Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. How important is honesty (Romans 13:13-14)?
1. What does integrity [“quality of being honest and have strong moral principles”; Oxford New World Dictionary] do for you (Psalms 25:21, Proverbs 11:3, and Proverbs 20:7)?
2. When you walk in integrity, what are you ready for (Psalms 26:1-12)?
B. Self-deception is a very real problem (Obadiah 1:1-3 and I Corinthians 3:18).
1. Sometimes whole generations are self-deceived (Proverbs 30:12-13).
2. Don’t think you are something that you are not (Galatians 6:3).
3. Thought question: If you are self-deceived will you really think these things apply to you (Revelation 3:14-19)?
II. Body: Know ye not your own selves (II Corinthians 13:5)?
A. As a cautious question (Jeremiah 17:9), what does your heart tell you about you (I John 3:20-21)?
1. Ponder the path of your feet (Proverbs 4:25-27).
2. Even if you’re in error, it is better to consider yourself than to ignore it (Psalms 119:59-60 and Lamentations 3:40).
3. Make sure the word of God is your measuring stick (John 15:3 and II Peter 1:3-4) and not your own measurements (Romans 10:1-3).
4. Make sure you measure yourself with a good and honest heart (Luke 8:15; cf. Psalms 119:9-11).
B. What if you spent more time being as critical of yourself as you are with others (Luke 18:9-14)?
1. Could David see himself like he did others (II Samuel 12:1-15; cf. II Samuel 11:1-27)?
2. Do you have the “stone her mentality” about others (John 8:1-11)?
3. What about you using that same judgment on yourself (Romans 2:1-3; Romans 2:19-23)?
C. Knowing yourself well is very helpful (Psalms 4:3-4).
1. Knowing your “weaknesses” enables you to better avoid things that will cause you to err (I Peter 2:11).
2. Know the areas you need to grow in or what you need to strengthen before you can even begin to grow (I Corinthians 3:1-3).
3. Knowing your true strengths (not false strengths) enables you to know when you can be stable in tough situations (II Corinthians 12:7-10) and/or for other people (Romans 15:1).
4. Knowing yourself allows you to know what God expects of you (Luke 12:42-48).
III. Conclusion: Don’t be blind of your own self (Ephesians 4:17-19).
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