This list of positive affirmations is probably the most meaningful way I’m connecting with God this year. I’ve realized that most of my battles are won or lost in my mind. I constantly remind myself that my life is moving in the direction of my strongest thoughts. If I don’t like the way my life is going, the first place I look is at my thoughts.
Like the Apostle Paul says, sometimes I do what I don’t want to do. Paul also said that we don’t just fight with the weapons of this world, we’ve been given divine power to destroy the strongholds that build up in our brains. In Philippians 4:8 NLT, Paul wrote:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Paul was trying to tell us how to rewire our brains so that we do what we know is right—what we want to do. He gave us clues about how to repave the neural pathways in our brains with the divine power of God’s Word. But we can’t just read the truth once. We need to read it, write it, think it, meditate on it, and repeat it daily. Modern brain science tells us that renewing our minds is a daily process. But long before the wonderfully helpful research on cognitive behavioral therapy and neuroplasticity, we had Romans 12:2 NLT:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Okay, I promised a list of positive affirmations. The first list is the list of positive affirmations I repeat regularly. The second list is for anyone who’s in Christ. But neither of these lists are actually mine. They’re based on God’s truth for all of us. So take what you like—write it, think it, say it, meditate on it, and believe it daily.
Also, if you’re serious about changing the way you think, I hope you’ll join me at one of our Life.Church locations, or online.
My List of Positive Affirmations I Use to Renew My Mind Daily
- Jesus is first in my life. I exist to serve and glorify Him.
- I love my wife and will lay down my life to serve her.
- My children will love God and serve Him with their whole hearts. I will nurture, equip, train, and empower them to do more for His kingdom than they can imagine.
- I love people and believe the best about others.
- I am disciplined. Christ in me is stronger than the wrong desires in me.
- I am growing closer to Jesus every day. Because of Christ, my family is closer, my body is stronger, my faith is deeper, and my leadership is sharper.
- I am anointed, empowered, equipped and called to reach people far from God.
- I am creative, innovative, driven, focused, and blessed beyond measure—because the Holy Spirit dwells within me.
- I develop leaders. That’s not something I do. It’s who I am.
- My words, thoughts, and imaginations are under the power of Christ. I take all thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ.
- I wake up with purpose, direction, and meaning every day of my life.
- Pain is my friend. I rejoice in suffering because Christ suffered for me.
- I bring my best—and then some. It’s what I bring after I do my best that makes the difference.
- The world will be different and better because I served Jesus today.
A List of Positive Affirmations for Anyone Who’s in Christ
- I am strong and mighty. I have the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwelling inside of me. I am a weapon of righteousness in a world of darkness.
- I am not my past. I am not what I did. I am who God says I am. He says I am forgiven. He says I am redeemed. He says I am free.
- I am not a hostage to unhealthy thoughts. The weapons I fight with are not the weapons of this world. I have divine power to demolish strongholds.
- I have the mind of Christ directing my thoughts. I have the Word of God guiding my steps.
- I demolish every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. I take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.
- Worry is not my master. I trust in God. His peace guards my heart, guards my mind, and guards my soul in Christ Jesus.
- My God has not given me a spirit of fear, but a Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
- The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid.
- I am not a slave to my habits. I am not a prisoner to an addiction. I have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the kingdom of God’s light.
- I am empowered. I am chosen. I am called. I am a masterpiece of God, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works which God prepared in advance for me to do.
- My God will bless me abundantly, so that in all things, at all times, having all I need, I will abound in every good work.
- My God is for me. My God is with me. No weapon formed against me will prosper.
- Nothing can separate me from God’s love. Not death. Not demons. Not the present nor the past. No power on earth will ever separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord.
- I am not what I have or buy. My identity is in Christ—and Christ alone.
- By God’s power I can change.
- I cast my cares on God because He cares for me.
- My life belongs to God. Daily I seek Him, and daily He directs my steps. I know His voice, and He leads me to His perfect will.
- My confidence is in Christ–and Christ alone. Because His Spirit lives within me, I can do everything He calls me to do.