Why we need to declare God’s promises – Luke 1:57-58
Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. (Luke 1:57-58)
After the angel Gabriel informed Zechariah of God’s plan, although he didn’t believe at first, it’s safe to say that he believed after Gabriel struck him mute! And it seems he told others about God’s promise. How else would his neighbors rejoice that God had shown mercy to Elizabeth? (Which by the way, was a fulfillment of what the angel had told Zechariah: And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. Luke 1:14)
So because Zechariah and Elizabeth believed it, they declared it… and because they declared it, when it came to pass, people around them rejoiced!
Christian, one of the most powerful ways that we can encourage those around us is to declare what God has promised.
I call it “speaking life,” and it’s one of the values of our church:
“We will speak vision and life over people – We believe in the promises of God, in the power of God to move in people’s lives, and we will proclaim those truths into every situation.”
Why is it important to declare what we believe?
#1 It strengthens our faith – Ps 18:21 tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” When we declare what God has promised, we become accountable to align ourselves with that promise. The simple act of speaking God’s promise will strengthen our resolve.
#2 It encourages those around us – When Jesus cast out the demon from the man in Garasenes, He told him “‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” (Luke 8:39)
I think of David, when he was facing off with Goliath. As he approached the giant, he declared:
“You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47)
After Goliath fell, the entire army of Israel shouted out, stepped out, and overtook the Philistine army.
So Christian, the next time the Lord lay’s a promise on your heart, don’t just believe it – DECLARE IT!
We can change the world, one life at a time…