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Ninety-Five Affirmations for a Life Empowered by Grace

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Five hundred years ago, a young monk struggling to reconcile church practice with what is actually found in Scripture, nailed to the church door a document containing ninety-five statements he was prepared to defend from Scripture. Martin Luther’s 95 Theses began to shake things up in the church. In today’s vernacular, Luther posted his manifesto on social media for public debate.

Posting these statements in public opened a dialogue that ultimately changed the course of church history and marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. While the Catholic Church promoted the idea of performing good works to earn eternal life, the Protestants maintained that grace alone was necessary for salvation. Protestants began to break away from the Catholic Church to form private churches.

Because Martin Luther opened a discussion that changed the course of history, we commemorate the day he posted his 95 Theses as Reformation Day. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day, October 31, 1517 – October 31, 2017.


Honoring 500 Years 1517 - 2017


In the spirit of Reformation Day, I’m posting my own set of statements. Just as Martin Luther shined a spotlight on the biblical message of grace forgotten by the church, I want to highlight the message of grace for us today. Grace is for more than just salvation. It’s a life empowered by God and overflowing to others.



Ninety-Five Affirmations for a Life Empowered by Grace


  1. I am right in God’s sight because His grace freed me from the penalty of my sin (Romans 3:24, Ephesians 1:7).
  2. I experienced a changed life when I understood the truth about God’s grace (Colossians 1:6).
  3. I believe God called me by His grace (Galatians 1:15).
  4. I receive God’s grace as a gift (Ephesians 2:8).
  5. I am right in God’s sight because of His grace (Titus 3:7).
  6. I can stop trying to get right with God (Galatians 5:4).
  7. I understand the value of grace, bought by Christ’s life (Galatians 2:21).
  8. I believe people are saved by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus (Acts 15:11).
  9. I have right standing with God because of His grace (Romans 5:21).
  10. I receive the gift of forgiveness through God’s grace (Romans 5:15).
  11. I believe the Spirit alone gives eternal life and human effort accomplishes nothing (John 6:63).
  12. I believe God exists and He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
  13. I began my Christian life in the Spirit and I will continue to live in the Spirit (Galatians 3:3).
  14. I praise God for the grace he has poured out on me (Ephesians 1:6).
  15. I accept my circumstances and experiences as part of God’s grace for me (1 Peter 5:12).
  16. I am thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
  17. I depend on God’s grace, not my own human wisdom (2 Corinthians 1:12).
  18. I honor the Lord by the way I live because of the grace of God (2 Thessalonians 1:12).
  19. I come to God whenever I need grace to help me (Hebrews 4:16).
  20. I receive grace, generously given by God (James 4:6).
  21. I am built up by the message of grace (Acts 20:32).
  22. I am who I am because of God’s grace working through me (1 Corinthians 15:10).
  23. I grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
  24. I receive God’s grace and live in triumph through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
  25. I receive grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father (2 John 1:3).
  26. I receive more and more of God’s grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2).
  27. I experience strength from God’s grace, not from following rules (Hebrews 13:9).
  28. I live under the freedom of God’s grace, not rules (Romans 6:14).
  29. I follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of my life (Galatians 5:25).
  30. I rely on the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:4).
  31. I let the Holy Spirit renew my thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:23).
  32. I let God transform me into a new person by changing the way I think (Romans 12:2).
  33. I let the Spirit control my mind, leading to life and peace (Romans 8:6).
  34. I am radiant, filled with the light of God (Luke 11:35-36).
  35. I take pleasure in my weakness because God’s power works through me (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
  36. I live my life as a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God (2 Corinthians 2:15).
  37. I am a fragile jar containing God’s power (2 Corinthians 4:7).
  38. I trust God to finish the work in my life (Philippians 1:6).
  39. I trust God to produce His righteous character in my life (Philippians 1:11).
