Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Spiritual Checkup

This was my devotion for today.

Spiritual Checkup

READ: Proverbs 4:20-27

Examine me, O Lord.
PSALM 26:2

Given a choice, I’d probably not voluntarily visit my doctor for a physical exam. I’m inclined to assume that everything is okay and not bother my doctor about it. But since my wife is a nurse, I don’t have a choice. I go in for regular exams.

And given a choice, many of us are a little afraid of spiritual checkups as well. After all, if we check our spirit too closely, we might have to change a habit or two. We might need something like an “attitude-ectomy.”

I suggest that we get over our reluctance. With God’s guidance, let’s undergo a spiritual checkup, using Proverbs 4:20-27 as a checklist.

Ears (v.20): Are we hearing God’s Word clearly and with understanding? Are we doing what those words tell us?

Eyes (vv.21,25): Are we keeping our eyes on the teachings that will guide us toward righteousness?

Heart (v.23): Are we protecting our heart from evil?

Tongue (v.24): Is our mouth clean and pure?

Feet (v.26): Are we walking straight toward God’s truth without wavering?

How did you do on your examination? Are there areas where you need to take action? Regular checkups will help to restore your spiritual vitality.

~Dave Branon

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
Show me the way that Jesus has trod;
Then I will tell of Your saving grace,
Until the day when I see Your face. ~Hess

A spiritual checkup is the key to spiritual health.

6 comments:

Kaitlin said...

Thanks for the reminder Zac. I'm not particularly fond of check-ups myself....*looks guilty*

Did that come out of an Our Daily Bread? I was just wondering

Wholesome Works said...

Kaitlin,

Thank you for commenting.

Yes, this post is an Our Daily Bread devotion.

By the way, do you like to play chess, or would you like to learn?

Zachary

Kaitlin said...

Zac,

I'd love to learn how to play chess! That way, whenever I play my dad or sister, I'll be able to beat them without cheating! They'll be so surprised!

Kaitlin

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Zac,
Hello from New Mexico!

That is a great devotion. Spiritual checkups can be painful, but they are always benificial.

Elizabeth

Wholesome Works said...

Elizabeth,

Hope your enjoying your time there. :)

Thanks for stopping by.


Kaitlin,

Be sure to check out Play Chess! this coming week. I'm planning on starting a series to teach beginners how to play, not just how to move the peices, but I will touch on almost every important aspect of a chess game.

Your Dad and sister won't know what hit'em. ;)

Zachary

Wholesome Works said...

Oops!

The link to Play Chess was mistyped.

The correct link is - http://letsplaychess.blogspot.com