“God can use the enemy to point to the provision of Jesus. Whatever the enemy has planned, God has provided an alternative instead. It’s our heritage to move in the opposite spirit. Think the opposite, move towards it, reposition yourself for blessing!” – Graham Cooke
This quote took me back to something Bob Hazlett said a couple of weeks ago at VOA that made it into my notes. “If you fail to prophecy over your promises, someone else will.” The someone he was talking about is the enemy of our souls who is out to steal, kill and destroy every good and perfect thing that God has promised us. The bible is full of promises for each one of us and they are meant to be personal. God means them for all His kids. He means them to bless our lives. And it IS important to declare them over our lives.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21
This isn’t a new scripture, but, like so many others, it’s meaning becomes richer as time moves along. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read it? I’ll admit that up until a few days ago I looked at it far more from the warning side than the side of blessing. Be careful what you say…you don’t want to be speaking death over something or someone. Don’t put those negative thoughts into the atmosphere…they might come back to bite you. I was looking at what could go wrong if the wrong words were spoken. I was looking at that rotten fruit. But what about the power of life and the fruit that produces. What if that is what you love? Words of life? What if those are the words you desire to come from your mouth?
What are you declaring? What are you prophesying? Who are your words coming from…the Giver of Life or the one who wants to steal, kill and destroy? What about the life-giving words you could be declaring? What would happen if every word spoken was a declaration of His promises? What if even half of our words were a declaration of His promises? What if you just picked one promise out of His word for your life and declared it and believed it with the faith of a mustard seed? What if you stopped allowing the enemy to steal the words out of your mouth? What if you stopped allowing the enemy to twist words so you only saw the negative side of things? What if you stopped letting the enemy tell you all the promises are for someone else or for some other time?
What if you got a chance to pray for someone and instead of just saying a silent prayer, you actually opened your mouth and let the words flow from the ones God placed on your heart for that person…regardless of how they sounded to you? What if He highlighted an incredible promise for you or your family in His word and you declared that one out loud over your life? What if you believed the promises in His word and started speaking them over your life because you want some of that? What if you believed His promises for the future more than the reality of your current circumstances?
Why have we been so conditioned to believe words that judge and condemn? Why are we so afraid to declare His promises that are clearly in His word? Why is it easier to declare words laced with unbelief instead of words that require faith and trust and belief in a God that sent His son to set us free and heal all our diseases?
Lord, fill my mouth with your words of life and light. Reveal your promises to me so that I may speak them boldly and release YOUR power into the world around me. Forgive me for every word of death that has been spoken from my lips. Cleanse my lips and my heart for your service.