Along with being a warrior, I would urge you to make it a spiritual discipline to be preaching to yourself. This is one aspect of life I am indebted to my uncle (Timothy Durey), who was my youth pastor growing up. He taught me to be preaching to myself.
What Is It
Preaching to yourself is a great way to fight temptations. I have shared with my students that if they saw me fighting my sin, I would look like an idiot. The reason for this is because when temptations arise in my soul, I must fight. I must preach to myself.
This is how it works: Temptation comes. I have a few choices. One, not doing anything–which is nearly impossible. Two, give into my sin. Three, run away. Four, preach to myself.
Generally speaking, option one usually leads to option two. So that is out of the question. Option three is not always possible. So, option four is a common practice. As I said in my previous post, we must make war on our sin. To do this effectively, we must preach the Gospel to our very souls. To kill sin and grow in holiness, we must preach Scripture to our own-selves.
Does this mean that I will yell as some preachers do from the pulpit? Perhaps I do. It may go something like this:
Sin: You know you want this.
Me: *Thinks* Yes, but Ephesians 5:3 says there should not even be a hint of this in my life. What I am desiring is more than a hint!
Sin: It will feel good.
Me: I do not want you. Now you listen to me, soul, while it may feel really good for a minute, the satisfaction I find in Jesus surpasses the lie you are selling me. Soul, listen to me, God does not hide any good thing from you. Jesus is better!
Something along those lines is how I preach to myself. The Psalms are filled with the authors talking to themselves…”Why are you so downcast….” This is an example of preaching to yourself.
Failure will happen. I hope it will happen less, but it will happen. I am not perfect, but I am striving to be like the One who is. When failure does happen, please cling to the Cross of Jesus. He has died to save you.
Failure does not mean defeat. It is time to get up and ready to fight again. It is not over! God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). Jesus has me covered when I fail.
- What are your thoughts on preaching to yourself?
- What hesitancy do you have?
Together in the fight,
I have written two posts on Failure here
. They may serve you if you are struggling.