Rules for Daily Examination

Genesis 18:26 tells us that God is looking for “righteous” people.

The Hebrew word for “righteous” is tsadaq, meaning, “to be straight,” and “to speak the truth.”

In the opinion of John Wesley, his friend, John Fletcher, was one of the holiest men who had ever lived.

Fletcher drew up, for his own guidance and discipline, the following rules for daily examination: He called them
"Self-examination Questions for Spiritual People."

1.    Did I awake spiritual, and was I watchful in keeping my mind from wandering this morning?
2.    Have I this day got nearer to God in prayer, or have I given way to a lazy, idle spirit?
3.    Has my faith been weakened by unwatchfulness, or quickened by diligence?
4.    Have I walked by faith, and seen God in all things?
5.    Have I denied myself in all unkind words and thoughts? Have I delighted at seeing others preferred?
6.    Have I made the most of my time, as far as I had light, strength, and opportunity?
7.    Have I kept the issues of my heart in the means of grace, so as to profit by them?
8.    What have I done this day for the souls and bodies of God’s dear saints?
9.    Have I laid out anything to please myself, when I might have saved the money for the cause of God?”
10.  Have I governed well my tongue this day, remembering that in a multitude of words there wanteth not sin?
11.  In how many instances have I denied myself?
12.  Do my life and conversation adorn the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

               [Cited in Lloyd-Jones, Expository Sermons on 2 Peter.]

“True Godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavors to mend it” (William Penn).

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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