I declare and decree?

Declare and decree prosperity?The prosperity gospel and the word-of-faith movement has done a lot of damage to believers in the faith. Believers have been indoctrinated into believing that they can speak things into existence and it has lured believers into thinking they are almost on an equal par with God.

This gospel has manipulated the Word of God to suit the desires of people. What person would not want to be healthy and wealthy? Our sinful nature craves after things that will be centered on us and the prosperity gospel has taken advantage of that.

The main driving force.

One of the main driving forces in this movement is the “I declare and decree” prayer. This prayer basically advocates that whatever you “declare and decree” it shall come to pass. This is a tradition that has entered the church and is one that most of us still say. So if you declare and decree that there should be bread on your table it shall come to pass.

Now if we could “declare and decree” things so that they happen or don’t happen, where is the dependence on God come in to this? How are we meant to trust in God as the bible says we should?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding”

(Proverbs 3:5)

Christ said if we ask anything in His name then it shall be done (John 14:13-14).

We should not mistake positive confession with trusting and having faith in God. This is not to look down on the power words can have in our lives and their impact on others. But to use words in order to speak things into existence through “faith” is not biblical.  Although the things you may declare and decree may be right and out of compassion, only God can make those things come to pass. No one can speak things into existence except God Himself as He did in the beginning.

This is the danger with this. Instead of leaning on God the Creator of all things, you lean on the power of your words instead of Gods word. The major give away is “I” at the beginning of the prayer.

Manipulation of scripture.

Manipulating scripture in order to gain wealth.

Now people who are heavily involved try justify this with scripture. That’s the case with most non-biblical doctrines where people try to manipulate the Word in order to suit them and what they desire. One of the scriptures they use is Proverbs 18:21:

“The tongue has the power of life and death…

But they forget to read the rest of the verse which puts it into context.

, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

If you love talking and are not careful with the words that come out of your mouth, then your tongue can lead you to death. If you use your tongue wisely then it will prevent you from death. James 3:6 says:

 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body,sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

We need to tame our tongue because it “a world of evil among the parts of the body”.

Another scripture is Ezekiel 37:4

“Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!”

So God told Ezekiel to prophesy to dry bones. But again if you continue to read, you will realize that God was the One in charge here not Ezekiel.

 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’

(Ezekiel 37:5-6)

And so Ezekiel, a mere man, prophesied as God commanded him. And because it was God’s Word the bones came into life!

“So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

(Ezekiel 37:7-8)

The power of God’s word.

In the beginning.

That is the power of God’s word. In the beginning God said “Let there be light”, and there was light. Only God can speak things into existence. We were created in His image and likeness but the bible clearly show that He is sovereign and He is in control. If we were able to declare and decree things and they come to pass then there would be no need for any kind of biblical prayer. The biblical prayer in which the Holy Spirit truly manifests in a clear and unmistakable way.

Magical formula.

We are to hide scripture in our heart and meditate on it daily, holding on to God’s promises for those who are in Him and those who He is in. But we cannot misinterpret scripture to make us not need to depend on Him. God said trust in Him and He will provide for us. We don’t need to then go off and start declaring and decreeing things in order for our needs to be met, let alone our wants! If want the sick to be healed and the lost to be found etc., it’s only by the power of God in which those things can happen through prayer or as God wills.

Elijah did not by his word cause a drought in Israel, he prayed earnestly to God that it would not rain.

“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.”

(James 5:17)

Lets lean on God’s word as it is and God’s power instead destructive doctrines. To find out the origins of this movement briefly explained it is well worth reading this article by The Watchman called: Positive Confession.

16 thoughts on “I declare and decree?

  1. Amen and Amen…this is a doctrine that as you rightly say has crept into the church, it really pains me when I hear things like this and what is even more tragic is that a growing number of believers that I know personally who started on a true foundation have been seduced by these ear tickling theologies. It has come to a time when you rarely hear the full gospel preached any more, if this was confined to one church or one group it would be easy to avoid but the reality is that those who know the truth need to stand for righteousness, stand for the uncompromised word of God in these last days

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  3. While I agree with some of your comments I am not in agreement with your words that we cannot decree or declare a thing.

    Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.
    Matthew 21:21

    While I accept that we decree and thing and declare a thing is spoken with our own authority, we are commanded by the lord himself to take authority over our circumstances. Yes God spoke the world into existence, but the bible is writen not only as a witness of god and to glorify his son Jesus, but as an example how we as children of God are given the authority and power on earth to speak into existence what has been promised us.

