An “MRI” For One’s Soul
I am deeply convicted when I read their books. What they wrote is so probing and causes a deep examination of one’s heart and soul. It does not take a long time in those books to bring me to a deep contrition of spirit and repentance before God.
Who is it that causes me such brokenness? The men who preceded us that spent much time in study, prayer, writing, and teaching of God’s Holy Word. They were not pulled by external requests, phone calls, emails, and the like. Rather, alone with God, a Bible opened, a pen and paper for writing down what they learned at Jesus’ feet as they were contemplating the truths of Scripture, and the daily quest to seek the cleansing, filling, and wisdom of the Holy Spirit of God. Once one experiences soul cleansing, our Master delights in sharing the joys of fellowship that He gives to us freely.
Listed below are questions that Andrew Murray listed as the examination any Believer should take if that person desires to be pleasing and effective in serving the LORD GOD. How does this line up with our times of devotional study and service?
Andrew Murray said, “It is when we face ourselves and face Christ, that we are lost in wonder, love and praise. We need to rediscover the almost lost discipline of self-examination; and then a re-awakened sense of sin will beget a reawakened sense of wonder.”
He offers “Self-examination Questions for Spiritual People.”
1. Did I awake spiritual, and was I watchful in keeping my mind from wandering this morning when I was rising?
2. Have I this day got nearer to God in times of prayer, or have I given way to a lazy, idle spirit?
3. Has my faith been weakened by unwatchfulness, or quickened by diligence this day?
4. Have I this day walked by faith and eyed God in all things?
5. Have I denied myself in all unkind words and thoughts? Have I delighted in seeing others preferred before me?
6. Have I made the most of my precious time, as far as I had light, strength, and opportunity?
7. Have I kept the issues of my heart in the means of grace, to profit by them?
8. What have I done this day for the souls and bodies of God’s dear saints?
9. Have I laid out anything to please myself when I might have saved the money for the cause of God?
10. Have I governed well my tongue this day, remembering that in a multitude of words there wanteth not sin (or sin is not lacking)?
11. In how many instances have I denied myself?
12. Do my life and conversation adorn the Gospel of Jesus Christ? (Copied).