When asked recently if there was someone in my life I needed to forgive, the long buried memory of a craft store owner (who unbeknownst to me was most likely a pedophile, or trafficker of child pornography) came to mind. Looking for a job as a clerk in his store, I was nearly reeled into his trap of picture taking – on the day of my interview, no less – but spared by God’s grace of motivating my feet to “RUN!” Still, here in my retirement, after forgiving that man years ago, I realized that perhaps I had not fully forgiven myself in my naïveté of nearly being lured into that situation. Could this be a part of the kaleidoscope of reasons why most of my life there has been the voice of “you’re not good enough” running through my mind?
It occurred to me while pondering this that humiliation does not come from God. It is a relative of condemnation, again not from God, but from the enemy of our souls who would suck the joy and life from us, and is bent on doing so. Oh, that I had not wasted so many years listening to that lying voice! Yet, God has used even that experience for my good while growing and refining me towards wholeness and completeness. And with great relief, for as God’s love and light is shown on those dark spots in me, that lying voice is going away!
Happily my earthly father, enraged by the man’s behavior, confronted him, defending me after I told my parents what had occurred. I am forever grateful for Dad’s demonstration of the godly love of a father defending his daughter. And though at times through my life I wondered if Dad was too strict, I never questioned his deep love and best intentions towards me.
Still, I have needed to hear God’s own words telling me who He says I am as His daughter. Affirmations to counteract the condemnations that fly at us from all angles from the world, or ourselves, enmeshing as wrong thoughts that play in our minds, around and around like a stuck record. Affirmations of truth that bring hope and light, and tell the lies to, “scat!”
Here are a few of my favorite affirmations. I encourage you to search out more, for those that speak to your soul. God knows exactly what each of us needs to hear, for after all, He is the One who created us!
-I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11) -I am a child of God (John 1:12) -I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20) -I live under God’s blessing (Galatians 3:13-14) -I am God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) -I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14) -I have hope (Ephesians 1:12) -I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4) -I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18) -I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
-I have redemption (Ephesians 1:8) -I have a purpose (Ephesians 1:9; 3:11) -I am sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) -I have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18) -I am a member of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19) -I am secure (Ephesians 2:20) -Nothing shall separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39)
These are only a smattering of affirmations of who we are in Christ, and of God’s promises to us. I have found that the closer I draw to Him, the more unpacking of those soulful woes He has been accomplishing in me. Yes, He disciplines us as a good Father instructs a beloved child in how he should go; His way is Love, and His purposes are to perfect us. That, of course, includes getting rid of all that junk that tries to defeat us, and weighs us down. No matter the abuses or suffering we might have undergone, or are experiencing in this fallen world, God is always reaching towards us with healing and redemption if we would but turn to Him. At times I have had to plead, “God, help me to believe!” when my circumstances have felt overwhelming . . . God has not failed me yet. It is an amazing journey to finding keys to unlocking the doors to internal freedom. A wonderful gift from our Good God, indeed! One that ultimately allows the peace and love of the Father to shine through us!