Questions for self-examination

The basis of obedience

Our obedience to Jesus should be out of our love for Him and not of fear.  If it is out of fear then you need deliverance.  According to how much you love and value Jesus will be your obedience to Him.

If you love someone you will not offend or reject them because you do not want to hurt them in any way.  This is how we should approach our obedience to Jesus – as an act of love and not something we have to do to avoid being punished.

What is sin?

I define sin so you know when you have sinned”

Sin is deliberately doing something you know God does not desire you to do. So you must know God does not desire you to do it before it is a sin.  Having a wrong thought is not a sin.  Not rejecting it and acting on it, even if only in the imagination of your mind, is the sin.

Sin is the result of a lack of faith in God’s Faithfulness and Love.  It is a doubting of God’s Will for you so you make your own decision in an area and ignore what God desires you to do.  In a sense you become your own god and what you choose becomes an idol.

If you love someone you will not hurt them in any way.  If you love God you will not hurt Him through deliberately rejecting Him and sinning because you desire not to hurt someone you love and He is someone you love.

Sin has to be a deliberate act against something you God does not want you to do, and it is your responsibility to study the Bible so you know what God does not desire you to do as well learn what else He desires you to learn and do.

The spiritual Checklist

The spiritual checklist that follows is to help you examine yourself to see if you have any sin: either known to you or unknown to you.  It is not a legalistic check list but a guide to help you examine yourself to remove anything in you that is not of God so that you can be more like Him in your character.

Remember that earth is God’s training ground to make us more like Him in character and through this prepare us for eternity in heaven with Him.

The Ten Commandments

These are eternal principles of God so are still valid today.  They were stated in The Mosaic Law to clearly state them to us.

Exo 20:2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Remember that God has removed you from the kingdom of Satan and made you a citizen of His Kingdom and for this you should be grateful and live according to how He desires you to live as a citizen of His Kingdom.

So do you appreciate this and are thankful too Him for this great deliverance?

Exo 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Anything placed before the Will of Jesus is a god to you so that when you sin you have made an idol of yourself or something else (either a person or object) so that it becomes more important than what God desires you to do.

So have you valued anything more than God’s Will for you so that you ignored God’s Will and went ahead with what He did not want  you to do?

Exo 20:4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Exo 20:5-6  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;   And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Do you have anything that is physical or artistic that  you place in any way. before God’s Will for you?  It becomes an idol because you value it before God’s Will for you so that it is a object of worship because in some way it displaces the worship God should have.

Note the curse of idolatry which can be seen these days in nations where The Bible no longer is important and people worship other things instead of it because they place these before the values and commands of God in His Bible.

Exo 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

As Gill says:

“Make use of the name Lord or God, or any other name and epithet of the divine Being, in a light and trifling way, without any show of reverence of him, and affection to him; whereas the name of God ought never to be mentioned but in a grave and serious manner, and with an awe of the greatness of his majesty upon the mind.”

In other words have you misused the any of the Names of God or Jesus in any way and not shown reverence for it.  If you love God you will always be reverent towards anything of His of which all He gives you is His for you to be steward of so that we need to reverence these things and treat and use them properly.

We are stewards not just of property but of the spiritual things He gives us.

Exo 20:8-11  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:  But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Six days you are to immerse yourself in what the world requires of you to do but on the seventh you are to rest from this and focus on God and His values for you and your family.  As you are part of God’s family in heaven so on earth one day a week you are to remember this as you relate to your family away from the unnecessary concerns of the world.

Exo 20:12  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

This is not just obedience that finishes when you are of legal age.

This honour is done through showing loving affection for them, and reverencing and valuing them, and by obeying them (when it does not mean going against the values of God), and giving them relief and assistance in all things in which they need it.

Note: God did not place a time limit on this activity.

If honour, esteem, affection, obedience, and reverence, are to be given to earthly parents, then how much more are we to show this to our spiritual Father in heaven.

So how do you relate to your  heavenly Father and to your earthly parents?

Exo 20:13  Thou shalt not kill.

This is self-explanatory.  Remember you are guilty of breaking this command if in your heart you would to have someone killed without actually telling anyone else about this desire.

Exo 20:14  Thou shalt not commit adultery.

If you love someone you will not be unfaithful to them.  No one commits adultery unless they are demonically oppressed or their marriage has dried up because the other partner rejects them in some way that ends up affecting the marriage relationship so they are ‘married but single’ and go elsewhere for their value and needs as a person because their spouse no longer gives it to them.

So do you wish to be free from your spouse so that you do not have to relate to them or interact with them?  And look at another with the same affections and desires you had for your spouse?

Are you thinking of another in the way you should be thinking of your spouse?

Deliverance is needed by both spouses in the marriage or adultery could easily occur.

Note: When we commit idolatry by disobeying God in a sense we have committed spiritual adultery.

Exo 20:15  Thou shalt not steal.

