Question Yourself – John 17:4

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~John 17:4 (The New Testament)~

Context: This brief glimpse into Christ’s Intercessory prayer to His Father offers much food for thought.

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

Question Yourself: How can Christ’s life goals and strong sense of purpose guide my own? What work has God given me to do, and how can I best glorify Him through that work?

Question Yourself – Matthew 13:9

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~Matthew 13:9 (The New Testament)~

Context: During His ministry, Jesus often spoke to the people in parables. Sometimes the parables were (and still are) difficult to understand. Jesus had His own reasons for half-hiding important principles in stories (see e.g. Matthew 13:10-17), one of which seems to be to challenge us to stretch our spiritual senses.

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Question Yourself: How good is my “spiritual hearing”? How will I develop the listening skills I need to better learn and discern God’s words to me? How do I better translate that hearing to doing?

Question Yourself – Romans 12:2

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~Romans 12:2 (The New Testament)~

Context: Paul counsels the members of the church on how to become better Saints.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Question Yourself: How can I become better at being transformed to God instead of being conformed to this world? How can I become more proactive, rather than reactive, in my choices? How do I spiritually renew my mind on a daily basis?

Question Yourself – Romans 12:1

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~Romans 12:1 (The New Testament)~

Context: Paul counsels the members of the church on how to become better Saints.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Question Yourself: What does it mean to present oneself as “a living sacrifice” to God? How would I conduct my life differently if I decided to do so? How can I become more holy and acceptable unto God today?

Question Yourself – Luke 12:15

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~Luke 12:15 (The New Testament)~

Context: Jesus teaches the people an important principle.

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Question Yourself: How do I deal with covetous feelings? If I believe that my life isn’t defined by the amount and kind of stuff I own, do my actions and priorities in life reflect that belief? 

Question Yourself – James 2:17-18

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~James 2:17-18 (The New Testament)~

Context: In these verses in the New Testament, James teaches about faith and its relation to works.

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Question Yourself: Do my actions align well with my faith? If people judged me solely through my actions, what would they conclude about my beliefs? How can I narrow the gap between what I believe and what I do?

Question Yourself – Luke 6:32

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~Luke 6:32 (The New Testament)~

Context: During His sermon, Jesus asks a piercing question.

“For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

Question Yourself: How can I expand my feelings and acts of love toward people who, for one reason or another, are more difficult for me to love? Does someone in particular come to mind as I read this verse? If so, how can I hand over my reasons for not loving this person to the Lord? Realizing charity is a gift from God, do I actively and sincerely pray for that gift, especially when it comes to loving those who don’t love me in return?

Question Yourself – 2 Timothy 3:1-5

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~2 Timothy 3:1-5 (The New Testament)~

Context: In his letter to Timothy, Paul describes the sad spiritual state of many people in the last days. (The phrase “the last days” refers to the relatively short period of time right before Jesus Christ returns to the earth in what is known as The Second Coming. According to the Prophets, we currently live in the last days.)

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Question Yourself: Am I actively “turn[ing] away” from these negative qualities inside myself? What’s one thing on the list I will start erasing from my life today?

Question Yourself – John 14:6

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~John 14:6 (The New Testament) ~

Context: Jesus Christ testifies of His role as Savior of the world.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the away, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Question Yourself: If Christ really is the way, the truth, and the life, how will I let that fact guide my way, my truth, and my life?