Declare The Decree
By Pastor J.D. Link
Psalm 2:7 says, “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”” Here Jesus “declares the decree”. What does this mean? “Declare” means to recount, rehearse, relate (verbally); and “decree” means an enactment, appointment, statute or ordinance. So, to declare the decree means to proclaim God’s statutes and ordinances, which is His eternal Word. If we are to emulate Christ (which we are), then we are to “declare the decree” by proclaiming His promises.
Some Christians put little importance on the words that come out of their mouth, but God thinks our words are very important. He says our religion is vain (empty, worthless) if we don’t bridle our tongue (Jam 1:26). Jesus said, “… every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Mt 12:36-37). Can we actually believe our words don’t matter?
Some may say, “Well, God knows what I mean. He knows my heart.” Certainly God knows your heart, but this does not excuse us nor lets us off the hook for negative, faithless talk. In Jeremiah 1:12 it says, “…for I will hasten my word to perform it.” “Hasten” means to watch over, and “perform” means to accomplish or carry out. God watches over His Word to carry it out – not words of doubt, fear and unbelief. His word spoken out of our mouth is what He will watch over and accomplish.
Job 22:28: “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” What we decree will be established unto us. We cannot rise above our confession, nor can we sow words of unbelief and expect to reap blessings. “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Prv 18:20-21). We will be filled with what we have spoken out of our mouth. If you love to talk, make sure you’re declaring the decrees of God, because you will be eating them eventually. Better to not speak, then to speak doubt and unbelief.
“Thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.” We are the Church, and we have the keys of the Kingdom. What we bind on earth is bound in Heaven, and what we loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven (Mt 16:18-19). When we boldly speak God’s Word on this earth, we are releasing Heaven on earth. Then, Jesus shines on our way (Ps 112:4, Jn 8:12). He directs our steps. We receive His favor and blessing.
We shouldn’t declare bad decrees (Isa 10:1). Prv 21:23 says, “Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” Often times our own mouths are our worst enemies. Like the children of Israel, we talk ourselves right out of our inheritance (Num 13:1-2, 27-33; 14:1-5, 26-34). God said, “As you have spoken in my ears, so will I do unto you.” Notice what determined what they received. It was their own words. Their own mouth. Caleb and Joshua’s mouth blessed and delivered them; while the mouths of the other ten spies and the rest of the children of Israel brought them ruin. Don’t be hung by your own tongue.
The good news is, praise God, you can change your declaration! Have you been declaring bad decrees over your life? You can turn that around by declaring good decrees. By declaring God’s Word over your life. King Nebuchadnezzar made an unrighteous decree, but then learned his lesson and changed his decree (Dan 3:10, 29). King Darius made a bad decree, but he learned his lesson and changed his decree (Dan 6:7-9, 26-28). There is always hope with God, and His mercies are new every day. If the wicked will turn from their wickedness and do right, they will save their soul (Ezk 18:27).
Jesus is not just the Apostle of our confession, but the High Priest of our confession (Heb 3:1). Apostles speak to men for God; but High Priests speak to God for men. What confession are you giving Jesus to lift up to the Father? Are you declaring God’s Word as an offering back to Him? If so, He has obligated Himself to perform it. However, if you only offer Him doubt-filled words, He is under no obligation to act on your behalf. We essentially tie God’s hands and open the door for the Devil when we confess doubt, fear, cursing and lack; and murmur, complain, gossip, slander, lie and all the other negative things we do with our tongues.
Start praising God. Speak blessings over your spouse, children, job, boss, vehicle, house, physical health, pocket book, etc. Bless, and do not curse. Speak God’s Word and promises. These are the words of life and blessing. These words bring life and not death. These are the words God watches over to perform. Don’t just “try” it once. Do it every day; every week; every month; every year. Make it a daily habit, and see the creative power of God’s Word work in your life. Selah.
Declare The Decree Part 2
By Pastor J.D. Link
Psa 2:7 says, “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” Last week, we started to look at the subject of the power of our words. We saw that to “declare the decree”, means to verbally recount the statutes and ordinances of God. We examined the blessings of declaring righteous decrees, and the drawbacks of declaring unrighteous decrees. We also saw from Scripture that we can start declaring new decrees, if we have been speaking things contrary to God’s Word. This week, we will continue to look at the power of the tongue.
Do you want to be satisfied with good fruit in life? Then put your hand to something, and bless it with your words (Prv 12:14, 13:2). When you declare righteous decrees, you will have joy because of it (Prv 15:23). However, always keep in mind that sowing and reaping works both ways. If you sow negative words, you will be snared by the transgression of your lips (Prv 12:13). Better to refrain from speaking altogether, then to speak a multitude of words opposed to God’s Word (Prv 10:19).
