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Q182: Inventory

What would Jesus ask you today?

 "But what about you?" - Matthew 16:15.

At this halfway point of the year, it's time to do a spiritual inventory by asking yourself today's question. What is the Spirit saying to you? Why are you doing what you are doing?  Are you happy? Do you have joy? Are you doing what you are doing because you want to do it or because others want you to? Read Daniel 6 and identify all his good spiritual practices and traits, and then pick one or two to work on with God's help for the remainder of this year.

Q181: Reading

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Have you never read . . .?" - Mark 2:25.

It is said that leaders are readers, but disciples of Jesus are readers, too. As you approach a new month, what are you reading?  What are your reading goals? What do you do with what you learn from your reading? If you can't find time to read, can you listen to audio books? Perhaps enrolling in a course or program will help direct your reading? Read Daniel 1:17 and see that God promoted the young men in Babylon in part because of their ability and devotion to learning and then go follow their example. 

Q180: Self-Interest

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Would he thank the servant because
he did what he was told to do?" - Luke 17:9.

You are a servant and God is your master, and He has given you many commands to carry.  When you obey, you are not doing God a favor.  You are acting in your best self interest, for your obedience enables God's blessings to shower down on your life. In other words, you don't have to do God's will, you get to do God's will. What is your attitude these days towards obedience? Are you obeying joyfully or with an attitude? Read Deuteronomy 28:1-14 and rejoice that you are able to partake in such a bounty of blessings that spring forth from your obedient relationship with Him.

Q179: God's Will

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" - Luke 2:49.

Jesus came to do God's will.  That meant He knew God's will and He then chose to carry it out with total commitment.  He asks that you do the same. God's role is to reveal His will to you, for He cannot ask you to do what you don't know or understand. Your job is to then give yourself to do that will with all you have. Do you know God's will for your life? If you do, are you procrastinating in fear or giving everything you have to see it fulfilled? Read Matthew 8:19-22 and then determine if there are any hindrances to you following Jesus with your whole heart.

Q178: Faith Level

What would Jesus ask you today?

"O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied,
"how long shall I stay with you?" - Matthew 17:17.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Faith is the atmosphere in which your relationship with the Lord thrives and grows. Faith is not just to be an event, where you trust Him for certain things from time to time, but a lifestyle in which you trust Him for everything! If you examined your life today, what would your faith level be? Are there things for which you are trusting God and, if He does not 'come through,' you will look foolish and fail? Read Habakkuk 2:1-4 and see that faith was also the standard in the Old Testament and then write out your faith plan and vision as the prophet suggested.

Q177: Self-Awareness

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How can you say to your brother,
'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,'
when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?" - Luke 6:42.

Self-awareness is the foundation for discipleship and leadership. You must recognize your own failures and what is going on in your heart, along with your strengths and weaknesses if you are going to help others, for you cannot empathize and assist others if you have not faced yourself. How self-aware are you? Do you journal? Are you gentle with others realizing that you also have many weaknesses and failures? Read Luke 15:11-24 and see how the father welcomed back his lost son when he finally came to his senses and admitted his sin. Then realize that your honesty does not disqualify you from seeking or serving God.

Q176: Generosity

What would Jesus ask you today?

 "How many loaves do you have?" - Mark 8:5.

The disciples did not believe they could help or feed anyone else because of what they did not have.  Yet Jesus taught them to use what they had and yield it to Him to obtain supernatural results. It all started by them recognizing that they did have something they could use and give. Where is your focus, on what you have or what you don't have? Are you waiting to have more before you are generous with others? Read John 6:1-15 and see if you have been limiting your faith and not responding to needs around you.  Then set your mind to use what you have to bless others.

Q175: Law Breaking

What would Jesus ask you today?

"You who brag about the law,
do you dishonor God by breaking the law?" - Romans 2:23.

The Jews tried to make the Law a system that could understand and control God, and they consequently could not recognize Jesus when He came  The Law was about right relationship with God and others and it still is. Do you talk about the Law of God but not do it? Do you judge others whom you consider to be breaking the Law and not follow it yourself? Read Psalm 1 and then evaluate how effectively you are keeping God's law, which is summarized in Matthew 23:26-29.

Q174: Idolatry

What would Jesus ask you today?

"You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?" - Romans 2:22.

You don't have to bow down to a statue to be involved in idolatry. Idolatry is simply putting a higher priority on anything that God has created than you do on Him, the Creator. Thus you can make a relationship, money, your business or even your ministry an idol of sorts. What's more, you know what your priorities are by looking at your calendar and checkbook. Where are you priorities these days? Are you worshiping God and something else along with Him? Read Colossians 3:5 and then do what it says where idolatry is concerned.

Q173: Sexuality

What would Jesus ask you today?

"You who say that people should not commit adultery,
do you commit adultery?" - Romans 2:22.

Jesus came to restore sexuality to its proper dignity and place, which of course is in marriage.  Yet there are tremendous sexual temptations today presented by technology, travel and medicine. Are you remaining sexually pure in this impure age? What safeguards have you put in your life to ensure you don't stumble?  What are you willing to do if you have given in to sexual temptation? Keep in mind that sexual sin is not to be taken lightly, but it is also not an unforgivable sin. Read 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 and do just what it tells you to do:  Flee sexual temptation and immorality.