Are You Preaching Or Listening To Yourself?
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22–24 NIV)
Do you preach to yourself or listen to yourself? It is different if we are consuming media, listening to song, or simply attending to another person’s words. But when there is no one else around, are you listening or preaching to yourself?
Our feelings and emotions can give birth to a million different words stirring around in the mind. These words can then be acted upon by the will and produce actions that are not righteous whatsoever. This happens when we are listening to ourselves.
When we preach to ourselves, it is a different outcome all together; well, it can be; it depends upon what source you preach to yourself out of. If you use the Bible as your text, you can begin to have victory over actions that are unrighteous.
Jeremiah shows us how to preach to oneself in the midst of fearing and anxious emotions. He opens up his mouth and preaches to himself what he knows to be true of God. He does not ask himself how or why thus and so is happening; he simply says “the Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”