Positive Power of One AFFIRMATION (09/11/02)
By Dr. Robert H. Schuller
Have you noticed how
many people have tattoos today? Did I ever tell you I
had a tattoo ... where it is ... why you can't see it ...
and why I won't show it to you ... and what it is?
It's a tattoo in my
brain. It's a tattoo in my subconscious.
It's a tattoo in my soul that will never go away. I live with
it. I don't hide it. I show it in ways that people don't recognize
that they're looking at a tattoo. What is that tattoo? It is an
affirmation. It's something I've been telling myself for years
and years. And the affirmation is quite simple. I want to try
to teach it to you so you can tattoo your brain with it.
Your Brain with a Positive Affirmation
I remember when Norman
Vincent Peale, in one of his messages here in this church, told
us how one day he visited a tattoo parlor in Hong Kong. He was
surprised at all the designs and slogans you could have tattooed.
One slogan was "born to lose" and the shopkeeper told
Dr. Peale that it was amazing how many people chose that tattoo.
tattoo their own consciousness - their brain. When it so negatively
puts you down, that's pathetic. A tattoo doesn't go away, it stays
there. You put it there. So we need to learn the awesome
power of a positive affirmation ... and tattoo that in
We become mastered, yes, even masterfully and divinely manipulated
by the tattoos that we allow into our brains, our consciousness
and our subconscious. It's what you call impacting life with dynamic
faith. For an affirmation is declaring that you have something
you really don't actually have in your hand today.
It probably falls in
the realm of a prophecy of a certain type, or a prediction. But
when you declare that you have what you still don't possess, that's
an affirmation. It is affirming what you believe is coming your
Now the power of affirmations
is just being discovered in psychology. And that's been my life
study the past fifty years. It is interesting how it is now being
accepted by many professionals who were so critical of it.
My affirmation is a
special prayer. I begin my morning as I get out of bed, saying,
"Something good is going to happen
to me today." Then at night I say, "Thank
You Lord for the good news that came my way today."
And then just before I fall asleep, "Something
good is going to happen to me tomorrow." I share this
affirmation with you because I know the power of positive affirmations.
My affirmations have
power because they begin in the Bible. My affirmations are drawn
from the inspiration I receive from Jesus Christ. And so I know
that tomorrow even if I might be getting some bad news ... I choose
to say, "Good news is coming my way."
Because every time I say that, I look for it, and I can find it!
I can find good news in the most unbelievable places and that
does a lot more for me than expecting, recognizing, responding,
acknowledging and honoring bad news.
So I don't really believe
in bad news. There aren't too many people who have lived the faith,
practiced and preached the faith like I have for fifty years every
Sunday. And I've discovered that the God I believe in, the God
that the Bible talks about, the God that Jesus prayed to, this
God turns even bad news into good news in
time. That's why in the Old Testament, the word that is
used probably more than any other word is the word "wait"
on the Lord. Be of good courage
and He will strengthen your heart." (Psalm 27:14)
Then St. Paul in his
letter to the Christian believers in Corinth says:
the promises of God are
YES! ... and Amen! (I Corinthians 1:20)
God's promises are
"YES." Decide to look for
Good News when disasters happen because of the sinfulness of human
beings, the carelessness, the recklessness of society, or the
disobedience of countries or cultures. God
can take the worst and draw the good out of it, and we
are always surprised. It is then that God comes to surprise us
with His special blessing in conflict and pain.
As a pastor of fifty
years, I''ve heard ever so often when there is a disaster, grief,
or tragedy, "I didn't know so many people cared..."
"I didn't know my family loved me so much. I love my family
now more than ever." Or, "You should have seen all the
cards and the telephone calls I received." What are they
saying? They're saying good news came to bless them after the
so-called bad news.
of the promises of God are "yes" and "amen"!
So I say to you today that I really believe with all my heart
and soul and there is nothing I believe more than this:
news is coming your way."
Begin today with the
prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the good news that's coming
this week." Do you dare to thank God for the good news coming
today? That depends on whether you are in stress right here and
now. Perhaps you've suffered enormous financial loses.
