There are times when we feel like we can take over the world. Other times, it feels like the world is taking over us. We might be overwhelmed or weary, our motivation may be lacking, our energy levels depleted, our confidence and self-esteem low, or we might just be struggling with one thing or another.
When we go through mental or emotional struggles, it’s hard to recover. There’s usually nothing anyone can say or do to make us feel better because we’ve convinced ourselves that we deserve to feel unhappy for whatever reason. Our internal dialogue is pretty negative and no pep talk can lift our spirits, for now at least. We need to let our emotions run their course, and any attempts at cheering us up are futile.
The next time you feel down, pessimistic, or just ‘blah’, try looking at yourself in the mirror (or you can always just stay where you are) and speak these powerful affirmations out loud. Be confident and say them like you mean it.
“I can do all this through Christ who strengthens me.”
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
It’s okay to feel weak sometimes. Weakness is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s the opposite. We should accept and embrace our weakness. It’s through weakness, we learn, we grow, and God thrives in us:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. — 2 Corinthians 12:9–10 (NIV)
You may not feel strong, but you are capable of getting through any situation, through strength in Christ (Philippians 4:13).
“I have nothing to worry about. God cares for me.”
Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
You don’t need to worry about anything because God cares about you. It’s not easy to stop worrying. But you can pray and lean on God in any situation. The outcome of your situation may not be what you had in mind, but if you trust God (Proverbs 3:5–6), you’ll find that it doesn’t matter what you had in mind because God has a plan for you (Proverbs 19:21).
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV)
“I am forgiven because Jesus died for me on the cross.”
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. — Matthew 26:28 (NIV)
You may be dwelling on your negative thoughts because perhaps you don’t feel like you deserve to be happy. Maybe you did something wrong. Maybe you feel guilty about something.
Jesus died on the cross to wash away all your sins. It doesn’t matter what you did or if you might one day do it again. If you have accepted the gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, all your sins have been wiped clean. God has forgiven you.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. — Ephesians 2:8–9 (NIV)
“I am loved.”
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. — 1 John 4:9–10 (NIV)
There may be times when you feel unloved and alone, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
God loves you. You are loved, regardless of how ‘imperfect’ you are. You are loved, despite all the mistakes you make. You are loved unconditionally. You don’t need to earn it or act a certain way to stay loved.
You are loved, just the way you are.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8 (NIV)
Do you have any favourite go-to Bible verses or daily affirmations to help lift you up when you need it the most?