2. The power of declaration
A few years ago, the Lord began to lay on my heart, the importance of declaration. It is important to realize that words can influence our lives and connect us to God’s resources in the unseen spiritual world. There are many scriptures that speak about the importance of words. In Proverbs we read that “the power of life and death is in the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)Our words will influence our lives. Furthermore, in the New Testament, Peter writes and says, that “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile.” (1 Peter 3:10) Our quality of life and the length that we will live, depends on the words that we speak!
Words transfer that which is in the unseen spiritual world, into our natural seen world. The Bible says that, “… the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things that are seen were not made from the things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:2-3) Everything that God created, originated in the invisible spirit world, a world that is a superior to the world that we can see. When we read about the creation story in Genesis, we read that God created this world by making decrees or declarations. When He said, “Let there be light!” There was light, etc.”
Although we cannot, like God, create something out of nothing, we can however, influence our environment by the words we speak. In fact, we too can transfer that which already exists in the unseen spirit world by the words of faith that we declare or decree. When God created the earth, we read that, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘let there be light.’” (Genesis 1:2-3)
In the same way, we can bring light into the darkness of our lives by speaking God’s word. The Holy Spirit is hovering over our lives waiting for us to declare the word of the Lord. When the Holy Spirit and the word of God come together, then miracles happen. The key is to find out what already exists in the unseen spirit world and use our words to transfer it into the world that we can see.
God has already placed all our resources in the spirit world. The Bible says, “He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) Therefore, we do not have to beg and persuade God to do something for us. Jesus has already paid the price for us to be blessed and these blessings are located in ‘heavenly places’ in the invisible spirit world. We must now use our words and make them a reality in our own lives.
When Jesus taught us to pray, He said, “Let Your kingdom come, let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)The original Greek here is in the imperative tense which says, “Come kingdom of God, be done will of God on earth as it is in heaven!”It is not a request but a declaration or a command! What is the Kingdom of God? It is where King Jesus has dominion. It is a place where we experience His “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) It is a place where we are free from the influence of the devil. (Matthew 12:28)It is a place where there is health, joy, peace, freedom and a wonderful relationship with God. We can Therefore, use the power of declaration and transfer that which is in heaven into our lives and circumstances on earth.
The Bible says that Jesus is our example. (1 Peter 2:21) Jesus also said, “As the Father sends Me, I send you.” (John 20:21) Therefore, if we want to learn how to apply any truth from the Bible, we can look at the life of Jesus and the examples He gave us. When Jesus walked on the Earth, He used the authority of the Father and made declarations. He would say, “Be healed, get up and walk, stretch out your hand, your sins have been forgiven, etc.” He created the miracles by the words that He spoke.
When He was in a storm, He spoke to the storm andsaid,“Be still.” He expects us to do the same and speak to the storms in our lives. In fact, He would not allow us to go through storms without giving us the ‘tools’ to conquer the storms.Therefore, instead of pleading and crying in the storm, as His disciples did, we are to use our authority and speak to our storms. Also, when He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness He simply declared the word of God and said, “It is written.” He expects us to do the same, use our authority, resist the devil and declare the word of God. The devil cannot resist the word of the Lord.
Jesus said, “Whoever (that includes all of us) says to this mountain, ‘be removed and cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes the things that he saysshall come to pass, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:23) It is better to speak to the mountains and command them to go than to speak to God about the mountains and ask Him to remove them.
In Matthew 8we read about the Roman Centurion who understood the power of authority and declaration. He said to Jesus, “But only speak the word and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8)Jesus was amazed and said, “I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel.” Maybe some of us are longing for a breakthrough or a miracle. We have a wonderful promise, “to speak only the word.” We also see this in the Early Church. Peter and John met the lame man and said, “In the name of Jesus rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6) There is power when we declare the name of Jesus. We also read how Paul healed a lame man by saying with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” (Acts 14:9-10) The man leaped and walked as Paul transferred the healing power from the invisible spirit world into the body of that man, by making a bold declaration.
We read an amazing verse in the book of Job, You shall declare a matter, and it shall be established, so light will shine on your ways.” The KJV says, “You shall decree a matter…” Decrees are the privileges of kings! When a king decrees something, it becomes the law of the land. Therefore, when we, as kings and priests, seated in heavenly places, make decrees according to the word and will of God, a law is established in the spirit world. We can, therefore, remove the power of darkness and bring the light of God into our lives by the words that we speak. Nothing happens in the spirit world without a declaration.