Last week I told you
about a man who retired because he had a net worth of $385,000.
He could live comfortably with that much money plus his Social
Security for the rest of his life. But his $385,000 was all invested
in stock and today is worth only $1,036. He lost it all. But he
said to me, "You know that means that I had to go back to
work. And I'm back at work now and the good news is that I'm a
lot happier back at work than I was in my short retirement. I
think I'm going to live longer because I''m busy. And I like to
work. I see people. I talk to people. I feel younger. God turned
my bad news into good news!" Now that's the kind of a God
I believe in. That's the positive faith we preach.
If you are a possibility
thinker, you are intuitively and instinctively challenged by problems
So you get involved and the challenge turns out to be creative.
Then you know you are alive! Dare to ask God today for a challenge
and then expect good news!
Good news comes in
many disguises. There is good news even in the form of a conflict,
a collision, heartbreak, or a tragedy. If you've got God in your
heart, there is no bad news. If you don't see any good news today,
then you need to remember that Old Testament word ... wait.
W-A-I-T ... "Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage and He
will strengthen your heart."
Turns Bad News into Good News
power of one positive affirmation
will help you to get through your stress ... through failure ...
through financial reversal ... or through cancer treatment.
out loud that you already have what you wish you could experience.
Declare it to be in
reality what is probably only a hope in your heart. It is amazing.
that's dynamic faith in action! Grab hold of the
power of this one positive affirmation: "Good news is coming
my way." Say it again out loud. Good
news is coming my way. I promise you that everybody here
is going to hear some good news tomorrow. I don't know what it
will be. It may be through a contact. It may come through a connection
... a letter ... a compliment that somebody gives you. It may
be a pat on the back.
Are you in pain? ...
or loss? ... or grief? Then get acquainted with my friend for
many years, Art Linkletter, one of the greatest possibility thinkers
I know. Art Linkletter received our first "Scars Into Stars"
award when his daughter committed suicide under the influence
of LSD given to her at a party. And he said that it was the pain
of grief that caused him to review his value system. Suddenly
his television fame and his pocketbook weren't very important.
Art Linkletter wanted to help kids on drugs. Today, at the age
of 90, he has traveled 100,000 miles, speaking 70 times already
this year! Art Linkletter radiates joy even though another child,
his 20-year-old son was killed in an auto accident a few years
after his daughter died. With his dynamic and positive faith,
Art Linkletter is in the business of sharing good
news! Check your value system! Get in touch with God, and
I promise that a joy, a peace, contentment and satisfaction will
come to you in life. Say:
news is coming my way. Something good is going to happen to me
today. Something good is going to happen to me tomorrow. Good
news is coming my way."
power of one positive affirmation.
Why do I believe it so strongly? Because I believe in the Bible
and the Bible is full of true stories of a God who blesses people
who go through trouble. And there is the story of Jesus Christ
and His life on earth, which ended on a cross, but He arose on
Easter. And I believe Jesus Christ turns all bad news into blessings.
"Wait on the Lord." That's
why the cross is such a powerful symbol. The cross is very simple,
very plain. But the message of the cross tells us: "Something
good is going to happen to me tomorrow. Good news is on the way."
People are praying for me and I'm going to benefit from those
prayers today. Prayers never die.
They're being answered now so I choose to believe in good
news. Some of the seeds I planted are going to bear fruit.
I thought they were dead, but they're alive and growing. That's
There will be a time
when I will have the biggest and best news. It's that day when
I step into eternity. Good news is coming
to me! Hallelujah!
In closing, if today
all you want to do is cry, then affirm, right now, that something
good is going to happen to me today. Something blessed is coming
my way. God knows about my tears and He is doing something about
Power of One Positive Affirmation.
Prayer: Thank you,
God, for the Bible, for our faith, for Jesus Christ, for His life
and death, for His resurrection, for Christ coming back to us
through the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts to give us positive
thinking. And thank you, God, that the cross is the symbol of
a promise to us. It promises that something good is going to happen
and that's the good news! Amen.