    The love of money is the root of all evil, not money itself. Without money we are barren and living in poverty, how is that testimony of gods goodness to his people. As far as I am aware all the great men in the bible were not living in poverty, most were affluent or wealthy. With money we can do so much more than we can without money for the spread of the gospel, to feed the poor, to provide bibles and a safe place for wayward teens to escape … The list goes on ….

    No disrespect but I would much rather be living a prosperity gospel with an eye on proving for the lost and spreading the gospel, being a good witness of Gods goodness and living the abundant life Jesus said he came to bring, over your poverty gospel.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your comment.
      Having carefully read your comment and having re-read the blog post itself, I trust that you will carefully read my response. I wrote the blog post in love and I write this response in love also.

      Firstly I’d like to start by the scripture you pointed out in Matthew 21:21.
      “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.”
      This scripture undoubtedly explains to us the power that unshakable faith can have. But if you read the very next verse of that scripture it says: “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ASK FOR IN PRAYER.”
      Jesus was teaching us and the disciples how we ought to pray. And what Jesus taught us was to pray and believe, just as Elijah did when he prayed that God would send NO RAIN and it did not rain in the land for three and a half years. The scripture you have given confirms already what I wrote in the blog post in that many people read a portion of scripture and place it out of it’s context without understanding the point being made. Anything we ask God for in prayer in PRAYER HE will do according to His will.
      Jesus said in John 14:13:
      “And I will do whatever YOU ASK in my name, so that the FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED in the Son.”
      In James 1:6-7 it says:
      “But when YOU ASK, YOU MUST BELIEVE and NOT DOUBT, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
      This clearly shows us Who our faith should rest upon.

      As for God giving us authority over our circumstances I would appreciate if you could to explain your point further with the use of scripture because in John 15:6 Jesus said:
      “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.”
      The only authority I know off that the Lord has given us is over scorpions and snakes meaning the spiritual darkness of this world. Meaning we have authority over demons to cast them out and over Satan because of the precious blood of Jesus. Over my circumstances God tells me, through His word, to trust in Him because of His perfect will for me. Joseph circumstances in the bible where pretty rough but it was all for Gods perfect plan as the story ends with him being a ruler of a nation.

      The bible tells us that we should have FAITH in the things that God has promised. When Abraham was promised by God to be the father of many nations, he had faith that God had spoken to him and was obedient. He did not speak that promise into existence, he simply had faith and God brought it to pass (read Hebrews 11). I will again echo what I said in the blog post in that there is nowhere in the bible that either says or implies that we should speak things into existence because only God can. We were made in God’s image and His likeness but many people think that this make us little Gods. And yet we fail to realize that God “can DESTROY both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

      The love of money is the root to all evil, amen! And the prosperity gospel is almost, if not, completely centered around money. Prosperity preachers have TV stations around the world where they are squeezing money out of the poor. They manipulate the Word of God in order for people to give them money. The gospel they preach is centered on self instead of God. Money is a necessity in this life but a far greater necessity is God Himself. How can we substitute God for money? We need God to spread gospel because it’s by God that people get saved. God said He would provide for our needs (Matthew 6:25-34). We need the love of God to feed and love the poor, you and I have enough money right now to go into our neighborhood and feed a homeless man or woman (read my other blog post “Heaven rejoices over one”).

      What you need to understand about some of the affluent men in the bible is that God tested their hearts. Abraham was commanded to sacrifice his one and only son. King Solomon gave his best to the Lord and was blessed because of his father David whose heart was only after the Lord. And then Job got stripped off everything he had as well as being plagued with sickness and yet did not curse God. And then let’s talk about the least affluent men such as John the Baptist, Elijah, Paul the apostle, Peter and the Lord Jesus himself who made “himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness and being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross!.” Why did He make Himself nothing? The answer to that is so that He can live in us.

