Pastor Paula White

*Have you ever heard the phrase, “You need to check yourself,” and wondered what it meant?

Well, in Haggai 1:5, the Word of God tells us, “Consider your ways.” It gives examples of the many ‘complaints’ one might have in life when they work for what they want, but with no success. Why, the Scripture encourages you to ask, might this be happening? The answer: if this is the case in your life, then it’s probably time to “check yourself!”

In other words, it’s time to ask yourself some hard questions about what you are doing with your life…and to make an honest and in-depth evaluation of your choices, your behavior, and your relationships.

Nobody’s perfect, in fact, as humans, we know we’re far from it. And as believers, we know we have two sides – our “flesh” side and our “God” side. But to walk in the fullness of whom you are and to be the person God created you to be, you must deal with the things holding you back from achieving your purpose and destiny.

Remember Simon Peter, Jesus’ “rock” upon which He would build His church (see Matthew 16:18)? Well, in Luke 22:32, Jesus told him, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not…” – because Jesus knew this trusted disciple had two sides. “Simon” refers to a reed – representing the weak and wavering side (remember Peter denying Christ three times?). “Peter” is a name that means “rock,” and refers to strength and stability.

Jesus knew Peter well, and while he addressed the human, flaky side, He also knew that Peter had the ability to stand strong and preach a sermon that would lead thousands of people to accept Jesus as the Christ.

God sees your future, and knows the beginning and end of your life – and He knows that in order to attain the destiny He has planned for you; you must deal with the weak and wavering side of who you are today.

In order to “check yourself,” you must make an objective appraisal of yourself based on facts – not opinions or feelings. Having an objective view of you can be difficult. You have to be able to focus solely on facts. Take a look at your history, your accomplishments and your abilities. You have to be able to assess things as they are, not as you would like them to be!

Develop a checklist for every area of your life you want to consider, and a few “why” questions to answer for each area. (“Why do I keep making unwise spending decisions?” or, “Why do I continue to complain about my weight but not use that gym membership I bought?”) And as you develop your list and your questions, remember to list the strengths in your life, as well as your weaknesses. It’s usually easier for people to see their flaws than it is for them to see their strengths, but it’s important to remember your strengths as well.

Consider how things are progressing in your spiritual health, emotional health, physical health, and financial health. God is a God of wholeness, and He intends for you to be healthy and whole – with nothing lacking, missing or broken – in every area of your life.

Asking yourself tough questions may be painful in the short run, but in the long run, it will help you follow God’s instruction to “consider your ways.” Seek His guidance and strength as you ask Him for clarity, forgiveness, faith, courage, and perseverance in order to begin to address what needs to be addressed in your life. And don’t attempt to change everything at once! Target specific areas, and deal with those areas first. It takes courage but remember, you can’t conquer what you won’t confront and you can’t confront what you don’t identify.

Have the courage to “check yourself” – and then let God begin to work inside you, to change you from the inside-out…into the person He designed you to be!

Scripture Of The Day: “Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Consider your ways!'” – Haggai 1: 5 – 7 (NKJV)

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