‘Let a man examine himself’ (1 Corinthians 11:28)
This is necessary, that we may know upon what we are resting; and whether we are growing or declining. Let us examine this morning what foundation we are building for eternal life; and from where our hope arises?
What is the source of our satisfaction, pleasure, and peace? What do we possess to prove the reality of our religion? Have we been quickened by the Holy Spirit? Is Christ our life and is He living in us? Are we enlightened to see sin, in its nature, character, and actions?
Have we a living faith, which receives faith, which receives Christ; believes His word; and lives to Him? Have we a good hope through grace? Is the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit? Do we love God because He first loved us, and walk with Him in peace and holiness?
Have we the seal and witness of the Spirit in our hearts? Are we tussling with sin, and praying to be delivered from it, as from a tyrant, a plague, the most fearful evil? Let us examine carefully, deliberately, prayerfully, taking God’s word for our rule and guide. Let us prove our own work, so we shall rejoice within ourselves alone.
Searcher of hearts! Oh, search me still,
The secrets of my soul reveal;
My fears remove: Let me appear
To God and my own conscience, clear:
Each evidence of grace impart,
And deeply sanctify my heart!
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘O to feel and manifest, “I live, yet not I! But Christ liveth in me.” O to be able to cry, “TO ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST!”