SelfExaminationSelf-examination consists in looking at your lives, in considering your actions, in calling up the past, and learning its true character. Look back over your past history. Take up your individual sins one by one, and look at them. I do not mean that you should just cast a glance at your past life, and see that it has been full of sins, and then go to God and make a sort of general confession, and ask for pardon. That is not the way. You must take them up one by one. It will be a good thing to take a pen and paper, as you go over them, and write them down as they occur to you. Go over them as carefully as a merchant goes over his books; and as often as a sin comes before your memory, add it to the list. General confessions of sin will never do. Your sins were committed one by one; and as far as you can come at them, they ought to be reviewed and repented of one by one. Now begin, and take up first what are commonly, but improperly, called Sins of Omission. (Are you omitting the one thing that could bring revival to your church, AUTOMATED CHURCH PROSPECTING?)

1. Ingratitude. Take this sin, for instance, and write down under that head all the instances you can remember wherein you have received favors from God for which you have never exercised gratitude. How many cases can you remember? Some remarkable providence, some wonderful turn of events, that saved you from ruin. Set down the instances of God’s goodness to you when you were in sin, before your conversion, for which you have never been half thankful enough; and the numerous mercies you have received since. How long the catalogue of instances, where your ingratitude has been so black that you are forced to hide your face in confusion! Go on your knees and confess them one by one to God, and ask forgiveness. The very act of confession, by the laws of suggestion, will bring up others to your memory. Put down these. Go over them three or four times in this way, and see what an astonishing number of mercies there are for which you have never thanked God. (Are you grateful to live in a time in history when you can literally PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE with Automated Church Prospecting?)

2. Want of love to God. Think how grieved and alarmed you would be if you discovered any flagging of affection for you in your wife, husband, or children; if you saw another engrossing their hearts, and thoughts, and time. Perhaps in such a case you would well-nigh die with a just and virtuous jealousy. Now, God calls Himself a jealous God; and have you not given your heart to other loves and infinitely offended Him? (Are you purposely neglecting the one thing that could show your city and your people that you love them, Automated Church Prospecting?)

3. Neglect of the Bible. Put down the cases when for perhaps weeks, or longer, God’s Word was not a pleasure. Some people, indeed, read over whole chapters in such a way that they could not tell what they had been reading. If so, no wonder that your life is spent at random, and that your religion is such a miserable failure. (Do you believe the Bible enough that when God says his WORD will not return void, He means it and that means your Automated Church Prospecting will be blessed because you are getting out the message to EVERY CREATURE?)

4. Unbelief. Recall the instances in which you have virtually charged the God of truth with lying, by your unbelief of His express promises and declarations. God has promised to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. Now, have you believed this? Have you expected Him to answer? (Is the reason you have not tried AUTOMATED CHURCH PROSPECTING that you just don’t believe God will bless it?)

Have you not virtually said in your hearts, when you prayed for the Holy Spirit: “I do not believe that I shall receive?” If you have not believed nor expected to receive the blessing which God has expressly promised, you have charged Him with lying. (Have you prayed for a new way to reach people but when you heard about AUTOMATED CHURCH PROSPECTING you did not believe that God was speaking about this method?)

5. Neglect of prayer. Think of the times when you have neglected secret prayer, family prayer, and prayer meetings; or have prayed in such a way as more grievously to offend God than to have omitted it altogether. (Have you actually prayed, like many of our members have, for God to bless your ministry through AUTOMATED CHURCH PROSPECTING?)

6. Neglect of the means of grace. When you have suffered trifling excuses to prevent your attending meetings, have neglected and poured contempt upon the means of salvation, merely from disrelish of spiritual duties. (One of the greatest MEANS OF GRACE ever devised is AUTOMATED CHURCH PROSPECTING, able to reach 10,000 people in less than one hour. Are you neglecting this means?)

7. The manner in which you have performed those duties. That is, with want of feeling and want of faith, in a worldly frame of mind, so that your words were nothing but the mere chattering of a wretch who did not deserve that God should feel the least care for him. When you have fallen down upon your knees and “said your prayers” in such an unfeeling and careless manner that if you had been put under oath five minutes after you could not have said for what you had been praying. (Is the reason that you don’t want AUTOMATED CHURCH PROSPECTING because of your lack of faith and feeling of love for your people and your city?)

