“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8 (NIV)

Accuracy promotes intimacy.

If you want to have an intimate love relationship with God, you must have an accurate estimation of yourself. Taking personal inventory can be helpful. Have you ever stopped long enough to really get down to your current reality? You can live at such a fast pace in this life that you neglect the need for introspection. Looking within to capture the truth of your spiritual status is vitally important.

An accurate estimation of yourself requires truthfulness. Being honest about your thought-life, being honest about your motives, and being honest about your inner desires are marks of spiritual maturity. The tendency is to evaluate others under a microscope and to evaluate ourselves with binoculars. Everyone looks good from a distance. Take a close look at your life. 

Don’t live in deception. Don’t gloss over the things that break the heart of God.

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” 1 Cor 10:12 (NIV)

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
(This devotional was originally posted in ’07 or ’08. I’m taking a break from writing for a season of personal renewal.)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Deception, If, Integrity.
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