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WHAT YOU DECLARE
In Lesson 47 of the My Agreements with Me for Believers workbook, we are discussing the importance of "What You Declare." What you declare either aligns with your values, your beliefs, and your vision, or it does not. What you declare has consequences and rewards, so choose wisely.
A declaration is a formal or explicit or profound statement or announcement, for example, the Declaration of Independence. It is an oath of truth. A declaration is one’s most “authentic” conviction of truth. There are various forms of declarations that can be found in the Bible such as promises, prophecies, and statements of faith. This is important to consider as you walk out your faith.
Nugget #1: Importance and Impact of Declarations - The Bible teaches us the importance and impact of declarations in Proverbs 18:21 that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” And once again in the story of Job, chapter 22, verse 28, “You will also declare a matter, and it will be established for you, and the light will shine upon your ways.” Therefore, what we declare can either bring about life or death; whether that’s metaphorically through success and failure or actually physical, emotional and/or psychological death.
Nugget #2: Moral and Ethical Principles declared - The story of Moses and the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5). Oftentimes these declarations are seen as convictions of values, principles and ethics in order to convey God’s standards and expectations. The story of the 10 Commandments was God’s way of declaring to the people of Israel how to be obedient and live by a set of standards or principles.
Nugget #3: Promises and Vows declared - The story of Abraham is a perfect example of God declaring to Abraham he will be the father a many nations and people in Genesis 17:4-6, “No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.”
Authentic believers don’t pretend to be perfect but rather realize life is challenging, yet rewarding, as long as they declare what they know to be true and align themselves with Christ. An authentic believer realizes they are not under condemnation of sin (sinner), but rather wrestle with sin. Jesus as the Messiah, Savior, Lord and King freed us from such condemnation through His declaration of his life’s testimony and death, burial and resurrection of the cross.
Going Deeper in the Word
Declarations of hope
“I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Declarations of Assurance
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.”
Declarations of Faith with Works
“But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
These verses give examples as declarations of faith, encouragement, and trust in God’s promises, providing a source of strength and inspiration for believers.
In this lesson we learned about the importance of What You Declare. Here are a few real Bible stories that correlate with our lesson to glean from. What does a life of authentic declarations produce for a believer?
Declare Confidence in the Lord - In the Bible story David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). David was a young Shepherd boy (around 15 years old) anointed by the Prophet Samuel to be the next King of Israel. David as a young man was sent by his father Jesse to check on his brother’s where they were fighting the Philistines. It was there David was dismayed to find the whole army of Israel afraid to face this monstrous Goliath of a man. Not David, he confidently declared his faith and God’s strength at a time when the whole army of Israel was afraid to fight Goliath. David went on to defeat Goliath, demonstrating his faith and courage.
How many Goliath’s in your life have you had to face? And did you have the faith and courage like David to believe God would fight the battle with and for you?
Declare Obedience is faithfulness walked out which always leads to Victory - In the Bible story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (Joshua 6). God gives Joshua an odd but unique battle plan to defeat Israel’s enemy, which was to walk around the walls of Jericho once a day for six days and then seven times on the seventh day, with the priests blowing their horns daily and the people shouting as the walls miraculously fall down. Which allowed Israel victory over its enemy that day.
How many times do you find yourself questioning God or giving up on faith out of frustration because you didn’t understand or get the results when or how you wanted them?
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” - Romans 5:1-5
Declare Your Trust, Faith, and Loyalty - Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3). In this story, these three Jewish men refuse to bow down to King Nebuchanezzar’s idol image (statue) and worship. Because of their disobedience to the King they were to be thrown into a fiery furnace to death. As the story would have it, God protected these men from the fiery furnace because they were loyal to God and committed to their faith, regardless of their consequences. They feared God more than they feared man.
Do you have the trust, faith and loyalty to God to risk being put into a fiery furnace or face death? If not, why?
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