by Rex Yancey

The Need for Self Examination
Rex Yancey
Lamentations 3:40

''Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the Lord.''

In 1961 a Russian doctor performed surgery on himself and removed his appendix. There were no other doctors around so he positioned himself so he could see his body with a mirror. A mechanic was his assistant. He sewed himself up with wire, removed the wire seven days later and fully recovered from the experience.

At the end of 2015, I am not asking you to perform your own surgery, however, I am asking you to take a self-examination.

Lamentations contains the five lamentations of Jeremiah, and it makes for some sorrowful reading. Part of chapter three contains tender and encouraging words. When we come to verse 40 we face a challenging call to self-examination.

To get alone in the presence of God and ask him to search us through and through is a challenging experience. There is a need for us to examine ourselves systematically and prayerfully.

Our challenge this morning is three-fold.


Let us search and try OUR ways. I am not speaking of reviewing the lives of others in this sermon.

1 Corinthians 11:28 ''But let a man examine himself…'' 2 Corinthians 13:5 ''test yourselves to see if you are in the faith…''

I am speaking of a subject today that is biblical and practical.

1. We are to do this regularly.

Before we partake of the Lord's Supper we are instructed to examine ourselves. 1 Corinthians 11: 23-32. V 27 says ''Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself…..''

In times of prosperity we are to examine ourselves.

In Luke 12:15-21 the rich farmer gave a wrong interpretation to his self-examination. He considered himself to be the reason for his prosperity.

When we are conscious of failure we are to examine ourselves. In Matthew 17:14-21, th ...

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