I'll never forget when I first learned about self-talk. I was in my young twenties early in my Army career learning about a very valuable skill set called resiliency - the ability to bounce back especially in the midst of turmoil and hardship. Many times it is we ourselves who turn a struggle that is truly small into something bigger than it should be. We "make a mountain out of a molehill." This is the result of negative self-talk and thinking.
In his book Spiritual Depression, D. Martyn Lloyd Jones introduces and reaffirms the idea of Godly self-talk. He challenges readers to follow the Psalmist's example relying solely on Psalm 42:5, 11 and 43:5. The context of the Psalm speaks for itself, beginning with "As the dear pants for the water brooks, so my soul longs for you, O God." God is the source of all our panting and the Psalmist if fully sure of this. Three times he reminds himself:
"Why are you in despair, O my soul?
Becoming intimate with the Gospel means more than just reciting the basic truth of the Gospel each day. It means becoming intimate with Jesus Christ - allowing Him to minister His good news to practically permeate every every area of our lives as His disciples. It is important we remember to catch ourselves, especially in the morning, and take ourself by the hand and remind ourself of the Gospel. How God loves us, sent His only Son for us who lived among us and died for us, and ascended to heaven to intercede for us. I might add that we should remember that each day is the day that the Lord has made, and to be glad in it. (Ps 118:24)
No one is more influential in your life than you are. Because no one talks to you more than you do.
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