DAY FIFTEEN: LAST DAY

“But the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and gladly listened to the message. They searched [checked] the Scriptures day by day to check up on Paul and Silas’ statements to see if they were really so.” – Acts 17:11 TLB Our prayer is that these few days of spiritual maintenance have been transformational for you. We pray you persevere in the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and daily devotions in the Word. We encourage you to take time each day to worship and delight in the Lord. Take time to listen to the Scriptures and feed your spirit with them. Check what the Word is saying specifically to you. When you do this, not only will you experience a more vibrant Christian life, but the Word of God will give you the direction and wisdom that you and your family need. Check yourself. It will greatly bless your life.

DAY FOURTEEN

“But the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and gladly listened to the message. They searched [checked] the Scriptures day by day to check up on Paul and Silas’ statements to see if they were really so.” – Acts 17:11 TLB Beloved, do you receive the Word of God with joy? Is your heart a fertile soil where the seed of the Gospel can grow? That will depend on your disposition to the Word. May we be known as a church full of believers that know the Word of God and put that Word into action. At this point in the devotional plan, you’ve established the beginning of a healthy discipline: reading the Word daily. Continue doing this after our 15 days by finding a Sunday School class or a Bible Study group where you can continue to search the Scriptures. What’s stopping you? Check yourself.

DAY THIRTEEN

“But the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and gladly listened to the message. They searched [checked] the Scriptures day by day to check up on Paul and Silas’ statements to see if they were really so.” – Acts 17:11 TLB The Word gives us a beautiful description of the people of Berea. They were excited to listen to the Word of God preached by Paul and Silas and they checked the Scriptures preached each day to confirm the Word of the Lord. This is a great picture of a healthy disciple: people who are hungry for the Word and are growing in their consumption of it daily. When we are open to what the Holy Spirit is telling us through the Word, we position ourselves for transformation. Pray this simple prayer: Lord, open our ears to hear your Word. Help us to study your Word, not only on Sundays. Prepare us for transformation.

DAY TWELVE

“Search [Check] me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” – Psalm 139:23-24 ESV When the Lord has full permission to search us, He can then speak to us. If He has our ears, then He can gently lead us to repentance. This is how we live life on the narrow path: we walk in transparency and intimacy with the Lord in our hearts. This includes continual repentance and worship. David was a successful king but he still needed the King of Kings to lead the way. The promises of God are far too amazing for us to miss them. The road to eternal life beckons, but check yourself, because it will take a heart fully surrendered to Christ to reap eternal benefits.

DAY ELEVEN

“Search [Check] me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” – Psalm 139:23-24 ESV The human heart, left unchecked, tends to rebel against the heart of God. At this point in his life, after the Bathsheba incident, David had learned the difficult lesson of living with a heart unchecked. David is now asking God to show him the areas in his thought-life that do not please God or could potentially get him into trouble again. ‘Know my thoughts’ is another way to say: ‘God, come be Lord of my thoughts. When I have done things my way, it hasn’t worked. Come, and help me live your ways and think your thoughts.’ Today, I encourage you to give the Lord free reign of your thoughts.

DAY TEN

“Search [Check] me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” – Psalm 139:23-24 ESV Seeing posters with the inspirational quote: “Follow your heart,” should make us cringe as Christians. The Bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things. This is the human condition: that our emotions can deceive us and our desires can trick us into justifying our actions. This danger with our hearts is exactly why we so desperately need the Lord to search our hearts. He needs to be Lord over our emotions and Lord over our desires. Many people have been led astray in the wrong relationship because they “followed their heart.” Make a conscious choice today to let God be Lord of your innermost thoughts, emotions, and desires. Allow your heart to be illuminated by the Lord’s truth. You shall know the truth and that truth will set you free. Time for a heart check.

DAY NINE

“Search [Check] me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” – Psalm 139:23-24 ESV The Lord knows our words even before we speak them. He is intimately acquainted with the innermost parts of our hearts, yet He yearns for us to be so open, so transparent before Him that we invite Him to search us–to check us. David was giving the Lord permission to come into his heart so that the Lord could have communion with him. David was hungry for intimacy; he knew he was no saint. We too should invite God to come in and search us so that He could reveal to us how much we need Him. This is how we, His lifelong disciples, live a life of dependency before God. He’s knocking on the door; will you let Him in?

DAY EIGHT

“Watch [check] and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41 ESV On the night that Jesus needed His friends the most, the night He needed them more than ever to be spiritually alert, they all fell asleep. Eventually, it was just Jesus left alone praying to the Father in the garden. Jesus understood the humanity of His disciples because He understood the heart of men. The Word of God describes the flesh as that part of us that is slow to seek the Lord; it’s the part that gets tired quickly in prayer or the part that gets easily entangled by sin. Because we all have the propensity to be weak, we must make extra efforts to watch and pray. Just as these two things were all Jesus needed that night from His disciples, that’s all He needs from us. He is asking us Christians to watch and pray in the world we live in today. Check yourself.

