Biblical Affirmations – Telling Yourself The Truth

We tend to believe lies about ourselves. Things like we are not loveable, or not smart enough, or lacking in abilities, or a hundred other lies. And when we believe these things we are the most miserable. It’s time to embrace Biblical Affirmations that will set us free to live life the way God intended. Confident. Secure. Able.

Are you ready?

Great! Let’s get started.

What are Biblical affirmations?

Affirmations are short, but meaningful words of encouragement that help us turn negative thoughts about ourselves, others, and our environment into something positive.

Are there affirmations in the Bible? Let’s just say that affirmations are nothing new. They have been around since the Bible was written but were made popular among the mainstream in the 1960s.

The modern 60s movement has taken Biblical affirmations and removed the element of God, making life all about ourselves.

Affirmations usually start with the words, “I am.” So a Biblical affirmation would go like this, “I can do anything God asks me to do because He will help me.” (Philippians 4:13)

In contrast, a non-Biblical affirmation would say, “I can do anything I set my mind to doing.”

What does the Bible say about affirmations?

Affirmations are thoughts that we embrace as truth. The Bible is clear that to change the way we approach life we must change the way we think.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 ESV

So what specifically are we to think about?

“Finally, brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 (enhancement added)

This verse in Philippians is followed by a promise. When we think this way about ourselves, others, and the world around us, we will have peace.

When we think about things that are true, we won’t believe lies. And we know that God’s word is truth.

Why are affirmations so powerful?

“Your brain sometimes gets a little mixed up on the difference between reality and imagination, which can be surprisingly useful.” Healthline

Essentially, you can fake it till you make it. Even imagining doing something often enough does a kind of re-wiring of the brain.

“There is MRI evidence suggesting that certain neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks (Cascio et al., 2016).” Positive Psychology

Do spiritual affirmations work?

Repetition is the key, like practicing the piano. We must be in the Word of God often. We also have to believe that the affirmation is true. Otherwise, your brain is not likely to buy into it.

So for spiritual affirmations to work, sometimes you must accept them by faith as true, even though you don’t completely understand them.

But affirmations done solo don’t always work for everyone. Sometimes we need assistance.

“Uncovering past experiences that are fueling deeply etched patterns of negative thinking is best done with help from a therapist.

Also keep in mind that low self-esteem and other negative thought patterns often relate to mental health concerns, including depression and anxiety.” Positive Psychology

If your church has Certified Biblical Counselors, you usually can get a lot of help sorting things out from a Scriptural perspective. God wants His children to know the truth because the truth sets us free. (John 8:32)

If your church does not offer these services, there are online Christian Counseling services that can help.

Online Christian Counseling Services

  • Free Christian Counseling – Actually they charge $55 per session, with the first one being free, unless you qualify for a scholarship. All counselors love Jesus.
  • BetterHelp – You do have to request a counselor with a Biblical approach. They counsel people with all kinds of backgrounds. Part of their network is, where every therapist is a practicing Chrisitan.
  • Faithful Counseling – All of their counselors are practicing Christians.
  • My Counselor Online -They have physical offices in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas, but do online therapy worldwide. All counselors love Jesus.
  • Chatnow is a website that gives you the ability to chat with a “Christian who cares.” The site doesn’t offer professional mental health services, but it allows you to talk to a Christian volunteer for free about any issues you may be experiencing.

10 Biblical affirmations – telling ourselves the truth

God has given us many Biblical affirmations that we need to embrace and make part of our thinking.

1- I am worthy of love because Jesus died for me. (John 3:15, John 15:13, Romans 5:8)

2- I am grateful for today because God is good and His plans for me are good. (Psalm 145:19, Jeremiah 29:11)

3- I am God’s masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)

4- I am at peace with my past because I am a new creation in Christ. (Philippians 3:13, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

5- I am a radiant woman of God and I embrace the way God made me. (Psalm 139:4)

6- I can do hard things today because God is my refuge and strength. (Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 40:31)

7- I take responsibility for my happiness. No one else can do it for me. (Psalm 16:11, Nehemiah 8:10)

8- I embrace my weaknesses so that God’s strength can be seen in me. (2 Corinthians 12:8-11)

9- I am confident that God will use everything in my life for good. My story matters. (Romans 8:28)

10- I can forgive because God will take care of the consequences of the other person’s actions. (Romans 12:19)

There are many more Biblical affirmations available to us when we have a personal relationship with Jesus.

Biblical affirmation resources

The Bible is our absolute best source for positive Biblical affirmations.

As a word of caution, beware of internet sources.

Before you accept internet advice, look at the website’s “about page”, or “statement of faith.” If Jesus and the Bible are not central in their remarks, run.

Meanwhile, the Creator’s Classroom has resources just waiting to be claimed.

Free Digital Resources

Scripture cards are always a good place to start with Biblical affirmations. The following are free instant downloads, no email is required.

Psalm 139:4
Philippians 4:8
I’m a child of the King
Photo of a bookmark with quote from Philippians 4:8

For those who like to read and want a hard copy in their hands, this bookmark is free to download.

And for those who want a simple Bible reading plan on our identity, this plan is also free to download.

Photo of January Bible Reading Plan
Free Bible reading plan on our identity in Christ.

Free online Bible Study

Because affirmations can be so powerful in our lives, a free online Bible study was created to help women internalize the truth of God’s word. It is being done as a group study in Women Growing In Joy, which I would encourage you to join.

The Study guide is free with links to the Scripture passages, videos, and devotional readings. This video will give you a glimpse into the Bible study about Biblical affirmations.

The group study is during October and November of 2022, but the study guide and videos will remain available indefinitely for individuals.

Other Digital Resources

If you would like to take a 30-day journey through more Biblical Affirmations, this journal was crafted just for you. The link is embedded in the photo.

Along with the affirmations, the journal also has Scriptures to look up, as well as additional reading recommendations on each day’s topic.

And finally, the journal includes 8 Scripture cards that can be printed and laminated to carry in your purse, hung on the rear-view mirror of your car, or placed on your bathroom mirror. They will remind you of the words that God has for you.

Final thoughts

Affirmations are good when they tell us the truth according to God’s word. That is why Biblical affirmations are so helpful.

Jesus said when we know the truth it will set us free, free to live life the way God intended. (John 8:32)

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