  40. I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ (Philippians 1:20).
  41. I rely on what Christ has done for me and put no confidence in my human effort (Philippians 3:3).
  42. I seek the Kingdom of God above all else, trusting Him to provide (Luke 12:31).
  43. I am prepared to explain my Christian hope (1 Peter 3:15).
  44. I find my life has value when I am telling others about God’s grace (Acts 20:24).
  45. I have the privilege of serving God by spreading the Good News about grace (Ephesians 3:7).
  46. I show compassion to others and release God’s love to flow through me (1 John 3:17).
  47. I have been blessed to be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2).
  48. I have freely received from God so I can freely give to others (Matthew 10:8).
  49. I use my worldly resources to benefit others and make friends (Luke 16:1-9).
  50. I have everything I need and plenty left over to share with others (2 Corinthians 9:8).
  51. I share with those in need (Hebrews 13:16).
  52. I receive God’s blessing when I give something as simple as a cup of cold water (Matthew 10:42).
  53. I share God’s abundance as He increases my resources to produce generosity in me (2 Corinthians 9:10).
  54. I am blessed so I can be generous (2 Corinthians 9:11).
  55. I give generously because the amount I give determines the amount I receive (Luke 6:38).
  56. I give spiritual riches to others, even if I have nothing else to give (2 Corinthians 6:10).
  57. I speak words of blessing into the lives of others (Numbers 6:24-26).
  58. I speak good and helpful words that encourage those who hear them (Ephesians 4:29).
  59. I build others up and encourage them (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
  60. I always bless others. How can I curse someone made in the image of God? (James 3:9-10).
  61. I speak and act as a representative of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17).
  62. I love all people because each person is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
  63. I love others and show it by my actions (1 John 3:18).
  64. I repay insults with blessing (1 Peter 3:9).
  65. I bless those who persecute me and pray God will bless them (Romans 12:14).
  66. I am patient with those who oppose the truth because they have been held captive by the devil (2 Timothy 2:25-26).
  67. I befriend those who cannot personally benefit me (Luke 14:12-14).
  68. I forgive others because Christ has forgiven me (Ephesians 4:32).
  69. I make allowance for other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends me (Colossians 3:13)
  70. I accept others just as Christ accepted me (Romans 15:7).
  71. I enjoy the company of ordinary people and live in harmony with others (Romans 12:16).
  72. I serve needy people because I see Jesus in them (Matthew 25:31-46).
  73. I am rich in good works, generous to those in need, and ready to share with others (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
  74. I work for the Lord rather than for people (Colossians 3:23-24).
  75. I work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically (Romans 12:11).
  76. I think of others as better than myself rather than trying to impress people (Philippians 2:3).
  77. I take an interest in others rather than looking out for myself (Philippians 2:4).
  78. I proclaim God’s Word without regard for personal profit (2 Corinthians 2:17).
  79. I promote Jesus Christ rather than myself (2 Corinthians 4:5).
  80. I live for Christ and no longer live for myself (2 Corinthians 5:15).
  81. I am Christ’s ambassador, urging people to come back to God (2 Corinthians 5:20).
  82. I seek the approval of God, not people (Galatians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:4).
  83. I proclaim Christ with pure motives, not selfish ambition (Philippians 1:17).
  84. I share the burdens of others because I’m not too important to help someone else (Galatians 6:2-3).
  85. I leave my work in the Lord’s hand and trust Him for my reward (Isaiah 49:4).
  86. I use the gifts God has given me to serve others (1 Peter 4:10-11).
  87. I use my freedom to serve others in love (Galatians 5:13).
  88. I motivate others to acts of love (Hebrews 10:24).
  89. I honor those who give me spiritual guidance (1 Thessalonians 5:12).
  90. I delight in honoring others (Romans 12:10).
  91. I respect everyone (1 Peter 2:17).
  92. I submit to governing authorities because God placed them there (Romans 13:1).
  93. I submit to the government in obedience (Titus 3:1).
  94. I intercede on behalf of all people and give thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:1).
  95. I intercede for political authorities so we can live in peace (1 Timothy 2:2).



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