What Does The Bible Say About Daily Affirmations?

What Does The Bible Say About Daily Affirmations?
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When the word affirmation is used in the Bible it means to establish or consolidate. The Bible is the affirmation of God’s Word. It is the ultimate affirmation; there is no need for any other. So, does that mean that all daily affirmations are Christian affirmations? Let’s consider that question for a moment.

What is a daily affirmation?

Social psychologist Claude Steele developed the idea of self-affirmation theory as a result of his work on the ‘stereotype threat’.  Basically, it argues that if negative self-talk is replaced by positive self-talk then an individual will feel happier and healthier. It’s an idea that has gained great popularity, probably because it’s very easy to execute. If you’re unhappy about the way you look you simply repeat, on a daily basis, ‘I am beautiful’ until you believe it. There is of course nothing evil about people improving their self-esteem, but daily affirmations, not grounded in scripture, can easily become self- aggrandizing or self-obsessive. Saying ‘I am the best mom my kids could ever have’ does not make it true.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.’ Colossians 3:2

What is a Biblical affirmation?

Biblical affirmations are rooted in God’s Word: they give glory to God, not the individual. Daily affirmations conform to this world; Biblical affirmations are surrender to God.

‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.’ Romans 12:2

Biblical affirmations are concerned with how God instructs us to think and behave, they are confessions of faith. Unlike the daily affirmations of popular culture, Biblical affirmations require action; faith must be put to work.

‘But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible but with God all things are possible.’ Matthew 19:26

How to make your own Biblical affirmations

The daily affirmations of popular culture concern promotion of the self; Biblical affirmations come from a place of humility. Begin with prayer and let God guide your thoughts; He will lead you to the scripture that you need. Read and meditate upon the scripture and reflect upon how it relates to your life and your spiritual journey. Learn the scripture to ensure that you do not lose sight of God’s Word.

‘Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.’ Proverbs 30:5

A Biblical affirmation should help you better understand scripture, it should never distort it, therefore your transformation of scripture to affirmation should always be simple: 

‘Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it, flow the springs of life.’ Proverbs 4:23

This can be changed to an affirmation quite simply.

‘I will keep my heart with all vigilance, for from it, flow the springs of life.’

Some scripture doesn’t need any alteration at all.

‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13

Using Biblical affirmations everyday will strengthen your faith and bring you joy, but always remember that only affirmations which are based on the Word of God will help you on your spiritual journey.


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