Principle 4 - Introduction to Inventory (excerpt)

  

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.

Psalm 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."

As we approach the footwork of Principle 4 by doing an inventory (which is the manifestation and proof of our newfound faith in Christ), we must ask ourselves, are we fearful, anxious, or worried about what we might face? This is not only understandable but is an expected reaction of our flesh or sinful nature. The scripture states that we hate the light as long as we are in darkness, and we fear the possibility that our deeds might be exposed. We have also been humbled by our past to the point that we are now not proud of what we once were, and it now causes us shame, guilt, regret, and remorse.

John 3:19-20

"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed."

Romans 6:21

"What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death."

Now, as a child of God and believing that we have a loving Heavenly Father, we must accept His way of bringing us closer to Him despite what our feelings try to tell us. We have learned through the scriptures and the fruit that has been born in our new life in Christ, that our feelings or emotions are not a valid or trustworthy compass to the obedience and ways of God. They cannot be trusted in the majority of circumstances. Therefore, we must believe what the scriptures say when they tell us that God loves us, and, therefore, He will discipline us.

Hebrews 12:6-7,11

"For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

We must remember that the LORD desires us to reason with Him about our true nature and to learn a whole and fruitful way of life.

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