Won’t You Be My Neighbor – The Power of Affirmation

“The Power of Affirmation”

Dr. Thomas D. Mullins


Matt 5:16 (NIV)“…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.”


Matt 5:16 (Coach)“Let God’s love shine so bright through you, that people are drawn to you, so you can lead them to me.”


1Thess 5:11 (Msg)“So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.  I know you’re already doing this’ just keep on doing it.” 


Eph 4:29 (NIV) “Do not any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 


Prov 18:21 (NIV)“The tongue has the power of life and death…”


Judges 6:12 (NIV)“When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’”


Judges 6:14-15 (NIV) “The Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand.  Am I not sending you?’ ‘But Lord,’ Gideon asked, ‘how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’”


Matt 22:39 (NIV)“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”


Be secure in your IDENTITYin Christ.   


Eph 1:11 (NIV)“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for…”


1 John 3:1 (NIV)“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God…”


Neil Anderson– “The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity.”                                                                                


 How to Establish a Life that Affirms:

1. Focus your THOUGHT LIFE.

2 Cor 10:5 (NIV)“…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Phil 4:8 (NIV)“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”



Prov 13:20 (NIV)“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools        suffers            harm.”


3. Keep focused on your MISSION.

Acts 20:24 (NLT)But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the     mission assigned me by the Lord Jesus….”

2 Cor 5:20 (NIV)We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…”


Matt 5:16 (Coach)“Let God’s love shine so bright through you, that people are drawn to you, so you can lead them to me.” 

Gal 5:6 (NIV)“…the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”