If you would have told me a few years ago I would be regularly writing about daily affirmations, I would have laughed…well, not really, I was in a pretty bad place mentally so I probably would have just mumbled something to change the subject. If you would have told me before then though, I really would have laughed and probably hollered “Get thee behind me Satan!” I would have considered daily affirmations New Agey gobbledygook. Not only are they not gobbledygook, they are Biblically based and I’m going to show you the importance of daily affirmations..again.
The Importance of Daily Affirmations
Let’s start by reviewing a good working definition for affirmations. An affirmation is a declaration that something is true. (Daily Affirmations for Self Esteem) So daily affirmations are daily declarations of the truth. That sounds pretty important doesn’t? So important it is attacked…daily. The truth of who we are, what we have and what we do is attacked from the moment we wake up until we fall asleep. These attacks come from within and without and constantly try to erode the truth from us and out of us.
One of the important things to consider with our daily affirmations is that we need to begin our day with the truth. That truth will set the tone for the rest of the day. How do many of us begin the day (with the exception of Angela), “I’m tired…I’m worried about…I’m afraid of…What if…Oh no…Ugh…” How about instead, we begin proclaiming the truth.
See what we did there? We started the day proclaiming the truth, proclaiming Truth. John 17:17 states, “…thy word is truth.” Anything or anyone that comes up against that truth of our day…that comes up against Truth is a liar. Period.
So we’ve started our day intentionally–for some of this this is one of the first battles of the day, setting our mind on the truth. Now what? We continue what we’ve started…
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2)
…take every thought captive to obey Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:5)
…love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Daily affirmations are not a once and for all, that’s why they are called “daily.” We need to constantly bring our heart and mind back the truth we started our day with. The lies do not and will not stop and neither should the affirmations. During our day we keep bringing our selves back into the presence of Truth.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
The importance of biblical daily affirmations lies in their source of truth. These are not some “feel good” quick burst…like an energy drink. Daily affirmations are a lifestyle, a choice to daily meditate on the truth and goodness from God above.