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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 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 choose to forgive everybody."
  • "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)."
  • "Vengeance belongs to God—and God will repay (Romans 12:19)."
  • "I will think about good things today (Philippians 4:8)."
  • "I will love my enemies and pray for them (Matthew 5:44)."
  • "I am commanded to love my neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40)."
  • "I will speak the truth in love."
  • "I will be alert for spiritual attacks (1 Peter 5:8)."
  • "I will 'pray without ceasing' (1 Thessalonians 5:17)."
  • "I will pray and seek wise counsel before making decisions."
  • "I will pray about everything (Philippians 4:6)."
  • "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)."
  • "God is good."
  • "God is on my side."
  • "I will trust God and not fear man (Proverbs 29:25)."

Make a list of affirmations that are applicable and useful for your particular issues. Then choose five affirmations, from your list, every morning. You can reaffirm your affirmations, during the day, as needed.

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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