Godly affirmation is something every believer ought to understand and practice. God didn’t change the name of Abraham from Abram for the sake of changing names. The change of name was in line with what God had intended to do with and for the patriarch of faith. However, the change of name was to get Abraham to be at the same level with God.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:1-8
Abram meant exalted father. But when God decided to make him a father of many nations, He named him Abraham, which literally means multitude. This happened so that he could always have an affirmation of God’s truth in his heart and mouth. Anytime he disclosed his name, Abraham affirmed that indeed he was the father of many nations in accordance with what God had said.
Affirmation simply means that something is true or exists. So though Abraham had not yet seen his status as a father of many nations, yet, God gave him a name to affirm His word.
Godly Affirmation Is The conduit To Manifesting God’s Glory In Your Life
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:5-9
The early church was taught how to affirm God’s Word for their lives. True faith comes in two-fold: to believe and to speak (affirmation). The more you speak and continue to repeat what God has given you, the more glory shall manifest. Anytime Abraham mentioned his name, he agreed with God that he was the father of many nations.
What is your affirmation concerning God’s Word for your life? 1 Peter 2:24 says we are healed by the stripes of Jesus. Are you speaking the same or you’re proclaiming the sickness? Ephesians 1:3 also says that God has blessed us in Christ — are you speaking it or do you think that you’re cursed? Whatever you don’t affirm cannot become yours!.
Get God’s Word into your heart and begin to speak them into existence. Christian affirmations are important if you want to walk in the glory of God. The more you agree with the Father in heart and in mouth, the more you please Him. Take your time today and begin to affirm what you want to see in this physical realm. Remember that Abraham didn’t have a son, yet, he was affirming that he was the father of many nations until it came to pass. Stay blessed.
Read Further: Mark 11:22-24
Prayer For Today
Heavenly Father, I thank you in the anme of Jesus Christ for your grace to affirm your truth in my life. Your Word is truth! And as I hold unto it, may your glory be revealed in every area of my life. Amen!