16 Nov Preach to Yourself
Lately, my life is fraught with difficulties. I have to preach to myself every morning to get supernatural strength.
I wanted to share excerpts from this link https://www.christianity.com/christian-life/spiritual-growth/preaching-to-ourselves.html
As many of you already know your life will push back on your theology, and this is why we need to push back with the truth of God’s word. We need to preach to ourselves. The problem is, when life becomes perplexing or painful we often start listening to ourselves (and our doubts) rather than speaking to ourselves the things we really need to hear. Martyn Lloyd Jones wrote of this in his book, Spiritual Depression.
“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’. (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, spiritual depression: its causes and cures, pp. 2) ”