I am working diligently on Habit #18 because it is true your words DO have power, and we must proceed with caution to avoid damaging others as well as ourselves.
Most of us, myself included, often forget how powerful words are.
During a particularly challenging time in my life, a blogger friend Jami told me to repeat to myself 100 times “I walk in the favor of the Father.” I don’t know if I actually said that to myself 100 times, but I did start saying it out loud when I was feeling low. There’s no magic in the words or number of times repeated, it’s not a secret formula; it was quite simply the act of affirming something that I believe is true.
She knew that I needed to be reminded that God is for me.
When I decided stating positive beliefs would be one of the #31habits, I began to wonder where “affirmations” came from. After a short search, I came up with a lot of New Thought (mind healing movement) and New Age material. As a matter of fact, in Wikipedia the definition of Affirmation actually has the words New Age in parenthesis. Here's a great podcast explaining this.
A New Age definition from Wikipedia: an affirmation is a carefully formatted statement that should be repeated to one's self and written down frequently. For an affirmation to be effective, it needs to be present tense, positive, personal and specific.
For the sake of transparency, I want to let you know right now New Age is not where this post is going. I mean, I am a Christian Blogger, after all. It is so easy, SO easy to get sucked into these grey areas without realizing it.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14
What is an affirmation, really?
A look at the word affirmation from Dictionary.com
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.
Now that I’ve established where I am going with this habit, I’d like to call these positive belief statements Godfirmations from now on. I thought this was something I thought up, but a quick search on Google turned up 355 results a mere 23 results on Instagram.
Godfirmations focus on what God’s Word says that is true.
The first step to changing negative thoughts into positive ones is to think about one recurring negative thought you may have. Now think about or even write down the opposite of that thought.
Here’s a negative thought that often pops in my own head:
“I am not good enough”
And the opposite:
“I am good enough”
Now it’s important to have a FACT to back up my positive statement, otherwise I’m just not going to be convinced. My fact will be based on I Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”
So, my Godfirmation is:
“I am a royal daughter of the King”
Don’t you just love being royalty? When I say this Godfirmation out loud to myself I actually feel myself stand a little straighter. I imagine myself being dearly loved by the King. Speak the things God’s Word declares as truth.
The next step is to be aware of the negative thoughts about yourself or others, about your current situation, etc. and remind yourself of your Godfirmation. If you want to change the habit of negative thinking you will have to retrain yourself and replace those negative thoughts with beliefs. It's a habit worth making.
Repeating or writing my Godfirmations is simply reminding myself of the existence of my belief. In the most basic sense, Godfirmations is meditating and confessing God’s Word.
You can say Godfirmations in your head, out loud or write them down. Even better, share them on social media as a reminder! If you have a moment, take the time to share your favorite Godfirmations with the rest of us on social media using the hashtag #31habits or #Godfirmations. I can’t wait to see them!
To read more about if Positive Thinking should be part of Christianity check out the book Positively Powerless.