God with us. In the garden. In the cloud and in the fire. On the mountain. In the storm. At the cross. In us. Your Name is Immanuel, and You are with me.
You lead, protect, and provide for those who are Yours. You go in search of the wanderers and bring them home. In green pastures, still waters, and the valley of the shadow of death I trust Your goodness.
Messiah. Lamb of God. Taking my guilt and my shame, enduring the wrath that should have been mine. You have saved me to the uttermost, through and through, now and forever, and You will raise me up on the last day to live forever with You. You are Savior and I am saved and it shall not be undone.
Faithful & True
No guile. No deceit. No shadows. No changing, no going back on Your word. Utterly and completely faithful. My covenant keeper. Above suspicion. You are faithful and You are true and I will not fear You to be otherwise.
Solid ground. Firm foundation. Unmoving. Unshakable and unbreakable. No shifting ways, no sinking sand. You are my Rock, my higher ground, and the safe place on which I stand.
Lion and Lamb
Worthy to open the scroll. The perfect, unblemished sacrifice of atonement. Conqueror of death. Lion of Judah. Majestic and final King of all kings. Lamb slain for me and now King of my heart.
Both the mercy and the justice of God, poured out upon the sin-filled earth. You are the only way, the only truth and the only life. Manna from heaven, bread of life. You are the light that took away my darkness, the living water that took my thirst. The healer of my heart, lover of my soul and the very image of my Father.
My everything. All in all. The Name above every single other name.
It’s been a tussle of late, a throwdown with the enemy. We’ve given each other the stink eye, circling around, and then he got me on the ropes of fear, anxiety and overwhelming sadness. But recently, I came off those ropes and I came off swinging. On one of my walks I began to declare who Jesus is, speaking truth that my soul needed to remember. I chose to trade in flesh thinking for Spirit thinking, and it made a difference.
I will not bow to fear. I will not bow to the lies the enemy is whispering. I will bow only to You, to Your sovereign will, to Your Lordship over me and mine. Against all else I will take my stand of trust in You.
I will not relinquish my peace by taking the fear and anxiety being offered to me. I will not allow the problem before me to become greater than the peace within me, nor will I seek peace from any outside force.
I will not look anywhere other than Your Word for truth. I will not take a stand on any other ground.
Who You are is good and what You do is good. I will not fear from You unkindness or ambivalence. No matter what I see in front of me, I will trust Your goodness.
Whatever needs to be turned, You can turn it. Whatever requires power beyond me, You have that power. Minds, hearts, lives – can all be changed, because nothing can prevail against You.
My hope is in You and not in an outcome. I will place all of my expectations in You, not in anyone else. What others think, do, or say will not sway me from the hope I have in You.
No matter the plans of man, Your purpose will not be thwarted. You will have Your way, in Your time. I will rest in Your sovereignty.
With these and many more declarations, my faith rose up against my fear, and I am now playing offense instead of defense.
Run devil, run.
“And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross.” – Colossians 2:13-14
“Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14
I was dead and He made me live. I had a debt I could never pay and He nailed that debt to His cross and made me debt free. Today, I declare that I am forgiven. All of my sins are under the blood of Jesus and I am free from the debt I owed for them. The penalty for my sins has been paid by my Savior and I will never be required to pay it. I am free to live forever.
Today, I will not dwell on what was. I turn toward home, toward what is ahead of me, not what is behind me. I will not be passive, but will press on, pursuing what God has for me. I will not look back, but will set my gaze on Jesus. Today, I will not sit in guilt and regret, but I will get up and walk in the forgiveness of God.
Today, I will praise God for the life and freedom He has given me.
“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before Him.” – Ephesians 1:3-4
“We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!” – Ephesians 2:3-5
Today I declare that He is the One who blesses me. He is the One who chose me. He is the One who makes me holy and blameless.
I will not look to myself or to others for what can only come from God.
I was dead and now I live. I was under wrath, now I am under grace – because there is a great love that exists in God for me.
In the same way, my brothers and sisters in Christ were dead, and now they live. They were under wrath, but are now under grace. There is a great love that exists in God for them.
Today, I will remember that I am not alone in the grace in which I stand. I am not alone in being chosen, holy, blameless, and loved by God.
I will choose to see myself and others in the Body of Christ from the perspective of truth.
My heart is meant to be ruled by peace. Not sadness. Not anger. Not envy. Not discontent. Peace. What rules my heart is my choice. If peace is to rule, I must let it. So today I choose peace. Today I say no to anything else that desires to have rulership over my heart. I say no to discord and to strife. I say no to bitterness and unforgiveness. I say no to pride. And I say a thankful yes to the peace of Christ.
Peace in the day, and peace at night. They are both meant to be mine. I declare that my life and my protection are in the hands of my God. He is the one who keeps me safe. There is nothing else to hide behind that offers the security that I have in God. So I declare peace over my sleep tonight and every night, knowing that God is the One who keeps me safe.
“I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.” – Psalm 62:1-2
They say “no rest for the weary”, but I declare truth today. There is a place of true rest, where striving stops and fear has to wait outside. In God, my body, mind and soul come to a place of rest. In His presence I can stop running.
Today, my feet are on the rock of my salvation, and will not be moved. As the earth shakes, my rock holds steady and I remain unshaken. Jesus is the firm place for me to stand, the strong, steady place for heart to rest. I am surrounded by His love and His grace and in Him I am safe from all that desires to consume me.
Today I will stand with my feet on my Rock. Today I will take refuge in my Stronghold. Today I will not be shaken.
Whatever I will walk through today, I will rest in God.
Nothing will stop my God. No wall, no sea will hinder Him from getting me to the place He has for me.
I declare today that the full power of God cannot be imagined by man. His power breaks down barriers, pushes back anything in His way, lays out giants, opens prison doors, holds the sun still, raises dry bones into an army, open graves and calls the dead to life.
Power, real power, belongs to God alone, and nothing can stand against it. No giant of sickness or loss can rage greater than the power and love of my Healer, my Deliverer, My Savior.
His plans for me cannot be thwarted. No enemy can change my destiny in Him or take me from Him. Nothing will ever stop His goodness toward me, nothing will take His love from me or take me out of His hand.
There is no power that will ever be able to stand against the power of the God who is for me and not against me, the God who formed me, set eternity in my heart, and rescued me from the dominion of darkness by the power of His cross. The heavens and earth and my life all come to be by His power.
Here in the power of God I stand. My God is for me. Who can be against me?