Let’s talk about the power of our words and how we can use our words to partner with the will of God and see his move in our lives. So we know our words are important, but why exactly is that?
Life is in the power of the tongue. – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). One of the greatest revelations we can ever get as we walk as believers is this: the tongue has power to release life wherever we go. Those who love this truth will speak intentionally and will eat the abundant fruit their past words (declarations) have produced. If we believe Proverbs 18:21, we will speak on purpose. We will speak to others and to ourselves because we realize there is no such thing as the strong silent type of Christian. Life and strength are accelerated through declarations.
Words propel us to experience all that Jesus won for us. – “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:37). This verse is obviously not talking about being saved through godly speaking, but it does imply that our declarations will either restrict or bless our lives. Words in agreement with God’s purposes will propel us into the abundant life Jesus promised us. Instead of setting up fences of limitation and restriction in our experience (what Jesus calls being “condemned”), we will be able to enter into the realms of our salvation that we make declarations about.
Declarations are instrumental for us to enter our promised land – “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8). Joshua was instructed to implement non-stop speaking (declaring) of truth as he made final preparations to possess what God had already given through promise. Joshua is our example to use declarations as a means to possessing the promises of God.
Declarations help us call those things that are not as though they are – “(As it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations’) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17). God’s method of bringing life to dead places, people, nations, gifts and calls is for someone to say it is alive when it still looks dead. (The essence of faith is to believe before we see, not see to believe.) When we declare things alive that look dead, we become like God in “calling those things that are not as though they are.”
Declarations are a way to overcome anxiety and become glad. “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). It is a tremendous revelation when we understand we can speak a “good word” to ourselves to change our emotions from worry to gladness. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us that prayer with thanksgiving creates a life protected by peace. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The phrase “with thanksgiving” could be interpreted as a type of declaration that declares with gratitude that God is working in the situations that concern us. So, whether we speak a good word to ourselves of “thank you” or speak a scriptural promise, we are privileged to have the weapon of declarations to make our hearts glad.
Declarations #1 – These ten basic declarations are foundational to the building of your faith. They will increase expectancy of God’s goodness, and thus will increase the manifestation of that goodness in your life. Jesus said, “According to your faith, so be it” (Matthew 8:13). Say these (and other declarations) every day for a month and see what happens to your life.
My prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16b).
God richly supplies all my needs (Philippians 4:19).
I am dead to sin and alive to live supernaturally (Romans 6:11; 2 Peter 1:4).
I walk in ever-increasing health (Psalm 103:1-3, Isaiah 53:5).
I live under supernatural protection (Psalm 91).
Like Jesus, I prosper in all my relationships (Luke 2:52).
I consistently bring God encounters to other people (Mark 16:17-18).
Through Jesus, I am 100% loved and worthy to receive all of God’s blessings (Colossians 1:12-14).
Each of my family members is wonderfully blessed and radically loves Jesus (Acts 16:30-31).
I uproariously laugh when I hear a lie from the devil (Psalm 2:2-4).
Declarations #2 – Remember this: Faith is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Our “evidence” for things being true is not our circumstances, but God’s promises. We don’t deny negative facts in our lives, but we choose to focus on a higher reality: God’s truth. Faith indeed comes by hearing (Romans 10:17); therefore, we choose to speak these powerful truths to build our own faith.
I set the course of my life with my words (James 3:2-5).
God is on my side; therefore, I declare I cannot be discouraged or defeated (Romans 8:37; Psalm 91; Philippians 4:13).
I am the head, not the tail. I have insight. I have wisdom. I have ideas and divine strategies. I have authority (Deuteronomy 8:18; 28:13; James 1:5-8; Luke 10:19).
As Abraham did, I speak God’s promises over my life. My faith is being strengthened to possess all that Jesus won for me (Romans 4:17-23).
I have a sound mind. Today, I will think the right thoughts, say the right words, and make the right decisions in every situation I face (2 Timothy 1:7).
I expect to have powerful, divine appointments today to heal the sick, raise the dead, prophesy life, lead people to Christ, bring deliverance, release signs and wonders, and bless every place I go (Book of Acts).
I expect that today will be the best day of my life spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and financially in Jesus’ name. (Romans 15:13).
Declarations #3 – One of the main methods Jesus and the apostles used in the gospels and Acts was to SPEAK TO things. You will notice that they did not ask God to heal people, cast out demons, or raise the dead, but they spoke to bodies, demons, the wind, etc. Jesus encouraged us to speak to mountains in Mark 11:23. This set of declarations specifically focuses on speaking to various aspects of our lives.
My angels are carrying out the Word of God on my behalf (Psalm 103:20).
All attacks that were headed my way are diverted right now by angelic protection in Jesus’ name (Psalm 91).
I declare peace over the raging waters in my mind, emotions, body, and family. I say, “Peace, be still” to each of these areas of my life (Mark 4:39).
I speak to every mountain of discouragement, stress, depression, and lack, and cast it into the sea in Jesus’ name (Mark 11:22-24).
I speak to this day, and I call you blessed. I declare I serve a mighty God who today will do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all that I can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). I say You are a good God and I eagerly anticipate Your goodness today.