Plainly stated, let me encourage you to proclaim the gospel to yourself today and every day. Our poor burdened hearts are in such need of a gospel celebration. When you fail today, you need the comfort of this proclamation: he died for that very sin. Tell yourself about his death. When you feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, remember that he is ruling sovereignly over every facet of your life, and soon he will return to right every wrong and relieve you of your trouble. When you wonder if your life will ever change, he wants you to remember that he is coming back and that this life as it is won't last forever. Make a proclamation! Celebrate! "I'm forgiven; he's paid the penalty for all my sin; he's my husband, and soon he'll return to take me to our heavenly home!" You might pray:

Cause me to live this day proclaiming your death and your soon return—to others, yes, but also to myself. Although it seems as though I'm going to drown under my burdens, help me to see you ruling powerfully from heaven. You will come for me and save me completely. I can trust that you'll do this because you've shown me your love by dying in my place. Help me understand how to connect the dots between your death and return and my day today.

Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time
Copyright © 2009 by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
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