Affirm means to encourage and support. The Lord continually affirms us through His words. They encourage, strengthen, buoy our slagging spirit, and reinforce the truth of His love for us.
Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Sometimes we need to be reminded that His love has nothing to do with our performance.
I love Psalm 119:73. This verse helped enhance and broaden my understanding so I could let go of self-hatred and self-rejection. It says, “Your hands have made me and fashioned me, give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” We cannot love our ‘neighbor’ as ourselves unless we love and appreciate God’s design.
Isaiah 43:1 was written to Israel, but I encourage you to put your name in place of Jacob and Israel. “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.”
Jeremiah 1:5 readily affirms that our conception and all our days are just as God planned them. “…Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you…” You are created with all of God’s design for your life. Every good work that you walk in was preordained. Every natural gift and talent you have was placed in you at conception. The Lord delights in you!
John 15:16 is a great reminder that He is always the Initiator. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
God’s word is eternal. It is settled in the heavens. Nothing can alter or delete it. His words of affirmation cause our spirit man to thrive. They strengthen and reinforce our heart to keep believing in the face of our impossibilities.