Declare it!

I sincerely believe that obtaining freedom from our problems is not terribly difficult.  Actually, it’s as easy as calling on the name of the Lord (see Romans 10:13).  The more tedious task, however, is staying free, or walking in the liberty you have received.  Whenever you finally get relief from suffering, strangely, despair and doubt tend to elevate their volume in your mind.  These “other voices” try to convince you that your freedom is temporary, or worse, never happened at all.

How do you turn off these voices?  I learned that whenever I don’t like something on the radio or TV, I can turn the channel.  Sometimes, the best channel you can find is your own voice of victory, reminding you that the change was real and permanent.  Interestingly, after Jesus overcame the roughest part of His life on earth, He announced, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18, New Living Translation).  Yes, this statement was given to empower the disciples to spread the Gospel, but it also serves as a great example for us.  Jesus’ words also sent a convincing message to the enemy: I’m free and I know it!

This scripture is not coincidental: “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony” (Revelation 12:11, New Living Translation).  Our words matter!  Death and life are in the power of your tongue; choose to live by declaring the good works of the Lord!