Affirmation of God: I meditate in my heart.

Today’s Scripture: I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search: Psalm 77:6 ESV

The inches between our heads and our hearts are few but the distance is worlds apart when it comes to contact with God.

Searching for God with our minds is limited by our understanding but allowing our spirits to search diligently opens us up to His Spirit. When we allow our spirit to search and appeal to God we can trust His works.

It is not about what we can do but He. God’s way is beyond our understanding but not outside the diligent searching of our spirit. God is great and He works wonders. My mind wanders yet my spirit finds wonder.

I cry out to God and ask Him to teach my heart to meditate. Quiet and still my mind O LORD so that Your Spirit will draw my spirit into Your kingdom.  I cannot grasp this spirit but that I can be held by it. .

How do you meditate in your heart?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, I praise Your name and I seek Your Spirit with all of my heart. Teach my heart to meditate O LORD. Draw my spirit into Your Holy Spirit so that I may know You and Your wonders. Work Your mysteries in my heart. Draw me near and away from my understanding. I trust Your Spirit O LORD, work Your wonders. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: I stand on the word of God.

Today’s Scripture: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8 ESV

The winds of change are always blowing. Most people are counting on things getting better “when things change.”

Thousands of years have proven standing on the one thing that does not change is where the better life is found.  The winds of the breath of the LORD that blow on us mentioned in Isaiah 40:7 are the winds we may welcome.

The breath of God brings the strength and promises of His word. We witness and learn every day the results of the ways of man. The new mouse trap, although popular for a season, proves to be just another trap.

On God’s word we stand secure, forever. Hundreds of years after Isaiah, Paul was still instructing Timothy in 2 Timothy 3 to stand on God’s word. Thousands of years and thousands of changes later we stand here today where God’s word is the only thing worthy of standing on.

On what will you make a stand?

Today’s Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word. Forgive me for when I stand on and for anything else. In You LORD I stand secure. In Your word I feel the strength of Your embrace and the closeness of being held in Your bosom. On Your word I stand Father God to fulfill the ministry You have given me. Help me to fight the good fight, to finish the race and to keep the faith. Amen

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Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: I have a voice.

Today’s Scripture: A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3 ESV

Father God in no way am I attempting to add to Your Word and I praise You for Your Words and the voices that cry out to and for me.

I will let theologians and naysayers debate this prophesy from Isaiah. I know Jesus had John the Baptist crying out. I also know WE have voices too. Voices that cry out for us: voices preparing the way of the LORD.

Just in the past two days two of my loyal SISters of Affirmations of God both have cried out and shared these very scriptures and practice. We may not be aware of these voices but they are there and they are crying out for us.

Someone is or has cried out for you to prepare the way of the LORD and to make your highway straight; are you thankful? Who will you cry out for today?

Today’s Prayer: Father God I give You all praise and glory. Thank You for Your Word and for those voices that have cried out for me. I pray Your Spirit keeps me mindful of those I may cry out for. I pray we prepare Your way O LORD. I pray we make straight a highway for You. You are my voice LORD help me to cry out. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: I bear witness that everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness.

Today’s Scripture: To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:43 ESV

Acts 10 reminds us that we are remembered by God and He is with us; wherever we are. The Holy Spirit appeared to Cornelius and to Peter and brought them together. We are reminded in their experience that what God has made clean do not call common or unclean.

Jesus has made us clean. Although Peter’s vision was assumed to be about what was considered clean to eat you see that this cleansing carried over to Cornelius and his friends. The Holy Spirit descended on them all where they were.

I am just another forgiven man. I can now bear witness as a man forgiven and made clean by Jesus that others too receive this forgiveness.

Wherever you are today, God is with you. His Holy Spirit will descend upon you and remind you that you are clean and let no one call you common or unclean.

Have you received Jesus’ forgiveness?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your Holy Spirit who has descended on me. Thank You for calling me into the belief that Jesus has judged me as forgiven. Help me to bear witness to everyone who believes that they are forgiven; freed in Christ to bear witness to others. You are where we are LORD, may we bear witness of Your love and Your peace. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: There will be a future.

Today’s Scripture: Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:27 ESV

God keeps watch over our souls and His Wisdom is sweet. The future is not typically a subject of affirmation as affirmation is stating the desired future now.

Yet, God’s Word, God’s experiences in us give us wisdom that assures a future. Accepting true knowledge and provision of God is hope.

Hope in today and in a future are found in God and it really is sweet to the soul. A place we arrive where we accept the frailty of our own strength and the strength of man. Our future and our hope is found in the LORD.

When we look to God and receive His instruction we find wisdom. When we desire to please God more than we are concerned with desires we find a future and hope.

Our future and our present are found in the LORD. Where are you looking for hope?

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father I trust you with today and tomorrow. Forgive me when I look for hope elsewhere. Your wisdom is sweet and Your strength is empowering. Gather Your advisers and counselors so we may encourage each other in Your plans for us. My soul is Yours LORD. Guide it in Your ways and into Your future. In You I place my hope. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: God’s heart is with me.

Today’s Scripture: for he is like one who is inwardly calculating. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. Proverbs 23:7 ESV

Whose heart is really with you? We are encouraged in Proverbs 23 to observe carefully. This requires careful observance of the words and the will of God.

