Affirmations are powerful sentences that you speak over yourself. They are a simple way to focus your attention with intentional thought-focus on the things you want to think on. Affirmation work is an important competent of belief work, or that is, any spiritual practice you pursue of increasing your faith. The more you repeat a thought, the more the thought will feel true, or believable. Therefore, affirmation work, or repetition of statements of God’s truth, is a way to deepen your faith and your identity in Christ.
Additionally, affirmation work is way to meditate upon the truth, and on what is good, as we are commanded to do in Philippians 4:8, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” The practice of affirmations gives the practitioner the ability to focus their thoughts and direct them towards what they want to set their mind on.
In this post you will learn how to use affirmations in your life from a Christian perspective, how to align your affirmations with the Word of God, and how to use them to deepen your faith.
ARE AFFIRMATIONS A BIBLICAL PRACTICE?
The act of practicing affirmations is a commitment to a spiritual discipline that, as already mentioned, is aligned with Philippians 4:8. But there are more verses in Scripture to support the use of affirmations in your meditation and contemplative time with the Lord. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.“. The mind that is fixed, or stayed on, something is a mind that has affirmed and reaffirmed its focus on the truth.
Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.“ Again, the Bible reveals that those who live according to the Spirit engage in a practice of setting their minds on the things of the Spirit, that is, setting their minds on something intentionally, which is what affirmation work is. You can use affirmations to set your mind on things on the Spirit or on a particular scripture that the Lord is speaking to you about in your life.
Finally, 1 Peter 1:13 says, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Here we can see that the Christian walk involves mental preparation and mental stewardship of thoughts.
The practice of affirmation work, incorporated with journaling work – click here to learn my daily journaling process – is a practice of preparing your mind for action and for the day. Additionally, here in 1 Peter, we see the command to set our hope fully on Jesus, something that can be done through the focused work of affirmations.
God has wired our brains in such a way that what we think on is what gets magnified in our lives. Thanks to the neuroplasticity of the brain, or its ability to change and be transformed, we have hope and transformation through our thoughts.
The words you speak over yourself matter.
And the more powerful, life-giving words that you pour into yourself throughout the year, the more naturally powerful your words towards yourself will be.
Affirmations are the practice of speaking intentional, godly truth over yourself.
Your affirmation work can be done however you like, but I recommend that you create a consistent practice that becomes an automatic habit in your daily life. For my coaching clients and mentees, I recommend incorporating affirmation work into your daily journaling practice. Not yet journaling consistently, or maximizing the power of journaling in your life? Click here to read my popular post with over 100 journal prompts to help you get started.
WHY DO AFFIRMATIONS WORK?
- They take us from a place of anxiety to a place of peace.
- They focus our minds on what we know is true according to God’s Word.
- They quiet our brains.
- They build new, healthy neural pathways, creating a life-giving ability to align your mind with God’s truth.
- They guard our minds from the attacks of the enemy.
Affirmations work because they recenter our minds on God’s truth. They are a tool that we can use to engage in the spiritual practice of guarding our minds, setting our minds and focusing our hearts on God’s promises. The repetition of an affirmation, either through writing it out, or speaking it out-loud reaffirms and deepens the impact of the affirmation, settling it into our spirits to carry with us throughout the day.
WHY DO AFFIRMATIONS NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE?
The power of affirmation work comes from consistency and specificity. Most people don’t experience a benefit from affirmation work because they don’t commit to doing it as a daily practice.
Additionally, affirmation work that is generalized, or not based in God’s Word isn’t effective or powerful. Finally, for affirmation practice to work, you must believe that there is power in your words, as the Bible tells us (“A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4 | “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21).
Specifically, here are some reasons affirmations don’t work for some people:
- Not creating a daily practice or spiritual discipline around affirmations and mind-work
- Not knowing how to write your own custom affirmations
- Not believing it matters or works
When you know and believe that words matter, and you see that affirmations are simply a tool that you can use to speak words of life and goodness over yourself, then you will begin to tap into the power of Christian affirmations in your spiritual practice.
