Fresh Hope – 5th December 2018

There is incredible power in spoken word. Our very existence is a product of the spoken word of God. Since we are made in the image of God, our words also carry creative power – the ability to create the world around us.

People who complain, criticise and gossip, are also the people who are the most unhappy and depressed. Why? They have established a negative world with their negative words. On the contrary, people who are thankful, full of praise and encouragement, are also people living in joy. Why? Because their language has created an environment of victory.

Matthew 12:37 says, ‘For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned’. This verse isn’t saying that you will find salvation through Godly speaking, rather it is stating that what we declare will either bless or restrict our lives.

A declaration is anexplicit statement or announcement’. To be ‘explicit’ means ‘to state clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt.’ 

Practically speaking, one of the most powerful ways I have found to leave no room for confusion or doubt, and to focus my mind and spirit is to declare daily and repetitively the truths of God over my life.

This year I created a list of core statements that I wanted embedded deep into my mind, heart and outworked in my life. Regardless of what life throws at me, whenever I come back to these truths, I am reminded of why I am here, what I am doing, and who I am.

Let me share with you some of my truth declarations:

Jesus is first in my life
I love my husband and lay down my life to serve him.
Righteousness is not something I wear, it is who I am.
I am whole and complete in Christ, not inadequate.
I do not fear the rejection of man, because I already have the unshakable approval of my heavenly father.
I’m gifted to create, change and lead atmospheres.
I take control of any thought in my head that Jesus doesn’t have about me.
I will share the gospel through how I treat people.
I actively seek opportunities for growth.
I accept that mistakes are a normal part of the journey to excellence.
I am free to enjoy life.
I will make decisions today that will make a difference for generations to come.

 

This is more than positive thinking and talking. This is the powerful truth of the gospel in whichI intentionally choose to speak over my mind, heart and life.

As we pull up to a new year, perhaps consider some declarations that you can speak over your life in 2019.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).

Emma Burchell

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