I can trust God alone. I know I cannot trust me and I know most other hearts are not really with me. But, I can trust that God’s heart is with me and will always be with me.

We witness everywhere today civil disobedience and protests to try to win hearts. In reality those hearts are nowhere near me. As this proverb warns they are most certainly inwardly calculating. A world that promises to provide and encourages you to follow their ways is deceiving.

As stated in Proverbs 23:23 keeping my heart with God requires buying His truth, His wisdom, His instruction and His understanding and not selling out to those whose hearts are not really with me.

Who are you trusting with your heart?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank You for giving me Your heart. Thank You for your timeless Word that provides Your truths. Forgive me LORD for when I give my heart to others. I have experienced those results and Father I only desire Your delicacies. Help me to keep Your wisdom, instruction and understanding in my heart. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: I observe carefully.

Today’s Scripture: When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you, Proverbs 23:1 ESV

When you observe carefully do you see the desires of God or are you blinded by your own desires or fears? This 23rd Proverb of wisdom is a warning but today I am sharing an observation of how God speaks to me. Because this is an example I am breaking my normal word count to relay an experience that may help someone who thinks God does not speak.

As I made my way to my prayer closet in the dark this morning I asked God to prepare my heart as He prepared Jesus’ heart for those dark early morning prayers. My legs brushed along some boxes scattered across the darkened room. This clutter has been left in the rush and madness of a crazy season I am in. It occurred to me that Jesus too probably had to be observant of things that could trip Him up as well.

After my quiet time in prayer I “decided” to read the 23rd Proverb on this 23rd day of the month and what is the first verse? “Observe carefully what is before you”. What are you saying God, you passed a “random” thought through my mind earlier and now Your Word speaks specifically to that thought.

A coincidence? I think not as this is an example of what has happened hundreds if not thousands of times over the past seven years for me. Reading the following lines I know this warning is for me today. I have failed to do what God has called me to do because I have toiled to acquire wealth and put off what I know God has been speaking into me.

I will expectantly read the following verses with special attention as I KNOW God is speaking through His Spirit and His truth.

How have you observed God speaking to you?

Today’s Prayer: Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Thank You for giving us our daily bread. Forgive me for toiling for the wrong desires. Help me to toil for Your desires. Lead me not into temptation and deliver me from evil. For You are the kingdom I desire to live for and I trust in Your power, Your glory and Your honor. Thank You for speaking to those willing to observe carefully. Strengthen me to toil for You. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: I have a bountiful eye.

Today’s Scripture: Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. Proverbs 22:9 ESV

Can you see what you have bountifully?

Do you trust that the LORD has given you something, a “bread” to give away? Our “bounties” may be different but they are bountiful. What have you been given?

Do you somehow think that what you have is less bountiful than those of others? They are not. What you have has been given by God for the express purpose of giving it away. We are not given our bounties to be hoarded. What you have is valuable and needed.

Look at your life’s experiences, your interests as bounty given to you by the Lord of Heaven. He will continue to give so trust in that and keep a bountiful eye and you will be blessed by sharing what you have.

Trust in the knowledge and Word of the LORD and know you have a unique bounty.

There are people poor in what you have, will you share it?

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. You do provide our daily bread and forgive me for when I do not share. I thank You for the bounty You have given me and I pray to give to those in need. I am thankful for Your Word and for the words provided through Solomon to remind me to keep my eye, my bountiful eye on You so I may give You to others. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: My inner self is being renewed day by day.

Today’s Scripture: So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV

This world is always looking for something new. In a business meeting this week I was asked if I had something new. I shocked the prospective clients and myself with my quick and emphatic NO.

Just having something new is not the answer.  The renewal we need is found on the inside and not the outside. The heart of the matter is, well, the heart of the matter. We will not find that new thing on the outside.

The answer to life is found on the inside. The Spirit of the living God is the newness of life. The light of the gospel of the glory of Christ is the light that shines into and out of our hearts. This is the light of renewal.  It is His light that renews us day by day. If it is our aim to please God we will do what is right and we and others will be renewed.

Where are you seeking renewal?

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise Your name and welcome Your Spirit of renewal. I am renewed by Your Spirit day by day. Help me to share this light of renewal that you have given me. It is Your light that shines out of darkness. I welcome the light of the gospel of Christ into my inner self so that Your light may shine through me. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: God’s Word was written to me.

Today’s Scripture: This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 Peter 3:1 ESV

Thank you Peter for reminding me that this God breathed Word was written to me. Deep abiding love is found in the words written to you and me.

I must remember that these words are filled with the promises and love of God for me. God’s love and His Word are unconditional and compassionate. We are given the desires of God and the way of salvation.

This world and our flesh will continue to lead us astray yet the Word of God reveals to us the heart of God. Our spirits come alive in the promises written to us. This Word reminds us that we are the beloved of God.

I am thankful for God’s patience and salvation found in these words. God has these words, this law, for us that protect us from being carried away with the lawlessness of man.

Do you take God’s Word personally?

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and Your Word for me. LORD, in You and in Your Word I find the life You have promised to me. Help me to live from Your Word and from Your love. Forgive me Father for when I turn to the lawlessness of man. Use Your Word to remind me of Your promises and help me to share Your Word with others. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations for Life

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