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Strengthened By Grace

Talk To Yourself!

Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones wrote a great book entitled “Spiritual Depression.” In it he admonishes Christians to talk to themselves. Not in a way that would get you a fast entry into an asylum, but in a way that would encourage you and strengthen you as you live out God’s call of the gospel on your life.
The Apostle Peter tells us the same thing in 1 Peter 1:13, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. How should we work this out practically? While I don’t have all the answers, I will take up the banner of Dr. Lloyd-Jones and suggest that we talk to ourselves (if it makes you feel better, you can call it “preaching the gospel to myself” or “speaking God’s words of affirmation to myself” . . . call it whatever, just as long as you try it out and see God use it for His glory and your joy)!

I suggest that you write out a paragraph of God’s affirmations of you as His child. What I am proposing is not the SNL Stuart Smalley “I’m good enough, smart enough, and dog gone it people like me” routine. This goes much farther and deeper than any self-help routine. Why? Because if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that we all need to be genuinely encouraged and affirmed. We need to know more of how God thinks about us as His child. While we need encouragement, we hate empty flattery. God never gives His children empty words of encouragement. He is unchanging and His word always accomplishes it’s purpose. So, you need to be pumped up by who God is and what He says of you.

Below is an example of a paragraph that you could write with some scripture references. Remember, as a believer you want this to be based on what God’s word says of Himself and you as His child.

Lord, You have graciously given me this day and I will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). Thank you Lord that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, I will choose to praise You (Psalm 63:3). Today I am in Christ and I am a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). By Your grace and with full faith in You I will strive today to love you Lord with my heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37). I will also seek to love my neighbor and consider them as more important than myself (Matthew 22:39, Phil. 2:3). I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but you Lord Jesus live in me (Gal. 2:20). Because of your mercy, I willingly offer my body as a living sacrifice to You today (Romans 12:1). Because you are my Almighty God, I am more than a conqueror today (Romans 8:37). I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength and nothing will separate me from your love in Christ (Phil. 4:13, Romans 8:39).

Now, this is just example, but come up with your own and see how God uses it to get you pumped up about loving Him and serving others.

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