Faith Appraisal

A plumb line is a weight that hangs on the end of a line that carpenters use to ensure that the walls of a building are built straight. The Lord showed Amos (7:7-8) that the nation of Israel was no longer true to His plumb line. God’s people were supposed to be built by His standards, but when tested they were completely out of plumb. God is testing us also to see if our walk of faith is true to His word. The next nine studies will help you determine how true your plumb line is. Start by assessing your own walk of faith and complete the statements:

1.      How successful am I? I would be more successful if . . .

2.      How significant am I? I would be more significant if . . .

3.      How fulfilled am I? I would be more fulfilled if . . .

4.      How satisfied am I? I would be more satisfied if . . .

5.      How encouraged am I? I would be more encouraged if . . .

6.      How happy am I? I would be more happy if . . .

7.      How much fun am I having? I would be having more fun if . . .

8.      How secure am I? I would be more secure if . . .

9.      How peaceful am I? I would be more peaceful if . . .

However you completed those above sentences reflects what you presently believe, and at this present time you are living according to what you have chosen to believe. Does your belief about these issues line up with Scripture? Maybe a more basic question needs to be asked. Does God want us to live a successful, significant, fulfilled, and satisfied life? It is hard to image that a loving Heavenly Father has called us to be failing, insignificant, unfulfilled, and dissatisfied children of God. As we shall see, a positive mark on all nine issues above has only to do with your relationship with God and your walk by faith. We can all become the people God has created us to be regardless of the circumstances of life.

Dr. Neil

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