DAY SEVEN

“Watch [check] and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41 ESV The spirit man inside of us is always hungry for God and His Word. In fact, God created every human with a disposition towards Him, a hunger innate to our being. This hunger for the things of God is that very part of you that is always willing to go to church and fellowship with other believers; this is the part that is constantly excited to seek the Lord in devotions and prayer, whether morning or evening; this is the part inside of you that shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. During this intentional season of devotions, pray that your heart would be inclined towards what the spirit wants. When we feed the spirit, we starve the flesh.

DAY SIX

“Watch [check] and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41 ESV Any time spent with the Lord in prayer is time spent away from temptation. In fact, this is the very thing that prepares our hearts to resist temptation. These times of prayer were the key to victory in the Lord’s life, so how much more so do we need to spend time in the Lord’s presence? If your struggle with temptation has led to sin, come to the Lord and ask Him to forgive you, cleanse you, and strengthen you. The secret that His Word is giving us is this: checking our lives on a regular basis will prevent us from entering into temptation. Watch and pray.

DAY FIVE

“Watch [check] and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41 ESV Jesus took the time to teach His disciples the discipline of prayer. He Himself spent regular time in solitude, praying to the Father. On the night of His arrest, He asked His disciples to be watchful. Watching means to live our Christian lives in such a way that we are alert to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Being spiritually alert allows us to see the enemy when he’s coming a mile away. Jesus knew exactly what would happen that night. Are you taking time to pray to stay spiritually alert? During these days of spiritual maintenance, ask the Holy Spirit to speak with you and keep you spiritually awake. Watch and pray.

DAY FOUR

“Check up on yourselves. Are you really Christians? Do you pass the test? Do you feel Christ’s presence and power more and more within you? Or are you just pretending to be Christians when actually you aren’t at all?” – 2 Corinthians 13:5 TLB This world is hungry to see believers who live out their faith in a genuine way. God is not looking for perfect people, but He is looking for committed people. If we call ourselves the Church, then let’s live like it: loving the Lord, practicing what we preach at home and in our workplace. Let’s go back to living out the simplicity of the Christian faith. All of us fall into the temptation of trying to live Instagram-perfect lives, only displaying the highlight reel moments and suppressing the rest. I encourage you to worry less about appearances and worry more that your name is and remains written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Check yourself.

DAY THREE

“Check up on yourselves. Are you really Christians? Do you pass the test? Do you feel Christ’s presence and power more and more within you? Or are you just pretending to be Christians when actually you aren’t at all?” – 2 Corinthians 13:5 TLB Our walk with Christ should be personal and lived out daily by an active relationship with Him. When we spend time with Christ, He blesses us with His presence. The presence of the Lord reassures us when we go through doubtful times, comforts us in the difficult ones, and affirms us in the easy. The more time we spend with the Lord, praying and studying the Word, the more He can demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit within us. This power is the key to living a victorious Christian life. Friend, do you hunger for His word? Are you taking time to be in His presence? Is His power at work in your life?

DAY TWO

“Check up on yourselves. Are you really Christians? Do you pass the test? Do you feel Christ’s presence and power more and more within you? Or are you just pretending to be Christians when actually you aren’t at all?” – 2 Corinthians 13:5 TLB Superficial Christianity is something all of us should avoid. We are saved solely by placing our faith in Christ, but sin can distract us and unfortunately, remaining in it may even cause us to lose that great salvation. If you have received Jesus in your heart, then you belong to Christ and your life should reflect that salvation through your actions. A believer’s actions are called “fruit,” and we know we serve Christ genuinely when things like the fruit of repentance, the fruit of good works, and the Fruit of the Spirit are present in our lives. Are you serving Christ with all your heart, soul and mind? Can people taste the fruit of Christ in you? Do you pass the test?

DAY ONE

“Check up on yourselves. Are you really Christians? Do you pass the test? Do you feel Christ’s presence and power more and more within you? Or are you just pretending to be Christians when actually you aren’t at all?” – 2 Corinthians 13:5 TLB Most of us make sure our homes are properly maintained, assuring that we have a landscaping that is decently tended and a car that is properly oiled. But did you know Spiritual Maintenance should also be a common practice in the life of the believer? In this passage, the Corinthian church had allowed sin to increase among them and Paul, the author of this book, traveled to check on them and make sure they were on track with the Lord. His words challenged them as they do to us today: Check yourself. Ask yourself, has your walk with the Lord been strong lately? Are you consistently spending time with the Lord in prayer? In the words of Paul, “Check up on yourselves.”

Check Yourself

Fifteen Days of Spiritual Maintenance Sunday, May 27 – Sunday, June 10 For the next fifteen days, we invite you to take a personal inventory of your spiritual life. As we spend these two weeks reading this daily devotional plan, follow along with us on social media @faithorl and the Faith Assembly app. No matter what time of day you complete your devotions, we challenge you to pick a social media platform and then publicly post the green CHECK emoji ✅ on it as a daily confirmation that you’re keeping your life in check. Whether a caption on Instagram, a Tweet on Twitter, or status update on Facebook, let’s help each other stay accountable and unified as a Church body as we believe for spiritual transformation.

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