Hey lovely people!
Today’s post (per the title) is all about affirmations.
Affirmations are declarations that you make to strengthen your confidence and beliefs about yourself. This article does a great job speaking a bit about the psychology of affirmations and one of the last lines of the article says:
Affirmations have power but they work best when they are built from your core beliefs.
When I read that, I realized I needed to do some revisiting of the affirmations that currently adorn my vanity mirror in various colored sticky notes. It reminded me that I needed to go back to my true source and get connected spiritually as I work to affirm myself.
In today’s post, I share my five Christian affirmations. What I have done is taken a few of my favorite scriptures and used them to serve as the foundation for these affirmations. You will see the affirmation and the scripture reference. I provide the scripture for you from two of my favorite versions, NIV and The Message. If you are not familiar with The Message Bible, just know it can really get you together!
*One note about The Message version is the scriptures are written in conversational form so they are not as easy to “pinpoint” individually so you might notice several scriptures grouped together to get the overall sentiment.
I ain’t got no worries. Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (The MSG, verses 6-7)
This scripture reminds me that it does me no good to worry. God cares for me and wants me to bring all my concerns directly to him.
I can’t lose. Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (NIV)
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! (The MSG, verses 31-36ish)
From this scripture I am reminded that I have the ultimate secret weapon in my corner.
I am a mountain mover.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (NIV)
“Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” (MSG)
This scripture reminds me to believe. While I don’t personally want to settle for just one ounce of faith, I am reminded that if that’s all I have, it is enough.
I have an amazing future ahead. Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)
This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (The MSG, verses 10-11)
This scripture, like Philippians 4:6 helps me (try to) release my worry. Most of my worries, if not all, are based on future possibilities. From this scripture I am reminded that things will be good. We know with God it might not always seem good or feel good at first glance, but what He wants and has planned out for us will leave us in awe.
I am not alone. Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” (The MSG)
This scripture reminds me that I do not have to afraid or feel alone because God is with me. He is simultaneously in front of me, behind me, and beside me.
It is my hope that this post is helpful and that you find these affirmations to be good for your soul.
Until next time,