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Preach the Gospel toYourself

I really don’t feel like blogging today. Don’t ask me why. I don’t really know why. I just–I just don’t.

Maybe because it’s one of those days when I don’t feel like a very good Christian. More than just one of those days–one of those weeks, months… years?

You know how it goes. You feel like you’re finally doing well and then you open your eyes and see a ton of sin in your life and realize that you’re not doing well at all. You realize that you’re a pretty rotten individual with a lot of issues, who just can’t seem to find time in your little life to worship the God who gave everything for you.

Yeah, that’s how I’ve been feeling lately.

But that’s also the main reason I’m even writing anything today, rather than just quoting someone else or posting a song. Because I’ve found that one of my biggest ministries with this blog is to myself.

Do you talk to yourself? I do. I’m pretty sure I learned it from my mother, who used to make us come to the store with her so people wouldn’t think she was crazy when she walks the aisles alone, saying her list aloud.

We put so much emphasis on preaching the gospel to unbelievers, but I think there are three audiences that need to hear the gospel. First, unbelievers. Second, other believers. Third….. yourself.

That last one? If you don’t preach the gospel to anyone else all day long, preach it to yourself. “But I’m already saved!” you say. Sure, you are. But the gospel extends so much further than just that one moment of salvation. It impacts every single aspect of our lives… if we believe it.

“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of God.” Don’t wait for your pastor to preach at you from the pulpit for forty minutes on Sunday. Preach the gospel to yourself. 

You want to know why I’m writing this?

Because this is what I really need to hear today. The gospel. I need another reminder that Jesus loves me, that God really did justify me, that there is no condemnation for me, that I am beloved and chosen and precious to God… I need to remember all that. I need to remind myself.

That’s what the majority of my blog posts are. Me, writing from a place of weakness, to remind myself to look to God in His strength. If I were writing from a place of strength, it might be harder to emphasize looking to Jesus.

The gospel is for you, today. Saved or unsaved, young or old, on top of the world or in the pits— the gospel is for you. And your job is to be sure to preach it to yourself. Remind yourself that Jesus loves you, enough to die for you, enough to absorb the wrath of God toward you, enough to call you His friend. Remind yourself that nothing can separate you from His love, and that no one can condemn the person God has justified. Remind yourself of these Truths.

Preach the gospel to yourself.

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3 thoughts on “Preach the Gospel toYourself”

  1. Chapter Three of Jerry Bridges’ heavenly book, The Discipline of Grace, is titled “Preach The Gospel to Yourself”. Some think that widespread appreciation of Bridges’ book popularized the saying. In any case, by the grace of God through the Spirit of Christ I have found, with increasing force as my years progress, that submission to the imperative unveils the presence and love of God in Christ, to conviction of the limitless extent of the Father’s love for and mercies toward His children, and to joy, peace, and love in action for God and people. For one who is in Christ, to walk without constantly hearing of God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance in His beloved Son, results in spiritual misery that takes many forms. To walk godly in Christ Jesus is fueled by the Gospel of Christ which is both heavenly food and life-sustaining drink. I thank the Lord God Almighty that He has cemented this eternal reality in His daughter, Makenna. Thus her life will please Him and bless people, and be full of her joy and peace.

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