When God speaks, creation changes. Our first introduction to God in the Bible is of Him as One who creates, forming something good out of nothing, through speech.
As human beings who are made in His image, and believers who have been set apart and empowered in Christ, it shouldn’t be a far stretch to believe that when we speak, creation will change as well.
Creation knows it.
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Romans 8:19-21 ESV
God knows it.
Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Matthew 18:18-20 ESV
Even the devil knows the power of the word.
The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
Mark 4:14-15 NIV
Christians seem to be the only ones struggling with this reality.
Most people receive things easier from the devil, than they do from God.
– Joyce Meyer
Power, even in the spiritual realms, doesn’t know vacuum. If you’re not occupying your rightful spiritual position, someone else will. So in doing nothing, you are in fact, doing something – ceding control to enemy of your soul.
If we don’t think our words have any power, if we don’t even think our faith has any place in our workplace, then we end up spiritually complacent in our work environments, which allows the devil to have his merry way.
I can’t help but think that this is why the devil has worked so hard to delineate our work lives from our church lives; and why he’s doing such a thorough job of convincing us that things are too far gone for any change to be possible.
He knows how powerful we are even when we don’t. He believes it even when we don’t. And he’s not sitting around cowering in fear waiting for us to stumble upon the truth. He’s the master of distortion and subterfuge and he has no qualms about getting us where we’re vulnerable. One who can present a convincing illusion of weaker power will always have their way over one who is ignorant of their stronger power.
Why is it easier for us to believe the worst of circumstances than to trust in God for something better? Simple really. Self-preservation is something we default into as human beings without even being conscious of it. If things are bad, it costs you nothing to acknowledge how bad they are. There is no risk involved in lamenting and complaining about a terrible situation.
But believing and fighting for a different outcome? Suddenly, you have to pull out your faith and your hope and your fortitude and all these things that are going to cost you something; sometimes, everything. Suddenly, there’s the risk of failure and disappointment that comes with expectation. Suddenly, you have to step up and take responsibility for changing a situation rather than sit back in the sidelines and casually lay the blame on someone else. Suddenly, you have no excuse to keep your head down and hide in the shadows. You have to manifest your position as one who is made in the image of God and a co-heir of Christ.
The funny thing about change is that everyone wants the benefits of it but no one wants to pay the price for it. Yet, there’s an even higher price that comes with things staying the same.
We need to declare the truth of God over our lives into being. Our declarations find their form in our hearts, before they emanate from our mouths. So your heart needs to embrace a truth before your mouth can declare it with authority. There’s no preliminary course or pre-qualification test. We learn to do it by doing it.
This doesn’t mean that we fail to acknowledge the realities around us. If anything, let’s recognize them. But let’s assign them their accurate value and power. There is no circumstance in our lives and our workplaces that is higher, that is more powerful than the word and presence of God. Our awareness and belief of who God is and what God can do needs to be way more than our awareness of the issues we face during our work week.
None of this means that we’re all talk and no action. This post just happens to focus more on the talking bit. 🙂 Because in speaking truth over our work lives and environments, we create the spiritual atmosphere needed for certain actions to be taken. God first spoke man’s habitation (the earth) into being, before He made man with His hands.
If you’re not sure where to begin, the Bible, which contains the living, breathing word of God, is a pretty good place to start. Ask God to show you the truth of His heart and mind concerning your work life and environment and partner with Him in its manifestation.
Some things may happen immediately. Some things may take a while. But know that God will make everything beautiful in His time.
What are some declarations that you’re committing to speak over your work life and workplace each day?