Preach The Gospel To Yourself

The gospel is most glorious, life-changing, heart-captivating, earth-shattering news there has ever been or will ever be. Christians long to share it with others. To go along with sharing the news with others, though, we must be in the daily routine of preaching it to ourselves.

In his classic work, Spiritual Depression, Martyn Lloyd-Jones puts it this way:

“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc.

Somebody is talking. Who is talking? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment was this; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul?’ he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says: ‘Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you.’…

The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’– what business have you to be disquieted?

You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself, condemn yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself: ‘Hope thou in God’– instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way. And then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do.

Then having done that, end on this great note: defy yourself, and defy other people, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say with this man: ‘I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance, who is also the health of my countenance and my God.’”

We must preach the gospel to ourselves daily because we are prone to forget quickly.

Here’s an example of how I preach it to myself and what I say (Again, I mean this LITERALLY, not figuratively! Preach to your soul!):

David, Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead. He remembers your sins no more. He loves you. Because of what Jesus accomplished, God the Father sees you as perfect and righteous. There’s nothing you can do to make God love you more or less. Everything that you long for you already have in Christ. Everything that happens in your life is for your good and God’s glory and every detail of your life has already been divinely planned. The enemy has been defeated and there is never a reason to be anxious or worried. Trust in God’s sovereignty and providence. Hope in him. Rejoice! Your name is written in the Book of Life and it will never be blotted out. Every day is one day closer to home, every Christian you meet is apart of your family, and every second God is with you, in you, and for you! You may suffer many trials, but they’re all for your good and when you get to heaven, you will not remember them anymore. Life is short. You will one day see Jesus as he is and heaven beckons you! Rejoice in the Lord and enjoy his grace!

Well did the Psalmist put it when he wrote, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (Psalm 42:5). He’s asking, “What are you depressed about? What are you down about? Why are you hanging your head? Hope in God! He will get you through this!” He’s preaching the gospel to himself. So should we.

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