Stealing occurs when you take something from someone God has given them to be a steward of whether it is by actually removing something or stopping them from obtaining something God desires them to have.

So doing things like deliberately not paying things you are suppose to pay robs someone of something God has given them entitlement too so is stealing as is causing a person to sell you something for a price they do not want to sell it to you for.

Anything that robs a person of something God has made them entitled too or steward of is a form of stealing.

So have you done this?

Exo 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

You are not allowed to lie although the Bible seems to imply you can to save a life (as in the case of Rahab and the spies) and in World war 2 People lied to protect Jews from being exterminated.

An act of Love to defend the life of the innocent against evil appears allowable a lie but for no other reason does a lie appear allowable according to the Bible.

So have you lied to another for selfish reasons?

Exo 20:17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's

To desire something someone else has calls into question God’s faithfulness in providing all your needs (Matt 6:33) as well as His Love for you because you believe He has not given you what you need.

So have you desired something God has not given you to the extent you will do anything to get it even though you know God does not want you to have it at that moment?

John 13:14-15

God is Love and all we do should be following His example which is to Love everyone because they are His children.  This does not mean you have to agree with what they do but it does allow you to help them without condemning them because you love them for who they are and not for what they.

This lack of love expresses itself as a judgment or critical spirit or as a rejection of them in some way because you do not accept them as they are like God does.

So have you showed a rejection of a person in some way, even if only in your mind?

Remember the sin is not having the original reaction of not loving them in some way but in acting on that thought.

Gal 5:22-23 and 1 Cor 13:4-7 are God’s checklist on how to show love to another and these are as follows:

1Co 13:4-7a (EMTV)  Love is patient, love is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, is not puffed up; does not behave disgracefully, does not seek its own, is not provoked to anger, thinks no evil; does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails

Gal 5:22-23a (EMTV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control

Gal 5:22-23a (KJV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:

So have you expressed any of these attitudes in a wrong way?

Rom 8:17 and Jn 16:31

Rejecting the guidance of and/or teachings to you by The Holy Spirit is a sin as it rejects God’s Will for you and if deliberately done for  long period will result in Blasphemy of The Holy Spirit and loss of Salvation as you call The Spirit’s Guidance into question by rejecting it outright in an area.  The Blasphemy only has to be in one area of your life and it will cause you to lose your salvation.

It must be a deliberate rejection and not just a misunderstanding of what He is saying.

Phil 4:8, 1 Tim 6:11

Php 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

1Ti 6:11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

This primarily deals with attitudes to things and details what a Christian should look for in something.  Are you pursuing things that are not Godly?

I Tim 6:10-11

1Ti 6:10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

How much do you love money and possessions?  Does the desire for them control you or do you control it?  Remember God owns everything and we are only stewards so really have no say in what to do with what we have as God owns them and is the one to tell us what we are to do with them.

How much do you trust God to provide for what you need?

Do you really believe the promise in Matt 6:31-34?

We are told to give thanks for everything that happens

This means we do not complain about anything that happens either to God or to another.  To complain implies God has allowed something to you that is not best for you and that His promise, that this will not happen, is a lie.

So have you complained and called God’s Love into disrepute?

The Command of Jesus before He ascended

Do you do what Jesus commanded you do, or were imp lied you do, in His final commands before leaving earth?

A summary is as follows:

If you believe in whom Jesus is He said you will:

Evangelise,

Disciple others,

Command deliverance,

Fight His battles (Spiritual warfare),

Command healing,

Encourage and support each other: emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally and financially,

Defend His Name, moral values and things of His Kingdom,

Represent The Kingdom,

Teach The Kingdom,

Love The Kingdom, its citizens and those outside of it and serve it’s King in all you do?

When The Holy Spirit tells you to do these things do you do them?  If not, then it is rebellion because He is God telling you the Will of God!

In Conclusion

The main thing is to wholeheartedly try to do these things.  It is up to God what happens and not you so as long as you wholeheartedly try to serve and obey Him you do not need to be concerned about the results of what you have done.

What to do about any sins  you have committed at an y time that you have not dealt with already?

You need to stop doing them (repent). And pray something like:

Lord Jesus I am sorry I did these wrong things and I give you the areas of my life that they occurred in to be Lord of. I will try not to do them again so I do not offend your Love. .  Help me not to do them please.

Thank you Lord Jesus.

If you are having real problems in that area of sin you can pray something like:

Lord Jesus I give you this area of my life to Lord of along with all the causes and results of sins in these areas.

I forgive anyone who hurt me or offended me in these areas and I command, in Jesus’ Name, for Satan to leave these areas and take what he did to me with him and to go to the Lord Jesus to be dealt with.

I command healing and restoration, in Jesus’ Name on what Satan did to me or took from me and ask you Holy Spirit to fill me and take the places of t he demons so they cannot come back in.

Thank you Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit

Amen.

Sin is your choice and you will have no one else to blame when you face Jesus and give an account of your life’s choices.