A fool’s voice is known by a multitude of words (Ecc 5:3). He is full words that will eventually destroy him; and the end of his much speaking is madness (Ecc 10:12-14). The fool’s mouth pours out foolishness, and he utters all of his mind before he considers the consequences (Prv 15:2, 29:11). In contrast, he who has knowledge of the power of words doesn’t speak before he first thinks (Prv 17:27-28). He considers: “Is what I’m saying truth? Is it in line with God’s Word? Do I want the harvest these words will produce?” Words have tremendous power, and should be handled carefully.
In James 3:1-13, the brother of Jesus gives us much wisdom and instruction on the tongue. In verse 2, he makes a very important statement: If you can bridle the tongue, you can bridle the whole body. Yes, it’s that powerful. Your tongue affects your life – like it or not. You cannot let your tongue run wild, and expect your life not to. The sooner we learn this, the better of we will be.
In the next few verses, he expounds on this point by comparing our tongue to three things: a bit, a rudder and a spark. Our tongue is like a bit in a horse’s mouth. Even a Shire can be led around using a bit. A bit is a small piece of metal, but that little bit controls the whole body of the horse. Likewise, our tongue is but a small muscle, but the whole life is led around by it.
A rudder on a big ship is tiny compared to the ship itself, but that little metal fin turns that entire ship. If a rudder is damaged, the ship is essentially dead in the water. If it is stuck, the ship just turns circles. That little rudder is essential for that ship to operate. Our tongues are the same. If your life is dead in the water or your just turning circles, chances are your tongue is involved.
A spark is just a little thing, but that little thing can ignite a raging forest fire. Remember Smokey the Bear? One match; one cigarette butt; one ember from a camp fire can burn a million acres to the ground. Our tongues are like that spark. They may be little, but oh what it can bring into our lives! We can “burn down” a lot of things in life with our words.
In vs. 8, James makes a startling statement: “The tongue can no man tame.” This doesn’t mean a person can’t make an effort and see some success in changing the way he speaks. However, I believe because “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt 12:34), to truly tame the tongue the heart must be changed and yielded to the Holy Spirit. He can tame our tongue if we let Him.
King David said, “… I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me (Ps 39:1). This is good advice to follow. To “sin with the tongue” is to sin in our words by declaring unrighteous decrees. If we speak, we need to speak in accordance with God’s Word (1Pt 4:11). We need to declare righteous decrees. We need to be speakers of the Word. Selah.
Declare The Decree Part 3
By Pastor J.D. Link
For the last two weeks, we have been discussing “declaring the decree” (Ps2:7); which means to speak forth the words of God. Death and life are in the power of our tongues (Prv 18:21), so if we speak, we should be speaking forth the decrees of God (1Pt 4:11). This week, we will continue to look into this powerful truth.
Paul tells us in Eph 4:29-31 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor (quarrelsome yelling), and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.” Our words should be truth, and should build up. It grieves the Holy Spirit when we speak corrupt words.
Foolish, filthy talking and joking should be put far from us (Eph 5:4). It is not becoming of a follower of Christ to have a filthy mouth or tell filthy jokes. Jesus wouldn’t do it, and neither should His disciples. Cursing, foul- mouthed talk and lying is to be “put off”; because we are new creations in Christ (Col3:8-9). Though the Church seems to make little of this nowadays, the Apostles mentioned it quite often. It is obviously important if it is mentioned so frequently by the Holy Spirit.
Of the seven things that we are told God hates and are an abomination to Him (Prv 6:16-19), three of them involve the tongue. This is nearly 50% (43 to be exact). Really stop and think about this. Roughly half of the things that God finds detestable have to do with the words we speak. Again, words are a powerful force. We cannot escape this, or write it off as some secondary issue. As we saw in part one of this series, “If a man seem to be religious, and doesn’t bridle his tongue – his religion is empty (Jam 1:26).
How then should we speak? Paul says in Col 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt; that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” When we speak with grace, we speak with the love of God in our heart, and with the attitude of winning the person – not just the argument. When salt is sprinkled on food, it makes it savory and more enjoyable to eat. However, if the whole shaker is dumped on our meal, it becomes uneatable. So, truth is made more palatable if it is sprinkled in our grace-filled speech. This does not speak of compromising the truth in any way, shape or form; but rather, in what means the truth is delivered.
Notice the positive use of the tongue in these proverbs: Pro 10:21 “The lips of the righteous feed many…”; Pro 15:4 “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life…”; Pro 12:18 “…the tongue of the wise is health.”; Pro 16:24 “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” We see the tongue can be a life-giving force when used for good. It actually promotes health and wellbeing when used correctly. Not just the words we say, but how we say them; can be the difference between life and death.
When we desire the Word of God and spend time reading and meditating on it; it will have a positive effect on our speech (1Pt 2:1-2). Why? Because as we are transformed by renewing our minds in God’s Word, it will have a positive effect on our own heart – and out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Mt 12:34). If our heart is corrupt, then our speech will be as well. However, if our heart is pure, then our speech will reflect that. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to tell me what you have planted in your garden; I only have to look and see what is there. That will tell me. Our mouth will simply give away our heart condition.