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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Pre-flight checks

Before pilots get into their planes they walk round and check the fuselage, propeller--if there is one--wings, tail, rudder and wheels. They also get engineers' reports. And they go through an extensive pre-flight check list before they take off. Besides the lives of their passengers, their own lives are dependent on the state of the aeroplane.

We too must frequently check the state of our spiritual plane. So let's do a Spiritual Check List before flight.

Note: when we see a verse reference like John 3:16, that means look for the Gospel of John in the New Testament section of the Bible. Look for chapter 3 and verse 16. The index at the front of the Bible will tell us what page to go to to find the Gospel, and some Bibles show us what the standard abbreviations are. Like Jn for John.

Now our spiritual check list:

Is there any sin or disobedience blocking my relationship with God?If there is I need to deal with it. See Isa 59:1-2, 1John 1:9.

Are we in touch with the Lord Jesus (our Captain) on a daily basis? Allowing Him to lead and guide us as Lord of our life (Isa 48:17-18). The founder of the New Zealand Navigators, Joe Simmons, always told us, "If Christ is not Lord of all He is not Lord at all."

Do we have fellowship with God's family regularly? (Heb 10:25).

Is our daily prayer life strong and vigorous? Do we pray for others (1 Timothy 2:1-4)? Do we see God answer our prayers (Jn 15:7)? Ask yourself, "When did I last have an answer to prayer?"

Do we share our faith and the Good News of Christ, our Lord and Saviour, with others,or are we keeping it to ourselves (Acts 1:8)?

Is our faith increasing? How can we get faith (Romans 10:17)?

How is our intake of the Word of God, the Bible? Do we drink deeply of the Water of Life or just take a sip now and then? Or only once a week in church (John 6:63, Joshua 1:8). We need daily, personal nourishment from the Bible to grow in our Christian faith. In Asia we would say "Eat your own rice!" In the West, "Eat the food on your own plate!" Don't rely on other Christians to feed you (Jeremiah 15:16).

Is what we read and mediate on and pray over changing our behaviour and character so that we are becoming more like Christ (Rom 13:14)?

There are other checks we could do, but we have checked the wings, the wheels, the engine and our relationship with our Captain. Take a few days to think over the checks and if you think there is anything wrong with your aeroplane, ask the Captain, the Lord Jesus Christ, to tell you. Fix it up and then we can get in the plane and do the pre-flight cockpit checks.

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