It has been on my mind recently to write about the difference between Biblical Affirmations and things such as ‘manifesting’ and things like The Secret. Yesterday I read a wonderful post by my little sister in Jesus Alicia of forhispurpose.blog, In her post yesterday she shared-22 Biblical Affirmations. She also shared about her journey of seeking healing in her life. The affirmations she shared are wonderful for all of us.
So how do Biblical Affirmations differ from The Secret or things like it? It all has to do with what they are based upon in the first place.
Biblical Affirmations are based on the Word of God. They are based on what God has already told us such as if we believe in Jesus, we can say we are a child of God. Isaiah 55:11 says:
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
When we remind ourselves of what God has said by using Biblical Affirmations, we are basing them on God not ourselves. Therefore, they are eternally solid.
People who use The Secret or things similar are basing it on themselves putting something out into the universe to basically summon the universe into action on their behalf. It puts themselves at the center not God. I am not saying it won’t work at times. but we must be careful about who is behind it. We need to remember that Satan and his demons work through deception and want nothing more than to distract us from Jesus or to misdirect those who believe in Jesus. It causes the image in my mind of rubbing the bottle for the genie to grant wishes/
When we remind ourselves of Biblical Affirmation, we are basing them on God and what he has already revealed. When we pray in faith, we are basing that on God as well, but trusting him for the results. When we pray, we also remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6:
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
When we pray, we do so knowing that God already knows what we need, what our problems, are etc. We pray to our Father in heaven who loves us passionately, not to some impersonal universe. God is deeply relational and personally involved in our lives.
I would encourage every one to read Alicia’s post and remind themselves of the wonderful Biblical Affirmations she shared.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
10 thoughts on “Biblical Affirmations vs The Secret”
Thank you for this. A few of my students and I have been discussing this very thing! They, too, have bern troubled by this idea of “manifesting.” I will share your post with them.
Thank you for sharing with them. Hope it helps
What an important post. There is so much counterfeit running around that young believers (and unbelievers) are easily confused and led astray. God bless you, Matt.
Thank you Craig. The counterfeit stuff is concerning
Matt, thanks so much for blessing us with the sharing of Alicia’s dynamite post. I was moved to both read and take notes. Peace be with you brother.
It is a wonderful post
Love your explanation of Biblical affirmations Matt!! Spot on!Thank you for sharing this too!!
Glad to include link to your post little sister 🙂