Steve Backlund once said, “Nothing happens in the kingdom unless a declaration is made.” Declarations are powerful because God has placed authority in our words. As His children, we can use this authority to either edify or destroy. In fact, Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (NASB). When we embrace and release life-giving truth through our words, we can shift atmospheres and establish cultures that reflect the kingdom.
We want to share three foundational truths behind the power of personal declarations. Remember, transformation in our schools begins when we as leaders choose to believe who God says we are. As you read today’s post, may God would reveal to you the authority each of you carries to change the environment within you and around you!
1. Declarations Transform Our Inner Worlds
To be transformed by the renewing of our minds (as Paul writes about in Romans 12), we must intentionally align our thoughts with truth. We can change the way we think by first changing the way we talk! In other words, we can tap into the power of declarations.
Joel understood this truth when he wrote, “Let the weak say, ‘I am strong’” (Joel 3:30, NKJV). In Scripture, one of the Hebrew words used for meditate, hagah, means “to utter, speak, or muse.” How interesting! What we speak is actually a meditation upon truth. As Joshua said, when we meditate upon the Word, we are led into prosperity and success (Joshua 1:8). Let’s declare:
- God’s grace empowers me to do the impossible!
- As I meditate upon truth, I will be led into prosperity and success!
2. Declarations Help Us See from God’s Perspective
The truth of who God says we are is far greater than our current weakness. Is it a lie to declare that we are strong when we are currently manifesting weakness?
Well, an apple tree is still an apple tree, even if it hasn’t produced fruit. When we speak God’s truth over ourselves, we begin to think more like Him in the midst of difficult situations. This creates a powerful culture of belief within us that will pour life into the culture around us. As school leaders, we encourage you to look to the One “who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17 NKJV). Let’s declare:
- God’s strength is perfected in my weakness!
- I carry resurrection power! I have authority to see what once was dead brought back to life.
3. Declarations Create a Culture of Transformation
James 3:2 says that if we can bridle our words, we can bridle our whole body. In this verse, he is making the point that what we believe and say from our hearts will steer our lives like a rudder steers a large ship. We can see this in the life of Gideon, a young boy who had nothing to offer in the eyes of the world. The angel of the Lord visited Gideon and commissioned him to rescue Israel from the Mideanites. The first thing the angel says to Gideon is, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior” (Judges 6:12 NASB).
Before Gideon tasted the fruit of victory, God called him a valiant warrior! Gideon’s initial response, however, was that of unbelief. As Steve Backlund says, “The future of a nation was trapped in the arguments of Gideon’s mind.” Before Gideon could step into his destiny, he had to believe in his true identity. This eventually led to the mighty deliverance of the Israelites from what seemed to be an impossible situation. Let’s declare:
- I am a powerful world-changer!
- The Lord is with me! If He is for me, what can be against me?
Wherever you are in your school journey, the Lord calls you a valiant warrior! May grace be released to you in every circumstance to believe the truth and speak with life-giving authority that shifts atmospheres.
For more insight on the power of declarations, watch the video below:
- Declarations. Steve Backlund. http://ignitinghope.com/declarations/.
- Hagah. Strong’s Concordance. http://biblehub.com/hebrew/1897.htm.