Lessons In Truth - Lesson 5 - Annotation 3

Lessons In Truth - Lesson 5 - Annotation 3

What is the power in an affirmation that brings about its fulfillment? What faculty of mind is most necessary to make our affirmations effective?

3. The power in the affirmation that brings about its fulfillment is the idea or meaning back of the words. Silent, audible, or written words are the clothing of ideas.

The idea is the "spirit" back of the words. "The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life" (II Cor. 3:6). Affirmations spoken without an understanding of the meaning of the words underlying them are spoken in the "letter" only. In such a case feeling has not entered in and thus the affirmation is just a group of words lacking the "spirit."

Faith is the faculty of mind necessary to make our affirmations most effective. Jesus said to His disciples, "Have faith in God" (Mark 11:22). He also said, "According to your faith be it done unto you" (Matt. 9:29). Our faith must be in God and in the power of His ideas to achieve perfect expression. The law that moves ideas into expression always works, but it takes faith to set the law into operation for us. It takes inner conviction, a calm assurance, to enable us to persist until the idea is made visible.

When our affirmations are spoken with joy and faith that the fulfillment of our desires will be realized, we hasten the manifestation of the desired good. The ideas that are embodied in the words of our affirmations will manifest as health of mind and body, or as harmony, happiness, prosperity, success in our affairs, according to our decree.

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Preceding Entry: What is the purpose of affirmations? What part do affirmations play in the fulfillment of our desires?
Following Entry: Copy the four affirmations listed in the text and explain each in your own words.