“The F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Test”

Posted: May 25, 2013 in Christian Life, Christianity, God's Will, Salvation

In order to stay in optimum physical health, it’s advisable to go to a health care professional for an examination.  The same holds true in the spiritual realm.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may you whole spirit [mind], soul [emotions], and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).   Of these three parts of our being, do you know which part or parts of the Christian are saved and which aren’t?  When will they be saved?  If you don’t know, ask us.

Before the final exam takes place “let a man examine himself…” (1 Corinthians 11:28).  What kind of grade do you honestly think God would give to you today in the following areas?  If you dare, you might want to ask a mature Christian for his/her opinion of you and what you may need to change about yourself so that God can/will be glorified in/through you.  Please take time to look up the following Bible verses to get an accurate picture of your true condition.

Faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2; 15:58.  Have I placed my faith in Christ alone for my salvation? ___ Acts 4:12; 16:31.  Do I live my life by faith in God and His promises? ___ Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:2.

Available. Isaiah 6:8; See 2 Timothy 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:19.  Am I being led by the Holy Spirit? ___ Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16, 25.  Does His will take precedence over my will? ___  Luke 22:42; Psalm 106:15.

Teachable.  2 Timothy 2:2, 15; Romans 12:1, 2.  Do I rely primarily on the Holy Spirit to illuminate my mind? ___ 1 John 2:20.  Do I submit to godly teachers? ___ Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13.

Flexible. Acts 15:36; 16:6-10.  Do I have clearly defined short and long range goals? ___ Acts 19:21; 21:4-14.  Do I submit them to God’s will for my life? ___ James 5:15

Resilient.  1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16.  Do I know what sin is? ___ 1 John 3:4, Romans 14:23; James 4:17.  Do I know the difference between trespasses and sins? ___ Ephesians 2:1.

Evangelistic.   2 Timothy 4:5.  Do I ever weep for unsaved people? ___ Mathew 23:37; Romans 10:1.  Do I share my personal testimony and/or pass out gospel tracts? ___ Acts 1:8.

Enthusiastic. Philippians 4:4; Colossians 3:23.  Do others see the Fruit of the Spirit being manifested in my life? ___ Galatians 5:22, 23.  Is there anyone or anything more exciting than Jesus? ___ 1 John 2:15-17

Now, what kind of a grade do you honestly think God would give to you today in each of these areas? Faithful ___.  Available ___. Teachable ___. Flexible ___. Resilient ___. Evangelistic ___. Enthusiastic ___.  You might want to ask a close friend to help you develop into more Christ likeness.

Someday everyone will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ who is the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8).  All true Christians must appear before the judgment seat of Christ to have our works examined by the Lord as to their quality (2 Corinthians 5:10).  Those good works that meet His standards will be rewarded and those that don’t will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).  Later the unsaved people will also have their works evaluated at the Great White Throne judgment to determine their degrees of suffering in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).  To escape this awful place you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day.  We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, not by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Let’s Make This Our Prayer

“Search me, O God, and know my heart today; / Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray. / See if their be some wicked way in me; / Cleanse me from every sin and set me free.”  Read Psalm 130:23

If you have questions and/or comments, please call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website: www.kelseypeach.com.  It is designed to point people to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and to edify Christians in their faith.  Some of these articles have corresponding messages on the Internet too.

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