In her usual and characteristic style, my daughter climbed the armrest of the car to look into the rear mirror. I could see her from the mirror smiling and taking a look at herself. Then she said something that got my attention; “Fine girl. Beautiful girl.” I quickly turned to her to reaffirm; “You are beautiful!” That’s the power of positive affirmation.

Friend, you need to learn the power of positive affirmation. In a society where virtually everything and everyone is talking down on people, you need to talk yourself up! You need to affirm yourself. Rather than waiting for someone to say sweet words to you, say them to yourself. This is what we learnt from Jesus.

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). Jesus did not waste time to seize opportunities to talk about who He was. He was not confused about His identity and He was not shy to declare it. He called Himself who God called Him; the Son of God. It did not matter if the Pharisees were angry or not (John 5:18-20).

Learn to call yourself who God calls you. This means that you need to know who God has called you. Who God calls you is already in the scriptures. Nothing and no one can define you better than God’s word (Psalms 139:14-16). He calls you the head. He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Don’t think or say less of yourself. He says you are an heir, not a subject or slave (Romans 8:17).

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. Don’t live for the approval of people, God has already accepted and approved you (Ephesians 1:6). If you think people are looking down on you, it is because you are looking down on yourself. The opinion of others do not have to define you. You are God’s workmanship, created for good works (Ephesians 2:10).

“…We were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (Numbers 13:33). There is power in what you say. What you think and say affect you significantly. What you say affects your attitude and energy. Your whole life and body respond to what you say. Mind what you say today. You are who God says you are; declare it (Psalms 2:7)!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria