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Thought I had covered the 10 commandments. Knew them and said, “I can handle staying between the lines on these ten.” Then I read these questions to consider….and understood their enormity. I must come empty and remember….
Ten Commandments List
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall make no idols.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
- You shall not covet
The following taken from David S. Schrock 9/16/2014 “Preparing Your Heart for the Lord’s Supper” see Twitter @Davidschrock
What follows are a few questions you can ask yourself as you prepare for the Lord’s Supper. They are derived from the Decalogue (Exodus 20), and aim to search your heart for idols, pockets of sin, and other issues of life that may hinder your walk with God.
Is there anyone or anything you’re worshiping above God? What’s first in your life? Family? Money? Ease? Or God? Does your passion for ______________ exceed your passion for God? If so, why?
- Are there wrong ways you have thought about God this week? Are there harsh thoughts towards God in your heart? Do you worship God based upon the way he has revealed himself in Scripture and the Son? Or do worship God based upon personal experience or the influence of other books or teachers?
- Does your life reflect the Lord? Are you walking in a manner worthy of Christ and his gospel? Would you be ashamed to speak of Christ to others because your life doesn’t match your profession?
- Are you resting in the Lord and what Christ did on Calvary? Or are finding your identification in your labors? Is there anxiety gripping your heart? If so, why? What are resting in?
- Are you honoring your parents? Are you loving your children? Are hobbies coming before family? Are you neglecting the ones in your family that you should be caring for?
- Are you murdering anyone in your heart? Are you withholding forgiveness? What unchecked desire has prompted anger? Are you blaming others for your anger? If so, read James 4:1–2.
- Are you walking in purity? Are there relationships that are compromising your sexual integrity? Are you loving your wife as Christ loved the church? Or are you lovingly submitting to and respecting your husband, as the church does Christ? If single, are you using your freedom to serve the Lord?
- Are you trusting God for your daily bread? Are you working in order to share with others? Are you generous? Or are you stingy with your resources?
- Do your words reflect the truth of God? Do you intentionally hide behind vague words? Are your words building up or tearing down others? What does the overflow of your speech reveal about your heart?
- Are you guarding your heart from discontentment? Can you say that God is enough? What idol are your coveting? What step can you take to grow in contentment with the Lord?
As these questions expose sin, confess them to the Lord and look to the cross. The Law of God is never meant to leave us in our guilt. The law, when used lawfully (1 Tim 1:8–11), leads us to the gospel. It heightens our need for grace and by consequence it prepares us for the Lord’s Supper.
Therefore, as you read these questions, pray for God’s Spirit to prompt conviction and then look again to Christ. Trust in him. Flee from sin. Make peace with others. Get help if needed. And give thanks for the Christ of Communion.
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