To inspire your exploration of affirmation work in your own quiet times with the Lord, below is a list of 25 Christian affirmations for confidence and boldness that I have written. These are affirmations I wrote for myself in the mornings in response to an anxiety or distracted feeling I had in my heart, and served as the closing exercise of my morning quiet time. To learn more about my 8-minute journaling process and how I include my affirmation work, click here.
25 CHRISTIAN AFFIRMATIONS CONFIDENCE AND BOLDNESS
- I have full access to an ever-flowing river within me of goodness, peace and joy and today I will live that out with confidence.
- I rejoice in all that I have and I live today at a refreshing pace because I love my life and I am no longer enslaved to rushing through my life.
- The Holy Spirit fills me and is teaching me how to live a life of goodness, peace, joy and faith that I might please God.
- Today is a gift and I will engage in it fully and with gratitude and joy.
- I am completely surrounded by God’s goodness – there is no place in my mind for worry of any type to weight me down.
- I swim in the Lord’s abundance and power today and I will live from a place of peace and purpose.
- I am free from all my fears because my God fills me with security and makes me radiant with joy.
- The Lord fills me with fresh enthusiasm each day to pour out onto others as a gift.
- God has set me free and I will not allow my thoughts to go back to slavery thoughts of guilt, shame and limitations.
- I give myself permission to pursue big goals no matter what people around me do because I am simply honoring the seed God has placed in my heart.
- I am where I need to be.
- I will live by faith and in total presence and peace today; not rushed, not tired.
- This week will be blessed and beautiful, bursting with thanksgiving and goodness and I will not be distracted or dismayed by the efforts of the enemy trying to distract me with fear, offense, doubt, stress, old identity or anxiety.
- I am God’s masterpiece and He designed me in a beautifully unique way.
- I am light in this world and I am brave enough to shine bright into the darkness.
- God will give me the words to speak and the strength to do what is needed: today I will show up.
- I am faithful to stewarding the seed of purpose that God has placed within me and I will water it, tend to it and nurture it to grow and bear fruit into the world.
- I walk in peace and at the pace of Jesus, free from stress, relieved from burdens, and filled with joy.
- Rivers of faith flow through me and today I pull from the waters of Christ’s love to serve others around me.
- Out of my heart flow rivers of living water – I have all that I need today.
- I am filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
- I choose faith, not fear.
- God calls me his beloved and He created me to be a bold as a lion.
- I live with great expectation because the goodness of the Lord covers my life.
- My gladness today is worship to the Lord and brightens the Earth – my attitude matters.
Bonus Christian Affirmation:
God renews me everyday – with more power, more joy, more peace, more hope, more wisdom, more grace – and therefore I never give up.
THINGS TO REMEMBER IN YOUR SPIRITUAL AFFIRMATION PRACTICE
Like any practice, the more you work with affirmations, the more effective your affirmation work will become. At first it might feel awkward or clunky to write a custom affirmation for the day, or you might not always know what to write or say in your affirmation. Keep practicing. The more you write and speak faith-based affirmations, the more eloquent you will become in doing them.
Remember this: your words have power.
They give life.
Make sure that the words you speak over yourself are filled with truth and faith.
To further master the skill of affirmation work in your life, join me in my FREE, INSTANT ACCESS workshop, “How to Create Custom Affirmations”. Click here or on the image below to get access and the affirmation workbook.
I hope you are inspired to tap into the power of affirmations to help you maximize how you guard your mind and take your thoughts captive in your walk with the Lord.
To go deeper into more effective journaling and affirmation work, come coach with me in the College of Confidence. We have weekly journaling prompts paired with extensive coaching and discussion about the journaling topic to help you best integrate it into your life. Click here to check out the College of Confidence; it comes with a money-back guarantee, so it’s a risk-free next step for your personal development and growth.
For more resources on journaling and affirmations, be sure to check out these:
- How to Write Affirmations that Actually Work (YouTube Video)
- Affirmations to Stop People Pleasing (YouTube Video)
- Affirmations for Impostor Syndrome (YouTube Video)
- How to Journal In a Way that Increases Your Happiness and Your Confidence
- Journaling for Anxiety and Depression Relief
- How to Feel Happier through Effective Journaling
- Christian Journaling Ideas
You might also enjoy these podcast episodes of my podcast The Confidence Podcast: