Examine, not Condem!

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?
– 2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV

“There is a great difference between examination and condemnation. Examination helps us prove to ourselves that we are in Christ and He is in us, and that in Him we have been set free from sin. Condemnation keeps us mired in the very sin we feel condemned about. It does not deliver us—it traps us! It weakens us and saps all our spiritual strength. We give our energy to feeling condemned rather than living righteously”. -Joyce Meyer

It is very important for us as children of God to examine ourselves. “Test yourselves”. Put it to God and let him do the rest. However, be very careful not to over examine yourselves. In her devotion Joyce Meyer teaches us that excessive self-examination can be dangerous and often leads to condemnation. Condemnation “traps us” and weakens our growth and strength.

I have personally experienced excessive self-examination. I would over examine myself and my sins. Instead of putting everything to God, I tried to deal with my sins on my own. I was condemning myself and damaging my spiritual strength. I was not letting God take control.

I encourage everyone to search but not condemn yourselves. God is a forgiving God and he “forgives confessed sins” 

-Pray and let God take control of the situation. 

Jemeisha Williams

Wait Quietly

But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings), weighing and pondering them in her heart.
— Luke 2:19

Sometimes, it’s best if we keep things to ourselves. Trust that whatever God is calling you to do, he will supply everything you need to accomplish your calling. Instead of running to others for advice on certain things, try waiting patiently and quietly on God and let him be your guide. “The doubt of others can ruin our faith“. (Joyce Meyer) It can cause us to lose sight on what God is instructing us to do. God will provide everything, including faith.

Jemeisha Williams