This was written by my cousin Edward Jeffries
Psalm 26:2 A Prayer for Divine Scrutiny and Redemption
Psalm 139:2-3 God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man
Jeremiah 17:9 The Heart
1Corinthians 11:23-24 Institution of the Lord’s Supper
1Corinthains 11:28 Examine Yourself
2d Corinthians 13:5 Examine Yourself
Galatians 6:4 Examine Yourself
James 1:23-25 Doers, Not Hearers Only
Brothers and Sisters, before the invention of mirrors or polished surfaces, people rarely saw themselves. Puddles of water, streams, and rivers were a few ways they could see their own reflection. Mirrors changed that. The invention of cameras took fascination with our looks to a new level. And cameras in our modern day cell phones is a newer higher level. You and I now have lasting images of ourselves from any given time throughout our life. This is good for making scrapbooks and keeping family histories but it can be detrimental to our spiritual well-being.
Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me, try my mind and my heart.
Psalm 139:2-3 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thoughts afar off (3) You comprehend my path and my lying down
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it.
2d Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourself as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed you are disqualified.
Brothers and Sisters, self-examination is crucial for a healthy spiritual life. God wants you and I to see ourselves so that we can be spared the consequences of sinful choices.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Scripture says we are not to participate in the Lord’s Supper without first examining ourselves.
1 Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
The point of this self-examination is not only to make things right with God but also to make sure we are right with one another.
Galatians 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of Christ’s body and we can’t celebrate it properly if we’re not living in harmony with other believers. Seeing and confessing our sins promotes unity with others and a healthy relationship with God’
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
James 1:23-25 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (25) But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Heavenly Father, help me be more concerned with the reflection of my heart than with my physical reflection. Change me through the power of Your Spirit.
WHEN YOU AND I LOOK INTO THE MIRROR OF GOD’S WORD, WE SEE OURSELVES MORE CLEARLY.
Accept Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Have a Blessed Day.