Church and spiritual leaders refer to this verse to highlight the importance of having a vision for their congregation. It is what they use to keep themselves aligned with their goals for their church, and rightfully so. Pastor and author, Rick Warren said, “My imagination, influences my aspiration. In other words, your dreams determine your destiny. To accomplish anything, you must first have a mission, a goal, a hope, a vision.” This statement does not just apply to people who lead a community, but to God’s followers who have dreams for themselves. God encourages us to delight in His word and pursue our purpose in life. It is important that our goals are aligned with His will for us. One of the first steps we can accomplish this is by declaring that we are His children, and that He will give us the desired of our hearts. Philippians 3:14 declare, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
What are your goals and visions in life? What do you catch yourself saying when the conversations go to what you want to do in life? Do you count your hopes as folly and unreachable or do you say that nothing is too hard for your God?
I have heard of a testimony of a mom who kept declaring over his child the promises that God has for him. She declared his grace, favor, provision, and blessing – all the good stuff. As a teenager, her son rebelled and went against his parents, yet still the mom persisted in declaring even if it goes against what she currently sees. And true enough, after decades of declaration, her son is now prosperous, healthy, and has a family of his own. As a cherry on top, he turned out to be a pastor who is now very fruitful and effective in reaching out to the lost kids.
Declarations are deeply tied to faith. And as we speak out in faith, we will see how our words turn into actual manifestations. As Jesus told his disciples:
20 In the morning as Jesus and his disciples walked along, they saw the fig tree. It was dried up all the way down to the roots. 21 Peter remembered. He said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you put a curse on has dried up!”
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus said. 23 “What I’m about to tell you is true. Suppose someone says to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea.’ They must not doubt in their heart. They must believe that what they say will happen. Then it will be done for them. (Matthew 11:20-23)
We must use our words and our faith to speak blessings, not curses. We do not want our circumstances and the people around us to dry up. We want to see them be fruitful, bloom, and we wish to see them tap into the well that never runs dry. Such is the power of declaration. As we use the power of our declaration in a manner that brings life to other people, we would see the world around us light up and in doing so, we are bringing forth the kingdom of God on this earth.
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