November 20, 2015
What are Bible Declarations?
“You will also declare a thing,
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.”
Repeatedly making positive self -statements (affirmations), such as “I am successful”, has become popular in the self -help community in recent years. However, a study by the University of Waterloo revealed that, while these may help people with high self -esteem, they can backfire on people with low self-esteem and make them feel worse.
Bible declarations are also spoken affirmations, but are based solely on the character of God and His faithfulness to perform the truth of His word. To qualify for them we must have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour – these things come WITH Him, not apart from Him. We declare, confess or profess what God says about who we are, what we have, and what we can do because we are in Christ. In other words we say the same things as He does, we agree with what He says, in spite of our feelings, our circumstances, or our condition.
But aren’t we lying when we say things God says about us that don’t line up with our feelings, circumstances and condition? Well, no. Here’s a little illustration. I have a raspberry bush growing in my backyard whose sole life purpose is to produce raspberries. However, there is not a single berry in sight. In fact because we are in winter the canes don’t have any leaves either. Does that mean I am lying to call it a raspberry bushes? Of course not! To call the bush anything else is lying. To say anything contrary to what God says is also making Him a liar.
The truth is we honour God and co-operate with Him in character transformation when we personalize His promises and take Him at His word:
“God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
So let’s make some Bible declarations based on Ephesians 1:3-7:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
- I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
- I have been chosen by my Father in Christ before the foundation of the world.
- In Christ I stand holy and without blame before my Father.
- I have been adopted as a son/daughter by Jesus Christ to my Father.
- I am accepted in the Beloved.
- I have redemption through Christ’s blood and am forgiven according to the riches of His grace.
Now test those declarations for yourself. Say them aloud at the beginning and end of your day for a month or any time when thoughts to the contrary pop into your mind. Then continue for another month or until they become your default belief of your true identity in Christ.