AFFIRMATIONS OF PRAISE - REMINDERS OF GOD WORKING IN YOUR LIFE
An affirmation is a positive declaration of something you know to be true.
An affirmation of praise is a positive declaration that recognizes the power and presence of God working in your life at specific times and places.
Praise is not about feelings. It's about facts that reflect the power and presence of God.
Do not confuse praise with emotion.
Praise is not emotion, but words of praise often are full of emotion.
Praise is an affirmation of the power and presence of God in your life.
Emotion is how you feel because of what God is doing on your behalf.
Praise focuses on facts. Emotion focuses on feelings.
Don't place your faith in your feelings, because feelings change.
Place your faith in God who is working in specific and concrete ways to make your life into something good.
Praise is a recognition of God's specific actions on your behalf. It reminds you that God is at work in your life.
Praise recognizes what God has done in the past.
When your eyes of praise look into the past, you see the hand of God working things out. God made a way when it appeared there was no way. God exchanged your impossibilities for His possibilities.
Praise recognizes what God is doing in the present.
When your eyes of praise look at the present, you see what God is doing in your life right now. You see a here and now God who has a positive plan. When you get in agreement with Him, He takes you to places far beyond your early limited dreams.
Praise recognizes what God will do for you in the future.
When your eyes of praise look into the future, you see God leading the way and showing you where to take the next step.
Praise connects you with God and is part of your conversation with God. You talk to God and thank Him for all He is doing.
Praise is a major part of your relationship with God. It's your personal conversation with the Father - spirit to Spirit - heart to Heart. It reminds you of God's presence and power. It's spiritual glue that strengthens your connection with God.
I suspect that God enjoys our praise because it can only come from hearts that love and trust Him. Words of praise confirm that we love God with all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength.
I also suspect that praise is more for us than it is for God.
God doesn't have an ego problem that needs to be propped up with words of praise. On the other hand, we need to speak words of praise.
The more we praise, the more we affirm God's presence and power. The more we praise, the more we see God at work in the past. The more we praise, the more we see God at work in a personal way in the present. The more we praise, the more we trust God to lead us into the future. The more we praise, the more faith wells up in our heart and mind.
Praise is more than just words. It creates an atmosphere in which God manifests his presence and power in miraculous ways.
When Paul and Silas were locked up in prison, they sang songs of praise so loud that all the other prisoners could hear how God was working in their lives. They had just been beaten, they were in chains, and their legs were in stocks. They should have been in the dungeon of despair. Instead, they sang words of praise to the God who was rocking their world. It wasn't long until God sent an earthquake and released them from their stocks and chains.
The message is clear. Songs and words of praise break the chains of lack, limitation, captivity and addiction.
When you are down, you are never out if you sing words of praise. God honors praise by demonstrating his power as you face your biggest challenges.
In days of King Jehoshaphat, a coalition of armies assembled to attack Jerusalem. The situation appeared grave and the people were afraid. In the midst of the terror, the word of the Lord came to Jehoshaphat with the following message, "Do not be afraid or be discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you."
The next day Jehoshaphat appointed men to go in front of the army of Israel and sing praises to God as they went.
In the eyes of the world, this was a suicide mission. People singing songs of praise on the front lines between two armies prepared for combat. But eyes of praise saw a completely different picture. They could see that the battle was the Lord's, and they sang songs that recognized God's presence and power. When the foreign armies heard the songs of praise, they began fighting among themselves, and they fled the battlefield running for their lives.
That's the way praise works. Praise is a shield that goes before you. When you praise God, the shield goes up.
When you complain and doubt, the shield comes down.
Every time you face a challenge, you need to say words of praise. Every time trouble surrounds you on all sides, you need to sing songs of praise.
God is your shield and defender when praise fills your heart and mind. When you praise God, your shield goes up and the battle is the Lord's. So take up your positions, stand firm, sing praises, and see the deliverance of the Lord.
THE MEGA AFFIRMATION
When I jump into God's ocean of love, my life is never the same. I am born spiritually and become a new person. Old things pass away and all things become new. I look at the world through new eyes and listen with new ears. I think new thoughts, take new actions, and have a new life.
God's love changes the way I think and feel. His love washes the toxic waste out of my mind and gives me a clean mind and a pure heart. My old way of thinking and feeling is gone. My mistakes and failures are cast into God's ocean of love.
For the first time in my life, I dare to call God my Father and live as one of his children.
God's love heals my damaged emotions, and my negative feelings and guilt are washed away in a tidal wave of love.
Each day I jump into God's ocean of love and have a life transforming experience. Dabbling in it will never do. This isn't something I do just once and the positive effects last for a lifetime. I do it every day for the rest of my life. For as long as I live, I will max out on God's love.
THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN THE UNIVERSE IS GOD'S LOVE
E. Stanley Jones said, “God is love, and works by love, and by nothing else than love.” The power and presence of God in the world is love.
God’s love provides the healing touch that restores my damaged emotions to full health.
I don’t need more money or more things.
High achievement and recognition for my accomplishments will not heal the hurt I feel inside.
More than anything else, I need to be transformed by the power of God’s love. Only his love can heal my life.
I AM NOT ALONE
I live in a world created and sustained by love.
The Creator of the universe surrounds me and fills my heart with love.
The presence and power of God in my life is love.
God’s love is unconditional; there is nothing I can do or must do to earn it. It’s an eternal fact that sustains the world. It forms the foundation for my self-esteem, and his love makes me worthy.
When my heart is full of God’s love, it’s full of his presence and power.
It’s impossible to have unconditional love in my heart without God putting it there.
Unconditional love isn’t in my chromosomes. Only God can breathe it into my life.
I HAVE A CLEAN SLATE
God loves me and accepts me the way I am, but He loves me too much to let me stay that way.
This is my ultimate reason for hope.
God is on my side. He wants to fill my heart with his love, banish my limitations, and wash away the plague of negative thoughts from my mind.
God’s love carries away my burden of guilt.
His love not only wipes the slate clean, it also throws the slate away.
God has a plan for my life that is better than anything I can imagine.
There is no limit to how good my life can become when I max out on the power of his love.
FAITH ISN'T ABOUT SIZE
Faith isn't about size. Instead, it’s about stepping out in the direction of my dreams regardless of the consequences.
Jesus said if I had faith the size of a mustard seed, I could move mountains.
Jesus meant that faith doesn’t come in small, medium, or large sizes. It’s either present or absent. If it’s absent, my life is full of limitations, and I go nowhere. If it’s present, I can move mountains.
I never need to worry if I have enough faith.
Any faith at all is enough to start moving in a positive direction.
I will always have sufficient faith to be the best I can be and do the best I can do.
As I walk on the path to my dreams, I don’t need to see far into the distance. I only need to see where to take the next step. If I am faithful in taking the next step, I will eventually reach my dreams.
Faith isn’t magic. Rather, it’s the practical method by which I make my dreams happen.
When I am willing to do whatever it takes, when I am willing to take the next step, when I am willing to take the risk and accept the consequences, then I have all the faith I need to make my dreams come true.
NOTHING CAN SEPARATE ME FROM GOD'S LOVE
Romans 8:37-39 states: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This scripture states the facts of love in an unequivocal way.
There is nothing in the entire universe that can separate me from God’s love.
God is my Father, and his love floods my heart and mind and makes me whole.
There is no limit to how good my life can become when my heart and mind are full of God’s love.