Have you ever wished someone would tell you that you’re good at your job, or that you’re raising your children right, or even something as simple as the fact that you can overcome the obstacle in your way?
Affirmation is important to us all. We would all like to be constantly affirmed and told how great we are or that we are doing a good job.
The reality is that you may not always be around people who will encourage you and give you the affirmation you desire. In 1 Samuel 30:6 David found himself in this situation but it says, “David encouraged himself in the Lord.” When things don’t seem to be going your way, remind yourself of David’s example.
One of the greatest things you can do for yourself is to learn to say what God says about you.
THINKING RIGHT THOUGHTS
Learning how to encourage yourself begins with right thinking. The Bible has a lot to say about your thought life. Proverbs 23:7 says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. It also says in 3 John 2 that as your soul prospers, so your health and finances will prosper.
Everything in your life is tied to how you think. You have to constantly watch what you allow yourself to see, listen to, and meditate on because those things will determine how you think.
God tells us to diligently guard our hearts because what is in our hearts will determine the course of our lives (Prov. 4:23 NLT). We have to choose to keep our faces buried in the mirror of God’s Word so that we see ourselves the way He does. Continually meditating on the Word of God will keep us from forgetting what manner of person we truly are. We are blessed! We are redeemed! We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!
SAY WHAT THE WORD SAYS
The best way to encourage yourself is to quote Bible verses out loud. Say, “I’m the redeemed of the Lord (Ps. 107:2). I’m the apple of His eye (Ps. 17:8). I’m the head and not the tail, above and not beneath” (Deut. 28:13).
Saying what God says about you will speak life back into your soul! Whether you realize it or not, you’re always speaking over yourself, and those words are either ministering life or death. There is no “neutral” zone.
If you’re not saying what God says about you, then you’ll repeat the lies that the enemy and other people may say about you. “You can’t do this! You can’t be that! You’ll never amount to anything! You’ve missed your chance!”
Why agree with lies? If you are going to be speaking over yourself, you might as well make a conscious effort to say what God says about you and speak good things. People won’t always be there to encourage you, but you can encourage yourself. It’s also important to remember that if you want people to say good things about you, you’ve got to sow some seed and speak good things into someone else’s life. When you do you’ll reap “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38)
THE TAKE AWAY
Don’t wait for someone to do it for you. You’ve got to encourage yourself. You do this by saying what God says about you.
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