The Truth Behind Affirmations
If you believe the phrase ‘you are what you think,’ then life truly stems from your thoughts. But we can’t rely solely on thoughts. We must translate thoughts into words, and eventually into actions in order to manifest our intentions. This means that we have to be very careful with our words; choosing to speak only those words that work towards our benefit and cultivate the good in and around us.
This is where “affirmations” come in!
the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed.“he nodded in affirmation”synonyms: declaration, statement, assertion, proclamation, pronouncement, attestation; oath, avowel, guarantee, pledge; formal averment, asserveration“an affirmation of faith”
emotional support or encouragement.“the lack of one or both parents’ affirmation leaves some children emotionally crippled”
The word “affirmation” comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning “to make steady; strengthen.” Affirmations help to “purify” our thoughts and restructure the dynamic of our brains so that we truly begin to think nothing is impossible.
And affirmations do indeed strengthen us by helping us to believe in the potential of something we desire to see come to fruition. When we verbally affirm our desires and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a sense of reassurance that our spoken words will become reality.
Affirmations are also proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to “rewire”
our brains. A lot like exercise, they raise the level of ‘feel-good’ hormones and push our brains to form positive thoughts. In the sequence of thought-speech-action, affirmations play an important role by breaking patterns of negative thoughts, negative speech, and, in turn, negative actions.
Can we take it a step further?
Let’s look at what the Bible says about affirmations:
As believers, our confession should be a lot more than just a “positive affirmation” or confession. And while the Bible tells us to confess our sins, that is not the only confession we need to make. We are also told to confess, or speak out loud, the promises of God, in faith, so that we can receive them!
First, we need to clarify the difference between the positive affirmations, or confessions, taught by the success propagators in the world and a “Bible confession.”
Many times, the motivational speakers’ confessions are directed solely toward “self,” not toward God’s Word. Now while these positive confessions are wonderful personal motivators, we as believers cannot stop, nor FOCUS, there. We have to be mindful that they are not founded on the Word of God. Instead, they are based on what we desire for ourselves.
For example, you will probably never hear a typical motivational speaker confessing the following portion of God’s Word:
“If we suffer, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us.” 2 Timothy 2:12
We have to begin confessing what the Word of God has to say about our lives and circumstances instead of what those in the world may speak about the situation.
The Bible Says Confession Encourages God’s Desire to Bless Us
In confessing God’s Word, we must be careful not to only pick out the Scriptures we desire, but also the ones the Lord desires for us. He surely desires to bless us, but He also desires to cleanse us. So we must be as enthusiastic in our confessions to be cleansed from all that would offend the Lord as we are in confessing the physical blessings He has promised us.
We must also learn to set a guard on our mouths, as it’s very important to control our conversation. After all, we will ultimately receive the things that we speak. If we speak evil long enough, it will come to pass; likewise if we speak good.
“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23
“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:20-21
We should not only claim God’s Word, but also learn to speak or confess His Word. We also need to confess our faith in God’s Word. We shouldn’t confess lack, as the Lord has given us everything we need. We must not confess defeat, as God has made us more than conquerors. We cannot confess doubt, as God has given us His faith. We have to speak the things that the Word of God declares as truth. We easily quote what men have to say on a subject, and many times we believe them despite what the Word of God has to say about it. Yet we’re often hesitant to quote what God says because the devil tells us we would be lying. He causes us to look at our circumstances instead of the God’s Word. But we must know that circumstances are subject to change! And one of the things that can cause them to do so is the confession of God’s Word over a particular situation. In fact, the Word of God tells us to confess, or talk, about the things we are believing God will do in our lives and He will bring it to pass!
“He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:20-22
“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Romans 4:17
For instance, if we’re in need financially, the devil will try to get us to confess things like, “I guess we’ll just have to file bankruptcy since we can’t pay the bills,” or “I don’t know what we’ll do when we can’t make the house payment.” Instead, we need to align our confession with the Word of God!
“My God shall supply all your (my) need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (me).” Matthew 6:33
We should confess our faith and trust in the Lord by saying,”I don’t know how the Lord is going to help us meet this need, but I confess that He will because He cares for us and because He said He would!”
We bring evil and good things forth by what we speak. Jesus referred to this in Matthew 12:34-37:
“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matthew 12:34-37
As the people of God, we should never again confess any of the things that are against God’s Word!
Let me share with you my “Never Again List” taken from Don Gossett’s book, ‘What You Say Is What You Get’:
- Never again will I confess “I can’t” because “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
- Never again will I confess lack because “My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
- Never again will I confess fear because “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
- Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith because “Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20) and because Jesus said “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)
- Never again will I confess weakness because “The Lord is the strength of my life” (Psalm 27:1) and because “The people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)
- Never again will I confess the supremacy of Satan over my life because “Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
- Never again will I confess defeat because “God always causeth me to triumph in Christ Jesus.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
- Never again will I confess lack of wisdom because “Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
- Never again will I confess sickness because “With His stripes I am healed” (Isaiah 53:5) and because Jesus “Himself took my infirmities and bare my sickness.” (Matthew 8:17)
- Never again will I confess worries and frustrations because I am “Casting all my cares upon Him, who careth for me.” (1 Peter 5:7) so, in Christ, I am “care-free.”
- Never again will I confess bondage because “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
- Never again will I confess condemnation because “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1); I am in Christ, therefore, I am free from condemnation.
- Never again will I confess loneliness because Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20) and “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)
- Never again will I confess curses or “bad luck” because “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)
- Never again will I confess discontentment because “I have learned, in whatsoever state (circumstances) I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)
- Never again will I confess unworthiness because “He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)