The English Puritans of 1550 to 1700 used to refer to ministers as "physicians of the soul." In our day, as in theirs, the timeless process of discerning one's spiritual health likewise involves questions and tests. My purpose in writing these pages is to act as a physician of the soul-to ask questions and suggest spiritual tests that can, by the help of the Holy Spirit, enable you to self-diagnose your spiritual health.
Note: New book the author emailed me about (along w/ everyone else on his mailing list).
Spend 25 to 50 percent of your Bible intake time meditating on some verse, phrase, or word from your reading. Ask questions of it. Pray about it. Take your pen and scribble and doodle on a pad about it. Look for at least one way you could apply it or live it. Linger over it. Soak your soul slowly in the water of the Word, and you'll find it not only refreshes you, but prompts a satisfying thirst for more."
Note: This is a great encouragement.. seek God.. meditate on His Word
The written words of God are closely identified with God Himself. Through them He makes Himself most clearly known and declares to us the way to Himself through Christ. Without knowledge of God, no matter how long and prosperous one's earthly existence, life is meaningless and worthless. Thus no other object on earth is as valuable as the Bible, for nothing else can provide anything as essential or eternal.
Note: The value of the Word of God
Make time for God's Word. If you can't do this, you aren't dependent on Scripture-and never will be. Just as we schedule times to eat our physical food, so we must do the same for our spiritual food. From this moment forward, adopt as your own the resolution of Jonathan Edwards: "Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same."3
Note: Make time for God's Word