Test Yourself

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As each calendar comes to an end, Ethan and I reflect back on the blessings of the year—always too numerous to count. Then we take stock of our lives in the area of finances, health, family, career/ministry, and the all-important spiritual dimension. Honest self-evaluation leads to productive changes. I assume that many of you have a similar ritual.

The Scriptures exhort us: examine yourself, judge yourself, test your actions.

In light of the day when we will all give a final account of our lives, wisdom suggests that we make a periodic self-assessment. The intent is not to turn our relationship with God into a checklist, but rather to identify areas we need to grow and mature.

Spend a few minutes with the following statements. Evaluate and grade yourself, A – F.

1. Jesus’ summary of what matters most: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.” _____
2. I’m spending consistent time in God’s Word. _____
3. I am putting into practice, and obeying what I learn in God’s Word. _____
4. My conscience is sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting. When aware of sin, I quickly repent and seek restoration. _____
5. I have a plan in place for battling negative or sinful thoughts. _____
6. I have at least one person in my life that I interact with on a deep spiritual level, for fellowship, accountability and growth. _____
7. I am building trust, and speaking truth to those people in my life who are lost. _____
8. All my financial resources belong to God. _____
9. I’m employing my spiritual gift(s) to build up the church. _____
10. I use my time wisely, for the glory of God. _____
11. My prayer life is biblical and fruitful. _____
12. I’m enjoying my relationship with God, delighting in Him, and communing with Him
throughout my day. _____

Look back over the list and identify which areas you want to see change in 2014.

So what does all this have to do with memorizing Scripture?

Peter tells us that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3). If this verse is true, and I’m staking my life on it, then memorizing Scripture will help us to grow in each of the 12 points above.

On Wednesday’s blog I will suggest some goals related to Scripture memory. And as always, I welcome your comments.

6 comments to Test Yourself

  • Paulette

    Janet,
    As usual your blog is very helpful. I love your list very practical. I will print it out to have throughout the year as an inventory. I Praise God for you and this special ministry.Thank you for your encouragement to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, as I continue to memorize COLOSSIANS. May God continue to bless you and your ministry in 2014. Thank you Sister!!!

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    • Hi Paulette, I am so glad the community has been a blessing to you. It has gone far beyond my expectation. All I can say is God is with us as we point each other back to Him. This morning I was reading Ecclesiastes and this verse jumped out at me, and caused me to stop and ponder. “It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.” Eccl 7:5. In our music-obsessed culture we often gravitate to the songs of fools, allowing the words to go over and over in our minds. Many times we turn on the radio to drown out the rebukes of the wise, the voice of the Holy Spirit, the truth that we know from God’s Word. This is why Scripture memory is so vital. It keeps our minds focused on truth, rebukes us when we need it, and points out the folly of empty songs. God’s Word shows me my need and then shows me the right path. It truly is EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness. Let’s keep pressing on to know and love God more in 2014.

  • mickey

    Janet

    Thanks for the post, I think this a great way to start the New Year. To be honest there are many areas that I need to grow in, and have been convicted of by memorizing Romans. I have been praying and asking God to help me change, everytime I quote those passages they are like a knife cutting me as it says in Hebrews 4:12 into my spirit, and they judge the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. Still being molded by the potter, the verses I have memorized keep me pointed toward the goal, as well as this check list will do. If you don’t mind I would like to print it off and give a copy to the members of our Memory group. Happy new Year

    • Hi Mickey, You may print and reuse any of my posts at any time. I totally relate to what you said about how God’s Word convicts us. To me that is one of the greatest benefits of memorizing Scripture. My natural tendency is to say, “I’m fine, I’m doing well.” God loves us too much to let us be satisfied with less than he has called us to be. He wants us to be like his Son. And that’s what our hearts long for too. We want to keep growing and keep being conformed into Christ’s image. Keep pressing on Mickey.

  • Chérie

    Janet,
    This is phenomenal. I think every person and every family who is serious about their relationship with God through Christ should use this. Extraordinary. A+ for the post. Wish I could say the same for my grade? I will use this time and again and share it with fellow believers. I hope the new year blesses you triple for how you’ve blessed my life and others who have found the refuge of memorization through your book or speaking engagements.

    • Hi Cherie, We’re all relieved that we don’t have to publish our grade. We are all a work in process and its only by the grace of God that we can do anything that honors God. A new year and a new day are upon us. New opportunities to keep growing and keep going deeper in our love and obedience to Christ. The sweet fellowship shared by our new community spurs us on. I’m so thankful for you and your participation, sharing your life and insights and your love for the Lord. Happy New Year to you!