When I told my husband Eke on Monday that it was the first day of my new life, his eyebrow rose as if to say “really, again?” and I was quick to explain that although I had other ‘first days’, that this day marked the first day of this era of my life just like the others had marked the entrance of transition in times past. Monday the 25th of July 2011 was different because I woke up with the sensation that something fantastic was about to happen in my life based on God’s revelation and my acceptance that I am His own vessel, set aside for good works! There seemed to be an extra brightness about the day, an increased clarity that made me feel alive in the Holy Spirit; I knew on that day, that was the day that I would write my affirmation.
What is an affirmation? I hear you say. Well, for me an affirmation is statements of belief that have been revealed to me over a process of time which includes my knowledge of who God is, His relationship with me and His promises to me concerning my healing. The purpose of my affirmation was and is for me to vocalise my faith in God every day as a weapon against a doubting mind and a crafty enemy.
The problem is that I didn’t think I would need it so soon, but I have needed to ‘affirm’ my faith and it has even been a struggle for me at times to pick up my affirmation and read it, but the funny thing is that in to the second line I begin to recall the faith that wrote those words. Every line is a testimony of an overcoming experience which gives me reason to hold on to hope and let go of fear, every line is a piece of knowledge that I have gained through my Father leading me by the hand and teaching me His truth.
And when I get to the last word of my affirmation, I feel strengthened to get through the day because He has plans for my own good. In times when I feel down I hold on to the promises captured in one of my favourite psalms (Psalm 27):
13 I (would) had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
The bible is my promise book, every thing I hope for, everything I believe about God, His nature and His plans are from His word. If I can’t hope in Him I have nothing left, so in times of deep distress I think to myself: “do I believe that I will see the goodness of the LORD in my life?” Well, if God’s word says He has plans for my good, I am left doing as David advises, trying to find the courage to hang on and waiting on the God of infinite grace.
- Waiting on the Lord – June 30 (soontopass.wordpress.com)
- God Wins! Psalm 27:13-14 (psalmslife.com)
- God is FAITHFUL to keep His PROMISES (nackynice.wordpress.com)