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Communion Meditation February 2018

Communion Meditation February 2018

Dr. Norman Wise

Examine ourselves

[Psa 26:2 NASB] 2 Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.

[Lam 3:40 NASB] 40 Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.

[1Co 11:28 NASB] 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

[2Co 13:5 NASB] 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?

[Gal 6:4 NASB] 4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.

 בָּחַן bâchan, baw-khan'; a primitive root; to test (especially metals); generally and figuratively, to investigate:—examine, prove, tempt, try (trial).

חָפַשׂ châphas, khaw-fas'; a primitive root; to seek; causatively, to conceal oneself (i.e. let be sought), or mask:—change, (make) diligent (search), disquise self, hide, search (for, out).

†δοκιμάζω dokimázō, dok-im-ad'-zo; from G1384; to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve:—allow, discern, examine, × like, (ap-)prove, try.

Where are you in your faith?

Very Little
Big Ideas
Deep Learning
Very Little
Big Sundays
Dark night of the soul

How would you describe your “faith condition?” __________________________________

Where does your faith have to grow? ____________________________________________

“For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching has become a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong. – Bill W.”

Self-Assessment on Self-Examination

“Quote for reflection — “Right judgment reminds us that we ever fall short and are not ‘holier than thou.’ We also learn our strengths and the burdens we are best equipped to carry, enabling us to serve more effectively.” – R.C. Sproul

Definition — Self-examination is essential to the process of sanctification because it shows us how we measure up to Jesus.

Meditate on the following passage: “Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins? Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD!” (Lam. 3:37-40).

Evaluation — To possess such self-knowledge—to “know thyself”—has been considered by many spiritual writers to be necessary for attaining wisdom, humility, and spiritual freedom. We gain such knowledge by frequently reflecting on our actions and attitudes to measure how they conform to Christ. How do you feel about self-reflection? Do you find it easy to take an honest assessment of your virtues and flaws, or does it make you uncomfortable to measure your spiritual progress?

Drill-down questions —

How much time per month do I spend in self-reflection?

What metrics do I find most useful for measuring my sanctification?

Am I making progress in my spiritual formation?

Do I frequently make excuses for my failure to be obedient and faithful to God’s commands?

Am I growing in faithfulness or stagnating by being too comfortable in my spiritual life?

What evidence do I find that I am “in Christ”?

Does my evaluation reveal that I see myself the way Jesus sees me?

Do I ever thank God that I am not as sinful as other people?

How am I measuring up compared to Jesus?

Key Takeaway: The Christian life requires frequent self-examination to ensure we are overcoming sin and growing in obedience.”

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