He sighs deeply.
The dream, the longing, the goal, is once again, out of reach.
The heart saddens. Bleeds. Grasps at the hope deferred.
When the future looks bleak and the wait wears heavy what is one to do?
“Preach the gospel to yourself every day," says Jerry Bridges.
Preaching the gospel to yourself means that you….
- Dwell upon the promises found in timeless pages of scripture. About who God is. What God has done. Who you are in Christ. And where our hope really lies.
- Believe the Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.
- Saturate yourself in words of truth to combat lies and discouragement.
- Cling to the promise that He who began a good work in you will finish it.
- Stand firm recognizing that the battle has already been won.
- Place your confidence in Christ and Christ alone.
- Confess that you have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
- Accept the gift of grace offered through the cross.
- Trust in Christ for salvation.
- Remind yourself that nothing can separate you from the love of God.
- Believe, even in the quiet, that He cares for me just as he cares for the sparrow.
- Remember that silence does not mean He has forgotten.
- Set aside your need to understand how or why or when, and instead know that He understands.
- Ask yourself if God is for you, who can be against you?
- Claim the promise: blessed are those who wait on God.
Preach the gospel to yourself daily. When needed, preach it hourly or minute by minute. When the temptation to sink is greater than the desire to hope, preach the gospel to yourself. Preach it loud. Preach it softly. Preach it powerfully. Preach it gently. Preach it. Over and over and over again.
When the burden is too much to bear. When the cycle of hope and disappointment runs its course once more. When the tears fall, the heart breaks, and getting on with the next thing, requires too much.
When the wait wears heavy there’s only one thing to do: breathe deeply of the sweet aroma of grace and preach the gospel to yourself.
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