Where In The 
Bible Will I Find:

How To Examine Myself Spiritually? 

By:  Gary Colley
Date:  January 12, 2003
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Self-examination is one of the most important things individuals can do in regard to their physical and spiritual health.  The word “examine” means “to inquire into and determine; to inspect; to scrutinize; to explore; to investigate; to interrogate” according to Webster’s Dictionary.  It is recommended by all physicians today for our physical well being, but the great Physician Jesus wants us to examine ourselves daily concerning our spiritual health.  To the Corinthians Paul wrote, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” (II Cor.13:5).  He wrote to the Roman Christians, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your spiritual service.  And be not conformed to this world: be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Rom.12:1-2).  Perhaps we may suggest a little test that will help in this matter.  Please take a pen and underline the proper answer in the sentences below as you examine yourself:  “I (am, am not) a Christian, having (submitted to, rejected) obedience to the Gospel, therefore I (have, have not) a reasonable and blessed hope for the eternal welfare of my soul. My family (knows, does not know) me to be a person of prayer and sincere devotion to God.  I (am, am not) a person who regularly (attends, ignores) the worship services and Bible study periods, and (could, could not) be counted on to serve to the best of my ability for the Lord.  I (was, was not) always concerned with the lost souls about me, the poor, the afflicted, the homeless, and always (encouraged, discouraged) missionary efforts to preach the Gospel.  I (loved, did not love) my fellow-travelers in life, and it was evident by the way I treated them.  I was (a true friend, a two-faced hypocrite) to those who trusted me, and always made a real contribution to the (happiness, unhappiness) of people wherever I went.  My family (rejoiced, dreaded) to see, me come home.  I (possessed, did not possess) honesty, integrity, humility, sincerity, dependability, and love.  I knew the Truth, and (tried, did not try) to obey it and teach it to others.  My family, brethren in Christ, and friends, (will, will not) miss me very much, because I (did, did not) fight the good fight of faith, finish the course, and keep the faith; henceforth, there (is, is not) laid up for me a crown of righteousness in Heaven.” We exhort each one to examine themselves closely, sign this document, and leave orders for these things to be given to the preacher doing our funeral.
–Gary Colley