Are affirmations OK to use for Christians?
Much of the New Age and self-help movement has taken over the use of affirmations, but the principle of using affirmations was instituted and instructed by God. Therefore, Christians can use affirmations, particularly Biblical affirmations.
What Are Biblical Affirmations?
The definition of affirmation according to Dictionary.com is:
- the act or an instance of affirming
- the assertion that something exists or is true.
- something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
- confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
Biblical affirmations are the affirming and declaring of Biblical truth. The Bible instructs us to affirm constantly the things the Bible teaches us.
This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, Titus 3:8 NKJV
Affirmations are powerful in two ways:
- Convincing Our Heart of the Truth
- Enforcing God’s Word in the earth
Using Biblical affirmations is a wonderful way to convince our hearts of what is true. This is a great use of affirmations. The Bible instructs us to guide our hearts in the way they should go.
Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. Proverbs 23:19 NKJV
Everything we do in life comes from our heart, so it is crucial that we instruct and guide our hearts to believe what is true, and then guard that truth above all else.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Your heart is designed to believe what you repeatedly say. Your words are like seeds that go into the soil of your heart and begin to change the way you think and act
Affirmations of Biblical truths are one of the best ways to guide your heart into truth. As your heart becomes convinced of the truth, you will be able to speak and see your faith work as it was intended. For more about this, read How to Walk by Faith.
There is a lot of science behind the use of affirmations, much of which is beyond the average person’s ability to understand. But let’s just say science has overwhelmingly proven the effectiveness of affirmations! This should come as no surprise to those of us who believe that God designed everything and knows what He’s talking about. The Bible has a tremendous amount to say about what we speak out of our mouths. Just start with the book of Proverbs, and count how many verses there are about our words, lips, or tongue!
When we declare and affirm the Word of God with our voices, we are using our ability to speak in the way it was designed to be used. We are speaking spirits, just like God. With this ability to speak comes the responsibility to use our speech in the way it was designed. We are supposed to speak God’s truth on the earth to bring about His will in every area of life.
How to Use Affirmations as a Christian
There is tremendous power in the written Word of God, and when we choose to speak it out of our mouths as an affirmation, it becomes a powerful sword in the spirit realm.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; Ephesians 6:17 NKJV
The Word of God spoken out of our mouth is able to move mountains and change situations.
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23 NKJV
God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). When we use Biblical affirmations, we allow God to perform His will in our lives. We set ourselves in agreement with Him.
We are instructed in the Bible to declare what we believe and hold fast to it.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 NKJV
Affirmations get the Word of God down into your heart, where it can begin to produce what it says. Start to use Biblical affirmations every day and you will see the power in them. Below are some Biblical affirmations to get you started, but you can use any promise that you find in the Bible and make it personal for you.
Every promise that you can find in the Bible has been given to you. This is what Jesus secured for you through his death and resurrection.
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV
As you begin to speak these affirmations out loud, your heart will be guided into truth. As you begin to truly believe what the Bible says, your life will be completely transformed.
Examples of Christian Affirmations
I am seated with Christ in heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6)
As Jesus is, so am I in this world. (1 John 4:17)
I keep my mind on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2)
I rejoice always in the Lord. (Phillipians 4:4)
I have received the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness; I reign in life by Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)
I am always giving thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
I am a child of God who walks in the light. (Ephesians 5:8)
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
The same spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead lives in me. (Romans 8:11)
I have been washed, sanctified and justified by the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
I am holy, blameless, and above reproach in the sight of God. (Colossians 1:22)
I am God’s masterpiece, created for good works which He prepared for me. (Ephesians 2:10)
I meditate in the Word day and night, and everything I do prospers. (Psalm 1:2-3)
I keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking deceit. I guard my mouth and my tongue and keep myself from calamity. (Psalm 34:13, Proverbs 21:23)
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