“Faith is built up from belief, acceptance and trust. Whenever anything enters our thought which destroys, in any degree, one of these attitudes, to that extent faith is weakened.” (Ernest Holmes)
Why do we say affirmations of faith and belief? Why, for over nine years now, have I written an affirmation at the end of this column and why do I send out a positive affirmation each morning on Twitter? We say affirmations of faith because they remind us, in a positive and uplifting way, of who we are as God’s precious creation.
But are these words powerful? No, not in and of themselves. We can say these words, and carry around affirmation cards by the bundle, but we have to believe and proclaim that what the message is saying to us is the truth about who we are. They are to remind us that as spiritual beings our humanity has enormous potential and purpose.
Our words alone can’t get us there, but our feelings, experiences, the stirring of our soul and our inner belief become a state of mind that changes us. What affirmations do is get us going in the right direction. They remind us of the truth of who we are as God’s creation. They remind us that as spiritual beings our search for our humanity is a process. Each day we can move closer toward the fullness of our humanity, and our spiritual nature, becoming true and real partners with one another in this marvelous thing that we call life. Our affirmative thinking picks us up when we stumble and it gives us hope that in the darkness of life there is still light waiting for us up ahead.
When Jesus healed the blind, the lame, the bleeding, when he raised Lazarus or the little girl from the dead, he was seeing beyond the appearance of the physical and seeing through to the truth of the spiritual. Jesus saw possibility where it is all too easy for us to see limitation. Limitation is merely an illusion of a fragmented mind, but as we meditate upon, affirm and proclaim that unlimited Spirit moves in and through us, acting as us, we can begin to shatter that illusion of separateness and lack and begin to see the Divine Light of Spirit as the true energy and vibration of all that we are.
Why affirmations, why affirmative thinking? They remind us of who we are as the perfect creation of an unlimited Creator God. They stir up our realization and recognition that the Spirit of God dwells within us and is always available to us to meet our needs at this and every moment.
Affirmation: “I let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart reveal the fullness of God’s presence.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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