Twenty-Two Questions (?x22)

Posted: August 21, 2011 in Kingdom & Church, Personal

The Twenty-Two Questions Members of

John Wesley’s Holy Club Asked Themselves

Every Day in Their Private Devotions

More Than 200 Years Ago

 

  1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
  4. Can I be trusted?
  5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
  6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  7. Did the Bible live in me today?
  8. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?
  9. Am I enjoying prayer?
  10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?
  11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  13. Do I disobey God in anything?
  14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
  17. How do I spend my spare time?
  18. Am I proud?
  19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
  20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
  21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  22. Is Christ real to me?
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Comments
  1. Donald Borsch Jr. says:

    After reading these questions, I can see how Wesley didn’t believe his salvation in Christ was secure. I mean, dude…any person (Wesley) who feels the pious need to ask themselves this line of questioning, knowing they will fail!, is a person who struggles with Grace and Sovereignty.

    Anytime someone asks me: “What are you doing for Jeeezus, brother? Are you living in victory? Are you filled with the Holy Ghost?”

    I reply: “As little as possible, thanks.”

    It usually causes them to stand in bewilderment.

    I myself cannot answer these questions without having the need to fall onto His Grace and acceptance of me.

    • floridawayne says:

      Donald,

      It was a ‘holy club’!

      Personally, I think it is all summed up in the first question, ‘Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?’, because if you can answer all the other questions correctly than you really think that you are better! Like I said it was a ‘holy club’. On the other hand I like the questions because it really puts the fact that it’s all about Christ and what He has done for us at forefront of my mind, but I don’t think I need to ask myself these questions everyday. Mostly, because I’m not in the ‘club’.

      Love you brother, God Bless!

  2. Dave Swavely says:

    We should go through these in our men’s group, Wayne. Bring them sometime!

  3. Wayne,

    I’m with you. Asking these questions does not mean we are in constant pursuit of hammering our assurance. There is no reading the New Testament letters without realizing the same grace that saves us can–and is supposed to–also produce holiness in us. It is not legalism for a believer to ask God to make us more and more like Jesus. In fact, that is exactly what God the Father wants to do. Asking myself questions like, “Do I pray about the money I spend,” or “Did the Bible live in me today,” or maybe some new ones like, “Have I been fooling around with internet porn,” or “Have I pilfered anything from my place of work” is not the same as “Am I accomplishing all these holy things and avoiding all these sinful things in the flesh?” Wesley and other students of the Bible know that of course the Lord desires and requires decreased sin and increased holiness. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit never suggests we can do it on our own. In fact, even if we could, it would be a pursuit of the flesh and, therfore, idolatry. The pursuit of holiness, while seen by many Christians today as an assault on the grace of God, is–when done in the spirit and not the flesh–the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. In fact, if one pauses long enough to think it through, he or she will conclude the two phrases “the pursuit of holiness” and “through the flesh” are mutually exclusive. There can bo no holiness through a fleshly work.

    Praying for you and yours. You need to write more often. By the way, any new music?

    Uncle Ricki

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