Spiritual Inventory and Evaluation
This month our church has been participating in 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Spiritual Awakening in Louisiana. We’ve tracked through a 21-Day devotional authored by Claude King as well. One of the highlights has been the Complete Spiritual Inventory that was part of day 6. The questions destroy any sense of self-righteousness and bring you face to face before God. You can download the devotional here. The Inventory is on page 50. I’m going to hang on to this and try to do it at least once per year. Here’s a few of the questions that I’m still grappling with. Take a little inventory yourself:
Was there ever a time in my life that God completely transformed my life and made me a brand new person – therefore, the following elements are lived through the message of my life:
- Old things passed away (attitudes, thoughts, desires, motivation, vocabulary, lifestyle, actions, reactions) and all things became new (new heart, new love, new purpose, etc.)? YES or NO
- I cannot sin and get away with it without conviction? YES or NO
- I do not love the things of the world (worldly lifestyles, clothes, music, crowd, philosophies…)? YES or NO
- I have a desire to do God’s will in every area of my life? YES or NO
- I cannot continually or habitually practice the same sin? YES or NO
- I love people with all my heart and demonstrate it by giving of myself to minister to their physical and spiritual needs? YES or NO.
- God answers my prayers? YES or NO
- Is it ever difficult to confess my sin to God? YES or NO
- Do I ever find it hard to ask forgiveness from my family or acquaintances when I sin against them?
- Is it ever hard for me to admit when I am wrong?
- Do I have a tendency to want credit for accomplishments?
- Do I ever desire to get ahead and get a big name and be a success for personal gratification?
- Do I desire to be recognized?
- Is it ever difficult for me to publicly display my love for Jesus?
- Is it ever hard for me to express genuine love and appreciation?
- Do I ever try to get ahead at the expense of others? Am I an opportunists?
- Am I ever willing to sacrifice my honesty and purity in order to be a success?
- Do I ever defend myself when a fault or sin is pointed out in my life?
- Is my primary drive to look out for myself rather than to serve others and help others be a success?
By example and proof of your life which is more important?
- People or Production
- Service or Success
- Ministering or “The Ministry”
- The worker or “The Work”
- Quality and depth or Quantity and size
- Prayer and Fasting or Methods and programs
Take the whole inventory by downloading the Guide.