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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Exam (09/12/13)

TITLE: There Is No More Truer, Nobler, Greater, Self-Given, Christ Encouraged Examination Than To Pray, Search Me Oh God And Know My H
By Debbie Harris
09/15/13


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When we are tempted to point out each others sins without recognition of our own pauper like, sin filled, morbid estate, there is no more truer, nobler, greater self-given, Christ encouraged examination than to pray, search me oh God and know my heart to see if there is any wickedness within me that I need to confess, repent, and totally turn away from. Then help us to realize we have no righteousness of our own, but our blood bought, victorious righteousness is found in Christ Jesus alone!


When we are tempted to harshly judge each other, there is no more truer, nobler or greater self-given, Christ encouraged examination than to examine the fragility of our own carnal selfish hearts to see how we can love each other better than we do ourselves. And may our desire for God to pursue us with His precious examinations help us to pray, search me oh God and know my heart to see if there is any obvious wickedness within me that I need to genuinely confess, repent and turn away from. Then help us to realize we have no righteousness of our own, but our blood bought, victorious righteousness is found in Christ Jesus alone!

When we are tempted to emotionally condemn one another and create for them a religious Pharisaical burden that is too heavy a load for anyone to carry alone, there is no more truer, nobler, or greater self-given, Christ encouraged examination than to examine our own hearts to see how we can esteem each other better than our
selves and pray, search me oh God and know my heart to see if there is any subtle self-respecting wickedness within me that I need to humbly confess, repent, and turn away from. Then help us to realize we have no righteousness of our own. but our blood bought, victorious righteousness is found in Christ Jesus alone!

When we are tempted to choose a perception about ourselves that make ourselves look better and everyone else look worse so that we can benefit ourselves rather than looking out for the interests of each other, there is no more truer, nobler, or greater self-given, Christ encouraged examination than to examine our own hearts before the Lord and pray, search me oh God and know my heart to see if there is any hidden wickedness within me that I need to honestly confess, repent, and turn away from. Then help us to realize we have no righteousness of our own, but our blood bought, victorious righteousness is found in Christ Jesus alone!


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Philippa Geaney 09/21/13
I cannot detect your 'voice' as I read this devotional. Is it loving and encouraging as was Jesus when He painted the word picture of the proud prayer versus the humble sinner who stayed toward the back of the synagogue and said, amongst few other words, 'I am a sinner'. Jesus was a great story teller. Your devotional would make a similar and wonderful story too. Meanwhile I intend clinging to your message and remember to open my heart to love my fellow man. Thank you.
Jan Ackerson 09/23/13
During the break in the Weekly Challenge schedule, Id like to invite you to the FaithWriters forums, where Im holding a weekly free class in various writing strategies. Participation is strictly voluntary, but I give free and timely feedback on all contributions. Id love to have you drop by! http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67