Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Faith Check

September 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Articles, Faith-full Journal

Faith is trusting in Christ alone to not only save you from your sins but to sustain you in your everyday life. Jesus Christ is the source of spiritual life (1 John 5:12), the supply for spiritual health (John 15:5), and the standard of spiritual growth (Romans 8:29). Healthy organisms are not only alive but they grow. That is certainly true of believers, who are called in 2 Peter 3:18 to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” Our final focus for the faith-full theme is faith Check…evaluating the growth of your faith.

How has your faith grown or been challenged throughout the year? Donald Whitney has written a helpful book entitled Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health. These ten questions will help you evaluate the growth of your faith, or the lack thereof.

  1. Do you thirst for God?
  2. Are you governed increasingly by God’s Word?
  3. Are you more loving?
  4. Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?
  5. Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and physical needs of others?
  6. Do you delight in your church?
  7. Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?
  8. Do you still grieve over sin (particularly yours)?
  9. Are you a quicker forgiver?
  10. Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?

Journal this month on how your faith has been challenged, and how you think your faith has grown. Whatever the state of your spiritual health or the rate of your spiritual growth (and not everyone grows at the same rate or yields the same amount of fruit), let’s begin this month by “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), and “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

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