We are only human and in need of affirmation from time to time. We don’t always admit it, but we all go through our personal struggles with doubt and fear. Sometimes it takes a reminder from someone who believes in us to get us back on track. I love what I do. It breathes new life in me every day, but I still experience moments when my mind works overtime and questions my ability. When I am struggling, I need to access my reservoir of affirmations to remind myself I am worthy of all good things and I cannot settle for a mediocre life. I want to share my list of powerful affirmations with the hope they will help you find your way to a life of purpose and abundant living.
God qualifies me. We often get so caught up in winning the approval of people we forget it is God who qualifies us to do great things. In 2 Corinthians 3: 5, God reminds us our sufficiency comes from Him. We are powerful beyond measure when we are aware of where our strength comes from. Not everybody will jump for joy when you decide to live your purpose, but if it is God who qualifies you, no force on earth can stop you. Every time the imposter syndrome kicks in, remember it is God who qualifies you to live your best life and empowers you to change the lives of others.
I am not powerless because God is powerful. The humanity in us sometimes makes us feel powerless when life threatens to spin out of control. It is easy to give up in frustration, but always remember it is not about us, it is all about God. Isaiah 40: 29 reminds us in our weakest moments it is God who gives us the strength to carry on. If we put our trust only in our abilities, we are bound to fail, but if we trust in the strength God supplies, the only option we have is to win. We are never powerless, even when things seem to get away from us because we are adopted by a loving God whose power is limitless.
God can get the best out of me. I struggle sometimes with wondering if what I am doing is making a difference. Then I remember the words of Ephesians 3: 20. What I cannot see because of my limited vision has already been worked by God for His glory and purpose. God can reach people I cannot by using the work I am doing for Him. Anything I can conceive in my mind, God can do a thousand times over. Because I have little idea of the extent of God’s reach, I am challenged to always produce my best work. Whenever I doubt if what I am doing is making an impact, I remember it is God who gives all things meaning and the best of me belongs to Him.
I don’t need to be perfect; I need to be obedient. 1Corinthinas 9: 16 Paul says he is compelled to preach the gospel because Jesus entrusted him to do so. This is a man whom the Corinthians teased mercilessly because of his lack of eloquence. Paul did not seek to be perfect he was obedient to God’s will for his life. Sometimes we are guilty of wanting to hone our gifts until they are perfect before we share them with the world. God did not ask us for perfection. He asked us to be obedient to His will. If you are reading this, stop sitting on your gift; stop waiting until you have got everything right. Go out and begin sharing your gift with the world because somebody is waiting for you to help change their lives. It is Jesus who said in Luke 12: 48 to whom much is given, much is required and He requires so much more from us.
When I am discouraged, I can trust God’s direction. Moses had the mountainous task of leading Israel with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. If that is not trusting God’s direction, I don’t know what else is? Discouragement is a part of any journey to purposeful living. We will come to the fork in the road and have no clue where to turn. It is in these difficult times we must learn to trust in the direction God is leading us. Don’t be a Salmon or Trout swimming against the current trust where God is leading and go confidently. Don’t be discouraged God will never lead us where His eyes can’t see for us. That is why we walk by faith and not by sight 2Corinthinas 5: 7.
My story is important because God wrote it before me. Jeremiah 29: 11 I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. I am in awe every time I read these words. My destiny is not wrapped up in the opinions of other people. God has already written my story, and it looks amazing all the way through. You may not think you have a story worth telling, but somebody is anxiously waiting for it to change their life. Stop discounting the power of the story you have to tell. Your story is as important as those of the people you admire. When God has a hand in your life, there is nothing stopping you from taking your place in this universe.
I can do all things through Christ. Philippians 4: 13 is one of my favourite bible verses. It is my mantra and I try my best to approach every day with this at the front of my mind. This world can be cruel and discouragement waits around the corner. It is important for you to have one phrase or one thought that keeps you going when life seems like an uphill battle. When the world tells me I can’t, God tells me it is already done because He declares it so. In Genesis 18: 14 Abraham was asked, “is there anything too hard for the Lord?” Years later Jeremiah would answer,” there is nothing too hard for you”. When God says yes, we can! The best we can do is take Him at His word.
The world will not believe in you if you don’t start believing in yourself. Find your words of affirmation and make them a part of everything you do. Choose to walk in your greatness because you are walking in the favour of God. You are unstoppable, only you can keep holding you back. You have so much to give, but if you don’t step out in faith, it would all be for nothing. Everything you become begins with what you tell yourself.