Negativity is one of our worst enemies. A dear friend has written a book about learning to speak positive words into our lives. You can check it out here. One of the things she recommends is to speak scripture declarations into your daily life. Wow! What an awesome concept.
I want to illustrate this idea with a quote from a book.
“It is unfortunate we live in a society which is full of tragedy and suffering. News concerning violence, shootings, outbursts of deadly weather, and unexplainable disasters occur much too often. When things like this happen, it is easy for fear to creep in and make us think we are sitting ducks for Satan or twisted people to strike at any time.” From the Inside Out, pg. 14, by Gregory Dickow, copyright 2008.
This quote sounds like it could have been spoken on last night’s news! But is was actually written back in 2008.
Consider the following scripture:
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV
This scripture has always given me hope and peace.
Too often we let what is going on around us define who we are, what we do, and how we live our lives.
But, this is not the way to go about our lives.
Instead, I encourage you in times of fear, frustration, sorrow, and just hard times, to learn to speak declarations of scripture into your inner being.
Just what is a declaration?
Webster’s Dictionary says to declare means to make known formally, officially, or explicitly; to make clear; to make evident; to state emphatically; to make a full statement of.
Think the Declaration of Independence! As a nation, we had to let our enemies know just where we stood and that we were serious about making it on our own.
So, on the hard days, on the days when you have doubts and fears, on the days when the news seems unrelenting, speak scriptural declarations into your heart and mind.
Need some help? Here are some examples to get you going, all are taken from the NIV:
“In the beginning, God…” Genesis 1:1
“The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6
“This then is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:9-13
This is just a start. Find some of your own that can speak directly to your situation and your heart.
Whether you deal with disability on a daily basis or not. Speaking these types of scriptural declarations into your heart and mind on a daily basis, will work wonders in relieving you of doubts and fears.