More Biblical Reasons for Making Declarations
- Declarations direct our lives toward what we speak – "Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue" (James 3:4-5). We are pulled in the direction of the words we speak. Our words are indeed a rudder to cause us to be directed toward the things we say. What destination do you want to be at in life in five years? Then declare it now, the "ship" of your life will be directed toward that. I (Steve) had to say "I write books" before I ever wrote one. As I spoke this, the rudder of my life directed me toward book writing. As we consider this, it is important to know that the ship of your life includes you and your descendants. Many of your declarations will be fully fulfilled through your lineage (both physical and spiritual).
- Declarations are instrumental to us entering 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 toward non-stop speaking (declaring) of truth as he made final preparation to possess what God had already give the Israelites and him through promise.
- 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 death things (places, people, nations, gifting, etc.) is for someone to say it is alive when it still looks dead.
- Abraham's history changing example speaks of the power of declarations – "No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations" (Genesis 17:5). Abram means "exalted father," while Abraham means "Father of a multitude." God asked Abraham to call himself by the promises over his life by declaring he was a father of a multitude before there was even one legitimate descendent. He actually changed his name to make sure that Abraham would speak the promise, thus giving God something to work with. It is fascinating to note that the promise was given at age 75, but nothing really happened until Abraham was 99 when he started declaring God's promise.
- Declarations unlock destinies – "And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, 'The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!'" (Judges 6:12). Gideon's nation delivering leadership mantle was unlocked when the angel made a declaration over him of who he really was. Gideon had a hard time believing this but eventually did. We can become the angel in our own lives by declaring who we are in Christ, even when it seems ridiculous (as it did to Gideon when he head the angel).