As part of an annual physical examination, your doctor will administer various tests to help diagnose your physical condition. In the books of the Bible that Apostle John wrote, he gives eight tests to help us diagnose our current spiritual condition. There are no wrong answers. Think about your lifestyle and give your honest answers!
Belief test – 1 John 5:1 “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God…” Do you believe Jesus is God’s Son who died on the cross for your sins?
Sin test – 1 John 3:9 “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God”. Do you live a sinful lifestyle?
Obedience test – 1 John 2: “The man who says, I know Him, but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. Do you obey God consistently?
Holy Spirit test – 1 John 4:13 “We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of his Spirit”. Is the Holy Spirit operating in your life consistently?
Love test – 1 John 3:14-15 “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him”. Is there anyone you hate?
Answered Prayer test – 1 John 3:22 “and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him. Is God answering your prayers?
Love of the World test – 1 John 2:15-16 – “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.” Who do you love–this world and its things or God and all people?
Persecution test – John 15:19 “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” Does the world hate you because you are a Christian or does it love you because your lifestyle resembles its?
STAY TUNED! IN THE NEXT POST, YOU WILL DIAGNOSE YOUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION!