Soul Questions

Regular self-examination, leading to self-awareness, is vital for a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. People in the early Methodist movement would ask: How is it with your soul?”  True Christian community begins when we regularly CONNECT with a few other trusted Jesus followers in order to share these deep questions of the heart and soul (James 5:16):

  • Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? Am I a hypocrite?
  • Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?  Can I be trusted?
  • Do I confidentially pass onto another, what was told me in confidence? Do I gossip or speak negatively about others?
  • Do I gain my self-worth through -- or am I a slave to -- money, success, work, sex, friends, or other habits?  Idols: What consumes my attention, other than God?
  • Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?  Do I make excuses or blame others?  Feel sorry for myself? Am I preoccupied with myself?
  • Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day? Did the bible live in me today?
  • Am I enjoying prayer?
  • When did I last speak to someone about my faith?
  • Do I pray about the money I spend?
  • Do I have good sleep habits?
  • Do I disobey God in anything?
  • Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  • Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  • Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
  • How do I spend my spare time?
  • Am I proud?
  • Do I compare myself to other people? Do I build myself up by putting other people down?
  • Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I going to do about it?
  • Do I grumble and complain constantly?
  • Is Christ real to me?
  • How have I failed in my relationship with God and others?  What temptations have I faced?  How was I delivered from temptation?
  • Have I thought, said, or done anything that is weighing on my conscience?
  • How do I need to be supported in prayer?
  • Am I unsure if something I have thought, said, or done is a sin, or not?
  • Is there anything that I desire to keep secret?

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”  James 5:16 (NLT)

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