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FOR MEDITATION AS THE NEW YEAR BEGINS

“Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves.  Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you except you be reprobate?”   II Corinthians 13:5.

  1. Are you “in the faith?”  In the New Testament there is a consistent example of how people became Christians that is not often reflected in Bible teaching today.  See Acts 2; Acts 8; Acts 9; Acts 10; Acts 16; Acts 18:8; Acts 19:1-5.
  2. Compare your knowledge of God’s Word with that of a year ago.   More, Less, The Same?   II Peter 3:18 “Grow in…knowledge.”
  3. Has your faith, your true reliance on God and His promises, increased ___, decreased___, or remained the same___?
  4. Have you grown in virtue (moral courage)?  II Peter 1:5.
  5. How would you grade yourself on temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love?  II Peter 1:5-7.
  6. Would your friends and family notice an increase or decrease in you “fruit bearing?” John 15:1-8.
  7. Has the position of God, Christ, and the church occupied the proper position on your priority list?  Matthew 6:33.
  8. How would you rate yourself on your giving of your means as you have been prospered?  Read II Cor. 8 and 9.
  9. What kind of overall score would you give yourself? A? B? C? D? F?

Psalms 85:6 “Wilt thou not revive us again; that thy people may rejoice in thee?”

Zechariah 8:20-21 “And it shall YET come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts:  I will go also.

Ezek.  37:1-14.  Consider the valley of dry bones!

There is work for everyone. The greatest work is saving souls.

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