10 Powerful Biblical Affirmations That Will Transform Your Life
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Some of you might be on here and wondering if affirmations or declarations are a sin. Be honest, have you ever thought that?
I know I have.
- “Are affirmations just positive thinking”?
- “Are affirmations just name it and claim it”?
- “Are affirmations actually biblical”?
- “Do I really have to stand in front of the mirror and say ‘I am beautiful?’”
- “Can Affirmations change your life?”
The answer to that is … 😉
Now while regular affirmations are powerful, they’re not enough to change our lives completely because they’re based on our own strength.
Biblical & Christian affirmations, on the other hand, are based on God. And unlike us, God’s strength is powerful, unconditional, and ENOUGH to change the course of our lives.
That’s why we’ve gone through the 10 most popular affirmations and added in scriptures to make this thing biblically legal 😜.
Shall we get going?
Your thoughts are powerful
You can’t see or touch it, but your thoughts and beliefs have a huge impact on your life. The things you think about yourself, others and the world around you dictate how you act and respond to different situations. What you think about and dwell on will grow and become more prominent in your life.
If every time I make a mistake I thought (or spoke) ‘Silly! You never do that right’. I’m going to believe it and that will be my reality as I declare and affirm it.
What is an affirmation?
You might then be thinking ‘What is an affirmation?’
An affirmation is something that we say over and over again because we believe it to be true.
It’s also known as an affirmation statement, a declaration, or a word of faith, some people call them a positive mantra.
Positive affirmations: Are they true?
The answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’. In some cases, they may not be literally true at the time you say them. For example, ‘I am abundant’ may not be literally true if you are currently experiencing financial difficulties. However, if you say this to yourself often enough, you will eventually believe it to be true and take the necessary steps to make it a reality.
When you stand on the promises of God, the truth of scripture and exercise faith, you are speaking into being that which is not yet there.
For example, “I AM abundant” may not be ‘true’ today in your bank account.
It is however ABSOLUTELY true in the Kingdom! You are rich and wealthy, God is your provider and you lack nothing!
It is also helpful to look up scriptures that align with the affirmation you desire to live out. So for example, with the affirmation, “I AM wealthy” you could look up Deuteronomy 8:18, Ephesians 3:20, and 2 Corinthians 8:9 to name a few.
Should Christians use affirmations?
Do I think self-centred, name-it-and-claim-it affirmations are the way to go, no. But biblically based affirmations can help you focus on God and attract the attention of heaven in your life.
When we start to speak the word of God over ourselves, things happen. We start to believe that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
We believe that God knows the plans for our lives and that he plans to give us hope. We believe that he is doing good work in and through us and that we have no need to be afraid or terrified because wherever we go we know that Christ Jesus has gone before us and he’s commanded us to be strong and courageous.
I have always used the word ‘Declarations’ when sharing with others how they can speak the truth of God over their life prophetically.
We are affirming what is true in Scripture and how it applies to our lives by declaring the goodness of God.
What are the main differences between biblical affirmations and positive affirmations?
Biblical affirmations are based on scripture, while positive affirmations are based on the power of positive thinking.
Biblical affirmations are absolute and true statements about who you are in Christ, while positive affirmations are often self-centred manifestation mantras.
Biblical affirmations are true whether you feel like it or not, while positive affirmations only work if you believe them to be true.
10 popular affirmations & declarations
Let’s take a look at some of the most powerful affirmations that can transform your life:
I AM abundant
I AM worthy
I AM happy
I AM healthy
I AM loved
I AM safe
I AM grateful
I AM strong
I AM calm
I AM capable
On their own, these are good, but when rooted in truth and scripture, these are life-changing.
Let’s have a look.
10 powerful biblical Christian affirmations
I AM abundant because God is my provider and giver of all good things
(Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:31 – 33, Deuteronomy 2:7)
I AM worthy because God made me and chose me.
(Deuteronomy 31:8, Luke 12:6-7, Exodus 14:14)
I AM happy because the Lord is my strength and shield.
I AM healthy because that’s how God intended life to be.
(Isaiah 53:5, 3 John 1:2, Matthew 10:8)
I AM loved because I am God’s child.
(Romans 5:5, Romans 5:8, John 3:16)
I AM safe because God is my protector
(Psalm 18:2, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 46:1)
I AM grateful because God has been so good to me
(Psalm 9:1, Psalm 106:1)
I AM strong because God has given me His strength
(Psalm 18:35, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Isaiah 40:29)
I AM calm because the peace of God resides in me
(Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:6-7)
I AM capable because the Holy Spirit is my helper
Biblical affirmations to strengthen your faith
Wherever you go, God is with you! He plans to give you hope (declares the Lord). Not just a wishy washy ‘i hope this happens’ but a strong biblical hope rooted in the Lord Jesus Christ.
There are many verses that you can use as affirmations to boost God’s word over your life, increase your faith and belief in and the truth of what the bible says.
Here are a few other blogs we’ve done on biblical affirmations to build and strengthen your faith:
30 Biblical Affirmations of who God says I am
Christian affirmations for a great morning
New Year Declarations and Affirmations for 2023
Are affirmations and declarations in the bible?
As we’ve covered already, Biblical affirmations are the believing and declaring of biblical truth. We are told to take our thoughts captive and we do this by replacing the lies of the enemy with God’s truth.
Strengthen yourself in the Lord
In 1 Samuel 30, we learn that when David was distressed and overwhelmed he strengthened himself in the Lord.
All throughout the Psalms, we see David communing with God and declaring who God is.
A passage I often retreat to is Psalm 77:11-14
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.”
This passage is declaring who God has been, all the miracles He’s done before and that He is so great.
Are Biblical Affirmations different to Christian Affirmations?
Yes, biblical affirmations are often direct quotes from Scripture that we can declare.
