1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Matthew 3:11 “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you fail the test?
1 Corinthians 11:27-28. Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
Examine myself, what a task this is for me. I do it frequently, and need to because I am not perfect yet, and won’t be until I am home with my Lord. Why is it such a task? Because I am not easily deceived by others, but I am sometimes good at deceiving myself. Examining myself would be an impossible task if not for the Holy Spirit in me. I have specific instructions from the bible to examine myself before I partake of the Lord’s supper. I love this time of reflection, because most of the time It is encouraging because I do not have anything against any one. But every once in a while a sin not confessed, is called to my attention by the Spirit, which needs to be reconciled with, If no else, at least with God. Examining myself can make me uneasy because my born in self-centered attitude and pride. My sub conscience may not want my sometimes erroneous opinion of my self-exposed. Why does God want me to examine myself? Because He wants me to walk in a manner worthy of Him, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of Him. Colossians 1:10. Why would I want to apply this verse totally to my life? Because of what I know about His Word and believe. I know I am a child of His and truly desire to please Him. Do I always? No, 0f course not, but I sure do love the statement in the bible “Grow in Christ”. Based on what I know to be the truth, If I did not want to examine myself, grow in Christ, and please Him, I would be scared to death now.
Lord, help me see myself as you do, so I may continue to apply Your truth to my life for Your sake.