Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:28
It is easy for people to examine other people and see faults in others. The eyes of a person look outward, rather than inward. People are quick to judge others, instead of looking at themselves.
Doctors will often tell people to examine themselves. This is done to catch a problem while it is little and before it becomes a major problem. The more a person looks at himself, the faster he will notice things that may be wrong and be able to find a way to correct it.
Right after talking about taking the Lord’s supper, Paul tells the people to examine themselves before taking the meal.
Eating of the Lord’s supper was a thing that Jesus told the disciples to do, in order that they may remember what He had done for them.
People in churches often take the communion elements out of habit or tradition, but not really seeing what it means. They do not want to really look at themselves and examine where they are at. Personal sins are often overlooked or ignored.
Focus is usually on other people, rather than self. When people closely examine themselves, they will often find faults in themselves. It makes them look bad, which no one really wants to do. Most people want to see themselves as good, rather than face the truth.
Every believer should take time on a regular basis to closely examine himself. Examining what he is thinking, his motives, his desires, his idols, his faults, his walk with God, his growth and more.
As he finds faults, he must be willing to repent and change. This is done out of remembering what Jesus did for him, dying on the cross for his sins.
Take time out in your day to day living to really examine your heart and life. Ask yourself hard questions on how well are you really living for God, living as Jesus did in complete surrender to the Father.
Allow yourself to be brutally honest with yourself in how you compare yourself to Jesus. There is always room for improvement. Do this knowing what Jesus went through for you, so that you may have eternal life.
Do not trample on the death of Christ, but change and live for God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal faults in your life; that you will compare yourself to Jesus; that God will open your eyes to your true heart and motives; and that God will give you strength to change and make the right choices.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Every person deals with personal desires that they often should not have. In each and every case they have a choice to make as to whether to follow those desires or not.
Most often people give into those desires or temptations, because in their heart that is what they really want. After giving in, many will blame others or that the temptation was too great for them to turn it down.
Paul points out that all temptations are common to all people. He also points out that God will always make a way to get out of the temptation.
Just as the world will fall into temptations to do the wrong thing, many believers also give into temptations. They will often say that it was just too much for them to turn away from the temptation.
Although this may be true about the non-believer, it is not true for the believer. Every time that a believer is tempted, all one needs to do is to look to God for guidance and strength.
God does not want any believer to ever sin in any way. With this desire in His heart, He always makes a way that the believer can take in order to get out from under that temptation.
The most basic and simple ways to avoid the temptation are to flee it, begin to worship God, pray, read God’s word and go and be His witness. In other words, the believer must do what God has called him to do. Doing these things removes the power and desire of the temptation.
You are not alone in being tempted. There is nothing that you are tempted with that is not common for others. Every time that a temptation comes your way, and it will, refocus your attention upon God.
Do not give in to the temptation, causing you to sin against God. Allow God to guide you away from that temptation. The more you turn down a temptation, the easier it becomes to turn it down.
God is faithful and will always open a door to getting away from every temptation. Be willing to take that door out.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God for guidance in walking His path for you; that you will flee all temptation; and that you will see the door God provides to getting out of temptation to sin against Him.