Yesterday at LifeSpring we continued our study in Nehemiah by looking at chapter 2. I asked our congregation a question that is good for all of us to think about. When is the last time you put effort into determining what needs to be done in your spiritual life? When was the last time you honestly did any kind of spiritual inventory?
I’m not just talking about saying, “I need to grow.” I’m talking about taking a spiritual inventory of your life — of your walk with God so that you know exactly what needs to be done.
When is the last time you went around and surveyed the walls and gates of your spiritual life so that you knew what work was needed?
I have a feeling that if we did an honest evaluation — an honest inventory of our spiritual life — many of us would come back and honestly have to say like Nehemiah does in verse 17- “You see the trouble we are in.”
Maybe you are afraid of taking an honest spiritual evaluation of your walk with God because you are afraid of how bad things really are. Perhaps you really do not care about your spiritual condition.
The truth is that we all need to take a spiritual inventory of our lives. We need to know the condition of our spiritual walls. We need to analyze our hearts.
But let me caution you. There is a right and a wrong way to do this.
Taking inventory of what needs to be done apart from trusting in God demonstrates the prideful sin of self-reliance.
It is possible to look around and say “I can fix this on my own.” You can try to fix your walk with God in your own strength and power, in your own wisdom and understanding, apart of the leading God the Holy Spirit, and apart from the grace of God.
This is not helpful; in fact it is sinful. Why? Because it flows from the prideful sin of self-reliance. It is the sin that says I can do it by myself without God’s help and guidance.
How to Demonstrate Trust in and Reliance Upon God
Trust in God leads to reliance upon God. You will never be willing to demonstrate reliance upon God until you first truly trust God. This must begin in your heart. If you do not trust God privately, you will never rely on him publicly. If you don’t really believe that God can help you to gain victory over your spiritual weaknesses, you will never depend on him in your process of growth.
How do we demonstrate this trust and reliance? Through prayer. We do not pray to inform God of our situation but to acknowledge that we are dependent upon him. Prayer to God signifies a trust in a reliance upon God.
Invest the time to take a spiritual inventory. Determine what it is that God wants to do in your spiritual walk. Demonstrate a trust in and reliance upon God by daily asking Him to clearly show you what He wants to change in your life — and then trust in him and rely on him to do it.