The Power of Declaration in the Mouths of Children
Declaration is simply opening our mouths and speaking God’s truth over ourselves.
Research has proven that when someone hears something over and over again, they begin to accept it as truth – whether it is truth or not. Because of this, the world has adopted an inferior form of declaration (Think “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And gosh darn it, people like me.”) where they say good things about themselves in an attempt to feel better about themselves.
The only issue with this is that it is GOD’S WORD that changes us. HIS Word in OUR mouths shapes and molds, shifts invisible realities and creates visible change in our lives.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:3
Does your child need a whole new world?
Declare it into being by the Word of God.
New worlds are framed by His Word. What they need is not made from what is visible; It is made from His Word proceeding from your mouth and the mouth of your child.
“Open your mouth with a mighty decree;
I will fulfill it now, you’ll see!
The words that you speak, so shall it be!”
Psalm 81:10 TPT
I’m not talking about naming and claiming personal possessions to add to our own stockpile here. I’m talking about speaking the truth of WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE and WHO HE SAYS HE IS IN ME, declaring destiny and purpose.
Our family’s evening dinner routine contains declaration. Each week either my husband or I or one of our children will choose a declaration for the week. We do that by extracting the truth out of a Scripture.
Each night we say that declaration out loud three times together as a family.
“I am a child of God.”
“Nothing is impossible with God.”
“God keeps me safe as I walk beside Him.”
“God is always thinking about me.”
“I am blessed to be a blessing.”
We want our children to hear truth from the Word of God coming out of their own mouths, for it to be personal to them. We want it to begin to transform how they see God, the world, and themselves. And it is!
Someone wrote this on our dry erase board. We used to alternate “prayer” and “Bible” weeks for our personal quiet times but are not doing that currently because we’re doing a daily Bible reading plan together where we all read the same portion of Scripture. So, the “this week is:” spot on the board has been blank. However, a child decided to fill in the blank, and her outlook is positive and hopeful. This is not a child who is naturally a glass-half-full-type, and this is not simple optimism. An outlook dripping with HOPE is evidence of a transformed mind.
“One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4
“I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation.” Psalm 40:10
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul.” Psalm 66:16
“That the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children.” Psalm 78:6
“With my lips I have declared All the judgments of Your mouth.” Psalm 119:13
What will God’s Word in the mouths of your children accomplish? How will the power of their declarations transform their lives and the culture around them?