What is an affirmation?
Dictionary.com defines affirmation as the following:
1. The act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed.
2. The assertion that something exists or is true.
3. Something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
4. Confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
5. Law. a solemn declaration accepted instead of a statement under oath.
So we see an affirmation is something positive. It affirms a state of being and asserts that something is true. It sounds like affirmations would be helpful in our study of God’s Words.
Let’s try to make an affirmation using Ephesians 1:1-14.
1. Start by reading the Scripture.
2. Make a list of the blessings you see in this section. List all the things we receive when we are “in Christ.”
3. Next personalize that list.
1. Read Ephesians 1:1-14 NKJV
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both[a] which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
2. Make a list of the blessings
Blessed, chosen, holy and blameless, adopted, accepted, redeemed, forgiven, wisdom and prudence, inheritance, save, sealed with Holy Spirit, guarantee, loved.
3. Personalize the blessing into an affirmation.
I am blessed.
I am chosen.
I am holy and blameless.
I am loved.
I am adopted into God’s family.
I am accepted.
I am redeemed.
I am forgiven.
I have wisdom and prudence.
I have an inheritance.
I am saved.
I am sealed with the Holy Spirit.
I have the Holy Spirit as a guarantee.
Oh, if you could only comprehend how much God cares for you! This chapter of Ephesians shows all God, through Jesus Christ, has already done for you. He spared no expense but extravagantly poured out all these blessings on you.
Our job is to receive it!
Are you willing to receive His glorious blessings?
Believe the affirmations. Write them on a care. Tape them to your bathroom mirror or refrigerator. Read them often to remind yourself of God’s desires toward you.
You are blessed.