First Monday of the Year, Ladies and Gentlemen! Happy Monday indeed! 🙂
This year, I have a lot of things on my heart to do. A new year brings a lot of new plans for people. It’s so easy to be motivated and excited; to put new incentives in place now. If the Lord has placed it on your heart to do something, pursue the purpose.
Here’s a Word the Lord gave me back in September, that is so timely for us with plans:
Pray over your plans. For God has designed the prosperity path but it’s not all milk and honey from the Promised land. Whatever plans you still or have in place for the rest of the year and into the next, I urge you to stand on the Word of God to encourage, develop and establish the manifestation of them all. For He has blessed the work of your hands (Deuteronomy 28) and whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men. (Colossians 3:23)
However, today’s message is not on the content of your plans. It is on how to maintain motivation and energy for your plans and in general life.
Here’s the ‘secret’ : declarations.
My cloest friends know I am a big promoter of life-giving language. If you can’t speak life over it, don’t speak at all. I’m the friend who will tell you the correct sentence to say, instead of the negativity that potentially was about to come out your mouth.
A defeatist attitude is a my daily struggle for me. Hence why I have declarations. I used to wake up with no hope for the day, plagued by such negative and fearful thoughts. I would see the day as a wasted day because I had such a dark cloud over my head. We thank God for His saving grace, for He revealed my heavy heart and broke the bondage I was under. He has placed joy and gratitude in my heart and as soon as I wake up, I make sure I state: ‘Praise Be to God!’
If I could urge you to do anything in 2016, it would be to change the way you speak.
A declaration is ‘the formal announcement of the beginning of a state or condition’.
I’m currently in the process of writing declarations in the areas in which I struggle to maintain faith. For example, after I was saved, my mind was attacked with the thought of “Are you actually saved though?”. Now, Jesus knew my heart was sincere and I was so assured of my salvation afterwards. However, a few weeks in and opposition arose.
I didn’t even know my mind was under attack, until on the Bible App there was a reading plan: ‘ Satan Lies,God’s Replies’. ( a highly recommended read). It revealed to me a lot of things I had to work on. Thank you Holy Spirit. It is so vital that we realise how important our speech is.
Proverbs 18: 21 –
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.
There are consequences for the way we speak. Tell someone they are beautiful enough times, they will believe to be truth. Speaking life over each other is the best gift we can give one another. Speak into there future and you are prophetically proclaming beauty. I want to be that friend! We were called to do for and to each other. Ephesians says so:
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:19).
I find it so beautiful when words are spoken from a genuine loving heart. Having recently celebrated my birthday, I had tears of joy flowing from the life spoken over me, I praised God for putting such people in my life. Words have an impact!
So then “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Read scripture out loud, confirming and establishing your faith. State your declarations and pray over them, asking Father to open your heart to be fully convinced of the power of the Word.
A few days ago, the topic of declaration was in my mind and just yesterday morning, Father confirmed it for me. I was watching a sermon which focused on the following scripture:
“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life”. (John 6:63).
You can have a declaration over anything. Currently, I’m working on a declaration of faith, assurance of salvation and confirmation of my identity in Christ. All the declarations are founded on the Word of God. They are all scripture filled and they are life, because they are the Words from our Father.
As striving-for-Christ Christians, we need to be able to change our language from doubters to the language of our Father which is victory-speech. If only we could realise who we are and what we can do, (which is everything! Philippians 4:13), we will never limit ourselves.
So that exam you have? Instead of saying: “Oh I’m going to fail”, how about “Jesus hasn’t bought me to uni to fail, I’m more than a conqueror”. (Romans 8:37).
Have you ever noticed though that society promotes defeatism? It is not the social norm to speak highly of yourself and to be confident in yourself. Society does negativity in even the simplest and smallest of things,such as: “The weather is so horrible”. No, it isn’t. It’s” the day the Lord had made and I will rejoice and be glad in it”.(Psalm 118:24).
It’s that real. I’ve come from a place of such pessimism that I’m consistently and continually focusing on my victory speech – because being in the place I was, was not healthy. With every word spoken, I am renewing my mind (Romans 12:1-2). It is a struggle, but my Father didn’t create a limited life for me. No, Sir.
Let’s deliever God-given Victory-Speech. Using the scriptures to uplift, elevate, motivate, edify and encourage you in day to day life and definitely over any working projects and weak areas in your life.
Your a child of God, you can do it.