Part 2- Right Here Right Now
Penned Truth: Jesus doesn’t just prepare a home for us in Heaven. He wants to prepare His Home in us. So, He can provide what the world cannot offer.
Things To Clean Up In 2023
#1 We Must Let Go of Control – Must Live A Crucified Life
#2 Live A Life of Self Examination
1 Corinthians 11:27–28 (ESV) 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
Job 13:23 (ESV) 23 How many are my iniquities and my sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.
Job 13:23 (NLT) 23 Tell me, what have I done wrong? Show me my rebellion and my sin.
John Broger- You can never truly understand or help others, even in your own family, unless you first look thoroughly into your own life and deal with your own sins without compromise, excuses, or evasion.
Lamentations 3:40 (NKJV) 40 Let us search out and examine our ways….
1 Corinthians 11:31 (AMP) 31 But if we evaluated and judged ourselves honestly [recognizing our shortcomings and correcting our behavior], we would not be judged.
1. Confess our faults and sins
Psalm 51:1-5 (ESV) Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
1 John 1:9 ESV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2. Repent and walk away
Matthew 3:8 (AMPCE) 8 Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart];
Acts 3:19 (AMP) 19 So repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God—seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day];
3. Next step forgiveness
Psalm 32:5 ESV I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Psalm 86:5 ESV For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Ephesians 1:7 ESV In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
4. To grow in grace
Penned Truth: To grow in grace is to mature as a Christian.
2 Peter 3:18 (ESV) 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…
Penned Truth: Self-examination, rightly pursued, will bring significant benefits to your Christian life.
A.W. Tozer – A Pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.
Psalm 139:24 (NASB) And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Two Guidelines for Self-Examination
1. Be intentional.
2. Be specific.
(Kathi This Declaration Is Different) Faith Declaration- Right Here, Right Now! Lord, Make Your Home In My Heart, Lord Help Me Live For You Today! I Choose To Live A Crucified And Self-examination Life Each Day. I Will Live This Way In Expectation That Right Here, Right Now, I Can Have The Amazing Today. Even As You Prepare An Amazing Future Home For Me.