August 11-12, 2012
As Christians, being fully utilized by God must be one of our daily goals. He designed us to glorify Him, and bringing God glory provides us with maximum fulfillment. To be fully utilized, we must understand who we are and why we act as we do each day. This understanding equips us to be in sync with God’s intentions and plans. Then He can use us in powerful ways that really fulfill our needs, wiring, and desires. You see, He is always trying to use us by setting up situations and placing people in our lives. But instead of following that path, we choose a different course.
To accomplish a thorough self-assessment, we have to allow God to show us the deep, hidden, faulty areas of our own characters. Looking inward really requires lots of courage. We are so quick to diagnose and judge others. What if we took that same energy and time to refocus our efforts and examine ourselves?
It’s astounding how ignorant we are about our true selves. We rarely recognize the distortions, laziness, envy, pride and weaknesses held within us. We must dump the idea that we understand ourselves just because we live our lives. The only one who truly understands and knows us is God. He wants to show us who we are, and then equip us, and ultimately transform us to become Christ-like by developing the Mind of Christ.
To look inward we need quiet time alone with God to analyze our daily decisions and ask why we made those decisions. By using the perfect mirror (The Holy Bible) and God’s lenses, we can see our misguided desires and affections. These lead to false idols and substitute fixes that keep us from Him. Seeing ourselves through His eyes enables us to change our foundation from sand to solid rock, allowing us to become a strong, solid Lighthouse shining God’s glory. Going through this myself is what transformed my life and really set me free of the bondage I was wallowing in.
Take some time to ask yourself, “What outranked God? What was more important to me than pleasing God in that situation? In my decisions today what fleshly desire or fear was more weighty than keeping the Holy Spirit on the throne of my life? How could I have honored Him with a Godly decision?”
Today, examine an area of temptation or a wrong decision you made recently. Heart diagnostics can be painful, but being honest with yourself will open the door to reaping the fruit of the spirit and growing the mind of Christ. As usual, it really is your decision … how honest you will be … how much you will use God in the examination process … so choose well. WITHIN REACH was designed for this very process and has a worksheet that easily allows you to deeply explore your decisions.
Dear Father God, I am so thankful that You are God with us – constantly and eternally. This fact alone is sufficient to fill my days and nights with joy … thank You, my Lord. Sadly though, my mind slips out of focus and I begin looking outward at the broken world around me. I know by Your Word that I need to be alone with you in order to learn and grow in You. I desire this time alone with You, Lord. P
lease help me push away all the distractions that keep me from being alone with You. When we are alone, I ask that You give me the courage to look deeply inside myself. Let me be honest with myself so that I may be honest and open with You. Give me your lenses to see my core accurately. I pray to You in the name of the One who gives me courage; Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
…when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything. Mark 4:34
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:23-24
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22-23