The art of Declarations Part 1: Background to Positive Declaration

My Conquerors! I greet you!

Today i’m on the subject of declaration or positive declaration or affirmations or confirmations as they are often so called.

So many people have prospered through this important spiritual weapon while many others just stumbled and fell never to rise again. There are positive quotes sold even on social media, the market place etc which shows just how crucial this aspect of using our mouth to speak good is.

History of Declaring

Declaring has been there for ages, practiced fervently by different cultures and religions and one thing this facet has in common across boards of different belief systems is faith –

1. Calling those things that are not as though they already are

2. Faith in a higher unseen power

3. Use of a medium of connection e.g water, salt, stones, machira, mudzimu, idol or word of God (unseen Christ)

People usually arrive at destination ‘positive declarations’ when they encounter challenges that threaten their livelihood especially if these stumbling blocks are stubborn. As challenges or hindrances intensify, the heart is split amidst the confusion and that tends to temper with one’s faith. Usually people backslide under the pressure or seek help. In seeking help, the idea of speaking or making positive declarations usually comes up. Positive declarations however will not work on their own. It will be pointless to wake up everyday and make utterances that one has not purposed to believe or yet live.

Before one begins the journey of using their mouth to craft a new future, they have to have an understanding of how they arrived in the pithole in the first place. We are interactive beings and anything that is wrong in our lives is wrong because someone did something or didn’t do what we expected them to do. This includes self or God. This means at any point that we have no peace inside, we have not made that peace with the blamed fellow human being or God). So, it usually it has to do with the seeds one harbours in their innerman. The seeds in the heart (spiritual) grow trees outside (physical) and sometimes these trees take so long to become visible that by the time they are seen, the owner of the tree has no clue how the tree arrived. It becomes even impossible to see the root of the tree once it has grown so with all the prayer, fasting and service in church one is often left confused and heartbroken as to why they can’t seem to get ahead. The trees we have are the antenna that attracts good or bad to us. There is no doubt that because of our sinful nature, we have both trees. It is the growth of the tree that should be our concern. Is your evil tree ouliving your good one? Are you more inclined to evil than good? Do you water the tree of sin more than the tree of righteousness? I couldnt have said it more blunt! Pain, rejection, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness should ring a bell here versus peace, love, joy, unity and meekness etc -the fruits of the spirit according to Galatians 5:22.

These are the deadly big 5 which can be conceived and harboured in secret and yet unfortunately manifestation of fruit knows no secret. Now with forces of evil and good hovering above us unseen, your trees determine what rests and what is executed in your life. Scripture talks of vessels of honour and vessels of dishonour (2 Timothy 2:20-21). If God made ALL things then evil and good are under him to accomplish his glory over all things. The demonic can wag their tail but God got them all under his full grip. So as it concerns the child of God, God will keep his sworn word to mercy and truth. His grace will prevail. This must be the basis and anchor of a believer’s positive declaration only as care is taken to water the right tree.

As humans, we were created with the ability to search out matters. Infact God requires us to do so, that’s why nothing just happens and that is also why although he is known as the merciful God and faithful God too, he will not spoon feed us into our blessings. He has made provision for them, now remains for us to pursue the blessings in the maze, solve puzzles and win prices- all with his help. This is why the bible refers to us as ‘stewards of God’s mysteries'(1 Corinthians 4:1). Now because of wickedness, it was impossible to lay everything out in the open and so God simply preserved it for those who would seek his voice and hear it (John 10:26-27).

The Confusion

Once upon a time i found myself wondering whether God even existed or cared. I could not understand the happennings in my life nomatter how good i tried to be. One day a secret was revealed to me. I wasn’t as good as i thought i was or made myself to be. It was a hard truth but i was determined to face it and make every effort to do right by God and by me. Afterall, with all of ‘my goodness’ my life was a mess! I thought to myself, “i have surely failed, i know nothing and can do nothing by myself.” This signaled total surrender to a higher power. For me it was God through surrender to Jesus Christ as Saviour. I didn’t know him but i knew myself- the failure! I formatted my ‘corrupt hardrive’, yes! I coudn’t take this journey with all of my rotten knowledge and limitted understanding of life, the world and myself. The feeling and thought that God didn’t care for me at all had to be erased. Ofcourse this mindset is staged by the opposition and so all is in order for the demonic while this is still in place. This brings me to the subject of self-righteousness. I want to talk about this because positive declarations are either made or killed in the area of righteousness. In the righteousness of God (as righteouness has been intended), they prevail, in the rot of self- righteousness, nothing materialises. But what is self-righteousness?

