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Questions for Personal Examination

Self-examination Questions

  1. Am I either consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am?
  2. Is there the least suspicion of hypocrisy in my life?
  3. Am I scrupulously honest in all my words and and acts? Do I exaggerate?
  4. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence? Am I reliable? Can I be trusted?
  5. Am I a slave to books, dress, friends, work or convention?
  6. Am I still self-conscious, self-pitying or self-justifying?
  7. Is the Bible alive to me and do I give it time to speak to me each day?
  8. Am I enjoying prayer?
  9. Am I making contacts with other people and using them for Christ? When did I last speak to another with the object of trying to win that other for Christ?
  10. Am I getting to bed in time and getting up in time?
  11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  12. Am I disobeying God in anything, or insisting upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  13. Am I defeated in any part of my life? Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
  14. How do I spend my spare time?
  15. Am I proud? Do I thank God that I am not as others, especially as the Pharisee who despises the publican?
  16. Am I running away from life?
  17. Is Christ real to me?
  18. Is there anyone I fear, dislike, criticise, hold a resentment towards or disregard? If so, why, and what am I doing about it?
  19. Am I doubting God? Doubt and unbelief, perhaps, are the worst sins of Christians. Am I saying to God, in effect, "You can't change me", "You can't break that sin, or overcome that situation"hat sin, or overcome that situation", "I can't love so and so"?
  20. Do I grumble and complain?

 

Fellowship
Realising that I am a single unit in a mightly advancing army, I will surrender myself to the discipline of a soldier in active service. I will welcome criticism from any other on the field and meet with them regularly for prayer, Bible study, and frank discussion of our progress and problems as we have tried to practise this life.

If I see what I feel to be inconsistancy in a fellow soldier, I will:

  1. Examine myself to see whether I too am somewhere inconsistent (see questions for self-examination).
  2. Refuse to discuss the other's weakness behind his back (and if I find myself doing this, to tell him and apologise).
  3. Pray for him.
  4. If led to do so, go and tell him. (He will be grateful to you for this friendly act as you would be under similar circumstances). If another comes to me like this, I will thank him sincerely before giving him further information on the matter -- not in self-justification, but so that all the facts may be faced by us both. We will pray together.
  5. I will be absolutely loyal to my comrades.

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