Psalm 90:12, “ So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom”
Habakkuk 3:2, “O Lord, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy”
Just like a football coach would rearrange, restrategise and readjust his team, when it is half-time, we must also look at ourselves especially at this season when half of the year is almost gone.The middle of the year is typically a time to TAKE STOCK, readjust, realign or fire-up in whatever one is doing.
In this month of AWESOME MANIFESTATIONS we must effectively deliver. Romans 8:19 is about getting results.
Romans 8:19, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God”
One great tool that can help us in our journey towards excellence and effectiveness is ” self-evaluation”.
In Daniel chapter 9 verses 1 and 2, Daniel looked through the books and realized that the period of captivity had lapsed and so began to pray. He did an evaluation of the state of Israel at the time of captivity, so he was better informed on what to pray about.
- SELF EVALUATION is looking inwards with a view to identifying areas of weakness so we can receive strength from the Lord
2 Corinthians 12:9, “ And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me
Whenever and wherever we find out we are falling short of God’s standard, we must ask God for grace in those areas as well as make efforts of self improvement, learning, preparation and adjustments where necessary.
Self-evaluation brings a great opportunity for growth within and without. It improves our quality of life and our relationships. The aim is not to condemn yourself but for you to become self-aware, improve and learn new things about yourself. It will help you to prevent your strength from being your weakness. Needless to say, personal growth is very important in our Christian walk.
Self-assessment helps in clarifying one’s identity, it is the process of examining one’s self in order to evaluate aspects that are important to one’s identity. You and I need to look back on our ways, our actions, our words and ask? Have I been walking in my right identity as a child of God? My words and thoughts have they portrayed my right identity as a dominion Christian or have I portrayed a wrong identity of A FEARFUL PERSON?.
Here are some vital questions you need to ask yourself:
- Who am I ?
- Why am I here?
- Where am I from ?
- What can I do?
- Where am I going to?
Also let us check other areas of our lives and the standard of comparison should be the WORD OF GOD.
- How am I doing as a Mother or Father?
- How am I doing as a Husband or Wife?
Ephesians 5:22-29, “ Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church”
- How am I doing in my love walk?
Ephesians 5:2, And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
- How am I doing in my service to God?
- How am I doing in my prayer life?
- How am I doing in studying the Word?
- How am I doing with finances ?
For effective Self evaluation you must be honest with yourself; avoid making excuses for the weaknesses or failures you discover and you must be ready to make a change for the better.
May you have a better you emerging from day to day in Jesus name.