SATURDAY 19TH NOV.,2016
TOPIC: THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR SELF-TALK
TEXT: Lam. 3:21 “This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope….”
Lamentations chapter three describes how despair engulfs us, and how we can conquer it. Jeremiah’s downward spiral starts in verse one: ‘l am the man who has seen affliction… (v1), and morphs into an unhealthy preoccupation with his troubles. The fact is, when our circumstances deteriorate, our self-talk sounds a lot like Jeremiah’s. He blamed God for his physical symptoms, his emotional anguish, and his sense of entrapment. He rehearsed God’s failure to answer his prayers, and his fear that held been singled out as an object of public ridicule: all classic elements of depression. No wonder he felt powerless and hopeless! (v 18). That kind of self-talk initiates and intensifies despair and depression and feeds our negative outlook.
The turning point came when Jeremiah changed his self-talk: ‘This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.’ He changed his thought process by recalling God’s goodness and mercy: Because of the Lords great love we are not consumed…His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness’ (v.22-23). When you change your mind—you change your mood! It doesn’t happen automatically; you have to deliberately refocus your thinking at the very time when you feel least like doing it. Notice: Jeremiah’s circumstances didn’t improve—his outlook did. A stream of encouraging thoughts triggered a change in his self-talk and his depression lifted: ‘”The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I have hope in Him”‘ (v 24). That’s how important your self-talk is!
MEDITATION: Psalms 16:5
STUDY THE BIBLE
1 PET 3; JER 35:&36; PS 136