The Power Of Biblical Declarations
declare: To make known formally or officially; To reveal or make manifest.
A Biblical declaration is a set of words that are spoken out of the mouth of a believer, for the purpose of making the Word of God true to them. Let's start by looking at some scriptures that clearly show what God has declared.In The Beginning, God Declared
In Genesis 1:3-26, the words "And God said..." are repeated numerous times, followed by, "And it was so." He declared everything into existence, and it just "was." That's how powerful His Word is.
Again, John 1:3 says, "All things were created by him [Jesus, the Word]..." (NET)
So, we see that God's Word is incredibly powerful. But it doesn't stop there. Check out what God says in Genesis 1:26, "Let us make humankind in our image..." (NET)
Putting two and two together, we can conclude that God, who made you in his own likeness, gives you the power to declare His Word.
The following two verses further demonstrate that God really does declare things into existence:
"I am the Lord! That is my name! I will not share my glory with anyone else, or the praise due me with idols. Look, my earlier predictive oracles have come to pass; now I announce new events. Before they begin to occur, I reveal them to you." Isaiah 42:8-9, NET
"He is our father in the presence of God whom he believed - the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do." Romans 4:17, NETBy Our Very Nature, We Declare
Most likely, you are already declaring things on a regular basis. Do you recall yourself saying things like, It's a beautiful day today! or I'm hungry or That was a delicious meal! Whether you speak them or just think them, those thoughts are declarations. They are statements that effect how you think and behave.
So, you already know how to declare things. All you need to learn is how to start declaring God's Word.
God designed you to declare His Words of life. In John 6:68 Simon Peter said, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life" (NET). Declaring God's Word brings life to your mind and body.
The Power of God is truly made perfect within you when you declare His Word, both verbally and mentally. What exactly does God want you to declare? What better place to look than the Word of God itself.What God Wants Us To Declare
Let's take a look at several Bible passages in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through his people, instructs us what exactly God wants us to declare.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 1 Peter 2:9, NET
"Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak - that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak." Ephesians 6:19, NET
"Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples." 1 Chronicles 16:24 and Psalm 96:3, NKJV
"O Lord, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, that I may declare your praises in the gates of the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in your salvation." Psalm 9:13-14, NIV
"I will declare your [Yahweh's] name to my countrymen! In the middle of the assembly I will praise you!" Psalm 22:22, NET
"O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise." Psalm 51:15, NASB
"O God, you have taught me since I was young, and I am still declaring your amazing deeds." Psalm 71:17, NET
"Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, your power to everyone who is to come." Psalm 71:18, NKJV
"I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens." Psalm 89:2, NRSVHow To Create A Biblical Declaration
Creating a Biblical declaration is simple. All you do is make the verse personal to you yourself. Then read it and declare it verbally. It is so important to hear yourself declaring God's Word, because it helps you remember it better.
For example, Psalm 34:5 says, "Those who look to him [God] for help are happy," (NLT) so you can declare "I look to the Lord; therefore, I am happy!"
And Psalm 9:9 says, "The Lord provides safety for the oppressed; he provides safety in times of trouble." So you can declare "The Lord will keep me safe when I am oppressed." Or, if you are currently being oppressed, you can simply declare "The Lord provides me with safety all around me."
Some verses are already in declaration form. Take Psalm 118:28 as an example, "You are my God and I will give you thanks!" (NLT) This verse can be declared just as it is, without any changes. Or, if you want to, you could remove "will" so that it reads "You are my God, and I give you thanks."
Keep in mind that there are several ways to declare the same verse. The Holy Spirit will show you exactly how he wants you to declare that verse. The Holy Spirit is a wonderful teacher. He will take you from where you are now to where he wants you to be. It is worth emphasizing this over and over again:
The Holy Spirit of God is your teacher and mentor. Listen to him. :)
Also, remember that God "gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were" (Romans 4:17, NIV). So, when the Holy Spirit leads you to declare something that doesn't appear to accurately describe you at that very moment, declare it anyway in faith; then act accordingly.
We are made in God's image, in his likeness (Genesis 1:26). God declared the entire world into existence (Genesis 1:3-26) by His own Word (John 1:3). God wants us to declare His powerful Word: his power, his deeds, his praises, his name, his glory, his faithfulness, his love, and his promises.
We can make declarations from God's Word (the Bible) by making the verse personal to us, and most importantly, by listening to our mentor and teacher, the Holy Spirit of God.