Why you are the most influential person in your life

This post accompanies the sermon on Colossians 3:1-4 on 3/30/14.

Author and former pastor Paul Tripp has a saying:

No one is more influential in your life than you are because no one talks to you more than you do.

He is saying, essentially, that you have a constant internal monologue or script running in the background of your life. And you can change what you say, but it has to be intentional. The default mode of the human heart is un-faith. The natural state of the human heart is to NOT believe that Christ is powerful, or that he cares. It is to assume that we have to figure things out ourselves or else our world will crash.

But to change this internal monologue you have to speak the truths of the gospel, strategically and intentionally, to yourself. Instead of wringing your hands saying "I don't know what we're going to do. I don't know what we're going to do." You must interrupt that and tell yourself, "God knows what He is going to do. And if Christ died for me when I was a sinner, he won't abandon me now."

This way of thinking is incredibly powerful in the life of a Christian. I wanted to preach on it, but I am constrained to say what the text says, not what I want it to say. That's why you get it here...