1. 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.
2. Declarations “frame” our future.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3). Indeed our words influence the spirit realm (which ultimately impacts what we experience in the natural realm), but declarations also are also a main building material to frame the “house” of our life destiny. Where do you want to be in five years? What do you want to build in you and through you? Declare now what it will look like. As you do, you are giving God a powerful framework to work with in you and in your life.
3. 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.
4. Grace is imparted when we hear life giving declarations.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29). Grace is the empowerment to do God’s will. We have the privilege of continually imparting grace to others through our words, but because we are the one who hears our words the most, we can continually impart grace to ourselves through our words. Truly, there is no limit to how much grace we can receive from ourselves.
5. 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.