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Moved by the Spirit to Declare

Ezekiel 37, Mark 11, I Corinthians 12

Goal: For you for make a God-inspired declaration.

  1. The Power of Words

–    Proverbs 18:21

Life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit.

  • Proverbs 12:18, I Peter 3:10, James 3
  • One of the most frequent phrases used in Scripture: The Word of the Lord came to to –347x in the Bible
  • Rhetoric is stirring and persuasive speech, but it doesn’t deliver.
  • Ezekiel 37 : A God-stirred declaration

 What it means to “declare”

  • To declare means to make something known formally, officially, or explicitly. A declaration is simply an acknowledgment of something that is.
  • A declaration alone does not have the power to cause what you declare to happen.
  • The power is not in the declaration itself. It is in the name or whose authority is behind it.  (Peter and John, the Centurion’s servant)
  • Mark 11:22-23 Declaring as an exercise of faith.

 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.

III. What is the difference between declaring and positive confession?

  • Positive confession is idea that I have the power to make things happen simply by expressing them.
  • Declaration is inspired speech, which acknowledges who God is, what God says, and what God has done.
  • Declare and Decree? Yes, we have been given authority to declare, but only God has the authority to decree.
  1. Examples of Powerful Declarations
  • July 4, 1776 – Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

  • November 19, 1863 Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburg address)

“that these dead shall not have died in vain– that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. 

  • Mar 4, 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt

So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

  • June 4th, 1940 Winston Churchill.

“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…

 

  • 8/28/1963 Martin Luther King Jr

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.  I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

  1. Activate
  • Renounce: A decisive termination
  • Declare God’s word over yourself (Jer 33:3, 2 Tim 1:7, Pr 3:4-5)
  • Delcare God’s word over others (ie. prophecy)

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