Don Gossett & E.W. Kenyon

B. Childress
Mar 18 2012

An affirmation is a statement of fact, or a supposed fact.

Faith and unbelief are built out of affirmations.  The affirmation of a doubt builds unbelief.  An affirmation of faith builds
strength to believe more.

When you affirm that the Word of God cannot be broken, you affirm that the Word and God are one, that when you
trust in the Word you are trusting in God the Father.

You affirm to your own heart that behind the Word is the throne of God, that the integrity  of God is interwoven into the
pattern of His Word.

Abraham counted that God was able to make good all that He promised.

God did make good on His promise to Abraham.  The amazing thing is that He took a man one hundred years old and
renewed his body, making it young again.  He took a woman ninety years old and made her young, beautiful, and so
attractive that king fell in love with her.

She gave birth to a beautiful boy after she was ninety years old.

It was not Sarah’s faith; it was Abraham’s faith that made this woman young.

Doubt was a part of her life.  She voiced her unbelief in a statement, and the angel heard her and reprimanded her for it
(Genesis 18:12).  She retreated in fear from the angel, as unbelief always makes us retreat.

When you constantly affirm that “Jesus is the Surety of the New Covenant” and that every word from Matthew to
Revelation can be utterly depended upon, then that word in your lips is God speaking.

When you say what God told you to say, then it is as though Jesus was saying it.

When you remember that the Word never grows old, is never weak, never loses its power, but is always the living Word,
the life-giving Word, and you boldly confess it, then it becomes a living thing in your lips.

When you confess that Satan has no ability to break the seal of the blood, and that “by the blood they overcame the
adversary and by the Word of their testimony,” you gain the ascendancy.

When you openly affirm His Word is what it confesses to be, the Word of God, that His Word is your contract as well as
your contact with Him, then the Word becomes a living reality in your daily life.

Your word can become one with God’s Word.  His word can become one with your word.  His Word abiding in you gives
you an authority in Heaven.  That is a thrilling fact.

John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

The words of your lips are the words that abide in you and dominate you.

This visible Word gives faith in the unseen Word sitting at the right hand of God.

The Word you have in your hand carries you beyond Sense Knowledge, into the very presence of God, and gives you a
standing there.

Right and Wrong Affirmations

We are continually affirming something, and that affirmation and the reactions of the affirmation upon our lives are
sometimes very disastrous.  

You know the effects the words of loved ones have upon you, well, the effect of your own words upon you is just as

You continually say, “Well, I can’t do it.  I just can’t do it.  I haven’t the strength to do it,” and you feel your physical
energy and your mental efficiency oozing away and leaving you weak and full of indecision and doubt, and your
efficiency is gone.

You see, an affirmation is the expression of our faith: whether we have faith in ourselves, in loved ones, in the Bible or
its Author; or whether we have faith in disease, failure and weakness.

Some people are always confessing their faith in diseases, their faith in failure and calamity.  You will hear them
confessing that their children are disobedient and that their husband or wife is not doing what is right.

They constantly confess failure and doubts.  They little realize that confession can change the solid, hard road into a
boggy, clogged mire, but it is true.  The confession of weakness will bind and hold you in captivity.

Talk poverty and you will have plenty of it.  Confess your want, your lack of money all of the time, and you will always
have a lack.

Your confession is the expression of your faith, and these confessions of lack and of sickness shut the Father God out
of your life and let Satan in, giving him the right-of-way.

Confessions of failure give disease and failure dominion over your life.  They honor Satan and rob God of His glory.
Here are a few good confessions: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I do not want.”  You say this in the face of the fact that
want has been your master.  A new Master has taken over the kingdom and you whisper it softly at first, “The Lord is my
Shepherd,” then you say it a little stronger; you keep repeating it until it dominates you.

When this becomes true in your life, you will never say again, “I want,” or “I need,” but you will say, “I have.”

“He that believeth, hath.”  Believing is having.

Here you whisper, “My father is greater than all.”  What a confession that is!  My Father is greater than want, greater
than disease, greater than weakness, greater than any enemy that can rise against me.

Then you say with deliberate confidence, “God is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”

God is my strength.  How much strength have I?  God is the measure of it.

There are two types of affirmations that I wish you to notice.  First, there is the affirmation with nothing behind it but my
own will to make it good.  It is based upon a philosophy born of Sense Knowledge.  That Sense Knowledge is a product
of my own mind.  If it be in regard to sin, I deny the existence of it.  If it be in regard to sickness, I deny that sickness has
any existence.  We see this in Christian Science.

If it is a problem of ability to meet a financial obligation, I affirm with all of my might that I have the ability to meet it.

All that I have to make these affirmations good is something that I am, or have, of myself.  The Word of God has no
place in this affirmation.

I cannot say that greater am I than disease, or greater am I than this demand upon me, consequently, my affirmation
becomes a failure.

The second type of affirmation is based upon the Word of God.

The Word says, “If God be for you, who can be against you?”  I know that He is for me.  I know that this disease that was
laid upon me has been defeated, that it was actually laid upon Christ, and “by His stripes I am healed.”

That affirmation is based upon the Word of God, upon the Word that liveth and abideth and cannot be broken.

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth may pass away, but my Word will never pass away.”

You see the vast difference between an affirmation based upon your own will or philosophy and an affirmation backed
up by God Himself.

The affirmations based upon Sense Knowledge philosophy have no more value or ability to make good than is in the will
and mind of the maker of the affirmation.  But the affirmation that is based upon the living Word has God in back of it to
make it good.

Some Things that Are Not Faith

“Claiming the promises” is not faith.  Faith already has it.  “Claiming” proves that one does not have it yet.  It is unbelief
attempting to act like faith.

As long as one is trying to get it, faith has not yet acted.  Faith says, “Thank you, Father.”  Faith has it.  Faith has
arrived.  Faith stops praying and begins to praise.

Notice carefully, Doubt says, “I claim the promises.”  “I am standing on the promises.”  This is all the language of doubt.

Unbelief quotes the Word, but does not act upon it.  We call this Mental Assent.

I can remember in those early days how we used to “plead the promises and claim them as ours.”  We did not know that
our very language savored of unbelief.

You see, believing is simply acting on the Word.  We act on the Word as we would act on the word of a loved one.

We act on the Word because we know that it is true.  We do not try to believe it.  We do not pray for faith, we simply act
upon it.

One said to me the other day, “I am trying to make the Word true.”  I said, “I do not see why you need to do that,
because it has always been true.”

People do not know the Word until they begin to practice it and let it live in them.  They may have sat under one of the
finest teachers or preachers in the country for years, yet it has never become a part of their lives.

Using the Word in your daily life is the secret of faith.

The Word abides in you and enables Him to express Himself through you.  You draw on the Vine-life for wisdom, love
and ability.  You are never without resources.

The Word is the Master speaking to you.  When you act on the Word, you are acting in unison with Him.  You and He
are lifting the load together.  He is fellowshipping with you, sharing with you.  You are sharing His ability and strength.

Now you can understand that all that faith is is acting on the Word.

We are through with Sense Knowledge formulas.

Now we are walking with Him, realizing His ability has become ours.


THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS, by Don Gossett & E.W. Kenyon, Copyright 1981, Whitaker House.