We’re gonna get all Bible-y today…
Because I love the Bible, believe that it’s 100% true, and know that it has the power to transform us from the inside out.
One spiritual practice that I was introduced to by my pastor Jana Sawchuk (shoutout to Burning Hearts Church) is that of declaring scripture-based truth over our lives out loud. She often speaks about the power of the tongue to create life and death (Proverbs 18:21) and that if “we declare a word it shall be established” (Job 22:28). When we speak who God is and who we are out loud, it does something deeper in us than just reading nice words and agreeing in our minds.
We are using our mouths to declare the truth, sometimes saying things before we truly deep down believe them. We are breaking off agreements we’ve made with lies in our lives. We are putting faith into action in a small but mighty way.
Personally, I need declarations in my life because my heart is sometimes slower to truly believe than my mind. I need to rephrase biblical truths as “I am” or “God is” statements because then I hear myself saying a truth definitively and that sinks down deep into my spirit. This practice forces me to slow down and find a bite-size piece of truth to stand on.
This month, I wrote out 7 Freedom Declarations that I used for my life group at church and wanted to share them with you!
“I am free from sin.”
“I am free to worship without hindrance.”
“I am free to kindly bring others into freedom.”
“I am free from fear.”
“I am free from legalism and religion.”
“I am free to follow Jesus.”
“I am free to love and serve others.”
“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?” – Galatians 5:13-15 (emphasis mine)
(Above photo by Micah Jasperse.)