When I spend time with God, I often feel Him nudge me to write something I am passionate about.
Other times I feel him press my heart to write a story or an experience of mine, in hopes of encouraging someone.
There are times when I know He is asking me to write something that has convicted my heart deeply.
It’s in those times I can feel myself struggle because it’s personal and I am left vulnerable.
My heart, my thoughts, and my failures are penned for all to see.
There is no place to hide, once I push “publish” it’s out there and I must trust that God will have his way with the words that bare my soul.
There is fear of judgement and accusations that may follow a post.
However I continue to write and pray that someone will be encouraged, challenged, and pointed towards the truth of Jesus Christ.
In the past few weeks my heart tugged back and forth as I combed the scriptures looking for the answers to these provoking questions
Do you call yourself a believer?
Maybe you refer to yourself as a Christian or a follower of Jesus?
Is it evident that you are who you say you are?
2 Corinthians 13:5, says ” Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourself, that Jesus Christ is in you – Unless indeed you fail the test.” (NASB)
Are you ready to examine yourself?
So what kind of believer are you?
Perhaps you are a church going believer, but when you’re not in church, you walk hand in hand with the world; partaking of its goods until next Sunday.
Maybe you grew up in a christian home and you are sailing on the wings of religion.
Possibly you are the kind that seeks to know God in a deeper way and crave more of him.
I believe it’s critical to ask ourselves these questions.
I realize in this world so many believers take for granted that they are saved and going to heaven.
There was an awaking in my soul as I read that verse.
Going to church doesn’t make you a true believer, neither does growing up in a christian home, nor praying a prayer.
Many believers know the right things to say.
They know that Jesus is the only way, they understanding they must put their faith and trust in God.
But they lack the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives to bring about change and bear good fruit.
Do you seek to do God’s will? Or are you wanting your own plans and desires?
Do you crave a deeper walk with him? Or are you craving the pleasures of this world?
Are you continually surrendering your life and taking up your cross daily? Or are you simply too busy making a living?
If we say we are followers of Jesus then we must live it and to live it means to die daily to oneself.
True repentance comes when you take your secret life and hold it up to the word of God and allow his word to examine you.
If you are brave enough to do this, two things will happen, you will either bow your heart in repentance to the living God and call on him to save you, or you will run and try to hide in hopes no one will notice who you really are.
The truth, God sees your heart. It’s not how you act or what you say, it’s how you live when no one but God is watching.
He takes notice of everything in your life.
He is saying “Come to me, all you who weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28
He is crying out to you ” I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through the son.”
Whatever your struggles are, He can and wants to set you free.
I know a man who thought he was saved for many years.
He spoke the christian language, went to church, worshipped God. He believed if he had died he would have gone to heaven.
When he was confronted with the possibility of not truly being born again, pride stood in the way of him examining himself.
His life bore no good fruit and he lacked the power of the Holy spirit in his life to overcome anything.
There was no conviction when he sinned, he would say he was sorry but there was no change.
It was just a matter of time before he would once again run to his sinful desires in secret, but profess to be saved.
When he allowed the word of God to examine his true heart, he was found in need of the savior and fell to his knees in repentance.
The cry of my heart this week is that you don’t take this lightly and go about your day assuming you are a child of God.
There is no judgement here but a concern.
“On judgement day many will say to me , Lord! Lord! we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name. But I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me , you evildoers!”
That sends chills up my spine.
Those are words I never want to hear!
Philippians 2:12 tells us, Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.
Praying that you examine your heart today,