We once held a meeting in a church in St. Petersburg. After the meeting, they told us of a lady in the church who had an accident and was in a coma for a long time. They could not wake her up out of her coma. I preached this word and after the sermon I got the whole church to declare that she would come out of this coma. About a half hour later we received the news that she had come out of her coma. We made a decree, and it was established! We later met this lady, healthy, alive and well.
In Psalms we read, “Bless the Lord, you angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.” (Psalms 103:20) We see how the angels respond to the voice of God’s word. God gives His word but it is our responsibility to give His word a voice before the angels respond! In the same way that angel activity is released by us speaking God’s word, so demonic activity is activated when we speak negative words that contradict the word of God. That is why, “the power of life and death are in the tongue!”
We read in the Bible that, “God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” [Another translation says, “He speaks of the nonexistent things as if they [already] existed.”] (Romans 4:17)
In the same way, we are to do the same! Our declaration is not to be based on what we see or hear, but on what we believe and on what God’s word says no matter how negative our circumstances seem to be.We are to declare things into existence before they manifest!
Jesus gave us this amazing promise in the book of Matthew, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. Whatever you lose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” The Amplified Bible says, “Whatever you forbid and declare to be unlawful and improper on earth, must be what is already forbidden in heaven. And whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth, must be what is already permitted in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)
Everything that does not agree with His word, such as sickness, oppression, fear, bondage, etc. is forbidden in heaven. Therefore, by the power of declaration we can forbid and declare unlawful on earth, in our lives and in our circumstances, that which is forbidden in heaven. In the same way, we can release on earth by the power of declaration that what God has already released in heaven. Through the cross of Jesus, every spiritual blessing has already been released in heaven! God has already released healing, freedom, blessings, prosperity, joy, peace, etc. We must now transfer these to earth by the declaration of the word of God.
A few years ago, Frances and I went to Turkey on a short holiday special from Russia. They put us up in a hotel full of Russians. When we switched on the TV in our room, which was set to the local channel, it showed the most horrific pornography. We turned the TV off and declared that this was not right and not according to the kingdom of God. Therefore, we came in agreement, and made the following declaration. “We will not allow this program to continue because it is not allowed in heaven. We destroy the equipment producing this program and declare it will no longer be shown in this hotel while we are staying here.”
A shortwhile later we again switched on the TV and to our surprise, it was a Christian channel showing John Haggee preaching. For the duration of our stay we watched wonderful, upbuilding Christian programs. Can you imagine, a Christian program in a Muslim country in a hotel full of Russian holiday makers! I think God must have sent an angel to redirect the satellite dish.
I want to now read the well-known Aaronic blessing from the book of Numbers. God said, “Speak unto Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel, by saying to them, -The LORD blessyou, and keepyou: The LORD make his face shineupon you, and be graciousto you: (6:26)The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I willbless them.” (Numbers 6:23-26)
Notice it says, “…this is the way you shall bless, by speaking…” Words release the blessing! We can bless one another by the words we speak! That is why we read in Genesis, “God blessed them and said, ‘be fruitful and multiply…'” (Genesis 1:28)How did God release the blessing? By speaking! Therefore, we release blessings on people by declaring the word of God and the will of God in faith over them.
There are some great declarations that we can use. In Hebrews we read, “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6) We can apply this to other areas of our lives too. For example: The Lord said, “By His stripes I was healed” – Therefore, I may boldly say,“I am healed by the stripes of Jesus.” The Lord said,“Greater is He who is in you.” – Therefore, I may boldly say, “I am not weak and defeated because Jesus lives in me.” The Lord said, “I will build My church.” – Therefore, we may boldly say, “Our church will grow and be blessed and influence many people for Christ.”
Finally, “Let us hold fast the confession of ourhope without wavering, for He who promised isfaithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)The word “hope” means, “a joyful anticipation of good things to come.” If we desire good things to happen, then we can begin to declare words of hope. Notice it also says, “hold fast” or “continue” which means it is not just a once off declaration, but we need to continue to do so until our answer manifests. Angels respond to our words but often there is a warfare in the heavenlies and it may take time to get the breakthrough.
The power of declaration is a wonderful truth. Therefore, may God bless you by the words you speak, for “the power of life and death are in the tongue.” Amen.