Tell yourself

This picture makes me laugh.

Taken years ago during a skit, it still conveys an emotion.

My expression was meant to convey to the child audience a thought in my head:

I really don’t think you know what your talking about!”

And therein lies a truth.

Our own thoughts have an enormous impact.

Recently, the point was brought into focus through these words:

“…The most important voice you hear outside of the Lord’s is your own. What do you tell yourself?”
Pastor Chuck Swindoll, Dallas Theological Seminary, Pressing On

What do you tell yourself?

What should anyone bathed in Christ’s redemption be telling themselves?

The Truth.

Words filled with Christ Jesus.

John 14:6 KJV — Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

No matter the circumstance, the answer is in Scripture.

Romans 12:15 NKJV — Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Praise God over blessings and benefits!

Be thankful.

Uphold those who sorrow in prayer.

James 5:13 NKJV — Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.

Let a worship song play over and over inside.

Thoughts can be purposeful meditation upon the Word.

Psalm 119:15 NKJV — I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways.

No, it’s not just a positive mindset.

Nothing fake or pretence.

Nor is it ignoring strife, pain, or disappointment.

It’s purposeful.

Take thoughts, allow them to be combed and groomed by the timeless truths of the Gospel.

It’s learning to surrender even everyday preferences to the hand of the Master, Jesus.

For without Christ, the Savior, we are nothing.

The psalmist put it best:

Psalm 119:30 KJV — I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

Tell yourself the truth.

Fill your thoughts with Christ.

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