More reasons we make declarations:
Giant Killers Make Declarations – “The Lord, who delivered me (David) from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine . . This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:37, 46-47). David sets the example for us in using words to overcome fear and defeat seeming impossible challenges to us. We can also employ this model as we “attack” every day with declarations like this “Today the Lord will deliver to me an incredible day of breakthrough and miracles. I will have victory in everything I do.”
We are called to be incessant hope speakers, and declarations help make this a reality in our lives – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). Note that it does not say, “Let us hold fast the ‘thought’ of our hope,” but it says, “the confession of our hope.” We are instructed to value and diligently protect the habit of speaking hope. There are many ways that we can do this (encouraging others, sharing testimonies, being positive in conversations, etc.), but one of the most practical ways to follow this scripture is to regularly make declarations over ourselves, others and every environment we find ourselves in.
The making of declarations is one of most practical ways to renew our minds and implement Romans 12:2 in our lives – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). The renewing of the mind does not happen by osmosis, but by an intentional plan to dismantle wrong beliefs and establish positive strongholds in specific areas of our lives. It is an irrefutable law of the spirit that if we renew our minds, we will be transformed. It will work for everyone no matter what our past has been. (Truly, nobody’s past can limit their future, but current beliefs can.) Besides meditating on scripture, there is probably no greater strategic step we can take to renew our minds than declarations. Declarations help us renew our minds so our lives will be truly transformed. “Faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:17), and we get to determine how much we hear by how much we declare.