What we say will manifest. Good or bad. This is something that I know to be true because I have seen its power. Most of the things I have found myself meditating on over and over in my life have happened. Period. This past week I had such a great convo with the bubbly Ayana Iman who is a mommy, blogger and life coach. Our conversation was casual in nature, just to get to know one another as we were introduced online. Within that talk, I was reminded of the importance of affirmation because Ayana is a huge advocate for it and helps coach people with their own. It’s not something I always think about, but it is something that has really become a habit in my life. For me, most often it is in the form of a confession derived from scripture in the Bible. And so I wanted to take some time today to talk about its importance and maybe help you write some of your own.
I know that you have often heard how much we can really be our own enemies. I mean at times my mind is a vast wasteland of less than positive thoughts about myself and so at a certain point I had to do something about it. On that same call, Ayana said something that I say all the time and that is that “I am” are two of the most powerful words that you can put before anything. What follows will shape your reality. Trust. And Jesus was the great I am. So when we put that in front of anything, we are using his name and we get to decide whether we are using it in honor or in vain.
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:13-14
Not every confession has to begin with I am. But the importance is that you are proclaiming what you know to be true. Often when I am having a negative thought or whatever it is, I will try to conjure up some of the things that I know to be true. I think so many of us suffer from anxiety at times and so in those moments I say to myself, “I will be anxious for nothing and in all things make my request known to God.” This immediately snaps me back into a place of peace. I pray on it and then I release it.
When I was in a space where I was really hoping to get to a place of being married to my significant other, I wrote out a confession about it. Now that I am engaged, I STILL speak this confession for my pending nuptials and I will probably still use even after we get married to continue to set the tone and the course for our relationship. Below is my actual confession.
I am a good thing and I will be found by my husband. (Prov. 18:22)
My husband will love me like Christ loved the church. (Ephesians 5:22-25)
I will become one flesh with my husband. (Gen. 2:24)
Lord I thank you that my husband is from you. He is a gift. (James 1:17)
I am a virtuous woman, my price is far above rubies. (Prov. 31:10) *And really the whole Proverbs 31 is great.
I will seek first the kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto me. (Matthew 6:33)
1 Corr. 13 – THE WHOLE THING!
God will rejoice over my union. (Isaiah 62:5)
My body belongs to my husband. (1 Corr. 7)
And so I would literally say these OUT LOUD. I also still repeat as we are planning for our wedding. I know that the marriage thing can be an annoying one. You may say “Look, I am looking for way more than a husband from God,” and I get that. It’s not just about something like that. I also wrote a confession when I had a health scare that was everything that God says about us being whole. I also have a shorter confession that I say EVERY single day that includes:
I’m in agreement with you. I believe you have shifted things in my favor and you are taking me farther, faster. I believe something great is going to happen to me today and I believe something great is going to happen through me today. I am the head and not the tail. I am above and not beneath. I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony. I will lend to many nations and borrow from none. I don’t know your plan, but I know that you love me, what you do will be good and I will be blessed. Lord I pray to extend the same grace to others that you extend to me.
So it can be about whatever. Believe me, the one thing I love about the Bible is that it literally addresses like every human emotion EVER. Every situation that you could possibly be going through, the Bible has some word in it that you can confess. And it’s by faith. So you may be saying some things that aren’t quite your reality yet, but I promise you that it will begin to take shape. The more that God recognizes that faith, He is pleased and believe me the blessings come in His time.
You WILL have what you say. We have talked about this in many different ways on the blog. But here you have the opportunity to be an active participant in what will come to pass in your life. The woe is me attitude will get you NOWHERE fast. I know because I spent a lot of time with a victim mentality. But the good news is that you don’t have to stay there. You can make the decision today to positively affirm the life that you are striving for and watch how things begin to manifest. My Pastor actually talked today about how we already receive it in the spirit and we just have to wait for it to manifest in this realm.
So what will you write a confession about? Is it trusting God more? Is it your mouth? Is it your pride? Is it chasing after the fruit of the spirit? Whatever it is, there is something in God’s word that will help you confess it by faith. It’s really up to you!
Have you ever written a confession? Did you then see a difference in your life once you began to change your perspective? I would love to hear from you in the comments!
Also, don’t forget, I am giving away a pair of tickets to the Kirk Franklin show at Tower Theater in Philadelphia. Winner will be selected on Jan. 31!