How I Started Making Declarations

How I Started Making Declarations

by Steve Backlund

In the 90s, I (Steve) remember finding a cassette tape by Joyce Meyer where she talked about writing ten declarations of truths and promises God had given her. She spoke these declarations morning and night and they all came true in her life. I said, "I'm going to try that." I did, and it changed my beliefs, and then my life. I can say from personal experience that this changing of my words was instrumental to breaking off my self-limiting beliefs.

I have taught on declarations for years and have heard testimony after testimony of how adding this habit has been transformational to all kinds of people. I'm so convinced of the power of declarations to unlock destiny.

In 2012, I joined with my team to write a book on it. Each day includes a unique list of declarations, Scriptural references, two lies to break agreement with, and three pieces of wisdom/action steps to add to the declarations. 

 Here are portions from Day 1 of the book Declarations on "Joy and Laughter":

Day 1 of Declarations – Joy and Laughter

The Scripture:  

  • "The Joy of the Lord is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10) 
  • "A merry heart does good, like medicine." (Proverbs 17:22)
  • "In your presence is fullness of joy." (Psalm 16:11)

The Declarations (say these aloud):

  • I am an outrageously joyful person.
  • My joy level is increasing daily, and I have been created to experience fullness of joy.
  • Even in the midst of uncertainty, I live from a place of unshakable joy.
  • My joy levels do not depend on circumstances or how I feel.
  • I naturally know when to "weep with those who weep" and "rejoice with those who rejoice."

Let's laugh at this lie about joy:

The Lord is not overly concerned with us experiencing joy.

Some Wisdom to Add to Declarations:

Choose Joy – Just as we choose to forgive or love, we can choose to be joyful. It is a spiritual muscle we can develop in our lives.


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We hope you can join us June 20 to July 19, 2016 for our 30 day Declarations Experiment! We challenge participants to speak at least 100 declarations a day and to witness what God does in their lives and circumstances as they align themselves with biblical truth. 

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About Declarations

“Nothing happens in the Kingdom unless a declaration is made.” Believers everywhere are realizing the power of declarations to empower their lives. You may be wondering “What are declarations and why are people making them?” or maybe, “Aren’t declarations simply a repackaged ‘name it and claim it’ heresy?” Declarations answers these questions by sharing 30 biblical reasons for declaring truth over every area of life. Steve Backlund and his team also answer common objections and concerns to the teaching about declarations. The revelation this book carries will help you to set the direction your life will go. Get ready for 30 days of powerful devotions and declarations that will convince you that life is truly in the power of the tongue.


About Steve Backlund 

Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored 12 books.