APRIL 8: Preach the Gospel to Yourself Daily
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Some people may grow up in a small country church, listening to the same gospel message presented at the end of every Sunday message. The same twenty-six people who attend every service smile and nod at the pastor, while thinking to themselves, We know, and we don’t need to hear it again.
While the pastor in the illustration above may not be communicating in a way that resonated with the people, it’s important not to give into the false narrative that goes something like this: I’ve accepted the Gospel. I don’t need to hear it again.
A review of Paul’s letters in the New Testament shows that he was writing to Saints (those who had already accepted the Gospel and trusted in Jesus Christ), but also shows that he continually communicated the gospel to them. Paul is speaking a different, true narrative. He’s saying, “You really need to get this. This message is so important, you need to hear it every single day! Whether you hear it from me, from somebody else, or from yourself. But it’s vital that you hear the truth of the gospel every single day.”
READING & JOURNALING:
Why do you think it’s important to preach the gospel to yourself every day?
What are some ways in which you can preach the gospel to yourself throughout the day today?
Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I hear about Your goodness, Your grace, or Your gospel, and I think to myself, I know, and I don’t need to hear it again. But I recognize that it doesn’t take long for me to neglect, or to set aside the truth of Your Word. May the wonders of who You are and what You have done for me be etched into my heart, so they become the life blood of who I am and how I live. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Nehemiah 10
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