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May 19 Devotion: Checkups


1 Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

There are so many things in our lives that we will perform checks on. If we want our vehicles to last longer we will do routine maintenance and checkups on them. Some will even make yearly trips to the Dr. to do a health checkup on their body. How often are we willing to do a spiritual checkup? We should recognize our text verse as a verse used a few weeks ago during the Lords Supper. Is that the only time we are willing to examine ourselves? Some might even think that they know exactly where their heart is with God and don’t need to. The problem with that is we are really good at lying to ourselves or even pointning out others faults that we fail to see our own. Think of the Pharisee: Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. You ever allowed those thoughts in your mind. The Bible even tells us we don’t know our heart as well as we think: Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Being willing to examine ourselves will strengthen our relationship with Christ. It can put us in a position to be used of God in an array of ways. It will help us come in on the Lords day ready to worship if we are willing to then get it right. We wouldn’t take our car to get looked at, have the mechanic tell us that it’s going to stop running if we don’t get something fixed, and not fix it. Therefore, if God reveals something to us then we need to get it made right so we can come in on the Lords day ready to worship! Ask God to examine your heart today and make sure you are where you need to be!

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson


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