Here is an excerpt from the book, Declarations, which includes 6 common objections to the making of declarations.
Isn't it just a formula that one can do apart from intimacy with God?
Some object to the message about declarations because they believe it is a “formula.” Their concern comes from an assessment that those who promote the making of declarations are saying we can have whatever we say, regardless of what else is happening in our lives. It is seen as a formula to receive spiritual blessings without a covenant commitment to the Lord.
This same criticism could also be directed at many other Christian disciplines (i.e. Bible reading, tithing, prayer, church attendance, fellowship, loving your spouse, honesty, hard work, etc.). These, too, can become formulas for Christian success even if the individual does not have a current vibrant relationship with Jesus.
Godly principles work at some level for the saved and unsaved alike. Those who practice godly disciplines dramatically increase the likelihood of living a blessed life. Declarations (speaking life) certainly fall into the category of godly disciplines.
The “that’s just the formula” label gets placed on positive proclaimers (more so than other disciplines) because the anti-negative speech advocates tend to be more vocal about their convictions, and their imbalances seem to be more obvious. They’ve boiled life down to this: say the right words and everything will turn out wonderfully.
Yes, the belief that our words are powerful is one of the most important truths we will ever believe, but the authors of this book want it to be clear that declarations are one piece of the pie of truth, not the whole pie. The truths shared in these writings are to be lived out in tension with other important teachings. They are also to be lived out in the context of a community where healthy relationships are fostered. This will prevent us from simply using declarations as a formula.