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If there is one phrase that can be engraved in your mind today, I pray by the power of the Holy Spirit that it is this: “Learn to judge yourself.” Why is this such an essential phrase to memorize? If we learn to judge ourselves, and take accountability for our actions, God won’t have to.

Judging ourselves keeps our obedience in check. Just like the government has a system of checks and balances within its operations, we should have a system of checks and balances to ensure we are living righteously in God’s eyes; to evaluate weather or not we are in the will of God and are on the path to eternal life. We must judge ourselves so that we do not stray from the narrow path that leads to eternal life: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14)

Since the path to eternal life is narrow, our obedience to God’s Word must be evaluated daily. Understand that because the path to eternal life is narrow, the path to (eternal)death must be wide: “for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:” (Matthew 7:13)

So how exactly do we judge ourselves? First of all, know that the instant we hear God’s law, we become accountable for any acts of willful disobedience against it (keep in mind however that all of mankind is still accountable for our original rebellion against God whether we understand and follow God's Word or not). Obeying God’s Word always delights and satisfies Him. Willful disobedience to God’s instructions carries heavy consequences.

Often you will find that the knowledge of many Christians surpasses their obedience. As I have said before, knowledge and obedience must grow together. It’s only when our knowledge and obedience grow together that we can walk in the perfect will of God.

We must judge ourselves now, because our eternal future depends on it: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10) In other words, if you have sown obedience to the Word into your life you will reap eternal life and heavenly rewards; if you have sown disobedience to the Word into your life you will reap eternal suffering and punishment.

Concerning our present daily life, we will also reap what we sow. If we sow sin we will reap destruction. If we sow obedience we will reap extended life, happiness, peace, health, wealth and more!

Thank God for Jesus! Without Him repentance would not be possible and because of Adam’s fall we would all reap eternal suffering by default. Without Jesus there would be no need to judge ourselves because we would be condemned automatically.

To effectively judge ourselves we must carry out three steps: 1.) Recognize sin 2.) Make a conscious decision to stay away from sin and 3.) Take action or carry out your decision. Making decisions alone will do little by themselves; its action that turns thoughts into reality or results.If you have transgressed God’s law somewhere, repent wholeheartedly, and you will be forgiven, God’s Word says so. Once you have sincerely repented you are not held accountable by God for that sin any longer.  From that point on however, fervently work towards staying away from that sin.

Repentance must be accompanied by change. If we are honestly regretful for our sins we will strictly work towards abstaining from them. This is not to say that you won’t make mistakes again however. Each time you fall, get back up and keep working towards purity of the spirit mind and body; strive to be righteous in God’s eyes.

To make correct judgments about your life you must take everything in your life and hold it up to the Word of God. Whatever agrees with the Word stays in your life, whatever disagrees with the Word goes; this is the key to a successful life.  The Word is a light and will expose the darkness. Right now some of you may be standing half in the light and half in the darkness. Expose the darkness in your life to the Word; let the power of God’s Word, the light, eradicate the sin that still remains. Remember that “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.” (1 Corinthians 10:21)

There are only two options when it comes to choosing whom to serve: God or Satan. There is only God’s way or Satan’s way, there is no in between. Who you serve is up to you. Judge yourself now, get in the Word, and seek the scriptures for the problems you have. You can find the answer to any problem you’re having if you take time to study scripture.

It is vital for all of us to judge ourselves, however we will all have different battles. Some need to keep from swearing and have to watch their language. Some drink alcohol too much, while others are addicted to cigarettes. Several people struggle with pornography whereas others are having premarital sex. Many, many unmarried people are living together. Everyone has their battles, and God can help solve them all, Halleluiah!!

If you want God to change your life however, you must make the decision. God will not impose His will upon you. God gave you the right to choose things on your own. Identify any sin remaining in your life. Make the decision to change, then act! Learn to judge yourself daily.  If we don’t judge ourselves, then God will.  Learn to live the Word of God daily, for then you will have good success! Remember, not only will we be rewarded for judging ourselves in this life, but in the next as well!

Lastly, know that: "the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." (Psalms 84:11)

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