Psalm 26:2 Request For A Test

Being tested

Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; Psalm 26:2 

Going through a test is something that most people do not look forward to. Usually people want to avoid a test, but take them only when they are required to do so.

The reason most people do not like being tested is that they are worried that they are not ready for the test. Often they have not really studied the material, or they have but don’t feel they remember enough of the material to pass the test correctly. This becomes even more so, when a person has a history of not doing very well on tests, having failed or barely passed most tests in the past.

Despite what people like, tests are something that are required in life. There are many areas people need to be tested in on a regular basis.

David prays to God and asks Him to test him. He wants to be tried and his heart and mind examined.

Unlike most tests made by man, God’s test is always a perfect one and can fully see into the heart and mind of a person. This is not a written, multiple choice exam that a person can get ‘lucky’ at guessing and pass. This is a test that checks the reality in a person.

While a person may be talking about loving and serving God on the outside, in his heart and mind he can be thinking evil thoughts. He can hate a person on the inside while talking about loving his neighbor. With God’s test, this can be revealed.

Every believer should be asking for a test from God to find out what he is really like, to find out if there is any sin in his life that has not been dealt with. It also allows God to reveal any impure motives or thoughts in a person.

God does not give the test to destroy you or condemn you, but to build you up. He wants to see you succeed in your walk with Him. When His test reveals something wrong in your life, He will be there to guide you in how to change and become more like Jesus.

Take time to ask God to test you today. Let Him reveal to you where you need to grow and change and where you have already grown and changed. Then allow God to change you from the inside out.

I pray today that you will hear God speaking to you; that you will allow God to test you; that you will allow God to change your heart as needed; and that God will see a heart that follows after Him. 

2 Corinthians 13:5 Will You Pass Or Fail?

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Taking an exam is scary to most people. They do not like that idea. Even college students who have been studying every day and night for weeks are still usually very nervous about taking a test, especially the final exam. The reason for this is that a lot rides on passing that test. Did they study enough? Was the right information studied? Do they remember everything? What did they forget? It can be a time of stress.

In the USA, many people still claim a belief in God and faith in Jesus, although the numbers appear to be dropping. However, if one looks at the lives of many people, there leaves a big question as to whether they are really Christian or not. Their lives do not represent someone who is following Jesus.

Paul is telling the people that every believer has Jesus in them. If He is in the believer, that person is filled with power, eternal, omnipotent power. Power beyond anything one can imagine.

He tells them to examine themselves to see if they are of the faith. They are to put themselves to the test. Do they really believe in Jesus?

This same statement is for every believer today. You, alone, must examine yourself. You may state that you believe in Jesus and are His follower, but is it really true? When things are going bad what are your actions like? Who do you run to in the bad times and in the good times? Jesus? Or the world?

How do you spend your time each day? With God? Or with the world?

What or who are you talking about to everyone? Do you talk about the newest movies, or music, or sports game? Or do you talk about Jesus and His love and His work?

Do you spend time in God’s word? Or is it in some good novel, or the latest news?

If you were tried in a court for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Examine your life today. Make sure you are fully following Jesus with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

I pray today that you will be a true follower of Jesus; that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you areas you need to work on in your life; that you will live and breathe Jesus daily; and that you will not fail the test of the faith.

1 Corinthians 11:28 Examine Yourself

“Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28

One of the things Jesus wanted believers to do on a regular basis was to eat bread and drink wine (or juice) in remembrance of His death on the cross. Today churches do this and call the process: communion. In this passage Paul is discussing the eating of the bread and wine. He had stated that there is a wrong way to eat it. Before eating the food, a person is to examine himself.

The eating of the bread and wine, does not change a person, make him/her better or worse, or remove any sin. It is only to remind a person of what Jesus has done for him. It is representative of His body and blood. Now keep this in mind.

What does it mean to examine yourself? It is to take a serious look at your life, not just the outside surface of your life, but your inner heart and soul. What does your heart look like? What is the condition of your soul?

The whole purpose of Jesus death on the cross was to pay the price for your sins and remove them from your life. When you had sinned, you had a death penalty put on your head. You were guilty of sin and were to be punished by death. Jesus died in your place.

After dying for you, He rose from the dead and was willing to take away your sins. All that you had to do was repent of your sins and accept His forgiveness.

When you take part of communion, you are remembering what Jesus did for you. As you take the bread and wine, is there sin still in your heart and life that has been left un-confessed? If there is, you are bringing judgment upon yourself. You are rejecting what Jesus has done for you, even though you are “remembering” it.

Take a serious look at your heart and life before you take part of communion. Repent of any sin in your life. Ask Jesus to forgive you. Then you will be clean before Him as you take part of the communion, as you remember what He has done for you. Do not allow yourself to fall into judgment.

I pray today that God will reveal to you any sin in your life; that you will repent of all sin; that you will turn to Jesus and follow Him; that you will examine your life daily to keep in line with Jesus; and that you will know what Jesus has done for you.