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Preaching the Gospel to Yourself: Standing on the Promises

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The older I get the more I realize how much pain, anguish, depression, and sin can be avoided by simply repeating, believing, and holding on to the promises of God. When I look to myself for answer or the world for answers, I will always come back empty, half-satisfied or discouraged. When I look to the Word, I will return convicted, forgiven, assured, and reminded of the Truth that has saved my soul (justification) and is saving my soul (sanctification). I like how Paul Tripp puts it, “Preach the gospel to yourself.” That’s not a new or novel idea, however. The book Joshua often mentioned about meditating on God’s laws as being key to success in life (Joshua 1:8). The Psalms also spoke about meditating on God’s promises in the midst of trial and suffering and the key to avoiding sin (Psalm 119).

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I go back to these words from the old hymn, “Standing on the Promises”:

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Standing, standing,

Standing on the promises of God my Savior;

Standing, standing,

I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.

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Standing on the promises I now can see

Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;

Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,

Standing on the promises of God.

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Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,

Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,

Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,

Standing on the promises of God.

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Standing on the promises I cannot fall,

Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call

Resting in my Savior as my all in all,

Standing on the promises of God.

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And these words from “Promises” by New Life Worship:

Singin’ all your promises wont let go of me

Singin’ all your promises wont let go of me

Singin’ all your promises wont let go of me

Singin’ ll your promises wont let go of me

I surrendered my life to your ways

I have learned what it means to obey

Jesus my heart has been changed by you

I am walking the path you have made

I am seeking the truth every day

Jesus my heart has been changed by you

His promises aren’t going to fail! He kept them to Israel and will do the same for us! Remind yourself and remind each other of his Promises and His Truth!

Joshua 21:45New International Version (NIV)

45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.

1 Kings 8:56New International Version (NIV)

56 “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.

 

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