Bible Study, Musings, Spiritual Formation

Going through the motions? part 2

Avoiding going through the motions of religion and ritual versus relationship and reality requires watchfulness over one’s heart.

Psalm 15 provides instruction or guidelines for self-examination, causing us to ask:  How do we maintain the right attitude and relationship with the Lord rather than ritual and religion?


What must we do in order to have a deep relationship with God?

What are the benefits of fellowship with God?

How can we live/abide in God’s presence?

Guidelines for self-examination

Is my walking upright?

  • Have I been pure in my actions and motives?
  • Does my walk live up to my talk/my claims?
  • Does my walk draw attention to me or God?

Am I controlling my tongue?

  • Have I been honest?
  • Have I told the “complete” truth?
  • Have I tried to make myself look better than I am?
  • Have I spoken: harshly to or maliciously to others?
  • Have I gossiped, slandered or in any way mistreated people with my words?
  • Have I kept my word?

Am I being discerning?

  • in how I use my time?
  • in the activities I chose to involve myself?
  • between good and evil?

Does money have control over me?

  • Am I generous?
  • Do I associate with the “lowly?”
  • Do I change when I am with people of means?


Author: Steve

I love to study the Bible and I love to engage with others in learning. I had been privileged to do this on a regular basis through church ministry and through part-time teaching at a local Bible colleges. Helping individuals learn to feed themselves through their own study of God’s Word is joy-giving to me. Influencing groups to do life and church from a biblically grounded, theologically faithful perspective is my passion.

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