Romans 8:16 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,”
A declaration is the formal announcement of the beginning of a state or condition.
On the day of July 4th, 1776, the 2nd Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and declared why the 13 colonies that were at war with Great Britain regarded themselves as sovereign states. The Declaration of Independence was a momentous occasion in the history of the United States of America and has been a date we have celebrated ever since.
There have been many declarations made through the years, across cultures and times, but the most significant declaration has been the declaration the Lord has made over His Creation.
Isaiah 48:17 “Thus says the LORD your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you for your benefit, who directs you in the way you should go.”
You may ask, what does a declaration over Israel have to do with us today?
If you are a follower of Christ, the same promise that God made through Israel is the promise that we have now been adopted into.
Galatians 3:29 “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise”
When we examine the declarations that God made over His people, we can receive those promises as our own.
What are the declarations of the Lord?
Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
Regardless of epidemics or evil rulers, sickness or death, heartache or financial loss, the promise of God to never leave us or forsake us holds true until the end.
Genesis 28:15 “Look, I am with you, and I will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
What spiritual promised land has God in store for us? The hope of glory, to dwell with Him in His presence forever. To those who have never experienced the presence of God, who have never tasted of His goodness, this promise seems mediocre at best. For those of us who have partaken of His Spirit in our lives, even in part, then to expect the fullness of His presence one day in Heaven is worth more than any measure of gold or precious stones could compare.
Deuteronomy 20:1 “When you go out to war against your enemies and see horses, chariots, and an army larger than yours, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you.”
The spiritual war that is being waged against us is one that can only be fought with spiritual weapons. As we submit to the equipping of the Spirit in our lives, we are armored with the protection and weapons to take the battle to the enemy. We are not called to be in a defensive position but to storm the gates of Hell. Whenever I have gone through those gates, the Lord has protected me.
~Once, when I was going out with the Calvary Chapel team on Friday nights to share the gospel in the streets of Olympia, we had a very fruitful night and it just seemed too good to end. We usually went out in 2’s or 3’s so as to be safe, as we traversed the alley’s and side building’s it was a model for protection that Jesus employed while sending out the disciples. As the evening came to a close, I wanted to do one last loop in an area we hadn’t gone that night so I ventured off on my own. When I came to the end of the loop and was heading to my car, I saw one last homeless man walking toward me, so I approached him with my tracts and blankets. As we sat down on the curb to talk, I caught out of the corner of my eye a man who had been following me, he looked very suspicious and was looking across the street, so I glanced across the street and saw another man following me from that position as well. As I shared the gospel with that homeless man, I could tell those men had been tracking me to my car and were probably going to jump me when I was alone. Once they realized I had spotted them, they seemed to have lost their nerve and reconvened down the street and off they went. I had never seen them before and assumed they were from out of town, many times gang’s would come into downtown Olympia from Tacoma and cause problems, I guessed this may have been the case since I never saw them again. I realized after I finished that conversation that the Lord had brought that last guy not only to witness to but so that He might protect me. The Lord confirmed to me that I was kept by His Hand, and no weapon formed against me could stand. This experience emboldened me years later to take even more risks in sharing the gospel that I might not have done otherwise.~
Psalm 91:11 “For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.”
1 Samuel 2:9 “He guards the steps of His faithful ones, but the wicked perish in darkness; for by his own strength shall no man prevail.”
Are you beginning to see the Declarations of the Lord?
A brief look in history proves that God is faithful. The declaration for His own is one of protection, strength, and blessings. The alternative, is a declaration to those who choose to go their own way….
Leviticus 26:14-17 “If, however, you fail to obey Me and to carry out all these commandments, and if you reject My statutes, despise My ordinances, and neglect to carry out all My commandments, and so break My covenant, then this is what I will do to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting disease, and fever that will destroy your sight and drain your life. You will sow your seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. And I will set My face against you, so that you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when no one pursues you.”
This is a declaration of war.
Do you really want to position yourself on the side that is opposed to God’s ordinances? Do you think that whoever is leading you now has any power, might, knowledge, or strength that can stand before the Alpha and Omega?
There have been many who have tried to oppose the Lord and do you know how many have succeeded?——-NO ONE!
The absurdity of those who think they have any knowledge that God did not already form, any power that God has not provided, or any position that God did not allow you to acquire is the position of the absolute fool.
The declaration of the Lord against those who oppose Him comes with a caveat.
Leviticus 26:40-42 “But if they will confess their iniquity and that of their fathers in the unfaithfulness that they practiced against Me, by which they have also walked in hostility toward Me—and I acted with hostility toward them and brought them into the land of their enemies—and if their uncircumcised hearts will be humbled and they will make amends for their iniquity, then I will remember My covenant with Jacob and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.”
The if/then statements of God are expectations of Obedience.
When the Lord declares a promise, His promises are a reflection of His character. If He says He will bless you if you follow Him, He never fails to do so. If He declares that He will bring trouble upon your head if you walk in rebellion, you can expect it because it is coming.
The Lord is always consistent in His works.
What declaration do you want to adhere to?
There was a line that Moses formed in the desert for those who opposed God to stand on one side and those who were with Him to stand on the other, it was called the “line of Korah”.
Numbers 26:8-11 “It was Dathan and Abiram, chosen by the congregation, who fought against Moses and Aaron with the followers of Korah who rebelled against the LORD. And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire consumed 250 men. They serve as a warning sign. However, the line of Korah did not die out.”
The line of Korah exists today. It separates the people of God from those who are deceived by Satan. The Light of God’s Truth is presented before you, now you must make a choice.