When we read the truth, and speak it out loud, faith arises. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” This verse is a great understanding for faith declarations. They are not words repeated over and over. They are words of truth that we bring into our heart. As we speak them out loud, there is an awe that accompanies our words.
I want you to give you an example. Colossians 2:10 says, “And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” What does that verse say that you can turn into a faith declaration? I encourage you right now to say, “I am complete in You.” Does that stir your heart?
As we daily read through our Bible systematically, we are reading truths. Jesus is the Truth. He is the Living Word. As we read for understanding, the Holy Spirit highlights a verse, or a phrase from a verse. He captures our heart with it. It is something that He wants us to bring into our heart that will facilitate our inner transformation.
When we begin to speak this truth as a faith affirmation, it seeds into our heart. As we audibly hear it, our faith is increased. Galatians 3:2 says, “This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Verse 5 says, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”
Here is an example through Abraham. In Genesis 15:5 God took Abraham outside and told him to look up into the heavens and count the stars. It says, “…if you are able to number them. And He said to him, so shall your descendents be.” Remember, Abraham was past 75 years old. Yet, when he heard God speak the truth, he mixed it with faith. Verse 6 says, “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
Romans 10:8 says, “But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach).” Then Paul went on to explain salvation. Verse 10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Now let’s apply that to areas of spiritual weakness where we fall prey to the promptings of our flesh. Since fear has been spread throughout the world through the pandemic, let’s take fear. Are you prone to fear? In Matthew 8:23-26 there is an account that gives us a great example. The disciples were in a boat and a storm rose up. Remember, Jesus was in the boat asleep. They woke Him up and cried out in verse 25. Verse 26 says, “…Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?…”
The disciples were so focused on their circumstances, they forgot the Lord was with them in the boat! He is in our ‘boat’ because He is Ever Present. He is with us through every moment in our lives. We hide in Him through our thoughts. We bring our fearful mind into subjection to His truth. Truth never changes. It can’t-because Truth is Jesus. Hebrews 13:5 is the promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Verse 6 can be a faith affirmation that we speak when fear rises. It says, “So we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Truth triumphs over every lie and crushes it when we speak it in faith! 1 John 5:4 says, “…And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.” Arise church! Stand in the truth and proclaim it through faith affirmations!