"For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:21, NKJV)
How have you actively sought the Lord today? How did you pursue Him yesterday? How much energy did you put into the things of Jesus Christ over the past week?
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,” (Philippians 1:3–4, NKJV)
When did you last express thankfulness to God in prayer for your brethren? Did you do so joyfully?
"Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”” (John 8:31–32, NKJV)
What is your relationship with the Jesus’ word? Can you honestly say you “abide in” His teaching?
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Galatians 4:6–7, NKJV)
It is one thing to call God “Father,” but do you have the kind of relationship with God that merits that title?
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV)
How committed are you to the study of God’s word? Do you study occasionally? Do you rarely study? Would you consider yourself diligent in your endeavors to rightly divide the word of truth? Does your diligence with the word reflect your claim of discipleship?
““Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.” (Joel 2:12–13, NKJV)
What does repentance look like? What does your repentance look like? What does the Lord think repentance should like?
“Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight?’”” (2 Samuel 12:7–9a, NKJV)
Considering God’s overwhelming grace and the unimaginable price Jesus paid to obtain your forgiveness as His disciple, does it not follow that God is frustrated by and grieves your choice to sin?
“Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”” (John 6:26–27, NKJV)
What can Jesus do for you? How can He serve you? What can He give you?
“In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (Luke 17:31–33, NKJV)
How often does your flesh long for sinful appetites supposedly left behind when you chose to follow Jesus? What things of the life you departed to become a new creature in Christ do you still treasure in your heart and mind?
"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV)
Where does your mind go when tempted with things God has forbidden? In that crucial moment between should or shouldn’t, do you look for a way into or a way out of sin?