Have you ever heard of the idiom don’t put the cart before the horse?
What it means is don’t do things in the wrong order.
A spiritual principle many get out of order is the act of declaration.
To declare is to say something emphatically or to make it officially known.
A recent Christian trend today is to “declare God’s word.”
While it is true that God’s word has power to save, heal, provide and deliver, what is not true is that if you declare God’s word enough times that it will cause miracles to happen.
Not only is this not a Biblical concept but it is rather occultist in its application.
Let me explain.
To declare in the Hebrew is nâgad which means to announce, expose, predict or profess. To bring a report or speak forth an utterance.
Let’s look at the word used in context.
According to Genesis 41:24 the King of Babylon asked his magicians to interpret his dream but they were not able to declare it.
In other words magicians cannot declare a thing that God has hidden.
We know however from that story that Daniel was able to interpret the dream after prayer and fasting because God revealed the information to him. Then Daniel was able to bring forth the interpretation to the king.
In Deuteronomy 1:5 Moses declared the law to the people.
Remember that the law was given to Moses through revelation from God. After the law was revealed to him then he declared it.
In Judges 12:12-14, Samson put forth a riddle and asked the Philistines to declare it to him but they could not. So the Philistines used devious methods through Delilah in order to obtain the interpretation of the riddle.
In Kings Chapter 22 we see that Micaiah declared the word of the Lord while the other prophets declared the word out of their own hearts to please the king. I guess they valued their heads more than they valued God’s revealed word.
In the book of Job we find God demanding Job to declare to him all his mysteries since he thought he had the mind of God and knew all the answers.
In Psalms 2:7, David says that he will declare the word that God has spoken unto him. David often declared God’s word that was revealed to him.
Now let’s go to the New Testament.
Declare in the Greek is phrazō which means to indicate by word or act. To expound upon.
Matthew tells us that Jesus declared to his disciples what his parables meant. He expounded to them his word.
John 17: 26, relaying Jesus’ prayer to the Father he said that he had declared his word to his disciples.
In Acts 13, the disciples declared the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the book of Romans and other epistles Paul and John declare Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
Do you see a pattern here?
When the word “declare” is used in scriptures it is used to make an announcement of a particular truth of God that is revealed to a person.
That being said, the word “declare” is not used in reference to making something happen.
It is used in cases when the word of God is revealed or expounded upon which bring revelation to the recipient.
Then the word that is revealed is declared according to the publishing of it for a divine purpose.
The scriptures being declared at random for the purpose of receiving an outcome of one’s own desire is not a Biblical concept.
Why then do people do it? Probably to try and force God to do what they want.
Like I said when used in that way declaration actually becomes a form of manipulation. Manipulating through the use of scripture for personal benefit.
In its proper order we declare the word of God when God has revealed it to us by his Holy Spirit for his purposes. What is revealed in scripture many times had perquisites attached to them. Unless one is in obedient to the perquisite it is a useless objective to declare that particular word.
As the Lord reveals his word to our heart and we walk in obedience to that revealed word then we can be assured that God’s word declared to us will come to pass!
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Ephesians 6:2 Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise) that it may be well with thee,
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Isaiah 26:3, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
Deuteronomy . 11:26-28 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God.”