I wanted to share this quote from one of Martin Luther’s sermon Gloria Furman used in her book, Glimpses of Grace, regarding preaching the Gospel to yourself. Here it is:
“Are you among those who say, ‘I have heard [the gospel] all before; why must I hear it again?’ If so, your heart has become dull, satiated, and shameless, and this food does not taste good to you. This is the same thing that happened to the Jews in the wilderness when they grow tired of eating manna. But if you are a Christian, you will never grow weary, but will long to hear this message often and to speak about it forever.”
Oh [ladies], reading this so encourages me and does my soul and spirit well. What keeps me from growing weary as a human, a wife and a mother….this Liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ! And praise His Name He put it in the hearts of men to put in writing for us!
Daily, we are to recall and remember. Remember where we were and recall the greatness of our Great God and His Magnificent Redemption Plan. What a blessing it is to be able to think on the wonders the Lord has done in our own lives and what He is doing in ALL creation. He bought us back! HE SAVED US! YES! We were nasty and undeserving. Jeremiah says in Lamentations 3:19-24,
“Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
As followers of Jesus Christ the Gospel never gets old. The Cross never becomes weak and out of tune or out of style. It is our Highest Good! He have nothing better than when the Christ hung and became a curse for us! So, I would encourage you. Especially, if you haven’t heard, read of spoke to yourself, the Gospel message in a while; beginning reading a chapter of a Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. Ask the Lord to cause you to remember! Ask Him to reveal your need to be able to recall! In case, you need to hear a quick summation, right now. Here is a sermon from our brother Peter:
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him,
“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being thereforeexalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. -Acts 2:22-41 (If you have time, read from verse 14) (emphasis added)
May we never grow weary by the way of the Gospel and may we forever retell the Story to our children, our neighbors, the lady at the grocery store or wherever He sends you.