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Using Biblical Affirmations in 2014

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

I hope you have enjoyed the affirmations I have shared. As I conclude, I want to share some words of encouragement with you and give you some ideas about how you can incorporate biblical affirmations for spiritual growth and renewal into each day of your life.

For many, the greatest challenge in the use of biblical affirmations is finding the affirmation passages. There are several methods that one can use to identifying biblical affirmations.

  • Some people like to identify random verses and use them for meditation and prayer. This can be done with favorite verses or with random Bible reading.
  • Others like to identify a theme and then find related verses. We used this approach when we considered the nature of God in the New Testament. A concordance or topical index can be helpful in identifying verses related to a specific theme.
  • A third method is to use a specific theme as the filter for a certain section of Scripture. This method is reflected in the affirmations we shared from Psalm 136 about God’s creative works. Each day we identified a factor or result described in a section of the psalm. The affirmations from 2 Timothy 2 focused on the various identifications of the Christian that appear in the chapter. The blessing passages from the Psalms where blessings are pronounced for human beings were identified with a concordance, noting the passages related to human creation.
  • Fourth, a very personal method involves reading a section of Scripture until one finds a verse with special meaning or application in one’s life at that moment. This encourages the continual reading of God’s Word and encourages one to meditate, reflect on, and pray Scripture.
  • All of these are helpful possibilities. The important thing is to find an approach that works for you personally, and to commit to using that approach to include daily biblical affirmations in your spiritual life as you seek growth and renewal.

    Affirmations: Update

    Thursday, December 26th, 2013

    For those who may have noticed some lessening in the number of blogs posted….
    Through the end of the year, I am posting the affirmations with an accompanying prayer on Facebook each day. You can find me at my “normal” handle–bro.bobyoung.

    Scriptural Affirmations for Spiritual Growth: December 22-31

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

    People of Character are Blessed by God (Psalms)

    [Note: For the last 10 days of the month, here is a list of 20 “blessing” passages from the Psalms, two affirmations for each day. These are meaningful affirmations of blessing upon those who seek to walk in God’s ways.]

    • Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (1:1-2)
    • Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (2:12b)
    • Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. (32:1-2)
    • Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! (33:12)
    • Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (34:8)
    • Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! (40:4)
    • Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him; the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. (41:1-2)
    • Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! (65:4)
    • Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! (84:4,5,12)
    • Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted. (89:15-16)
    • Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law…. (94:12)
    • Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times! (106:3)
    • Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! (112:1)
    • You, who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us…. (115:11-12a)
    • Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! (119:1-3)
    • Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them [children]! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (127:5)
    • Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! (128:1)
    • Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. (128:4)
    • Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD! (144:15)
    • Blessed is he, whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God…. (146:5)

    Scriptural Affirmations for Spiritual Growth: December 15-21

    Sunday, December 15th, 2013

    Affirming our Place in God’s Plan (2 Timothy 2)

    • Sunday. We are children—sons and daughters. We are children of God; we are spiritual children of those who have trained us in the faith. We seek to be strong in God’s grace, capable of training others who will train others. (2:1-2)
    • Monday. We are like soldiers. Soldiers often endure hardship. Soldiers are single-minded and focused on their task; they are not easily distracted. They serve their commander loyally. (2:3-4)
    • Tuesday. We are like athletes. We are in a competition and honor and obey the rules. (2:5)
    • Wednesday. We are like farmers. Our job is to work in the harvest. We are sowers and reapers. We can expect to receive a reward from that which we produce. (2:6)
    • Thursday. We are workers. As workers, we are hired. We seek the approval of God who oversees our work. We seek to be diligent workers; we want to be skilled workers. (2:15)
    • Friday. We are vessels or instruments. Not every vessel is noble, but we can be noble instruments for God through the pure lives we live. God’s purpose for us is noble. When we place ourselves in his hands, we are useful in very good work. (2:20-21)
    • Saturday. We are servants. As servants, we live a certain kind of life and develop certain kinds of skills. It is not enough merely to commit ourselves to serving. We are called to peaceful living, kindness, skilled teaching, and gentleness. We serve because we genuinely care for others. (2:24-26).

    December affirmations: Two weeks and counting

    Saturday, December 14th, 2013

    Today I near the halfway point in my December affirmations for 2013. Looking back on the past fourteen days, I can only praise God as Yahweh Lord: Sovereign Ruler, King of kings and Lord of Lords. He is love and light, dwelling in accessible light beyond our vision and imagination. The God of faithfulness and abounding grace who is himself Spirit wants and has made possible a deep, abiding relationship with his frail, human creation, connecting with our spiritual being, protecting and guiding us.
    How long a list of verbal adjectives could we make to describe our God? The affirmations of the last two weeks give only a glimpse of God–creating, sustaining, saving, blessing, guiding, delivering, intervening, providing, promising, liberating….

    My heart is filled with gratitude. How can I not give thanks for his unspeakable Gift and gifts? In a season of giving, I want to be like God and little in this life makes me more like him than a heart of generosity and graciousness. My resolutions for the New Year are being formed–a very good one will be simply to become more like Jesus!
    Easily stated but a tremendous challenge as God continues to work in me and through me and with me and on me!

    Scriptural Affirmations for Spiritual Growth: December 8-14

    Sunday, December 8th, 2013

    God’s Mighty Works (Psalm 136)

    Sunday. Creation.
    By his understanding he made the heavens, spread out the earth upon the waters, made the great lights—the sun to govern the day, the moon and stars to govern the night. (136:5-9)
    Monday. Deliverance.
    He struck down the firstborn of Egypt and brought Israel out from among them with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; he divided the Red Sea asunder and brought Israel through the midst of it. (136:10-14)
    Tuesday. Exodus.
    He swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; he led his people through the desert, struck down great king, killed mighty kings—Sihon king of the Amorites and Og king of Bashan. (136:15-20)
    Wednesday. Promised Land.
    He gave their land as an inheritance, an inheritance to his servant Israel. (136:21-22).
    Thursday. Freedom.
    He remembered us in our low estate and freed us from our enemies. (136:23-24)
    Friday. Provision.
    He gives food to every creature. (136:25)
    Saturday. Thanksgiving.
    Give thanks to the God of heaven. (136:26)

    Scriptural Affirmations for Spiritual Growth: December 1-7

    Sunday, December 1st, 2013

    Attributes of God: What God is Like (New Testament)

      Sunday: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
      Monday: God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
      Tuesday: God (is) the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords. (1 Tim. 6:15)
      Wednesday: …[God] who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. (1 Tim. 6:16)
      Thursday: God is spirit, and his worshipers worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24)
      Friday: And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. (1 Cor. 10:13)
      Saturday: And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Cor. 9:8)

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