Pastor Steve Mays states in Chapter 12 (“Overcoming Deception”) of his book Overcoming that during times of adversity it is critical that we examine our faith. We need to honestly determine whether there is any self-deception relative to our relationship with the Lord. In New Testament Greek, examine means “to prove or test under fire”. Such an effort requires time and commitment, a true soul-searching.
The author elaborates: “We need to take a good, hard look at our faith when we are being attacked or find ourselves going through a difficult trial. We must never be afraid of asking the tough questions concerning our spiritual life.” In fact, Pastor Mays adds, the very things we complain about regarding our offender(s) may be the very issues we need to address in our own lives.
The key is to immerse ourselves in God’s Word- we are responsible for being right with God.
Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”