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8 Questions to Examine the Health of Your Christian Faith

2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.

As a Christian it is extremely easy to go into auto-pilot as it relates to our faith.  The ups and downs, cares and concerns, mundane and daily duties, all distract us from our commitment to following Jesus in every area of our lives.  The world (life outside of Christ) has a powerful influence on our hearts and minds, effecting us in many ways that we are not even cognitive of.

This is why Paul's words in 2 Corinthians are so critical.  We must regularly take time to step back and do a high-level check over of our faith.  We must examine whether or not we are living in accordance with the commands of Christ.  If we are not, it may be because we are not truly in the faith.

Doing this kind of a spiritual examination isn't going to be fun; it is actually going to be more like a colonoscopy for your heart. It is uncomfortable, a little scary, and somewhat intrusive - but it is critically important because it is potentially life saving. 

I invite you to use the questions below to help guide your spiritual examination.  Ask the Holy Spirit to come and reveal to you the things in your life which need to be handed over to him, areas that you need to grow, ways in which you are failing to bear the fruit of God in your life.
1. Is my language consistent with the kind of language that pleases God and brings him honor, or do I use my words to cut others down, to speak harshly, to be profane and vulgar, or minimize the honor of God’s name? 
2. Am I concerned with the approval of men or the approval of God? What motivates my behavior? Am I obsessed with being popular, having a boyfriend or girlfriend, impressing my teachers, or having everyone like me? In what ways am I tempted to compromise my values? 
3. How do I treat the people around me and in authority over me? Do I respect and obey authority even when I disagree? Do I show love and concern for my children and.or siblings and help them out however I can joyfully and not begrudgingly? Would teachers, coaches, administrators, and bosses say I am a delight and an asset to the school, team or job where I am...or would they say I am difficult, trouble, disrespectful or unreliable? 
4. How do I spend my free time and my money? Does God get what is leftover after I have spent money on myself? Do I give God the leftover time of the day for prayer and Bible reading, or does God get the first and best time of the day? Would be ready and willing to live sacrificially or do you only give to God when you can and then still maintain your comfort levels? 
5. Where does my mind go when it wanders? Do I think about God, who he is, how he loves me, how I can love him and serve him and give him glory, or do I think about Facebook, Twitter, being with my friends, and all the concerns of my life?

6. Do acts of injustice and foolishness, sexual immorality, abortion, prejudice, starvation and malnutrition, unreached people groups, persecution of Christians, and others societal sins that Scripture speaks of - do they bother me or am I participating in their normalization either actively or by my silence? 
7. Am I ever truly sorry for my sinfulness and the way I have offended God by my pride and selfishness and hardness of heart, or am I simply glad that I don’t have to pay the penalty for it and go to hell? Does God’s mercy and forgiveness lead to praise, or just a head nod of thanks? 
8. Is there anything going on your life where you are dependent on your faith? Are you taking any risks, stretching yourself, do you really, honestly have any need for God in your life? How are you living that makes you any different from any other person?
We cannot assume everything is good between us and God if that relationship hasn't changed anything about the way we live.  As we test ourselves we should look to see if there is any evidence in our life that we am connected to God.  We should examine to see if we just blend in with everyone else at school and work or if there something different about the way we date, marry, spend money, treat others, respond to authority, use of bodies, talk, and live?
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