8. Want of love for the souls of your fellow-men.. look round upon your friends and relatives, and remember how little compassion you have felt for them. You have stood by and seen them going right to hell, and it seems as though you did not care if they did go. How many days have there been, in which you did not make their condition the subject of a single fervent prayer, or evince an ardent desire for their salvation? (If you REALLY loved souls, would you not want ANYTHING that could reach people that no other method would do? Automated Church Prospecting is that method.)

9. Want of care for the heathen. Perhaps you have not cared enough for them to attempt to learn their condition; perhaps not even to take a missionary magazine. Look at this, and see how much you really care for the heathen, and set down honestly the real amount of your feelings for them, and your desire for their salvation. Measure your desire for their salvation by the self-denial you practice, in giving of your substance to send them the Gospel. Do you deny yourself even the hurtful superfluities of life, such as tea, coffee, and tobacco? Do you retrench your style of living, and scruple not to subject yourself to any inconvenience to save them? Do you daily pray for them in private? Are you laying by something to put into the treasury of the Lord when you go up to pray? If you are not doing these things, and if your soul is not agonized for the poor benighted heathen, why are you such a hypocrite as to pretend to be a Christian? Why, your profession is an insult to Jesus Christ! (Maybe your reasons for not using Auto0mated Church Prospecting is that you can’t ask the Holy
Spirit for a good message that will shot your city that you really care for their needs.)

10. Neglect of family duties. Think how you have lived before your family, how you have prayed, what an example you have set before them. (Automated Church Prospecting will give your whole family and the church family new hope and new life, do you care about them?)

What direct efforts do you habitually make for their spiritual good? What duty have you not neglected? (Do you give your people a list of good prospects that they can visit to encourage them in the Lord?)

11. Neglect of social duties. (Do you make being a Christian fun as you could with Automated Church Prospecting?)

12. Neglect of watchfulness over your own life. In how many instances you have hurried over your private duties, and have neither taken yourself to task, nor honestly made up your accounts with God; how often have you entirely neglected to watch your conduct, and, having been off your guard, have sinned before the world, and before the Church, and before God! (Have you really taken time to watch the video about AUTOMATED CHURCH PROSPECTING and see that it could make a real big change in your life and that of your church?)

13. Neglect for watch over your brethren. How often have you broken your covenant that you would watch over them in the Lord! How little do you know or care about the state of their souls! And yet you are under a solemn oath to watch over them. What have you done to make yourself acquainted with them? In how many of them have you interested yourself, to know their spiritual state? Go over the list, and wherever you find there has been a neglect, write it down. How many times have you seen your brethren growing cold in religion, and have not spoken to them about it? (Automated Church Prospecting could encourage someone you are mentoring for Christ by showing them how many people have needs and encouraging them to help others with their needs which will, in turn, grow them as a Christian.)

You have seen them beginning to neglect one duty after another, and you did not reprove them, in a brotherly way. You have seen them falling into sin, and you let them go on. And yet you pretend to love them. What a hypocrite! Would you see your wife or child going into disgrace, or into the fire, and hold your peace? No, you would not. What do you think of yourself, then, to pretend to love Christians, and to love Christ, while you can see them going into disgrace, and say nothing to them?

14. Neglect of self -denial. There are many professors who are willing to do almost anything in religion, that does not require self-denial. But when they are required to do anything that requires them to deny themselves – oh, that is too much! They think they are doing a great deal for God, and doing about as much as He ought in reason to ask, if they are only doing what they can do just as well as not; but they are not willing to deny themselves any comfort or convenience whatever for the sake of serving the Lord. They will not willingly suffer reproach for the name of Christ. (Oh, I know, you don’t want to spend $200 on Church Prospecting and $220 on minutes because the souls of men are not worth the cost. IS THAT REALLY PRACTICING SELF DENIAL?)

Nor will they deny themselves the luxuries of life, to save a world from hell. So far are they from remembering that self-denial is a condition of discipleship that they do not know what self-denial is. They never have really denied themselves a riband or a pin for Christ and the Gospel. Oh, how soon such professors will be in hell! Some are giving of their abundance, and are giving much, and are ready to complain that others do not give more; when, in truth, they do not themselves give anything that they need, anything that they could enjoy if they kept it. They only give of their surplus wealth; and perhaps that poor woman who puts in her mite, has exercised more self-denial than they have in giving thousands
Excerpt taken from “Lectures on Revival” by Charles G. Finney

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