Affirmation of God: I pray and ask the Lord to show what He has chosen.

Today’s Scripture: And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen. Acts 1:24 ESV

Do we ask for what the LORD has chosen or for what we want? Do we act on what the LORD shows us?

I only want to complete what the Lord has chosen and it may not be about me at all. This verse says that the Lord knows the hearts of all.  He knows what is best for all hearts.

Lord, I pray for You to show me what You have chosen so I may do what is the best for the hearts of all. The disciples here in Acts “cast lots” which is debatable. Today we have the Holy Spirit and we can trust He will show us in whatever lots are cast.

Sometimes He shows us in the mundane and sometimes the miraculous.  I pray to see what God has chosen today; accept it and do my part for the hearts of all.

How do you see what the Lord has chosen?

Today’s Prayer: LORD, You know my heart and the hearts of all. I pray that You show me today what You have chosen for me to do. Grant me the wisdom, discernment and courage to act on what You reveal to me today. I only seek that which You have chosen and I desire to live in Your desires. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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Affirmation of God: I seek to know who Jesus is.

Today’s Scripture: And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. Luke 19:3 ESV 

O that wee little man. The mention of Zacchaeus puts that childhood song in our hearts doesn’t it? I find the scriptures’ choice of words interesting. Not only did he seek to see Jesus He sought to see who He WAS.

Do we seek to know who Jesus IS or do we just seek to see Him. Are we looking from a branch in a tree from afar or have we come down to get to know Him. Like Zacchaeus, Jesus already knows who we are.  To get to know who He is we must spend some time with Him, don’t we? Most who are against Him or say He isn’t there for them have never truly tried to know who He is.

Like Zacchaeus we should hurry and go and receive Jesus joyfully. He is revealing Himself to us. You come down; He is coming to your house today!

Today’s Prayer: Jesus, thank You for first knowing me. I want to know You intimately Father. Help me to be faithful in what You have given me. My words will honor You. Lord Jesus I want You to reign over me. Open my eyes LORD and I praise You for what I have seen thus far. Blessed are You King Jesus. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations for Life

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Affirmation of God: I am alive with a new heart and a new spirit.

Today’s Scripture: Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 18:31 ESV

Unloading guilt, sins and habits that weigh us down gives us new life! Just cast these transgressions away! Let go and come alive with a new heart and a new spirit.

This affirmation was one the Lord laid on my heart almost four years ago and my heart and spirit are even more alive and joyful today. His greatness and His joy continue to fill my once broken heart.

Ezekiel 18 states several times that if we turn to the LORD and live for Him we will find His pleasure.  When we turn to the LORD we do what is just and what is right and God is pleased. God is faithful to give us this new heart and new spirit. Are you able to cast aside those things that rob you of your aliveness? Have you accepted God’s promise of forgiveness?

Are you more alive today?  Do you need to cast something away?

Today’s Prayer: Almighty God, thank You for my new heart and my new spirit. Thank You for accepting and forgiving my sins. Thank You for filling my heart and my spirit with Your love and Your pleasures. I pray to help others experience Your pleasure. I pray that we let go of those things that kill us and turn to Your ways and live. Amen

Tom Raines

Christian Affirmations 4 Life

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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

Tom Raines

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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