I realized that many of my beliefs were actually contrary
to Scripture’s teachings and promises.
How does one craft these declarations? It is helpful to do this with a friend because he/she may be able to look more objectively at what you seem to be saying about yourself, or about God. Many times our focus in on ourselves or the situation, not on God and His attributes and deep concern for us. Keep in mind that its can be difficult to recognize lies and misperceptions that we have about ourselves and God’s nature. You have believed these untruths for a long time, sometimes your whole life. The Holy Spirit will help you as you ask for guidance. He wants to see you walk in Truth!
The best way to counter a lie is with the Truth.
LIE (Ungodly Belief) No matter how much I try, I will never be able to do enough, nor do it well enough, to please God.
TRUTH (Godly Belief) God loves me with an everlasting love, not for what I do, but for who I am and who He is."
The truth becomes the declaration. Whether you write these alone or with someone, it is important to back up what you write with Scripture. The Scripture can be recited word for word, but does not need to be. The declaration can be made concise and authoritative in brief statements that may be composed of several truths. The truth can be personalized. For example, “For God so loved the world” (John 3:16) can become “For God so loved me.”
So I began what was decided would be a 30 day discipline of making “My Declarations.” I was determined to be disciplined. I placed them on my desk in open site, where they would not be forgotten. They weren’t. Reciting the declarations did not take long, just a few minutes. Some days, saying them was a bit like brushing my teeth; routine but I knew it was good for me. Other days, though, were different. I could sense something happening in the spiritual realm, like something was being kept back as it tried to creep back into my mind.
A few times, hearing the words served the purpose of talking myself out of thoughts that were already finding their old places in my mind and heart. Speaking the words was much more powerful than silently reading the words to myself. Job 22:28 says;
You will also declare a thing,
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.
If you have been walking with the Lord for a while, you know that the enemy can come against anything that is spiritually significant. For this reason, I do not recommend that anyone start the discipline of declaring (also referred to as decreeing) with a journal full of declarations. Start simple and work your way up, as desired. A wonderful way to start this discipline is to pick a few areas that you have recently been working on with the Lord. For example, if you struggling with finances, instead of wrestling with worry and saying harmful things like “I won’t be able to pay my bills this month,” write down and begin to declare “My God will supply all of my needs according to His riches in Glory.” (Philippians 4:19) And for good measure, if you live in an expensive area, you can add something like “….even if you live in New Jersey.” Personalization of Scripture can make the promise much more powerful. Your dismay is directly combated as you declare God’s truth. Yay, Scripture!
Tape your declarations, even one or two, over your kitchen sink, on your bathroom vanity, on your car dashboard, wherever you will be reminded to recite them, out loud. When God created the heavens and the earth, He said “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3) The spoken word creates.It has the power to change your situation, no matter how overwhelming the prospect may seem. It's a valuable tool, but must be spoken with faith and confidence.
Be determined, my friends. Forgotten intentions of declarations have no power. Spoken declarations have power. They change things. Decide with the Lord how long to declare your list; a week, ten days, 30 days, whatever seems best. When you have “conquered” your first list, then add what the Holy Spirit leads you to recite, as you grow. Take your prior lists out every now and then and repeat them again, for refreshing.
Last week I took out my original list after a year. It was time to go back through them. I had successfully repeated them for 30 days, a year ago, and felt that was what God wanted, and felt they had been used to help change my heart. I'm currently repeating the process, making sure that nothing has crept back in, doing a little pre-spring “clean up” in my heart and mind.
Never underestimate the power of accountability. Ask a friend to check up on you. And if you forget a day or two, pick up where you left off. There is a cumulative effect that is not lost in declaring. Think of your declarations as not just daily reminders, but as a needed supplement for a previous deficiency. Meditate on your declarations as you recite them when you can.
Equip yourself with your personally-crafted
belt of truth that fits you perfectly.
Our enemy is “a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) Declarations of God’s Truth can be tremendously effective in defeating the enemy. Ephesians 4 says;
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes… Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…"
Books of Declarations
31 Word Decrees That Will Revolutionize Your Life
God’s Creative Power for Finances
God’s Creative Power for Healing
Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare
Prayers That Activate Blessing
Prayers That Bring Change
Prayers That Bring Healing
Prayers That Break Curses
Prayers That Move Mountains
Prayers That Release Heaven on Earth
Prayers That Rout Demons
Women's Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare: Biblical Principles to Defeat the Devil
Decree (Revised Edition)
Decree For Kids
Declaring Your Worth
Craig A Miller