by Dr. Ray Self
Proclaim With Authority
There is a time to petition God with your requests and there is a time to boldly proclaim with faith what we hear from God.
Proclamation of God’s word can move the mountains in your life.
God is waiting for us to use the authority He has already bestowed.
Godly authority is not earned. It is gifted.
Luke 10:19 - "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.”
Authority is powerless unless it is used properly. All true authority will be Godly authority.
To have authority you must be under authority.
Mat 8:9 - 10 "For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another, 'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it." Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, "Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.
Mat 9:8 But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
There is a difference between a prayer and a proclamation.
Sometimes prayer is just listening to the voice of God.
In the Greek the word “proclaim” used in context with scripture is defined - to herald divine truth.
A powerful proclamation can be made only after hearing God’s voice through prayer.
A divine proclamation is much like the gift of prophecy it must originate from standing in the counsel of the Lord.
Jesus spoke clearly about this - John 14:10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.”
Because of Jesus’ abiding relationship with the Lord His words were proclamations of the truth received to Him by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus proclaimed what God was putting in Him by the Holy Spirit.
John 16:15 “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”
The chain of command for God's revelation. God – Jesus – The Holy Spirit - You
Revelation is needed in order to have powerful proclamations.
John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
The principle of how the Holy Spirit speaks is the same principle as a proclamation. “He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak;”
Prayer is a conversation with God. Within that conversation requests can be made and answers and instructions heard. When the Lord tells us something we can trust Him that is true and it will come to pass.
When we proclaim what the Lord has spoken to us it will come to pass.
Prophecy is similar to proclamation. It is simply hearing what the Lord says and then speaking it.
1 Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy,
The Bible says we should hold fast to our words from the Lord. Titus 1:9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching
Prophetic words should be repeatedly proclaimed.
Proclaiming our fleshly desires is fruitless and can even be dangerous.
If our desires are in alignment with the Devil’s desires our words can have disastrous results.
When our desires and our words are in line with God our words will have powerful results.
There is a time to ask God for something and there is a time to proclaim what the Lord has spoken to you.
Proclamation demonstrates our faith. When we proclaim something that is not seen we are practicing the definition of faith.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Jesus said to proclaim His words - Matthew 10:27 "What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.”
Proclamation is making the word of God known. The world needs to hear the word of God.
The word of God proclaimed into the spirit realm will cause the manifestation of was spoken.
Isaiah 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.