Someone wrote in the other day with this question, and we think you might enjoy the response:
Question: "What kind of declaration would you say for this experience of Paul? I am not understanding his experience that well in 1 Thessalonians 2:18: 'We tried very hard to come back because of our intense longing to see you again. We wanted very much to come to you, and I, Paul tried again and again, but Satan prevented us.'"
Answer from Steve: "I like your question. Here are some thoughts I have on your question:
There is a difference between the facts of our experience and truths of our declarations. I like to say that we don't deny the facts of what has or is happening, but we choose to focus through declarations on a truth higher than the facts. The facts were that Goliath was a menace who had killed many, but the truth was that he could not stand against someone who knew who they were in God.
Declarations are about bringing the future into the present. Abraham is our example for this - Romans 4:17 (and the rest of the chapter) give insight on this: "God gives life to the dead by calling those things that are not as though they are". The fact here was that Abraham was childless. The truth was that he was a father of multitude. He declared while still in a contrary experience.
Faith comes by hearing. I declare not to convince others but to convince myself."