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Affirmations—Part 1

In order to make progress, we need to make changes in the way we think and how we behave. One very effective tool is to use affirmations. This is easy to do and it doesn't take up much time.

This is Part One of a two part series on how to use affirmations.

You should start every morning with at least five affirmations. These affirmations are statements based on biblical truth. They are intended to promote a positive biblical perspective and facilitate behaviors consistent with biblical truth. The affirmations you choose should be based on your individual needs. Here are some examples.

  • "I choose to forgive all those who have wronged me, past, present and future (1 Peter 4:1)."
  • "I can forgive, from my heart, by the power of the Holy Spirit (Philippians 4:13)."
  • "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)."
  • "I will focus my mind on good things (Philippians 4:8)."
  • "I will love my enemies and pray for them (Matthew 5:44)."
  • "I will not think about past wrongs (Isiah 43:18)."
  • "I will forget the past (Isiah 43:18)."
  • "I will speak the truth in love."
  • "I will be alert for spiritual attacks (1 Peter 5:8)."
  • "I will stay in touch with God (1 Thessalonians 5:17)."
  • "I will pray and seek wise counsel before making decisions."
  • "I will pray about every problem."
  • "I will listen when I pray."
  • "I will pray when I'm under spiritual attack (James 5:13)."
  • "This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24)."
  • "I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)."
  • "I am an overcomer (1 John 5:4)."
  • "I am God's son/daughter (Galatians 3:26)."
  • "I am a royal priest (1 Peter 2:9)."
  • "I am the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)."
  • "I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)."
  • "I am the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13)."
  • "I will trust God and not rely on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6)."
  • "I will not rush (Philippians 4:6)."
  • "I live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)."
  • "God loves me (Ephesians 1:4-6)."
  • "I will trust God and not fear any man (Proverbs 29:25)."
  • "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)."

Choose five affirmations every morning. You can reaffirm your affirmations, during the day, as needed.

You may want to print out a list of affirmations for your particular issues.

Affirmations are an important tool for keeping your thoughts under control and your behavior in line with Scripture. Be sure to use them every day.

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