Affirmations (Speaking God’s Words)

Speaking God’s Words

By Erin Lamb

God has great things to say about us. I believe that words are powerful. More powerful than we often choose to believe. Not only are the words we speak about others important, the words we speak to and about ourselves are important. If we speak negatively about ourselves, the fruit in our lives will be a negative self-image. God wants His children to be confident.

So, how do we get God’s words into our thoughts? We meditate on the word of God. We speak what He would speak. At first it may seem like a futile activity. However, God’s word does not return void, but accomplishes all it is sent out to do. TD Jakes said something that resonated with me. He said, “We cannot have God’s fruit in our lives, if we do not have His word in our hearts.” What we meditate on (think about, ponder, recite, allow into our thoughts) is what will be manifested in our lives. Faith plays a part too, believing what we are hearing.  I have found that I have an important role as well. I have found that I suffer from stinking thinking unless I take every thought captive, feed my mind good things, be mindful of what I am listening to, and reject any words that are not edifying. Here are some affirmations from Christ Word Ministries.

Affirmations from Christ Word Ministries (used with permission).

I recognize by faith that God is worthy of all honor, praise, and worship as the Creator and Sustainer and End of all things. As my Creator I confess that God made me for Himself. In this day I therefore choose to live for Him according to Revelation 5:9,10 and 4:11; Isaiah 43:1, 7, 21.

I recognize by faith that God loved me and chose me in Christ before time began according to Ephesians 1:1-7.

I recognize in faith that God has proven His love to me in sending His Son to die in my place, whereby every provision has already been made for my past, present, and future needs through His representative work whereby I have been quickened, raised, seated with Christ in the heavenlies and anointed with the Holy Spirit according Rom. 5:6-11; 8:28-39; Ephesians 1:3;2:5-6.

I recognize by faith that since I have received Christ as my Lord and Savior, I believe God’s word that He has received me, adopted me into His family whereby He assumed every responsibility for me. My body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed, healed, delivered, and sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ.

My members, the parts of my body, are instruments of righteousness, yielded to God for His services and for His glory.

The enemy has no place in me, no power over me, no unsettled claims against me. All has been settled by the Blood of Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:18

I have overcome the enemy by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony, and I love not my life unto death. I crucify my flesh, my self, my ego, my way, etc…My body is for the Lord and the Lord is for my body.

Through the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am justified, made righteous, just as if I’d never sinned. Though Jesus I am sanctified, made holy, and set apart unto God. Jesus cleanses my conscience from dead works to serve a Living God.

Blessed be the God and Father who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against me in judgement God shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.

I desire to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

I am saved from wrath by Him and justified by the Blood of Lamb.

I submit myself to God who gives more grace to the humble, and He will lift me up.

Behold, the Lord Jesus Christ has given unto me power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt me.

I cast down every vain imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and I bring every thought captive to the obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am a new creature in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17

I am the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19

I am holy and without blame before Him in love. 1 Peter 1:16, Ephesians 1:4

I am accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:6

I am a partaker of His Divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4

I am called of God. 2 Timothy 1:9

I am complete in Christ and alive with Christ. Galatians 2:20

I am being changed into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 1:6

I am Christ’s friend. John 15:15

I am His disciple because I have love for others. John 13:34-35.

I am chosen and deeply loved by God. Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 2:9

I am a citizen of heaven and seated in heaven right now. Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 2:6

I am an expression of the Life of Christ because He is my life. Colossians 3:4

I am not the Great I AM, but by the grace of God I am what I am. 1 Corinthians 15:10

I am an heir of God since I am a son/daughter of God. Galatians 3:26, 28

I am one of God’s living stones and I am being brought up as a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5

I am a Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, a people for God’s own possession to proclaim the excellence of Him. 1 Peter 2:9-10

I am Christ’s friend. John 15:16

I am overtaken with blessings. Deuteronomy 28:2, Ephesians 1;3

I am free from condemnation. John 5:24

I am reconciled to God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:18

I am qualified to share in Christ’s inheritance. Colossians 1:12

I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:7

I am the apple of my Father’s eye. Deuteronomy 32:10

Closing prayer.

“Abba I pray we would meditate on Your words and thoughts towards us. I pray that any thoughts, any seeds planted in our minds that do not line up with Your word would be cast down and thrown out. May our minds be fed by Your truth and Your truth alone. You love us. You care for us. You have great plans for us. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.”

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You Are a Unique Treasure

You Are a Unique Treasure

by Erin Lamb

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  Your works are wonderful,  I know that full well, Psalm 139:14.

I belong to My beloved,  and His desire is for me, Song of Songs 7:10

Beautiful people. I wanted to share some pictures of my favorite flower, the orchid. I love all orchids. They come in so many colors, shapes, sizes, and variations. I love that God is creative. He is not only creative with the flowers He made. He was creative with all the people He made as well. Yeah God. Isn’t it great that we are not all the same? I think so. If we all had the same gifts and talents, then life would be boring. God takes delight in all the beautiful things He created, including us. He smiles on all that He has made. He thinks everything He made is beautiful. So, why in our culture is there such disparity between what God says and our reality?

I believe that we are all born with the desire to be accepted, loved, cherished, affirmed, and the desire for security. Some of us are born into loving homes that provide all those things. Some of us are born into families that did not include some of those things or any of those things. If we did grow up in a loving family, then we leave and venture out into a world that has a drastically different reality from heaven. The world says that we need to look a certain way, fit into a certain mold, or meet certain criteria in order to be beautiful. That’s untrue. Everything God makes is beautiful in His eyes, and only His opinion matters. Easier said than done, but I often wonder what life would be like if God controlled our thoughts.

