3. Remember: Believe the Gospel and Preach the Truth to Yourself
It is all too easy to forget what we know to be true, even the very foundation of our faith, when we feel far from God. The events of daily life, our insecurities, our doubts, and our fears can keep us from fixing our eyes on Jesus; instead, we become distracted by what we are “doing wrong,” by our immediate circumstances, even by false beliefs about who we say Jesus is.
It is during these times that Jesus tells us to believe the gospel, just as he implores his disciples to remember the gospel-prophecies of the Scriptures:
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:25-27)
Have you forgotten the gospel of grace, that Jesus took your punishment so that you would never be left alone? Do you need to remember that you are God’s beloved, chosen, and accepted child, with whom he is well pleased because of his Son? Are you fixing your eyes on Jesus, the author, perfecter, and object of your faith, or are you depending on your own efforts to draw near to God?
If this is you, as it is me, Jesus says, “Believe the gospel!”
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
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