3 Biblical reasons we make declarations:
- Mountains move for those who believe they can have what they declare - "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says" (Mark 11:23). The major truth of this verse is easy to miss. Jesus is not saying, "He who believes the mountain will be removed will see it done." No, He is releasing a truth which is much more powerful – "He who believes that whatever he says will be done will have mountains move when he speaks." Read the verse again. Do you see it? This text alone will propel a lifestyle of declarations so that we can go on the journey to truly believe we have what we say.
- He who would love life and see good days will make declarations – "He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit" (1 Peter 3:10). The first thing mentioned for those who want to see good in their lives is to control their speech. Wow, what a mighty promise this is. We remind you that controlling our words is not just stopping negative words, but more importantly it is speaking the positive. Life is truly is in the power of the tongue.
- Declarations are a key to demolishing strongholds – "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). The highest level of spiritual warfare is to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. One way to capture lies is to declare the truth that refutes the lies we are tempted to believe. We cannot think a lie when speaking truth.