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Ricky Jones  |  Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Believe What You Have Become
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
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BLOG ON: SERMON Believe What You have Become
RiverOaks Presbyterian Church, Tulsa
Ricky Jones
Saturday Night Live had a skit called "Daily Affirmations" where a character named Stuart Smalley would stare into a mirror and say: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and, doggone it, people like me!" SNL was making fun of the idea that positive thinking somehow makes us better people.

Is there a difference between positive thinking and preaching the gospel to yourself?

Positive thinking tries to drown out the negative voices in our lives with our own voice. Our parents, friends or class-mates may have called us losers, but we pretend not to believe it. We hope that if we tell ourselves that we are winners enough times, we will begin to believe it and act like it.

However, the effort usually ends in failure. We tend to believe about ourselves the same thing the most significant person in our lives believes about us. Positive thinking says replace that voice with your own voice. Honestly, I am not even sure that is possible. God created us to be in relationship, dependent upon Him. When we walk away from him, we replace his voice with someone else's. You were not created to believe your own voice.

Romans 6:11 tells us to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. In applying that verse, I actually encouraged you to look into a mirror and remind yourself of what you have in Christ. The world shouts that if you don't look good, make good, and feel good, you are a failure. We must counter that message by telling ourselves that we are sons of the living God, loved far more than we would have ever hoped.

When you preach the gospel to yourself, you do not simply hear your own voice. You remind yourself what the Lord of the universe says about you. You remind yourself of the world changing truth that God has loved you so much he has given his Son for you (Romans 8:32). You remind yourself of the life changing truth that He who lives among angels desires your fellowship (John 17:24). You listen to the voice of God tell you that you are perfectly acceptable in Christ (Ephesians 1:6).

I cannot over emphasize to you the importance of this exercise. Some of my friends hear the voice of evil in their ears continually. This voice heaps feelings of shame, guilt, failure upon them so vividly that they struggle with self-hatred all day.

You must arm yourself with the gospel and argue with that voice forcefully and confidently. Recognize it as the voice of Satan and remind yourself that even though you are a sinner, God has removed your sin and made you perfect in his sight.

In the words of the great hymn:

Well may the accuser roar of sins that I have done;
I know them all and thousands more, and Jehovah knoweth none.

In Christ you are more than good enough--you are perfect. He was perfect for you. In Christ you are more than pretty, you are absolutely beautiful. People may still not like you. But doggone it, the Lord absolute adores you. Make his opinion of you the only one that you believe.

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Ricky Jones has spent the past two years as a church planter and pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before that, he was a campus minister with Reformed University...

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Is Marriage a State or Church Issue? And Other Questions
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013
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Questions I address in this post: Is marriage a state or church issue? How do I love my gay brother? How do I uphold biblical marriage while loving homosexuals? Should we treat homosexuality differently than other sins? Is John 8 apocryphal? What...
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Never Stop Asking Too Much
MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013
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I live much of my life disappointed. My friends tell me I have unrealistic expectations. It is true, unfortunately I often find myself saying, “I guess it was too much to hope for…” I guess seeing this alcoholic reform before...
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Lent is Good for Me
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
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Lent may be the most Christian of the holidays. No stores have big Lent sales; no one pushes Lent decorations, tries to sell Lent books or hands out Lent jewelry. Lent does not lend itself to commercialism or emotion. Instead it calls for a long,...
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Dear Lance Armstrong,
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013
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Dear Lance, Wow, what a terrible few years you must have had. You were running from the truth, running from your friends, and fighting against yourself. You must have felt very alone, angry and remorseful. The worst may finally be over. You will...
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Sin: Words You Thought You Understood
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
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Please learn the true meaning of sin. Sin lives within every heart. It bends the way we think, feel and act. In the beginning, sin crept into our world and let in his friend death, and to this day sin leads humans by the hand into the arms of...
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Words you thought you knew: Law
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 09, 2013
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As we begin our study of Romans together, we need some vocabulary lessons. Some words we have used since childhood have very special meanings in this letter. Unless we understand those words we will miss the meaning of the entire letter. In modern...
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The Sabbath, Our Unexpected Gift
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012
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What was your favorite Christmas present? My wife posed this question to me the day after Christmas. I quickly thought through the options. Do I automatically tell her that her gift was the best? Which gift was my favorite? Was it this? Was it...
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An Insomniac Preaching on Rest
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2012
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I woke up at 4:00 am and couldn't go back to sleep, so I spent the rest of the morning re-writing my sermon on rest. I hope you don't think me a hypocrit if for admitting that a sermon on rest kept me up all night. I would like to only preach...
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What do we do when we doubt God's care?
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012
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Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”(Matthew 11:2-3 ESV) Despite all of John's, he obviously had his...
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