      Try telling Christians in Northern Nigeria or North Korea where they are being slaughtered for their faith in Christ Jesus that God wants them to be prosperous or have authority in their situation. Number one, that is not the gospel. And two, that will not save anyone. The gospel is for us to repent for the forgiveness of our sins because a loving Saviour made Himself nothing and died on the cross so that we may enter into His kingdom and that He may come and dwell in us making us a new person! And after this we live completely for His glory not for ours. God did not send His Son so that we can live happy care-free lives. Jesus promised us that we would suffer for His name but in exchange His glory will dwell in us and gives true joy and peace. My humble gospel or this gospel that I stand by may be perceived or deemed as a ‘poverty gospel’ but it’s the only way we can be saved and it’s glorious.

      I perceive your intentions to be good ones and I believe that you have a genuine heart. But please don’t listen to preachers who preach to entertain people. This is why I wrote the post because many are falling into the traps of wolves in sheep’s clothing. They will generate excitement at their meetings but they will never tell you, “narrow is the gate that leads to life and only a few find it
      Thanks again for your comment and thank you if you have taken time to read all that I’ve wrote and consider what I’ve said. Please don’t hesitate to email me for any further questions.
      God Bless

      • “But all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience,in TRIBULATIONS,in NEEDS,in DISTRESSES, in STRIPES,in IMPRISONEMENTS,in TUMULTS,in labors,in sleeplessness,in fasting…” -2 Corinthians 5:10
        That’s the way the first church ran the race & nothing about it sounded comfortable! How come it has changed for us? Well if God is the same yesterday,today & forever then it hasn’t. Nothing that God does will ever appeal to the fallen flesh so yes I agree with your message & I thank you for gracefully sharing this truth with us because this is what I call true love,mercifully correcting each other & pointing each other back on “narrow” road.

  4. Right on, brotha! I had a time in my walk where I was a “name-it-claim-it”, but thankfully the Lord showed me the truth, as I read the Word more for myself, instead of just believing what I spoon fed in church or in some book. When you just sit down & read the Bible & take it at face value for what it says in the full context WITH the Holy Spirit living inside you, you see what things truly say. Any of us can twist Scripture to suit our needs or our doctrines, but that can quickly lead to death. I pray the Lord continues to show me where I am deceived.

  5. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullnest there of. I listen to the Word of God being preached and taught to the men, women, and children of God, and I also see a lot of proverty within the body of Christ, and I also see a lot of prosperity as well. We do believe in the Word of God, and it teaches about declaring and decreeing. For those of you who are receiving the prosperity through your declaring and decreeing, have you thought for a moment that your blessing could have been because there was another sister or brother from the body was in agreement with you, and your blessing was not just for you. Did you seek the Lord concerning the lack in the body of Christ that you might reach out to be a blessing to the body. For there is someone that is doing the same thing with the word of God and is yet waiting to be bless. What is your response to that faithful one? May the grace and peace of God continue to rest in and with you.

  6. Who is to charge God’s elect???? While yet the scripture clearly states that if you are in me and I in you, you shall ask for whatever you will and it shall be done…. Therefore, if God is in you whenever you decree and declare a thing, it is him that is establishing it. When you speak God’s word, and he is in you, he is the one giving the command. As we all know it is by his might and power that he move Heaven and Earth and by his strength alone. However, you can do all things through Christ Jesus ex. move mountains….There are several scriptures that will support this and a study up as well. Decreeing and declaring are very powerful and it does move mountains……

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  9. To the author of this post: Excellent blog post and I’m in 100% agreement with what you wrote. However how do we deal with the texts where the Apostles command people to be “healed” in the Name of Jesus? And also what is the correct interpretation of Job 22:29 (“decree a thing and it shall be established”? I know it doesn’t mean that we can speak things into existence but what is the right context here?

  10. I think the problem lies in the understanding of the Gospel message. The gospel or good news is about what was lost from the beginning with Adam and Eve. They because of choice, their decision, sinned in the Garden of Eden. They broke the bond of relationship with God their Father and Creator. They lost and became independent from God. With Jesus Christ, his pain, suffering and poverty example if you wish, we have been renewed, reconciled to God again. Our Relationship has been restored! That is the BLESSING the gospel message. Its that simple! Paul told the slaves during his time if you can get your freedom so be it, if not be happy in the Lord knowing that your happiness, joy, peace and contentment comes because of your spiritual condition not your fleshly one. You are a new creation and this world is not your home, you are just a passing through! But some many people are not satisfied with that message which is the best eternal message they want more. Thats also why the Apostle Paul warned against wanting to become rich. Prosperity is not a sign of the gospel, LOVE is the sign! Think about it!

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