The grim clouds of despair crept into my thinking as I focused on my circumstances. Why did my life resemble a daily trip on the struggle bus(or in my case sometimes a train)? Hope and encouragement seemed to be distant memories. The thick cloud loomed larger as my thoughts spiraled on a continuous circuit only focusing on all my wrong perceptions on my life plans not going as I thought. I tend to have moments in life that make my thoughts sink to despair rather than on the goodness of God. Do you ever have those moments when you can’t pull yourself out of sinking thinking? Sinking thinking needs to be refocused on the light of gospel truths. When I consider the gospel, (which is the best news for this sin sick soul) I find encouragement.

The gospel is an amazing and powerful resource to combat the lies within!  It gives endurance to run the race set in place by providing an unfathomable relationship with God Most High.

The struggles can’t compare to the joy found in the light of gospel truth. Gospel truth is reminding myself of these principles…

I once was held captive by sin under the wrath of a High and Holy God. I was bound under a law I couldn’t keep. James 2:10 speaks to my guilt, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Thinking deeply about the weight of sin helps me realize my former standing. The worst thing that could ever happen is for me to die and still be under the anger of God Most High. How despairing! Wait, the story isn’t over yet! Oh, the wonder! What I couldn’t do for myself, God has done for me by sending Jesus Christ, born of virgin, born under the law, born as one cursed(Galatians 3). His perfection covered my imperfection. The grand finale of God’s redemption story is summed up in Ephesians 2, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

How amazing! I am seen through the lens of Christ’s accomplished work. No longer bound, freed to walk in grace, clinging to His mercy which is new every morning!(Lamentations 3:22-24) His grace towards me super abounds never running dry!

So when circumstances seem to weigh heavily and my mind is focused on the temporary. I can be encouraged as I remember this truth:

What I couldn’t do for myself, my loving Father has accomplished in His foolproof plan. By sending his beloved perfect Son to ransom this living being, I have freedom to live in the light of grace. I can choose to pursue the work He has prepared for me to do by looking at these circumstances as the training ground of my heart. What path will I take in this moment? The promotion of the gospel or the upgrade of self?

To summarize:

God created me but sin cursed my soul.

Obedience matters to the Lord, but I can’t fully obey due to my sinful desires.

Saving me, Christ washed away the debt my sin created.

Pursed by a loving Father, I can grow in faith and knowledge of Christ.

Equipped to walk the hardships of life, Christ has given me everything that pertains to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)

Living in light of eternity while awaiting the glorious coming of Christ.

G-O-S-P-E-L encouragement!

What struggles are you facing today where you can apply gospel encouragement to your sinking thinking? How can you encourage another person to think in light of these gospel truths?