July 18, 2017

What Mini Sermons Are You Preaching to Yourself?

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 18, 2017

By Shana Schutte

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

Words. They are everywhere. We hear them on television, in the grocery store checkout line, on the radio, and over the Internet. We hear them when we chat with our friends on the phone, and as we converse with our children, parents, boyfriend or girlfriend, and coworkers. We hear lots of words. Every. Single. Day. But by far the largest amount of words we experience are those that pass through our own minds. And these words are like little mini sermons we preach to ourselves.

In our thoughts, we tell ourselves if life is worth living, if we can get through our current struggle, if we are willing to forgive someone or not, how we feel about our lives and selves and a million other things. These little sermons are also agreements. They are agreements we make with God, or they are agreements we make with the father of lies.

“He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

Every life circumstance, trial, disappointment, struggle, and even victory is an invitation to make the right agreement and preach the right sermon to ourselves. The messages that we preach to ourselves either bolster or ruin us. They strengthen or weaken us. They encourage or discourage us. They give us more faith, or they tear down our faith. 

The great thing about the sermons that we preach to ourselves is that we don’t have to feel the truth before we tell ourselves the truth. We can open our mouths and tell ourselves the truth, or we can redirect our thoughts to embrace the truth (2 Corinthians 10:5). Even if we don’t feel like it’s the truth, it’s true. Even if you don’t feel as if you are forgiven, you can tell yourself the truth. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed my transgression from me” (Psalm 103:12). Even if you don’t feel as if God loves you, you can tell yourself the truth, “The LORD loves me with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

After I married, there were days when I struggled with feeling accepted in my new family. It was par for the course in becoming a part of a blended family. Honestly, it’s not anything that anyone in my new family had done; it was nothing that anyone had said. I was just struggling in my own mind with the little mini sermons I was preaching to myself. “You’ll never be fully accepted in this family.” “You have nothing to offer.” And, “You don’t belong.” One day while speaking with my husband about this battle that was going on inside me, he said, “It’s normal to wrestle with insecurity but don’t tell yourself lies.” 

What kind of sermons are you preaching to yourself today? Tell yourself the truth. Agree with God. 

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

 

Prayer

Lord, please help me be mindful of the sermons I am preaching to myself and help me to agree with you. Amen.

Application

Pay attention to your thoughts today and make note of who you are agreeing with. When you “catch” an agreement that is not of God, take that thought captive, throw it away, and then tell yourself the truth.

Related Reading

Revelation 12:9; John 8:38; Romans 15:4

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Comments

  1. Heathre says:

    I really like the change in Shana’s writings. She brings a new perspective and always has some tidbit of real-life from her experiences that I seem to relate to. Today she wrote about the mini sermons we speak to ourselves on a regular basis – some being positive and some negative. Great job. Keep it up!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Heathre,
      I could not agree with you more! Thank you for reaching out to us with your encouraging comments. Please know that I shared them with Shana. My thoughts are that this devotional about the mini sermons we all give ourselves touched the hearts of many on our Wisdom Hunter’s family.
      It never ceases to amaze me when God places the words right in front of us that He wants us to see at just the right time (His Perfect Timing). We give You all the glory, Father!
      Heathre, we are grateful that you are a fellow wisdom hunter and look forward to hearing from you again soon.
      May God bless you,
      Gwynne

      “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11


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