What are Christian affirmations? Christian Affirmations are statements of our faith, the promises between us and God. They are a means of evangelizing and strengthening our own faith in Jesus Christ. The tongue is a powerful weapon. It can be used to build up or destroy. Matthew 12:37 says, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” This is why affirmations are important in our walk with Christ. We need to be constantly reminded of the promise we have in Christ so that we don’t fall away and so that we can encourage others.
Let’s look at the biblical basis for affirmations. Many characters in the Bible actually used affirmations, whether you picked up on it or not. The apostle Paul is a prime example. In Romans 1:16, he writes, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Note how he starts off with ‘I am.’ He truly believes what he’s saying; there’s no question about it. This affirmation of Paul’s faith not only encouraged him, but continues to encourage Christians nearly thousand years later.
King David also used affirmations in many of his Psalms. In Psalm 9:1 he writes, “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” This one is an ‘I will.’ Not ‘I might’ or ‘I will try’, but ‘I will.’ It’s a promise David makes to God, and all who read it can also be reminded of the greatness of God. It’s an affirmation, and there’s no doubt about it.
Even Jesus was a proponent of affirmations. It’s not that He needed them; He was perfect. He didn’t have to be reminded of God’s commandments, and He didn’t need assurance of God’s greatness; He was God in the flesh. Yet He still used affirmations for the sake of His listeners, for hearers of the Word, so that they could be encouraged and believe. In John 14:6 he says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus knew this. From the moment He was born, He knew His identity. But no one else truly did, until these words were spoken. It’s an affirmation of truth, one meant to rescue the lost and bring them closer to God.
As you can see, affirmations are powerful, effective ways to share the gospel and sharpen our hearts. They aren’t required; there’s no verse that says you must make affirmations to get into heaven. However, Romans 10:9 says, “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is the one affirmation that we need to make, and the rest stem from it. Our faith should first be rooted in the gospel, and then affirmations will help us grow.
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