Don’t just think, speak.
The Lord is a vocal craftsman.
He governs with His voice.
He speaks chaos into order.
He speaks creation into being.
He speaks death into life.
He speaks healing into being.
He gives orders and they are obeyed.
He spoke out perimeters and quantities.
Job 38/39 lists those things He speaks, decrees and births.
The wickedness that He speaks over and shakes out of the way.
Each morning will we crush the enemy by our decree for the day or will we in our silence liberate him to have domain and his narrative.
Every morning we have a moment to order the day.
Set the tone, and the narrative, and the rhythm.
That is by decreeing out loud and allowing God to bless our voice and words.
We open ourselves to partner with the omnipresent God and angels and not with the demon spirits of the enemy Satan who, although not omnipresent has his messengers and therefore knows if they are not sent fleeing.
We have to increase our spiritual awareness.
Become aware and familiar with our encounters with Jesus.
Therefore knowing our place of refuge and rescue.
Be aware of what we ourselves do inadvertently that opens doors for the enemy.
“Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.”
Be aware of when we walk out judgement we incurred by our own actions or words that have gone against God either by doing or not doing what we know He has said.
We need to discern what is discipline and correction from God versus demonic spirits from Satan.
We can be too ready to default to its being a curse.
Christians belong to Christ and so cannot be possessed by Satan or any other but those from the enemy can cling on us until we cast them off and rebuke them. eg. the spirit of gossip, bitterness, pride etc.
God only disciplines those He loves as a good Father.
We repent and are at once forgiven and washed clean again.
In the OT Blessings are depicted as being prosperous, rich and with favour.
We are a generation of the NT where our blessings abound in adversity and suffering .
God says rejoice in adversity, persecution and suffering as it creates character and hope.
There is a glory in trials when God counts me worthy to suffer.
We grow free.
We are anointed with resurrection power.
We realise that throughout history there is a continuous rhythm cycle of His children being in pre exile, in exile and post exile.
A rhythm of blessing and correction.
Of circulating the same mountain until its lesson has been learnt.
Seasons of sowing, of waiting, of growing, of reaping and harvesting.
His timing is of the utmost importance to go forwards while the enemy does not want us to go forwards.
The illustration shows shouting or speaking out loud what we decree and denounce what we are in agreement with what we deny in our lives. Push back darkness with light.
Four Scriptures that come to mind:
“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?”Job 38:12-13 ESV
“Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.”Proverbs 26:2 ESV
“And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?”Hebrews 12:5-7 ESV
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Romans 5:3-5 ESV
The song. The Word of God Has Spoken. Travis Cottrell