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Your Faith

13 April 2009

Scripture:

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test. (2 Corinthians 13:5 NLT)

Observation:

It’s dangerous to drift along, taking things for granted. How quickly we can drift from faith to religion. How easily we can drift from conviction to compromise. How easy it is to drift from living by faith to loving the world.

Paul’s letter to the Corinthians was a kind of faith check-up. Paul told them they couldn’t afford to wait for a letter or visit from him to see if their faith was real. They needed to give themselves regular faith check-ups.

Application:

I need to make sure that my faith is current and genuine. A proper foundation of hearing and doing God’s word has always been important to me, but if I don’t give myself regular faith check-ups, I can drift along from solid foundation to soggy swamp.

Daily Bible reading and journaling is one faith check-up. Accountability with another believer can be a good faith check-up. A relationship in which someone asks me the important questions can help.

But ultimately, it’s my responsibility to make sure I’m solid in the faith and to do something about it if my faith check-up comes up negative.

Prayer:

Father, I purpose to give myself regular check-ups to make sure my faith is solid – action and not just words. I purpose to maintain relationships with people who will ask the important questions and help me not to drift along taking things for granted. Thanks for your word and your spirit to prompt me and guide me daily. Amen.

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