Saturday, August 9, 2008

How's your conversation with yourself?

Over at Sovereign Grace Ministries they have started doing something that I'm really excited about, they have started archiving some of C.J. Mahaney's sermons and teachings that he's done at various conferences.

The first one is from the New Attitude conference from back in May of this year, It's a great teaching on Psalm 42. A great picture of thirsting and hungering after God, and it teaches us how to talk rightly to ourselves as Paul Tripp states so well in his book "Instruments In the Redeemer's Hand" he says the following;

I find myself saying it all the time. When people hear it they laugh, but actually I'm being quite serious when I say it. Here it is. No one is more influential in your life than you are because no one talks to you more than you do. You're in an unending conversation with yourself. You're talking to yourself all the time, interpreting, organizing, and analyzing what's going on inside you and around you.
You may be talking to yourself about why you feel so tired. Or maybe you woke up this morning with a sense of dread and you're not sure why....Perhaps you're reliving a conversation that didn't go too well. Or maybe [you're] preparing yourself for a conversation that may be difficult by conjuring up as many renditions as you can imagine, so you can cover all the contingencies. Maybe your mind has traveled back to your distant past and, for reasons you don't understand, you're recalling events from your early childhood....
The point is that you are constantly involved in an internal conversation that greatly influences the things you decide, say, and do....
What do you regularly tell yourself about yourself, God, and your circumstances? Do your words to you encourage faith, hope, and courage? Or do they stimulate doubt, discouragement, and fear? Do you remind yourself that God is near, or do you reason within yourself, given your circumstances, that he must be distant? Do you encourage yourself to run to God even when you don't understand what he's doing? Or do you give yourself permission to back away from him when you are confused by the seeming distance between what he's promised and what you're experiencing?....When others talk to you, is your internal conversation so loud that it's hard to concentrate on what they're saying?
Here's the question. How wholesome, faith-driven, and Christ-centered is the conversation that you have with you every day?

Psalm 42 is one of my favorite Psalms just because it does give such a poignant picture of not basing our relationship with God on our subjective feelings but on the objective truth of what God's word says.

Be sure to check out the new archive over at, it's well worth it!

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