“… I want you to affirm strongly concerning these things, so that those believing God may take care to be devoted to good works. These things are excellent and profitable to men.” (Titus 3:8; Berean Literal Bible)
At a very tender age of 6, I was taught the Apostle’s Creed as part of my religious training. The Words of the creed states:“I believe in GOD, the FATHER Almighty: The Creator of heaven and earth: And in JESUS CHRIST HIS only SON our LORD: Born of the virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; Was Crucified, died and buried: HE descended into hell. The third day, HE rose again from dead and ascended into heaven. Seated at the right hand of GOD the FATHER Almighty, from whence HE shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting, Amen”
It is on that foundation that my belief system was formulated. Those words impacted my life greatly, for it introduced me to and kept me focused on GOD the Creator. And it has stuck in my memory all these years. So, it is quite easy for me to make solemn declarations by hammering away at the truths of what I believe. The foundation was well laid. It is never too late to start a good thing.
Words are powerful. Spoken words create what it speaks of. Words have the power to change lives.
GOD’s Word is dynamo.
The more GOD’s Words are imprinted in our mind, and released with our mouths, the more the supernatural is released to workout in our lives.
Our opening scripture says “I want you to affirm strongly…”
To affirm (v) is to state something emphatically or publicly.
Affirmation (n.) serves the same purpose as an oath for a person who objects to oath taking on religious or ethical reasons. Some of its Synonyms are as follows:
“ ‘Declaration’, ‘proclamation’, ‘avow’, ‘vow’, ‘pledge’, ‘give one’s word’, ‘swear’, and ‘give an undertaking’ ”.
Biblically, the Christian should live a life of continual affirmation of GOD’s Word. Therefore, “… let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes ‘ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil”. (Matthew 5:37; NASB)
JESUS CHRIST gave insight into what we should affirm and how to say it. He disclosed this in John 12:49-50 when HE said
“I have not spoken on My own, but the Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it. And I know that His command leads to eternal life. So I speak exactly what the Father has told me to say.”
Therefore, just as JESUS CHRIST did, we are to affirm the FATHER’s Words. The Word of GOD is spirit and life. They are not religious clichés or religious hype meant to give you an emotional high. Rather, they are life transforming Words, full of grace and power and capable of recreating lives and the world.
Instead of bellyaching over your adverse circumstances, get a hold of GOD’s Word that pertains to your circumstances and keep talking it.
The more you constantly affirm GOD’s Word, the more the Word gains ascendancy in your life.
It is necessary for the Believer in CHRIST to constantly affirm:
“I am a new creation in CHRIST. I am infused with the eternal life of GOD and therefore not vulnerable to the crippling influences of this world. I affirm that the life and power of GOD is working in my spirit, soul and body. That same Spirit that raised CHRIST from the dead vitalizes my body and invigorates me always.” Hallelujah!
Affirmation sets clearly defined boundaries for the forces of evil, while expanding your horizon.
As a Christian, you should never agree with the symptoms of sickness or diseases. Because when you agree, you make it an established fact. In Amos 3:3, the question is asked:
“Can two walk together, except they are agreed?”
It follows therefore that sickness or any contrary situation can’t walk with you without your agreement.
You should never give consent to sickness: never say ‘I am sick’ or ‘I have cancer’. They are not yours. Sickness is among the works of the devil that CHRIST came and destroyed. So don’t affirm it. Say ‘no, no’ to that doctors report. Reject it from your spirit. Don’t walk with it you. Hallelujah!
A few years ago, I received a bad report from the doctor. My mind kept playing the report back to me. My imagination went on overdrive and kept playing horrible videos about the condition. I became sicker. Fear gripped my soul.
What happened? I agreed with the doctor’s report and the forces of evil took advantage to torment me which inadvertently worsened the condition.
In the midst of the fear and pains, GOD’s Word came to my Spirit by the way of Don Moen’s song “I am the LORD that healeth thee”. That day, something snapped in me and faith welled up in me to war against that condition with GOD’s Word.
Whatever you allow continues, but whatever you reject stops. For as long as I accepted that sickness, it stayed and became worse. But when I disagreed with it, our relationship terminated and it had to go away.
Likewise do not agree with lack, limitation, poverty, depression, fear etc. Instead boldly declare that GOD’s grace abounds to you and you have more than enough: affirm that you are the healed, the graced, the favored, the righteous, etc. And it shall become the norm in your life.
You belong to the Kingdom of GOD. And “… the Kingdom of God is … of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17).
It is GOD’s design that you live a life of goodness, peace and joy. Anything contrary speaks of satanic interference. And you war against Satan’s evil machinations by affirming GOD’s Words.
Never be accepting of negative happenings without conducting the Word-test. Line it up with GOD’s Word. GOD’s written Word is HIS mind revealed to us. Do not be taken in by the devil’s devices to pervert GOD’s Word. He would try to convince you that your challenges are GOD ordained. Speak GOD’s Word to that challenge and it will conform to GOD’s perfect will.
Some ignorant folks think affirmation is synonymous to denial. Denial is a defense mechanism whereas affirmation is the Christian’s weapon for offense.
When the world fell into darkness and was in confusion, GOD spoke Words to put light and order back into it. And that same GOD says to you now:
“I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, ‘You are My people.” (Isaiah 51:16).
And what Word has GOD put in your mouth?
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming (Romans 10:8).
GOD’s word is given to you to enable you live victoriously in this life.
The forces of evil cannot stand the power in GOD’s Word For as scripture says: “… thou hast made thy name to be magnificent and raised up thy spoken word above all things.” (Psalm 138:2 ; Jubilee Bible, 2000). Hallelujah! GOD’s name and Word is magnified and exalted above all things. That GOD is our GOD!
The Church of GOD is a prevailing force and not a group of cowards who hide behind defense mechanisms. Affirmation is a weapon for spiritual warfare.
With our Affirmations, we put the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of GOD’’ (Ephesians 6:17) to work. There is nowhere GOD’s Word can’t penetrate and no situation or circumstances it cannot transform.
Make bold your confessions for “God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment. (2 Timothy 1:7; GOD’S WORD® Translation)
Declare your healing, deliverance, salvation, success, and prosperity. Say what GOD’s Word say about your life and not what the devil assail you with. Hold fast the profession of your faith. Keep on declaring the CHRIST achieved for you. Declare who you are in CHRIST.
It does not matter what people are saying about you. Re-echo GOD’s Word. That is who you are.
LET US PRAY:
ABBA DAD, I am so grateful for your Word which YOU have sent into my life today. I declare that YOUR Word has gained ascendancy in my life. My mind is conditioned to think and act on YOUR Word always. For in YOU I live, move and have my being.
I declare That everything that pertains and relates to me-my family, ministries, health, finances, health, aspirations and goals functions in accordance with YOUR Word.
I affirm that I continually experience peace, joy, prosperity, goodwill, supernatural favors, divine health, expanded mercy and great grace; in CHRIST loving name. Amein.- hephzibah christly