Lesson 3 - Principle 4

  

WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, I HUMBLY, BOLDLY, AND COURAGEOUSLY ASK HIM TO SEARCH ME AND REVEAL TO ME THE TRUE CONDITION OF MY HEART, TO SHOW ME MY ANXIETIES OR FEARS, AND POINT OUT TO ME MY SIN AGAINST GOD AND OTHERS IN MY LIFE. ONLY WITH HIS HELP CAN I KNOW FOR SURE, AND IN ALL TRUTH, THE EXACT NATURE OF MY SIN.

Once I accept Jesus as LORD of my life, He gives me the desire to start housecleaning. In Principle 4, the process of becoming more of what He wants me to become begins by taking a fearless personal inventory, which is recognizing where I have fallen short of His standards in my life.

The first thing to do is to agree with God and His identifications of my sins. Next, I identify if these sins are still ongoing and the amount of damage that sin has done in my life and the lives that surround me. One of the most helpful things to do is to write these sins down so that I begin to become accountable, first to God, then to others. As I do this I will be encouraged by His grace, mercy, and faithfulness towards me as I die to myself, pick up my cross daily, and follow Jesus, my LORD. The witness of this growth will prepare me to continue on with Principles 5, 6, and 7.

Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

These scriptures are from the God-empowered heart of King David. He had already poured out his heart in confession to the LORD and desired to have the LORD search him after what he felt was his full confession. This verse shows us that even after we think that we have done a thorough job of agreeing with God about our sin against Him and others, we still need His stamp of approval upon our confession. We need to know that our conscience and heart have been cleansed by our LORD’s blood and rest with full assurance that there is no foothold remaining that the enemy can use against us. Notice that David asks the LORD to reveal his own heart to him and to show him his anxieties or fears. What place do fears play in our inability to complete this principle? How much courage does it take to face ourselves in the mirror and accept the responsibility of all our actions?

David finishes with the request to lead him. He shows that the humility and desire to follow after the Master proceeds after God cleanses us and frees us from guilt, shame, and condemnation. This is the manifestation of faith through trust in God, which is the proof of our faith through the Godly works we now perform in the light of His love.