Powerful Biblical Affirmations For Christian Women

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Recently I began exploring the subject of affirmations. You know, the statements we are told we can recite to ourselves to boost our self-esteem or supposedly change our own future. A recent statement I read on the internet said something like this: “Affirmations are our solid ground when we have negative thoughts that threaten our sense of self.”

I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s ok for Christians to use Biblical affirmations in place of these new-age types of self-talk, such as manifesting and mindfulness. So, here I am, sharing what I learned when I took this dive into the subject of Biblical affirmations.

Should A Christian Use Biblical Affirmations?

As I have researched and read the Bible in regard to such things, one thing stands out and that is: As Christians, we should be very careful!

God warned His chosen people, the Israelites, about taking up the religious customs and practices of the surrounding non-believing nations. (By the way, when we see the word “nations” used in the Bible, it is usually referring to Gentile, non-believing people groups, often referred to in the Bible as “heathen”.) . 

You see, God tells us clearly in His Word who we are as His children and as followers of Christ. But our confidence does not stem from inside of our own selves, since the Bible assures us that we did not save ourselves in any way. Our confidence can and must only be in Biblical truth and in our Savior and Lord. 

If we want to use Bible verses to shore ourselves up, we need to watch out that we are not using them as if repeating these positive statements as facts will make all of our wishes come true. Because that just doesn’t match up with God’s truth. 

We need to understand clearly that God is not like a good fairy that we can treat just right so as to get what we wish for. No amount of claiming words or phrases as positive affirmations will produce our own wishes. 

The promises God has given us throughout Scripture are much more than positive phrases for getting out own way. If you are a Christian, you can absolutely claim His promises as your own! God and God alone is our solid ground!

What Are Good Affirmations For Christians To Claim?

So far, I see three separate types of affirmations that can easily become blurred together in our minds: 

  1. There are worldly affirmations, some of which are quite questionable for Christians to think about or say to themselves. 
  2. Then there are Scriptures that don’t make the best affirmations, because they are used out of context, or have been changed to mean something other than God’s original intention. 
  3. Third, there are wonderful promises in Scripture that make great and encouraging affirmations for us to claim. 

Types Of Affirmations NOT To Use

The following are some misleading manifestation-type affirmations that I’ve seen and heard:

  • I am free to create the life I desire.
  • I’m in charge of my life.
  • I am worthy of what I desire.
  • I am my light.
  • I am the creator of my reality. 

These phrases are not necessarily sinful in themselves, but some people repeat them over and over in an attempt to convince themselves of their own self-worth. And these statements all deny God in some way when used out of the context of His work in us. 

No matter how many times someone repeats the words that they are their own light, or that they are the creator of the life or the reality that they desire, they can’t make it be true. Because God is the One who is Creator, Jesus is the Light of the World, and the Holy Spirit convicts us of true reality. The Lord is in complete charge of our lives, whether we have submitted to Him or not. 

As Christian women, our worth is found in Christ Jesus, not in clever sayings or mantras to repeat over and over on a daily basis to try to convince ourselves of our own value or abilities. We know that our power is only through God’s strength, and is not something we can contrive on our own. Because He completes us, we have no reason to feel the need to make ourselves complete. The Lord gives us a sound mind, but trying to use our own strength to convince ourselves of it is useless. 

When we think we can’t, He can. When we think we aren’t enough, He is. And when we are weak, it is God’s power that carries us. 

Use True Biblical Affirmations Instead

God gave His children the entire Bible containing His Words, and if we will run to the Scriptures rather than to empty and meaningless self-talk, we will be on safe and solid ground. 

When we utilize the Scriptures to live by and to speak out to ourselves and to others, we are on the right track. There is power, oh so much power, in the Word of God, and the Bible encourages us to use it to gain confidence in the Lord and to encourage and build up other Christians.  

Speaking God’s Word can give us comfort like no other. Memorizing it is even better. The Scriptures are genuine teachings that we can learn from and use in everyday life, 

I have a few words of wisdom and warning about how to use Scripture for affirmations:

  1. We must be careful not to misquote or take the Scripture out of context. False teachers are very good at turning God’s Word around to look like it means something it does not mean. 
  2. When we live and believe the truth of God in the Scriptures, our lives are changed and we can let go of control, trusting Him with anything that ever happens. 
  3. God’s promises are available to anyone who will put their trust fully in His divine power.
  4. If you aren’t sure if something should be used as a Biblical affirmation, ask or research to see if the promise or affirmation is confirmed anywhere else in the Bible or is just specific to one event or group of people.
  5. God’s promises speak truth to our hearts and renew our minds, but empty words and a positive mindset do not. Be careful that the Biblical affirmations you choose are not aimed at getting your own way, personal comfort or gain, or promotion of self in any way. 
  6. Using God’s Word as our own set of Biblical affirmations is a good thing, and it’s what he wants us to do – and when we live by His Word, we give glory to Him, just as He intended. 

Positive Biblical Affirmations

Paul advises us in Philippians 4 to think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy. I’ve listed ten Biblical affirmations with the Scriptures they are based on below. 

Because these Biblical Affirmations are promises of God and point to who we are in Christ, they can actually help us to draw closer to Jesus, changing and renewing our hearts and minds.

Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the Lord your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.”   

Deuteronomy 31:6

I can be strong and courageous no matter what – because God goes with me and He will never leave me or abandon me:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! 

2 Corinthians 5:17

I am not the same person I once was. I am a new creation:

I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. 

John 15:11

God gives me plenty of reasons to have joy in Him – no matter what:

So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!(MSG)

Romans 6:15-18

I am no longer ruled by sin. I’m free!:

I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me! (ESV)

Psalms 66:17-20

I can be sure that God hears my every prayer:

Do not rejoice over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will stand up; though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

Micah 7:8

I do not need to fear any enemies, or have fear of the future, for even when things are dark, God is light for me:

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

I don’t need to worry, because I can have perfect peace of mind by turning it all over to God:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10

I am God’s workmanship, God’s masterpiece, and He has a purpose for me: 

Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

I have been bought with a price and God lives in me:

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

In every circumstance, God is working out good plans for me when I walk in His purposes for my life:

God’s Word is the best and the most, the place we can run to when we need help or truth or encouragement or advice. You can find it all between the pages of the Holy Bible. 

Feel free to copy these positive Biblical affirmations on cards or your phone to have handy for times when you feel afraid,  insecure, uncertain, or worried. They can also be very helpful to have with you to share with friends, coworkers, or strangers who need some powerful Biblical affirmations.

For more on your identity in Christ read 20 Bible Verses To Remind You Of Your Identity In Christ.

Here is a clip from the movie “Overcomer”, where you can see an excellent example of Hannah using truly Biblical affirmations.

I want every reader to know this: God has a plan for each and every one of you, whether or not you are walking in His ways. He can heal every heart and forgive every single sin, and He patiently waits for each person to find His great love and become His child. If you haven’t given your life to Jesus and want to know more about it, How To Receive Salvation In Jesus can help. 

We will all face difficult times, but God’s grace and God’s love can shine through the darkest of times.

I  pray that the God of all comfort will give you abundant life and show you the way to use His promises as powerful statements that will speak to your heart and infuse you with the power of Christ in you. Knowing the Good News of Jesus will make a huge difference in your life. 

Always feel free to contact me, either in the comments or by email at newdaysimple@gmail.com

Are Biblical Affirmations Ok For Christians?
Are Biblical Affirmations Ok For Christians?

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