All of us should get in the habit of consistently declaring God’s favour, goodness, kindness and unfailing love over our lives. And not simply over our own lives, but also over our businesses, our employees, our children, grandchildren, friends, our families, and even over strangers that pass us by or help us in the store.
Whether you are a building inspector, gardener, teacher, accountant, stay-at-home-parent, consultant, lawyer, or a photographer; every day you should get in the habit of saying,
“Abba, I declare you favour over my business, and I thank You that my clients are loyal to me and want to do business with me.”
If you work as a real estate consultant, you must start declaring God’s favour over your properties: “Creator God, I thank You for the gift of land and property. Thank you that my property will sell and that your favour is leading me to the right people who want to buy this home.”
For some of us this might sound strange and perhaps even wrong.
I assure you, that’s because of YOUR own cultural and personal beliefs.
The Ancient Hebrews did not distinguish between holy and mundane, sacred and secular. That’s a Greek thing. And also very much a modern day Western thing.
We want to keep God in the church on Sundays and our business to ourselves on Mondays. No, no, no, no!
Learn to speak God’s favour over every area of your life, every single day!
Why? Because, the more favour-minded you are, the more of God’s favour you’re going to experience.
The Jewish people believed that all of life was God’s. All gifts received in life were His. Every harvest and great opportunity was His. Every day was from His hand. Even enemies and bad situations had a role to play in His order of things; whether we understood the lessons and purpose or not.
So, what we say consistently to ourselves and others has a massive impact on our lives.
Proverbs 18:21 reads, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
We need to hear this and understand the implications of it for our lives. You can create hell on earth or heaven on earth with your mouth (words). You must change your world by changing your words!
What you say consistently every day, whether to other people or just think in your own mind, will create your world.
Now, at this point you should be asking yourself two questions:
1. What do I say most of the time, or what do I talk about most of the time, and how’s that impacting my life (and others’)? AND
2. What do I need to get in the habit of saying more of and also eliminate from my vocab?
And, it’s also here that I want you to point out to you the difference between praying and saying or declaring as I’ve been using it. And the reason for this is, is because I’ve overheard some people talk and also pray for God’s favour. Like in “asking for it.” But that’s not what I’ve been teaching.
Now, before you stop reading let me say, it is hugely important that we pray about our situation (of course it is!), but Joel 3:10 reads, “Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ”
Let the weak SAY, not PRAY, but say. Declare, not ask. Speak boldly in faith, not plead for in hope.
There is a big difference going through life asking and pleading hopefully AND living and declaring boldly in confidence. Hebrews 11 talks about faith and hope yes, but calls faith a confident assurance. This is different from an attitude saying, “I hope this works out,” or “I hope God hears me.” It declares,
“If God is for me, who can stand against me,” or “Nothing is impossible through Him that gives me strength!”
Jesus once said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6: 63). In the Scriptures we also read that God says His Words “are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4: 22). Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” And way back in Genesis 1 it states that God “spoke Creation into being.”
Speaking and declaring God’s promises and words have creative power in our lives. Don’t believe me? Well, try it for yourself and see what happens.
If you feel Weak, rather than pray daily, “Father, please grant me strength in this time,” declare daily instead, “Father, I know you know all things and so I thank you for this very moment even though it’s tough, and I know that in you I am strong when I feel weak!”
If you feel Fearful, rather than pray daily, “Lord, I’m am scared of this so please take away my fear,” declare daily instead, “Lord, even though I might feel weary right now, I boldly declare that You have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind, and I know that Your answer and solution are already finding its way into my life and this situation – amen!”
By the way, what does the Hebrew word “amen” mean? It means, “So be it – truly!” Many use “amen’ as a kind of, “may it be so…” No, with “amen” you declare, “whatever I just brought before God; so BE it for real!”
Start speaking God’s word into your life, rather than your own limiting beliefs, feelings and habitual words.
YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE BY CHANGING YOUR WORDS!
For You, O Lord, bless the the one who is in right standing with You;
You surround him with favor as with a shield. ~ Ps.5.12
May your life be filled with light and peace.