Connecting with God
Receiving Christ is not just agreeing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He is our Savior. We receive Him by faith. He or she who decides to receive Christ recognizes that they are in need for Christ, they turn to Him and away from self, and they trust Him to come into their lives, forgive their sins and make them what He wants them to be.
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“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”—James 5:16
When we get a medical checkup, a doctor or nurse will ask questions concerning our symptoms so they can evaluate and diagnose the problem. In a similar way, we must checkup on our spirit, and these spiritual questions are meant to surface sin in our lives. They are not meant to condemn, but to open your heart to Holy Spirit. God wants an intimate relationship with us but unconfessed sin can block that intimacy, constructing a big brick wall between us and Him. So grab a Bible and go to a quiet place. You might even consider answering these questions together with a friend.
Am I relying on Jesus alone to get into heaven? (Acts 4:10, 12)
Do I tell others about Jesus? (Romans 1:15–16)
Do I tell the truth? (Leviticus 19:11)
Do I gossip? (Proverbs 20:19)
Do I have a critical, judgmental spirit? (Matthew 7:1–5)
Do I care more what others think about me or what God thinks? (Proverbs 29:25)
Do I worry rather than trust God? (Luke 12:22–32)
Am I kind toward others? (Colossians 3:12)
Am I generous, or do I hoard my money? (2 Corinthians 9:6–7)
Do I help those in need? (Acts 2:45)
Do I make time to pray? (Philippians 4:6)
Am I self-focused? (Philippians 2:3–4)
Am I thankful in all circumstances? (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Do I make crude, off-color or sexual jokes? (Ephesians 5:4)
Am I worldly minded or Christ-minded? (Colossians 3:1–2)
Am I boastful? (James 4:16)
Do I watch any TV shows or movies that are unwholesome or not glorifying to God? (Philippians 4:8)
Do I dwell on or ponder impure or unholy thoughts? (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Do I tithe? (Malachi 3:7–10)
Am I keeping a record in my mind of the wrongs others have done to me? (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Have I forgiven those who have hurt or wronged me? (Matthew 6:14–15)
Is there anyone whose forgiveness I need to seek? (Matthew 5:23–24)
Am I an active member of a church? (Hebrews 10:25)
Do I love the Lord with all my being? (Mark 12:30)
Do I study the Bible and do what it says? (James 1:22–25)
If any of these question helped you see the areas in your life that need transformation that means the Holy Spirit is working within. Now, repentance does not mean guilt or remorse. Repentance literally means “changing your mind.” It a change of direction followed by the act of choosing God’s way. When we confess, we take ownership of our sin. We acknowledge our participation of it despite any outside influence. We stop playing the victim. The sooner we confess the sooner we regain our personal and intimate relationship with God.