The world also teaches us that we need the acceptance of other people, we need the nicest things, we need to be the smartest and brightest, we need to have a certain amount of money, influence, the right friends or significant other, that we need a great spouse in order to have value and security. If we obtain all these things, then we will be valuable. Absolutely untrue. What makes a person valuable is one thing, being a child of God and only He can provide complete security and identity.

God views us all the same, as objects of His affection. He loves us all the same, even those who don’t know Him. Humans like comparison so we can feel better about ourselves. God however looks at us individually as a unique treasure. He doesn’t say to the lion, “Be more like a tiger.” He tells the lion, “Be the best lion you can be.” He is saying the same to us, “Be the best you, you can be! You are My unique treasure. I made you to shine brightly for Me. I don’t want you to be anyone else. Just be you.”  Yes, when we invite Him into our lives He begins to make changes, but He simply removes anything that would hinder true freedom or things that are detrimental to us. When He makes changes in our lives it’s always to make us the truest version of ourselves, who He created us to be.

There is so much freedom that comes from surrendering our identity to God. He knows everything about us and loves us unconditionally. Only He can tell us who we are, what we are here for, and only He can provide ultimate security through relationship with Him. God wants us to believe that His words and thoughts toward us are true. God likes us. God loves us! God says, “You are a unique treasure.” Check out the orchid pics below. All different, all beautiful.

The Order of Love

The Order of Love
By Erin Lamb

Jesus replied:

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments,” Matthew 22: 39-40.

The context of these verses are that the Pharisees and Sadducees were trying to trap Jesus by asking what is the greatest commandment. He had just put their questions to rest about the resurrection. Jesus always has the perfect answer, see verses from Matthew 22 above. Fast forward to us, modern day Christians. We are no longer under the law, but under grace. We don’t serve God to win His approval or love others to win His approval. Everything needed was already given in Christ. Through relationship with Him we are made righteous, not by works or living under the law, but by faith and relationship with Jesus. That’s good news, that we are invited into a deep love relationship with God Himself. 

There is however a principle to this verse (something we can learn from it). God is a God of order. He is perfect in His ways. The engineer in me loves this about Him. He does things in order. He is not messy, sloppy, nor does He half do anything. The order of love was designed by Him. It goes as follows.

The Order of Love:

1.      Receive love from God. If we do not first receive His love for us, we have nothing to give Him back. We have nothing to give ourselves or others. The first step is always receiving His love by faith and trusting in His unfailing love for us. If we refuse to believe that God loves us, there is a breakdown in the flow of love. We will not be able to love Him, ourselves, or anyone else the way He intended. If we have not received His mercy, grace, acceptance, and love, it will not flow out of us.

2.      Love God. If we put anything ahead of God it will destroy us. Money, relationships, ministry, image, spouse, significant other, work…anything we place ahead of devotion to Him becomes an idol. We are called to love Him back with the love He gives us. As the vertical (God) relationship is worked out, the horizontal (others) relationship get better and better.

3.      Love Yourself. I have heard way too many people say that humility is hating yourself, picking yourself apart, and debasing yourself. That is not scriptural and is a false form of pride. Jesus didn’t do it, therefore it is not humility. He was perfect in humility, yet He loved Himself and was confident in who God made Him to be. If we do not love and accept ourselves we cannot love others. You cannot give away what you do not have. The way you judge yourself, is how you will judge others.

4.      Love Others. Many times we try to love people first without going in the order of love. It fails. It fails because God’s ways are perfect. We cannot love people the way He wants them loved in our strength, in our own power, and with our human love. It will fail. His love however, never fails. It is perfect. If we love in the order He planned for it go, then there will be fruit. It will be love that is patient, kind, long suffering, gentle, forgiving, truthful, humble, not envious or jealous, giving, serving, filled with compassion, and self controlled. 

Lastly, one of the things that popped into my head this week was that we say, “I love you,” all the time to people. But what does that mean? Sometimes I want to ask people, “What does that mean to you?” We attribute love to kindness, spending time, and superficial things. However, love is more than that. Here are my definitions of love. Love means I will correct you in love if you are wrong. Love means I will suffer with you. Love means I will pray for you. Love means I will sacrifice for you. Love means I will put your best interests, and God’s best interests for you at the forefront of my mind. Love means I will feed you if you’re hungry, clothe you if you are naked, encourage you, be there to help you, be a good steward of your heart, time, and anything connected to you. Love means I will treat all things connected to you with love and respect. Love means I will give you the benefit of the doubt until you prove otherwise. Love means I will forgive you and seek to give you the very best of me. Love means I will be honest, transparent, hopeful, merciful, and seek God for the source of love for you. Love means I will be kind to you to the best of my ability and seek God for more of His love for you.

Sometimes people love us with all that they have, but if God is not the source of that love, then it will fall short. If you encounter someone who doesn’t love you well, pray that the order of love come into alignment into their lives. Also check your heart and see if your expectations are reasonable, people were never intended to replace God. Only God can give a love that does not fail. However, by praying for the person, there is hope for change. Only God can change a person from the inside out, we cannot. We can love them, but only He can change the person so they can receive love and grow in love.
 

My prayer this year is that the order of love in lives comes into alignment. We are in this together, all learning from an awesome God!

“Abba, thank You for Your mercy, love, forgiveness, grace, and all that You have done for us. Fill us to overflow with Your love. Help us to receive Your love, Your mercy, Your grace, Your acceptance. Help us to love and accept ourselves and then love others. Fill the gaps. Heal anything that hinders us from receiving Your love. Teach us your ways. Thank You! Thank You for Jesus. May He increase in us and may we be beacons of light for all the world to see. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.”