Ever since I heard Jerry Bridges’ encouragement to “Preach the Gospel to yourself daily” I’ve been trying to do that. But recently I realized how much throughout each day I preach an anti-gospel to myself.
When I blow it and think “What a Loser!” or “nobody cares about me” or when I’m pulling out the stops trying to save someone or patting myself on the back for accomplishing something or wishing I could write that book so people would clearly know I have value… I’m doing it again!
And it finally dawned on me, just preaching the gospel to myself daily, as in once a day, in no way compensates for all the many moments of every day when I’m really preaching an anti-gospel to myself!
And the crazy thing is, whereas I have to be intentional to preach the gospel to myself once a day, that anti-gospel just seems to flow naturally!
So I agreed with the Lord over how wrong I’ve been and told him I really want to repent, but I was going to need some help! So I asked the Lord if he would give me something to replace the untruth I’ve been preaching to myself, with His truth. Would He give me a new tape to replace the old?
Did He ever! Right away He blessed me with a catchy rap:
I am loved. I am longed for. I am delighted in.
I’m a daughter of the King who has set me free from sin.
I am chosen. I’m of value. I’m greatly treasured too.
The price Jesus paid for me makes this forever true!
So now when those old anti-gospel thoughts race through my mind, I’m learning to take them captive and immediately replace them with this rhyme and has it ever helped break that anti-gospel preaching and instead get me praising the Lord!
Now there are days when I’m out walking and this is resonating through my brain over and over again! And especially when I blow it or feel ignored by others, it sure helps to be reminded of and keep recalling these truths.
One night when I was having a hard time getting to sleep I decided to get up and artistically record this new treasure in my art journal!
Did I ever sleep better after!