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- How is your relationship with God right now?
- What have you read in the Bible in the past week?
- How have you applied what you read this week to your life?
- Where do you find yourself resisting God?
- What specific things are you praying for in regard to yourself?
- Are you fulfilling your role as a spouse? Parent? Friend?
- Are there unresolved conflicts between you and your spouse? Family? Friends?
- Where is Satan attacking you the most right now? What are you doing to resist his temptations?
- What worries are you facing in life? Do you pray about these worries?
- What time are you going to spend in the next week to influence someone else to be better?
- What are your fears?
- Are you sleeping well?
- Is your faith stronger now than it was a week ago?
- Where is your faith the weakest? How can you improve that?
- For what three things are you most thankful?
2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove you own selves.”
Self examination is one of the simplest yet most complicated things about Christianity. It is often easier to see faults and problems in the lives of others than it is in our own life. Self examination many times comes down to knowledge. For example: how can I evaluate whether or not I am fulfilling my role as a spouse if I don’t know what that role is? Without studying God’s word to learn about my role as a spouse I might feel like I am doing a really good job when in reality I am not even beginning to follow His pattern. This problem is compounded many times when we think we already know these things and therefore just quickly skip over them congratulating ourselves for doing such a good job. Our mind is sometimes steered in the wrong direction by things around us instead of allowing it to be fully trained by the truth of His word.
Self examination also sometimes comes down to a matter of honesty. Are we honest with ourselves? Are we honest with where we are spiritually? Are we honest with where we need to grow, work, and change? Are we honest with ourselves about our weaknesses, our strengths, our hopes, and our fears?
If we know the truth, and we know ourselves, and we are honest with ourselves, then we will constantly grow. We will grow in every aspect of our lives...especially in our spiritual lives. On the other hand, we can choose to not be honest with ourselves. We can blissfully believe that we are not in need of improvement, We can violently and hatefully fight against anyone who would suggest otherwise, and we will be unprepared when we come face to face with truth in eternity.