A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, October 29, 2012
“You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.” – Job 22:28
Tragically, too many people, including many of God’s own children, declare the wrong things in their lives and then seem surprised when these wrong things manifest for them. As human beings, created with free will, there are only two positions to take concerning what we come into agreement with: what God has said about us, or the lies that the devil has said and continues to say regarding who we are, and what path our lives should take.
We either speak life, which is to come into agreement with what God has spoken concerning us, which is “‘I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11); or we come into agreement with Satan, which is to speak death, because “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Proverbs 18:21 warns us that “Life and death are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit.” God has given us the power to speak life and death. When you speak life, then you will eat its fruit, and make manifest those glorious things which God has planned for you; however, if you speak death, then you will also eat its fruit, bringing to pass those unfortunate things that are not part of God’s will for you and your life.
Most times (not all), when something bad happens to someone, and they declare “see, something bad always happens to me!” That bad thing happened for the very reason that it was spoken out! It is the words that came out of the individual’s mouth which manifested in their life. When tragedy struck Job, he lamented “the very thing which I feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25). Why did this “thing” come upon Job? Because he spoke it out! Job gave life to this impending doom. Rather than rebuking it, binding it up, and canceling it out; he came into agreement with it and gave it life.
The word “declare” as used in this verse comes from the Greek word gazar (pr. gaw-zar), meaning “to cut down or off, to destroy, divide, exclude, decide, decree, snatch” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “divide” as “to possess, enjoy; to cause to separate into opposing sides,” and further defines “decide” as “to select as a course of action.” In addition, to “decree,” according to Mr. Webster, is ‘to foreordain,” which is to “appoint in advance, to put in place, set in readiness.”
What is it that we should be declaring over ourselves and our lives? I am glad you asked :-). Let us back up and look at the word that appears before “declare,” which is the word “also.” This word “also” used here comes from the Greek gam (pr. gam), which means “often repeated.” What is it that we are to repeat? God gives us the answer in Isaiah 43:26, when He tells us to put Him in remembrance of His Word. God is all knowing and all powerful; so certainly, God doesn’t forget what He says. The reason why God instructs us to put Him in remembrance of what He said concerning us is not because He needs to be reminded; but so that we can know what God has said concerning us by repeating what God has said, speak it out, and come into agreement with it. So that we can speak life into us and into our lives.
The “thing” that we are to establish is that which God has already spoken concerning us. Every “thing” we are to speak is omer (pr. o-mer), which is “promise, thing, word, appointed unto him.” Webster defines “appointed” as “to provide complete and usually appropriate or elegant furnishings.” These are the things of God: His promises, elegant furnishings, everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
These are the words that God spoke into us when He said “Let Us make man in Our Image…” (Genesis 1:26). These are the things that God spoke into us when He formed us, these very things that God spoke concerning us before He even laid the foundation of the world, before He knitted us in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5, Job 38:4, Ephesians 1:4). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3). My brothers and sisters, it is these things that we must also declare.
Before I drift off to sleep at night, one my closing declarations is “God, I call down a sweet sleep from Heaven filled with your revelation, filled with the things you know about me, so that I too can know.” And without fail, my brother who is searching to know who you really are; without fail, my sister, who longs to know the love of a father—God speaks, and I become a little more transformed and carry, in greater measure, the One who spoke of me before He created time itself. And what He has done for me, He most certainly will do for you (Acts 10:34). So take the first step, and ask your Father to tell you the story of when you were born.
Father, thank You for not allowing us to miss it, and for Your instructions that we come into agreement and declare those things that You have spoken concerning us. Set a guard over our mouths, and set a watch over the doors of our lips that we only speak what is good and pleasing to you (Psalm 141:3). Father, we choose to speak life; and we curse, rebuke, forsake, and come out of agreement with death, lack, and any other thing that is of the devil and not of You. In Jesus Name, we thank you that we have life, and life abundantly because we speak life over ourselves, our families, and our lives. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to repeat what God has said about you. Choose to dismiss the lies that the devil tries to speak into you. Make it a daily practice to ask God to tell you what He knows about you. And continue to fight the good fight of declaring Godly things over you and your life; for God, your True Identity, has already given you the victory!
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2012, unless otherwise noted.