Words have power to create and build or to tear down and destroy. Words have the characteristics of seeds. You reap what you sow.
The words we speak determine our atmosphere and our experience. They affect how we respond to circumstances. They regulate the power we have to deal with adversity.
The soil in which our words germinate is our heart. Jesus said that our thoughts and actions proceed from our heart. Our internal conversation (i.e. the words we sow) shapes our thought paradigms, our beliefs (which either limit or liberate us) and our habits (patterns of action).
As with seeds, our words are watered, nourished and nurtured. The good words we sow are watered by positive attitudes and body language (a smile, good posture, a firm handshake). They are nourished by acts of kindness and promises from God’s Word. They are nurtured by hard work and persistence.
Seeds multiply as they reproduce. The mindset of authentic faith anticipates prosperity, i.e. success, increase and multiplication. Would a farmer seed his field if he did not believe an abundant harvest was the reward of his labor?
Affirmations are statements that declare our agreement with the concepts expressed. They are declared into the atmosphere to serve notice to heaven and earth of our expected outcome (harvest). As they are released, our affirmations become active to accomplish their expressed purpose.
The following affirmations about God serve to clarify. If we hope to find shalom, it is important that our thoughts and ideas about God are accurate and firmly rooted. The goal is to live and move and have our being in Him. But true relationship is two-sided. Thus, God’s Spirit is present so He can live and move and have His being in us. The result of this synergy is shalom.
1. God is a person.
He is not an idea, a force, a theology nor a religion. As a person, God’s primary objective is to enjoy personal relationship with each of us. As He walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden, God invites us to walk with Him, enjoying conversation and communion in His Presence.
As He nurtured His relationship with Abraham, God invites us into friendship that grows deeper and stronger as thoughts, feelings and experiences are shared mutually.
Affirmation #1 — God, I acknowledge You as a person. I declare that my relationship with You is characterized by mutual friendship. I welcome Your Presence and listen for Your still, small voice of shalom.
2. God is our Father.
As we journey with God, we discover endless nuances of friendship and communion. But the essence of His relationship with us is the love and care of a Father.
The disciples once approached Jesus. “Master, we recognize you have special communication with Almighty God. Teach us how to obtain that kind of access to the power of heaven. Teach us to pray.”
“Begin like this,” Jesus answered, “Our Father…”
He then explained, “Everything else in heaven and on earth flows out of that relationship.”
Many of us face a wall of resistance associated with the word “Father”. Our experience with our earthly father was less than perfect. For too many, the experience was rife with abuse and trauma. The wall protects us from being hurt again—by anyone.
Resentment, bitterness, anger, unforgiveness and even hatred seethe within. There is no room in our hearts to think of, let alone feel, the loving, caring embrace of “our Father in heaven.” Deliverance must come; healing must follow.
Affirmation #2 — God, I embrace You as my loving, caring Father. I release all my feelings of resentment, bitterness, anger, unforgiveness and hatred in me because of what my father did to me. I release all my feelings of disappointment and hurt because my father was not there for me when I needed him. I allow Your empathy and compassion to replace those destructive emotions with feelings of safety, security, love and shalom.
3. God adopts me into His family, and loves me dearly.
As the Creator contemplated the Universe, He gave attention to our place in His family. This may be difficult to fathom, but it is a fact highlighted in the Scriptures. It strikes at our basic need to belong, to be loved and to matter. It speaks to the feelings of alienation, loneliness and despair.
None of us is an accident and without purpose—your life matters!
None of us is an inconsequential cog in the impersonal machinery of the Universe—you are important!
All of us have Someone who loves us and thinks the world of us—you are loved!
Affirmation #3 — God, I embrace my adoption into Your family. I am no longer an orphan without a family and without a home. I release all my feelings of alienation, loneliness and despair. I declare that I am blessed and highly favored because You love me, I am important to You, my life matters and I belong.
4. God takes personal interest in each of us.
Our Father knows us. He knows our likes and dislikes, our strengths and weaknesses, our potential and our limitations, our horizons and our boundaries. He knows and cares!
Jesus asked the crowd, “Why do you worry about food or clothing? Your Father in heaven knows you need these things and is happy to provide them for you.”
Paul continues this thread as he writes:
“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in every circumstance and situation by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your specific requests known to God. And the shalom of God—that peace which reassures your heart, that peace which transcends all understanding, that peace which stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus—is yours.”
Affirmation #4 — Father in heaven, I acknowledge Your personal interest in me. You care deeply about what I’m going through and what I need. I thank You for Your many blessings and Your faithfulness to provide all that I need. I embrace Your shalom which dispels all worry and anxiety and reassures my heart and my mind of Your loving care and compassion.
5. God has a bright future for you.
When God’s people were exiles in Babylon, He gave them a word of hope through the prophet Jeremiah.
“I will come to you in your darkest hour and keep My good promise to you, to bring you through. For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for shalom—peace and well-being and not disaster—to give you a future and a hope. Call on Me, pray, and I will hear your voice and answer you.”
Our journey entails many twists and turns, narrow places and rough patches. But of this we can be sure, our Father is watching over us, leading, guiding and empowering by His Spirit within us—making sure we make it through. He has a personal, vested interest in our success. It is His good promise to us. And He stakes His honor on keeping His promise.
Affirmation #5 — Father, I embrace the hope and the future You have prepared for me. I acknowledge Your vested interest in my success. I put off every negative thought, debilitating emotion, destructive habit and limiting belief that prevents me from being all that You have created me to be. I put on shalom—peace, health and prosperity—like a new garment and I embrace the joy which comes from knowing You. I am free to be who I am in You.
As seeds take time to germinate, grow and mature before the harvest is ready, so too, these affirmations require time and diligent care to bring them to full manifestation. As the farmer sows in faith, trusting the Almighty for the harvest, be conscientious to declare each affirmation and be patient as our Father in heaven transforms your life from within.
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