One key aspect of being a kingdom driven leader is learning how to lead yourself. Unfortunately, at least in my experience I’ve found that is much harder than leading others. One big reason for this is that I tend to listen to the voices in my head. “You’re a failure” and variations of that are the most common accusation. Without using something like affirmations and reminding myself what God says about me, I’d be lost.
Affirmation is one of those words you often hear at a self-help seminar. The idea that what you say to yourself matters is pretty popular with motivational speakers and supposed gurus. There is one reason why what they teach is popular. Because it works and surprisingly it’s actually biblical. A self-spoken pep talk is beneficial but Tony Robbins didn’t create affirmations, I dare say God did. Long before we had the word, we had the Word and God literally breathed us into existence with His Word.
What Are Affirmations
If you want you can look up the actual definition, but for my purposes, “Affirmations are the things you say to yourself to help you change your attitude or some other aspect of yourself.”
How Do Affirmations Work?
I’m not going to go too deep into cognitive congruence or neural pathways here, but essentially you have two big factors working for you when you use affirmations. First and most importantly, your words have power (Proverbs 18:21). Secondly, when you say something out loud your brain starts to try to move toward what you said. Our subconscious mind feverishly looks for things it can systematize to make our lives easier (more efficient). That’s how habits are created and why they are so powerful. When you say “I can’t do it,” your brain seeks to confirm this and systematize it away so you can use your conscious mind to solve bigger problems. When you say, “I am courageous!” your brain also seeks to confirm this. Gears start turning in the background to begin to make those things true. This is an over simplification but this covers the basics.
Biblical vs “Positive” Affirmations
Not all affirmations are created equal. Saying, “I’m a millionaire” when you’re unemployed and living with your parents likely won’t change your circumstance. Saying over and over again, “people like me, people like me, people like me” won’t necessarily make people like you. It might help give you confidence that people like you. However, these type of affirmations are what I’d call positive affirmations. They are good and encouraging. However, there are more powerful affirmations available. Biblical affirmations are based on truth. God spoke these over us, His children, and we can simply claim them for ourselves. You can go from saying, “people like me” to “I am passionately loved.”
Below are some Biblical truths about what God says and thinks about you. These affirmations can be taken wholeheartedly and claimed over yourself. Simply writing this out at a resource for myself has made a huge difference in my mornings.
How To Use These I Am Affirmations
There are 31 of these I am affirmations. Ideally, you’d read each one out loud over yourself every day. In addition, you should review the scripture on each one and meditate on that one. This doesn’t have to take an hour, but a simple daily reminder that God loves you, made you and cares deeply about your future can really make a big difference.
I Am Affirmations
“I am” affirmations are not to be confused with “I AM.” We are never declaring that we are God or anything like that. Instead, we’re claiming the promises in the word of God and simply claiming what He’s already called us.
- I am adopted into God’s Family (Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:14-19, Galatians 4:5-7, Psalm 27:10 )
- I am a child to the King of Kings (1 Peter 2:9, Galatians 4:5-7, John 1:12, Romans 8:14-19)
- I am passionately loved (Romans 8:38, Psalm 56:8, Isaiah 43:4)
- I am a new person in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Isaiah 43:18-19)
- I am not weary (Galatians 6:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:13, Matthew 11:28, Psalm 94: 19)
- I can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13, Deuteronomy 20:4, 1 Corinthians 15:57)
- I am remarkably made (Psalm 139:14, Psalm 139:1-24, Genesis 1:27)
- I am extraordinary (Ephesians 2:10, Genesis 1:27)
- I am provided for (Matthew 6:30-35, 2 Peter 1:3, Deuteronomy 20:4)
- I am valuable (1 Peter 1:18-19, John 3:16, Psalm 56:8)
- I am chosen (John 15:16, 1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 1: 4)
- I am courageous (Deuteronomy 31:6, 2 Timothy 1:7)
- I am a conqueror (Romans 8:37, Deuteronomy 20:4, 1 Corinthians 15:57)
- I am strong (Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 138:3, Isaiah 40:30-31, 2 Corinthians 12: 10)
- I am forgiven (1 John 1:9, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 3:13)
- I am blameless (Ephesians 1:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
- I am fearless (2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 23: 4, Psalm 56:3-4)
- I am blessed (Ephesians 1:3, Matthew 5:1-48, 3 John 1:2)
- I am righteous (Romains 1:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- I am pure (1 John 3:3,1 Peter 1:22)
- I am patient (1 Corinthians 13:4, Galatians 6:9)
- I am kind (Colossians 3:12, 1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
- I am covered in God’s armor (Ephesians 6:10-18, Psalm 18:2)
- I am wrapped in God’s arms (some translations say wings) (Psalm 91:4 TPT, Isaiah 25:4)
- I am heard (Psalm 116:1-2, 1 John 3:22)
- I am enough (2 Peter 1:3, 2 Corinthian 3:5, Colossians 2:10)
- I am not alone (Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 54:10, Psalm 48:14, Psalm 46: 1-2)
- I am healed (1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 147:3)
- I am accepted (Romans 15:7, Romans 8:14-19, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:3-6, Colossians 1:21-22)
- I have a future(Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Philippians 1:6)
- I am at peace (Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 23, Mathew 6, Psalm 94: 19)
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.Psalm 139:14 NLT
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
Your authority is my strength and my peace.[g] The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.Psalm 23:4 TPT
Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you. Put on God’s complete set of armor provided for us, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser!
Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious. Put on truth as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph. Put on holiness as the protective armor that covers your heart. Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace.
In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the evil one! Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a helmet to protect your thoughts from lies. And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken word of God. Pray passionately in the Spirit, as you constantly intercede with every form of prayer at all times. Pray the blessings of God upon all his believers.Ephesians 6:10-18 TPT