are you going to improve? What does God's word tell you to do? There is always room to do things better.
Thank you for reading this article may God Bless you.
Marie Grossett aka Vanessa Grossett is a published Author, and has interviewed best selling and award winning Christian Authors.