I Declare…Spiritual Growth (Part XXIII)

Since I am surrounded by such a huge cloud of witnesses to my life of faith, I strip off, lay aside and cast off every weight and sin which trips me up. I run with endurance the race God set before me, looking to and keeping my focus upon Jesus, the author, and perfector of my faith. He endured the cross, so I don’t have to, therefore, I will struggle with all His strength within me to live in such a way that honors and pleases Him.

This is what I believe and boldly and confidently declare! (note: these “I declare” statements work best when confessed out loud)

Hebrews 12:1-4 (ESV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

I Declare…Spiritual Growth (Part XXII)

I am careful to live in such a way that honors my God and I’m careful not to be deceived by my own heart – that it become evil and unbelieving turning me away from the living God. I warn not only myself but others that none of us become deceived by sin and hardened against God. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 

This is what I believe and boldly and confidently declare! (note: these “I declare” statements work best when confessed out loud)

Hebrews 3:12-15 (NLT) Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 15 Remember what it says:  “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”

I Declare…Spiritual Growth (Part XXI)

I am ever grateful for those wonderful people who have or ever has prayed for me. They’ve played a crucial role in my spiritual growth.  I thank God for them…even calling them by name. I pronounce a blessing upon them. I pray they would experience God’s great generosity in new and fresh ways. I also pray they would be given much joy and comfort for the kindness they have shown and for the many hearts they have refreshed.

This is what I believe and boldly and confidently declare! (note: these “I declare” statements work best when confessed out loud)

Philemon 1:4-7 (NLT) I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon, 5 because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. 6 And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. 7 Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.

I Declare…Spiritual Growth (Part XX)

I choose to live my life in submission, not only to God but to the governmental authorities. I know it’s not always going to be easy, but I’ll lean upon the strength of my God. I will be ready to do good, I will not slander and I’ll steer clear of quarreling. Instead, I will be gentle and show true Christian humility toward everyone. I realize that I have been saved from my evil and wicked way of living not because I was anything special, but solely because of God’s mercy and now I will live to praise and honor Him.

This is what I believe and boldly and confidently declare! (note: these “I declare” statements work best when confessed out loud)

Titus 3:1-7 (NLT) Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. 2 They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.  3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. 4 But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

I Declare…Spiritual Growth (Part XIX)

I will do my very best, working as hard as I can to present myself to God as one approved. A good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains and handles the Word of Truth. I also will avoid worthless, foolish talk that leads only to more godless behavior. I will set a guard around my thought life and around my words, to help keep me from swerving from this commitment. This one thing I know, the Lord knows those who are His, and I am His, so I will turn far and run from iniquity. Yes, I will be an honorable and holy vessel God could use and I will ever be ready for every good work, God has set aside for me.

This is what I believe and boldly and confidently declare! (note: these “I declare” statements work best when confessed out loud)

2 Timothy 2:15-21 (ESV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” 20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

I Declare…Spiritual Growth (Part XVIII)

I thank God for daily strengthening me by His grace which is found in Christ Jesus. The things that I have learned, the things that I have witnessed, I will share them with others. I will entrust my biblical wisdom and knowledge treasures with those who are able to teach others. Yes, I will not hoard what God has freely given me but I will freely give it away. I desire to see the young and others around me carry the gospel to the four corners of the globe and I will be their biggest fan and cheerleader.

This is what I believe and boldly and confidently declare! (note: these “I declare” statements work best when confessed out loud)

2 Timothy 2:1-7 (ESV) You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.