Originally published Friday, 14 June 2013.
We need to get into the daily practice of preaching the Gospel to ourselves.
We hear the Gospel from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. We read it straight out of God's perfect Word. We may even receive Gospel reminders from wise friends.
But what about applying the Gospel to our own lives? For me, the message of Christ tends to get caught in that in-between place, not quite reaching my heart from my head. I hear the truth of Christ's death and resurrection...but applying it to my heart, mind and will is the challenge.
God's Word sanctifies us (John 17:17); that is the truth. So we can trust in God's ability to help us apply the Gospel to our own lives.
What are you enduring today? What sins are you battling? How is the enemy trying to derail your faith?
Preach the Gospel to yourself: "Therefore, since I have been justified by faith, I have peace with God through my Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him I have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which I stand, and I rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1-2).
The Gospel says:
There is now no condemnation for me in Christ; His power and authority are enough to gain victory over my sins.
Through Christ's sacrifice for me, God's grace is poured out over every part of my life. I need not strive, but can trust that God's power is made perfect in my weaknesses.
No matter what my circumstances, I have reason to rejoice because God has made eternity with Himself possible. This blessed assurance is my true source of security and confidence.
Whatever today may bring, the Gospel fully applies itself to our lives here and now. Let's preach it!