The Power of the Declaration
(Part 1 of a Three Part Series on Speaking in Faith)
I have heard many times over the years that “declarations” – praying and declaring God’s will and His Word out loud and by faith – is not biblical. The devil has even come up with a few buzzwords to get people to stop and run the other way when they hear them: such as, “Name it; claim it”, “Prosperity ministry”, “Word of Faith” etc. This is simply not true.
In this article, I will reveal God’s plan and show you the hidden power of the declaration – and yes, it is biblical! I will also show you why the devil is so desperate to have us believe that we shouldn’t be using this powerful tool.
A Declaration from the Very Beginning
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
How did God create the heavens and the earth? He spoke. He declared it so; and it was. When God spoke and it became, He established the very principle of declaring by faith on the earth. He spoke in faith and supernatural, creative power resulted. Out of nothing comes the creation. Creation means to bring into existence. In other words, something that we can see, feel and understand comes out of nothing when we speak in faith.
Faith + the spoken word = the palpable in this world. God established this principle from the very first. It is a foundational truth in our belief system. However, we are doing ourselves a disservice if we think that this principle is only for God to use and speak. It is for us to put into practice as well. Everything in the Bible is for us. We are never shut out of anything. The Bible is in existence for us. We have free access to every Kingdom power or amenity just as Jesus does – because of Jesus! This drives the devil crazy. That is why he will do anything to make us think that we have no right to speak or declare anything. It is because the devil knows how powerful we are when we are speaking in faith the way God did at creation.
How does the principle of declaring by faith work? Here is what we need to be aware of in order to follow the principle correctly. In doing so, we are following in our Father's footsteps. God spoke and there was light. Then He saw that the light was good. First, we declare – we speak for creation to come into being. We declare out loud something creative that lines up with biblical truth. Secondly it comes into being (by faith). THEN we see it in the natural world and it is good. This is how a creative miracle happens and it’s how the Kingdom of God works! As we do these things, we are following the creative example of our Father God. It is normal operating procedure in the Kingdom.
The New Covenant Declaration
Romans 10:9-10 (NASB)
if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believesresulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses,resulting in salvation.
In the Greek the word for confess is homologeó, which means to speak the same, to agree.1
The HELPS Word-studies definition of the word homologeó gives us an even clearer picture of the word confess and how important it is to the Kingdom of God in regard to declaring out of our mouths what we believe:
"speak to a conclusion") – properly, to voice the same conclusion, i.e. agree ("confess"); to profess (confess) because in full agreement; to align with (endorse).2
At the very beginning, we know that God declared/spoke in faith and creation resulted. Now, also at the very beginning of our Christian life we start by – out of our mouths - declaring by faith that Jesus is Lord and accepting Him. Then a whole new creation results in us! Part of living as a new creation is speaking the new creation. This is our heritage and the New Covenant way, speaking in agreement with the Bible. So we see how important the confession – or declaration – is in the Christian faith. It starts from the beginning and continues throughout our Christian life. When we combine the speaking/declaring with faith, it is the double blessing of grace. The end result of this two-fold declaring Jesus by faith becomes righteousness and salvation.
The declaration/confession reveals the identity of the One to whom we belong. That is why it is so important to confess Jesus. When we line up our declaration with the principles of the Word of God we are identifying ourselves as His and publically coming into covenant agreement with His Word. This causes our hearts, souls, minds, bodies and spirits to also come into agreement. This brings greater faith, power and victory.
A Three-Fold Reason to Make Declarations
The word, “declare”, means to make known or to state clearly. It also means to manifest, reveal or show. So when we speak biblical declarations out loud, there is a threefold reason for doing so:
- We are making the absolute truth of the Bible known on every platform – physical, emotional, spiritual. We are affecting our own attitudes, those around us, our ministering spirits (angels) can hear us and know how to help us and the devil knows that we are applying scripture correctly to our situation so he has to honor that and leave us alone.
- When we speak the truth of the Bible over our lives, truth reigns in our lives. We are coming into covenant agreement with His Word. When that happens, the Father can bring greater revelation to us
- When we speak the biblical truth in faith and the revelation that He’s given over our lives and those of our families and loved ones, we’ll see the manifestation of those spoken words – no matter how far-fetched they might seem!
As we can see, speaking biblical truths over our lives and the lives of our families is a vital part of Kingdom living. From the very beginning, we have already had good things declared over us all throughout the Old Testament. In fact, most of the Old Testament was a declaration of what was to come in the New Covenant. We are living the fulfillment of that now in the era of grace. Every day, as part of the covenant agreement by faith, we can be biblically declaring goodness, mercy and favor over our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters.
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1 3670. Strong’s Concordance
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© Copyright Anne Schickowski, 2015
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