Searita Jones

On Self-Examination

Hello everyone. This is Pastor Searita of Burning Love Ministry. It’s no surprise that current events have brought the entire world to a new norm. We have been put in a place most of us have never been before. And this place, it’s not isolated to one particular region of the world. It’s not targeting any particular race. It’s not isolated to a particular ethnic group. This thing is all over the world. And never in my life have I seen everything come to a complete standstill, like what we’re experiencing now. I made a personal decision not to call this thing by its name. My pastor and I, we were talking earlier this week and she brought to mind that when we continue to call something by name, we give it power. So, I’ve decided not to call it by name anymore. So, before it became a problem, most of our lives have become so busy that we didn’t have time to recognize or acknowledge God our Father, God our Creator, or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Life was busy.

The reality is, God had become a nonsignificant factor to most of us. We carried on with our lives, giving little or no reference to him whatsoever. Some of us acted as if we didn’t need him, wouldn’t honor him, didn’t recognize him and some, simply just don’t believe in him at all.

A shaking had to take place. And a shaking so hard that we would cry out to him for help. The first of the Ten Commandments is, “You shall have no other Gods before me.” Friends, we were living life where everything but God was considered important. We could do whatever we wanted to do, go wherever we wanted to go, worship, if we wanted to or not.

One very bold statement that was made towards God, and I’ll just give you an example, was, you could be whatever sex you wanted to be. You didn’t have to be classified as male or female. God created man and woman, but somewhere down the line, someone decided to let God know, apparently you made a mistake when you created me. So, I’m going to change what you design. And you know what happened? It became acceptable to the human race. In the Exodus Chapter 34, it states, “For you shall worship no other God, for the Lord whose name is Jealous is a jealous God.

When we make anything or anyone more important than our Lord and Savior, he doesn’t like that. I want to encourage you today to develop a relationship with God, to read his word. And when you read his word, ask him to give you understanding. When you read, you’ll see what God would do for his people when they obeyed him versus what he would do when they disobeyed him. I believe we stopped fearing God. And now we’re facing a pandemic. But hopefully, this situation that the entire world is facing will bring us to our knees. I pray that it would bring us to a place of repenting. And most of all, that it would bring us to a place where God will now be honored, God would be glorified by our lives and we will have a desire to live righteous and holy before him. Right now, people are praying everywhere, every day, several times a day that this thing will not touch our families, our friends. We’re praying that no more lives would be lost and that it would dry up as quickly as it appeared.

But I believe that something had to happen. Something had to happen to bring us back to God because we drifted away. I am so sorry that we took prayer out of schools. I am so sorry that we want to remove the “In God we trust,” from our currency. The thing is, whenever we start removing God, there will be chaos. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 the Lord says, “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain or command the locusts to devour the land or send pessimists among my people, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Right now, our land needs a healing. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month. We need a healing right now.

I hope everyone who hears the sound of my voice today will take this time to perform a self examination. I think we need to examine our lives as it is today. Ask yourself some questions. I have three questions I’d like for us to ask. One, “Would God be pleased with how I’m living my life?” The second question, “What do I need to change so that my life lines up with the word of God?” And the most important question of all is, “If I die today, am I saved?” At the end of the day, nothing else is more important. Are you saved? Do you know that your soul would rest with the Lord? Soul insurance is a necessity if you want eternal life with our Father in Heaven. There is a savior and his name is Jesus. God loved us so much that it’s not his will that any man should perish. He loves us. He sent his son to die for you and for me.

In the book of Romans 10:9-10 it says, “If you confess with your mouth, the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart, that God raised him from the dead you shall be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.”

Hopefully, you have been encouraged today. I pray that you will seek God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. I am going to leave you with one more scripture. The word of God says, “I love those who love me. And those who seek me will diligently find me.” I pray that you would take this time to reflect on your life, that you would take this time to perform a self-examination, but most of all, I pray that you will accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Thank you and have a blessed day.

10 thoughts on “On Self-Examination

  1. Staci-Ann

    Very encouraging and on point Pastor Searita! I pray that your ministry will flourish, seeds will be planted and harvested. May God bless you and give you wisdom in the direction he wants you to go. God is pleased and all glory belongs to him🙋🏾‍♀️

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  2. Nicole

    Thank you for sharing the Word in such a direct and impactful way! I pray people will really absorb this much needed message. God bless this ministry!

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  3. Kay

    Hello Pastor Searita,
    I thoroughly enjoyed this self examination session, it got me thinking for sure. I definitely pray and hope that after this clears up the Lord will lead me to become the best person He is processing me to be to fulfill His will here on earth.

    Congratulaions and I pray over the success for this ministry as well. That it will grow to reach the world so that lives will be changed and save for the kingdom of God.

    Blessings

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  4. Kay

    Congratulations on launching your ministry Pastor Searita! This self examination session was good. I pray for the success of this ministry that it will reach the world to change lives for the kingdom of God.

    Blessings

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  5. Cheryl R. Cheong

    This is such a word in time and in season. I do believe that the LORD will get all of the glory out of this. I do believe that this is a time particularly for the body of Christ to re-examine their walk with the Lord. Paul encourages us to examine ourselves and also to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling”.

    I have been especially reminded in this lockdown season of Christ’s words to the Ephesian Church in the Book of Revelations. He commended them on all of their good works even to the point of acknowledging their disdain of the Nicolatians because of their sinful and lawless lifestyles, their intolerance for evil; however, there was one very important thing that He had against them (the church of Ephesus) and that was that they had “walked away from their FIRST Love”. The Passion Translation says it this way:

    “But I have this against you: you have ABANDONED [Emphasis mine] the passionate love you had for me at the beginning. Think about how far you have fallen!
    (One translation says “you have fallen like Lucifer”). Repent and do the works of LOVE you did at first. I will come and remove your lampstand from its place of influence if you do not repent.”

    The Church has become so engrossed in “doing” good works, she has forgotten her “first love” – Jesus. We have become busy being busy, being busy.

    Larnelle Harris sings a powerful song called: “I Miss Time With You”.
    The chorus says:
    “I miss My time with you
    Those moments together
    I need to be with you each day
    And it hurts Me when you say
    You’re too busy.
    Busy trying to serve Me
    But how can you serve Me
    When your spirit’s empty
    There’s a longing in My heart
    Wanting more than just a part of you
    It’s true, I miss My time with you.”

    I pray that we do not focus on what we have supposedly lost through this season, but focus on what God is working out IN us. As one Pastor said: “we are so busy focusing on what is going on outside of, and around us that we completely miss what God is doing INSIDE of us”. Maybe to also examine ourselves and our walk with Him and ask Him to search us and see where we have abandoned our first love and fall on our face and repent and ask Him to draw us back to Him by His Holy Spirit and renew our hearts.

    The works are great, but never at the expense of our intimacy with Him. Our time spent with Him is more valuable to Him than the “works”.
    “I have loved you with an everlasting love and with My tender lovingkindness, I have drawn you”.

    Thank you Searita. Keep on encouraging us. May the Lord continue to use you and Tim to increase and establish His Kingdom first in these earthen vessels then here on earth through us.

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