Self-Righteousness

So when i came to the knowledge of God, it was like i had now found the treasure. ‘All those people that hurt me were gonna see me now’ so i thought! Big mistake! The journey was never supposed to be about me but about God. When i made it about me i entered the phase of self-righteousness.

Self-righteousness is when individuals see themselves as right before their own eyes and may even force these ideals on others. It is birthed as a copying mechanism or the idea of self protection after a series of heartbreaking events in life so these kind of people are usually wounded soldiers. They are fighters who think they are now in charge after accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour but neglect to workout their salvation afterwards. Unfortunately this is a perversion of power as power only ever belongs to God (Psalm 62:11; 1 Peter 5:11) and it is HIS righteousness that matters. Self-righteousness is the spiritual rot that hinders people from humbling themselves before God unknowingly and for this reason some people will be in church for years and never know the day of blessing because the wrong tree is growing more than the right one. Eventually most quit and go and find solutions elsewhere (drugs, occult, quick money schemes like prostitution or crime etc). Self-righteouness is infact pride, when one’s spirituality is self defined and not God defined. This is how people end up working in church or doing a lot of religious business that has nothing to do with God himself but either themselves or the people or church they work for. Here people get obscessed with outward holiness to a point that they are blinded by that self-righteousness and forget how cold or rude, angry, bitter, unforgiving, mean, or stingy etc they may actually be to others. They don’ t want to ever see themselves in this light and so they do not see it and when people try to point it out they cry “don’t judge” meanwhile, the wrong tree prospers! God and sometimes even world sees them as they are but they don’t see themselves and infact all their acts are quite justified in their books. In worst case scenarios, the self-righteous are ‘so right’ that no one sees the hidden rot inside. These are the worst kind and sadly the fruits will never lie. In speaking about false prophets, Jesus said you shall know them by their fruits. The same can be said of the self-righteous. Apples don’t fall from thorn trees. The self-righteous have their faith based on works and it hinges on doing right and looking right. Unfortunately, as long as we are human, we will never be holy before God yet we must pursue holiness. Faith in self activates constant failure which then makes them bitter or angry unawares against those people who keep producing negative effects (feelings or actions) in them.

Further, it is only by the blood of Jesus that we have ever been counted in and not our works and work we must. The very act of putting faith in works is idolatrous no wonder the whip is already on their backs and they don’t percieve it and watch that faith is not transfered to positive declarations and not to God. Moreover, the self-righteous have a weakness of putting faith in other things that are their own creations or their own choice. They play safe incase they get hurt or disappointed e g they make or do the works, so they trust them; they choose their pastor so they trust him; they choose their friends if they have so they trust them. Now they did not make God and they don’t see him physically so it will be difficult to trust him even though they love the idea of worshipping him and occasionally they claim that they trust because that is the right thing to do yet all this is made manifest to God. In essence they like to trust own self because they have been let down a lot and can’t trust anyone. So unfortunately with the declarations, they will not achieve anything but feel a good relief with no substance. Its like a marriage without intimacy, yes there is love but there will be no fruit.

So the day that i realised that i have been carrying a load of rot within while professing a showing holiness outside was a day of reckoning. There was no good fruit in my life because i was a stinking anger tank carrying a lot of bitterness and baggage from the past but believing that i had dealt with it and moved on. The fact is, i was corrupt inside and the fruit was corrupt outside (Matthew 12:33). I further realised how i had thought i had arrived all this time and yet i had not even began. Interestingly the word declares,

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”

1 Corinthians 10:12

In the whole of Chapter 10, i located myself and began to understand that you can be so religious that you think you are standing when you are actually falling. I am forever grateful for that day and the mercy of God and trust that this testimony will shed some light in your own life and mark the beginning of a new era as this discovery made mine.

That’s it for today Conquerors, thank you for reading this post!

Join me in Part 2 as we conclude this series and look at guidelines to winning by positive declaration as well as pursuing the righteouness of God

Till then

Ester H.

RiseupConqueror! Know no defeat!


Remember

Falling is not the Problem, Failing to RiseUP is!!!!!!