From Pastor Dan Harbottle
"God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did." (Romans 4:17)
God's way of bringing life to dead places, "dead" people, and dead areas of your life is to call them alive. It is what the angel of the Lord did to a "dead" leader named Gideon. He called him a great leader before he was a great leader.
This truth is reinforced by a phrase in Joel 3:10 – "Let the weak say I am strong." It does not say that the weak is to wait for someone else to come up to them and say they are strong, but the weak is actually to speak over himself that he is strong. He is not to deny his experience, but he is just not to agree with it. He is to agree with God's Word, not his past. He is to prophesy over himself because "faith comes by hearing" (Romans 10:17). What we hear over and over, we will start believing. It is one of God's main ways for us to demolish negative strongholds and establish new, positive ones.
What if I am not comfortable with saying who God says I am before the fruit of that is visible in my life?
To answer that, consider this devotional called a "Lying Apple Tree":
An apple tree will produce apples because of what it is. When it is young, it will have no apples; but it still must say, "I am an apple tree." When it is winter and there are no apples, it still says, "I am an apple tree." Is it lying at those times? No. It would be lying to say anything different.
Many Christians have a hard time saying who God says they are when no fruit is manifesting in that particular area. Could they be too young in that truth to be fruitful? Could they be in a season where that dimension of the Christian life is being pruned back for future growth? Either way, it does not mean they are lying when they say, "I am anointed, prosperous, delivered, healed, righteous, strong etc." Joel 3:10 says, Let the weak say I am strong. We don't deny the fact of weakness, but we focus on the greater truth that we are strong in Him.
Again, because the Word says we ARE these things, we would be untruthful to say anything different. Let's not lie against the truth. Indeed we ARE who the Bible says we are.
These ten basic declarations below are foundational to the building of your faith. They will increase expectancy of God's goodness, and, therefore, will increase the manifestation of that goodness in your life. Jesus said, "According to your faith, so be it" (Matthew 8:13).
Say these every day for a month and see what happens in your life.
1. My prayers are powerful and effective (2 Cor 5:21; James 5:16b).
2. God richly supplies all my needs (Philippians 4:19).
3. I am dead to sin and have a victorious DNA in me (Romans 6:11; Romans 5:17).
4. I walk in ever-increasing health (Isaiah 53:3-5; Psalm 103:1-5).
5. I live under supernatural protection (Psalm 91; Hebrews 8:6).
6. I prosper in all my relationships (Luke 2:52).
7. I consistently lead other people into God encounters (Mark 16:17,18; Acts 3:6).
8. Through Jesus, I am 100% loved and worthy to receive all of God's blessings (Colossians 1:12-15).
9. Each of my family members is wonderfully blessed and radically loves Jesus (Acts 16:30,31).
10. I laugh uproariously when I hear a lie from the devil (Psalm 2:2-4).
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