I can’t seem to get away from it, this concept of ‘preaching to oneself’. The Lord has been speaking to my heart sometime about it. It seems everywhere I turn He is confirming it. On Facebook or in books I am reading or thumbing through.
Don’t worry, I’m listening and obeying. Here’s the latest installment in ‘Letters to My Heart’.
We have got to preach to ourselves! We spend so much time listening to the voice of the enemy or our own thoughts. Where does that get us? Overwhelmed? Sad? Lonely? Hopeless?
What if, by the grace of God, the minute we recognize we are about to slide down that slippery slope, we stopped just for a second. What if, again by His grace, we grabbed ourselves by the scruff and said,
“Self, stop this complaining and belly-aching, Hope thou in God!
The hand of the Lord is NOT too short for you and your sorry situation.
He is the Lord, the God of all flesh and is there anything too difficult for Him?
Self, have you not known? Have you not heard? It is He that sits upon the circle of the earth . . . it is He that stretched out the heavens . . .
Lift up your eyes! and behold who hath created these things, that brings out the starry host by number; He calls them by name, by the greatness of His might, for He is strong in power . . .
Why, O Why, do you complain and fear? If He is for you who can be against you? Nothing can separate you from His love.
Put your hope in God! For you will praise Him—He is the hope of your countenance and your God!”
There, don’t you feel better now? This one was a bit more ‘firm’ than the others, I guess it depends on the need. Don’t be afraid to repeat as necessary. If you are anything like me, it might just be ‘necessary’ several times a day!