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Proclamation – Powerful and Effective

I had a very close mate who passed away a few years ago who when asked how he was would always say: “I’m awesome”.

This despite battling cancer for his last 6 years, and despite having huge cancerous lump on the left side of his neck.

He would then continue with: I am awesome because “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”.

It is right there in the Bible – so it must be true: “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

We know that we are meant to become more and more like God as we grow daily as Christians.

After all we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and we are meant to be God’s representatives (Christ’s ambassadors) here on earth through whom God may display His Glory. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Therefore, we are meant to be imitators of God.

In fact, Ephesians 5:1 specifically tells us to “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children.”

And God most definitely uses “proclamation”.

God calls things into being things that were not.

In other words, God calls into existence things that never existed. He creates new things out of nothing by speaking, by calling them into existence. (Romans 4:17)

For example, God spoke into existence all of creation.

In Genesis chapter one we read, “God said”.

There was darkness and God said: “Let there be light”, and there was light.

The whole of Genesis chapter one is about God speaking things into existence – light, sky, land, sea, rivers and lakes, rain, vegetation, sun, moon and stars, birds, fish and animals, man.

Another word that means the same as that kind of speaking, or calling, things into existence is the word “proclaiming” – God “proclaimed” things into existence.

The dictionary definition of “proclaim” is: to announce or declare in an official or formal manner, to announce or declare in an open way, to indicate or make something known publicly or openly.

So, a proclamation is a clear declaration of something official or of great importance.

So, when you proclaim something, you are speaking out something, you are declaring something, in an official, public and open manner.

You are making a declaration about something and you are so adamant about that declaration, that proclamation, that you will stand your ground, you won’t back down.

You stand behind your words 110% – there is no changing of your mind despite how things may look or how the enemy may come against you.

Derek Prince once said:

“One thing I’ve discovered with regard to making proclamations is if I get a new proclamation that God gives me, and I start to proclaim it, almost immediately something will happen aimed at setting that proclamation aside, proving it isn’t true, or that I can’t say what I proclaimed. And always you’re faced with a decision, “Will I go on saying it, or will I let circumstances dictate to me?” Well understand that if that has happened to you, it is a good sign. One sure sign of God’s will is when satan opposes you, did you know that? Because that means you are doing satan and his kingdom of darkness some harm.”

The Bible teaches us that our words have the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)

This thing, the tongue, either works for good, or for evil.

And what we say, that is, what we proclaim – has great influence upon our lives and the lives of other for good or for bad. For spiritual life – or for spiritual death.

  1. For a start we become Christians in the first place by our proclamations.
  1. a) We proclaim our sins in repentance, that is we ask God to forgive us for the wrong things that we have thought, said and done through-out our lives.
  1. b) And then by our proclamation we surrender our lives to God ask Jesus into our lives:

Romans 10:8 tells us that “If you declare, confess, speak out, with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

  1. Then all Christians, right through-out our Christian lives, really should be declaring, proclaiming, God’s promises and His ways over our lives – as well as proclaiming how God actually views us – how God sees us – over our lives as well.

If you don’t have a renewed mind, you have the promise of God that you can. So, proclaim it! Speak it out!

“I am able to have a renewed mind and know God’s will. God said it, I believe it, and that settles it for me. So, in Jesus Name get your hands off my mind satan”.

“I am a new creation, free from condemnation because I am precious to God and set apart for God – so in Jesus Name take your guilt and condemnation and rack off satan along with all your darkness for I am a Child of the Most High God.”

These statements, these proclamations to the world and the spiritual places, they are powerful and effective and they will change your life.

God is not a liar and He has said these things are the reality of who you are from His point of view.

Understand though “proclamation” must be Scriptural.

It must be in accordance with the Bible and the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 116:10 and 2 Corinthians 4:13 state: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”

What we believe is important and affects what we speak.

“Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth.” (John 17:17 AMP)

As Christians we have the Bible and its truths as the standard and guide for all our beliefs. So if it is not in line with the Bible it is not from God, and therefore it is not to be believed or proclaimed over our lives.

Biblical proclamation is not some “name it and claim it, blab it and grab it” airy-fairy good feelings stuff. That stuff is phoney and deceptive.

Recently a friend of mine was preaching and in her sermon she spoke out against the deceptive American “prosperity doctrine” that has crept into some church’s teachings and that some ministers preach.

After the sermon I shared with her – and I have shared this with others – that there is only one solid example of prosperity doctrine in the whole of the New Testament.

It is satan tempting Jesus: “bow down and worship me and I will give You all of this”. (Matthew 4:8-10 in the passage of satan’s temptations of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11)

So, I reiterate: if it is not in line with the Bible it is not from God; and therefore it is not to be believed or proclaimed over our lives. 

Proclamation can also include the ‘gift of prophecy’ over a person, situation or circumstance.

Because true, genuine, ‘gift of prophecy’ will be encouraging and edifying.

It will build the receiver of that prophecy up – whether the receiver is a person, or a church gathering.

Any saved, born again, Holy Spirit baptised, Christian can move in the ‘gift of prophecy’ as the Holy Spirit wills – so prophecy over your situations.

When you are faced with bad situations, circumstances, prophecy the Word of God over those situations, circumstances – and then TRUST that God will intervene and turn things around to His Glory.

God loves you so learn to live above your circumstances through proclamation and faith – trusting the results are in the control of our miracle working God.

There is an intricate connection between receiving and believing: As you trust God more and more, you are able to receive God and His blessings more and more abundantly.


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