Christian Affirmations or Faith Affirmations are phrases or declarations that are based on or remind us of Biblical truth, but might not be a word for word found in the Bible.
Here are some examples of Biblical affirmations direct from scripture.
Examples of Biblical Affirmations
These are affirmations that come from the Bible
- I live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 12:7)
- My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. (Psalm 91:2)
- I can do all things through Him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13)
- I guard my heart because it determines the course of my life (Proverbs 4:23)
Examples of Christian/Faith Affirmations
The Cross of Jesus has paid for my healing and salvation.
- God has gone before me and has made a way for me.
- God is at work in my life through the power of the Holy Spirit.
- I am healed, saved and set free.
- I am a beloved child of God.
- God is for me and no attack from the enemy shall prosper.
- I thrive in all circumstances.
General Positive Affirmations
This category is somewhat neutral, in that they are not against scripture but not necessarily rooted in scripture.
- Today will be the best day yet.
- I can do difficult things.
- I have new ideas.
- I have got what It takes to make a difference.
- Open doors of favour follow me wherever I go.
How to Use Affirmations as a Christian
Everything in our life should be with the goal to please God, honor him and stay close to Him.
In Joshua 1:8, God speaks to Joshua and says (in verse 8) to “keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
The key is to meditate on God’s word and to speak it out. In doing so you will prosper and have success.
Your mind will be filled with things that are good, noble and true, and your awareness of God in your situations will be prevalent.
We should never use affirmations as a magical replacement for biblical engagement.
God is the prize, seeking first Him and His Kingdom! Not what we want.
Why use affirmations and declarations?
By now you know the power of speaking truth and life and the effects it has even on living organisms.
A study by the Royal Horticultural Society found that talking to your plants can actually help them grow faster.
So we know they work.
That alone is a good enough reason.
Also as we saw in the section before. God asks Joshua to meditate on the Law and to always keep It on his lips.
We are to fill ourselves with God’s word, and His presence and allow that to flow out of us and become active as we speak it out over our life, friends, family and circumstances.
Life is challenging
Providing you weren’t born yesterday, then I’m sure you’ve experienced the full contact nature of ‘being alive’.
We all face challenging circumstances.
and many more.
By spending time in God’s presence and in His word we are stewarding life and hope in the well of our hearts and in our minds, so that we, like Joshua, can focus on them and speak them out to encourage and strengthen ourselves in the Lord.
Are affirmations enough?
For those who are struggling with fear and anxiety, relying on biblical affirmations is a helpful way to practically outwork your faith.
Declaring biblical affirmations such as “I can do all things through Christ” or “God is my refuge and strength” can provide a sense of peace and security.
We know the bible is the truth and it leads us to the author, Jesus.
In the book of Joshua, there are some bible verses that mention meditating on the law day and night and obeying it so that you might succeed and prosper in everything.
Wow! So there is power in the word of God. Both in meditating on it and speaking it out.
However, the key I recognize in Joshua 1:8 is obeying, the act of following through.
Affirmations can be beneficial, but without actually taking steps and trusting that what you’re saying is true (even if you don’t currently see it) is putting faith into action.
Our personal experience using daily affirmations
Affirmations and declarations really did change our life back in 2014.
At the time we were studying at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding California. One of our classes was with the leader Steve Backlund who along with his wife Wendy lead a ministry called Igniting Hope.
I had the privilege of travelling on a ministry trip to Canada with them both and got to see the power of Jesus and came back with a breakthrough in hope, joy, a hunger for the word and a desire to declare and affirm scripture.
We started to declare daily, whether in the car, walking or whatever.
We even used to have a little clicker counter that we used to keep track throughout the day of all the declarations and affirmations we said.
In doing this, it stirred up such an expectation for the Spirit of God to move, to open doors and opportunities.
Now, a few years on and with a young family, we write affirmations and declarations with the kids and speak them out often at the dining room table at the start of our day.
We have designed posters and printed them to put on the walls around our house to remind us.
Alignment with God
When we align ourselves with God and focus on what He’s focusing on. We want what He wants and that impacts how we pray and what we believe for.
We become more outrageously faith-filled in our requests to Him, knowing that He is a good God who desires to give good gifts to His children.
FAQ About Christian Affirmations
What are the three major affirmations at the heart of Christianity?
1. Belief in the Trinity: The belief in one God who exists as three distinct persons – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2. Belief in Jesus Christ: The belief that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of humanity, born of a virgin, crucified, resurrected, ascended into heaven and will return at the end of time to judge mankind.
3. Belief in Salvation through grace: The belief that salvation is freely given by God’s grace and cannot be earned or achieved through works or merit.
What are some Biblical affirmations for self-worth?
1. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
2. “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” (Song of Songs 4:7)
3. “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
4. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)
5. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Are affirmations against Christianity?
No, affirmations are not against Christianity. Affirmations are positive statements that are used to either encourage oneself or to manifest a desired outcome. Affirmations can often be used as a form of prayer alongside scripture.
Should I speak my Bible affirmations out loud?
It is up to you whether you choose to speak your Bible affirmations out loud.
Saying them out loud can add power and meaning to the affirmations, as it requires a more active engagement with the words and can help reinforce the affirmation in your mind.
Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I would encourage you to speak them out loud so that you can hear yourself saying them.
Even now as you’re reading this, I declare that God is on the move in your life and is working ALL things together for you. He has a plan for you to prosper you and not bring you harm, and He longs for you to let your requests and needs be made known to Him.
What if you don’t have the thing you want because you haven’t asked Him for it?
What if today is a day of new beginnings, new opportunities of grace and favor and the best day of your life so far?
How Good Can It Get!
Do you use Christian affirmations and declarations? Let us know about it in the comments below.