Have you ever experienced a season in your life, where it felt as if the enemy had you cornered on every side? In the flesh, you are feeling as if you were about to be destroyed? Quickly coming to your senses, you proclaim God’s Word over your situation. With a joyful,confident proclamation of what God can do for you it sets the seal, God intervenes and gives you victory!
I felt led to share notes taken from a class that I had taken in the past, that truly helped me with this subject. My prayer is that it helps you, as much as it helped me.
Got time? Well let me expound a little further on what proclamation will mean when you too may find yourself cornered by an enemy.
Proclamation is defined-(Webster 1828) 1.Publication by authority; official notice given to the public. 2. In England, a declaration of the king’s will, openly published. 3.The declaration of any supreme magistrate publicly made known; 4. The paper containing an official notice to a people.
To give full, victorious, expression of faith, however, there is one further biblical concept that takes us beyond confession. It is “proclamation.” Derived from the Latin verb meaning to “shout aloud” or to “shout forth” . Proclamation suggests strong, confident assertion of faith, which cannot be silenced by any form of opposition or discouragement. It implies a transition from a defensive posture to one of attack.
As we practice the confident proclamation of all that God has provided for us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, it will lead us on to futher forms of expression: Thanksgiving and Praise.
Here is a wonderful example of proclamation, thanksgiving, and praise:
Psalm 118:11-17NIV “They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off. They swarmed around me like bees, but they died out as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off. I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things! The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things! I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.”
If we truly believe what we proclaim, this is the only appropriate response! Wherever there is genuine faith, proclamation will always be followed by thanksgiving and praise.
Now, although thanksgiving and praise are closely related, there is a distinction between them. Simply stated, we thank God for what He does; we praise Him for who He is. Joined together, thanksgiving and praise give us direct access to God’s presence.
First, we enter His gates with thanksgiving; then we pass through His courts with praise. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4 KJV
Proclamation of the Word: The regular practice of proclaiming God’s Word, and then thanking and praising Him for it, can become an integral part of our spiritual discipline. It is one of the most valuable truths in the Word of God.
God establishes a central bank of Scriptures, which can be memorized and drawn upon in times of prayer, or spiritual conflict. Proclaiming these in faith invariably releases corresponding expressions of thanksgiving and praise.
These can be spoken out loud, alone or together. These are spoken to a vast, invisible world of spirit beings: first of all, to God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit; then to all the heavenly beings who worship and serve God, and who have been appointed “ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation.” (Hebrews 1:14 NASB) Also there is a “great cloud of witnesses”who make up the saints of all ages who have victoriously completed their earthly pilgrimage.(Hebrews 12:1) This is a legitimate application of Hebrews 12:22-24. Let’s also not forget included in this audience, are Satan, the evil angels and other demonic beings under his control.
Circumstantial Examples for proclamation:
1. Release from demonic influences and curses. (Based on Galatians 3:13-14)
2. Negative forces directed against us, either from servants of Satan or from soulish utterances of Christians. (Based on Isaiah 54:17)
(**note We are not directed to ask God to condemn any tongue that speaks against us. God has given us the authority to do this. Our right to exercise this authority depends on the fact that we are not acting on our own righteousness but on God’s righteousness based on our faith. We are also instructed to forgive those who seek to harm us. Blessing those who curse us does not depend on our emotions, but in obedience to God’s word proclaiming : Lord, I forgive all who have spoken evil against me, and I bless them in Your name. These steps will dissipate any spiritual darkness or heaviness that a curse has brought on us. )
3. Pressures of sin, guilt or unworthiness pursue us from our past. (Based on 2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
4. When oppressed by hopelessness and gloomy forebodings of death. (Proclaim Psalm 118:17)
5. When assailed by physical sickness or infirmity. (Based on 1Peter 2:24; 1Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:7; 1John 1:7; Hebrews 13:12; Romans 6:13; 8:33-34; Revelation 12:11; 1 Corinthians 6:13)
6. When Satan attacks an area for which God hold us a responsible steward. (Based on Deuteronomy 33:25-27)
7. When we come to the realization that our mind is the battlefield in which the lies of Satan are at war with the truths of God’s Word. (Based on 2Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:12; Song of Solomon 8:6a)
8. When confronted by a seemingly large task. (Based on Philippians 4:13)
9. When our own strength fails or is unsufficient. (Based on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
10. When exercising faith for financial needs. (Based on 2 Corinthians 9:8)
11. When assailed by fear. (Based on 2 Timothy 1:7; James 4:7)
Always remember that we are applying God’s Word in the active, not passive mode. First, ask Holy Spirit to direct us to scriptures that are appropriate for us during that particular time. Second, fix them firmly in our mind and heart. Thirdly, proclaim them. Releasing their power into the areas of our lives where needed. In doing so, we are taking the “sword of the Spirit.” Lastly, offer praise and thanksgiving to God, for the victory in our lives.
Please understand that we DO NOT put our faith in the proclamation of scripture or any procedure, but in JESUS CHRIST alone!!!! Our proclamation is the tool used to express the faith we have in God.
Final thought as proclaimed by Joshua, “Be strong and of good courage”.