As Children of the Light, created in the image of the Father, we are also “speaking spirits” in the sense that our words contain creative power. I don’t think anyone fully understands this reality completely, but we do know enough to safely form general guidelines for its practical outworking in our spiritual journey.
In the most basic sense, we are to use our powers of positive speaking to bring into physical manifestation those spiritual realities and gifts the Father has graciously provided for us in the celestial realms. These gifts are many and include everything we need to live godly, holy lives (See 2 Peter 1:3). Paul also describes the blessings we have been given in the spiritual realm when he tells the Ephesians:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. (Ephesians 1:3-4 NRSV)
It is vital that we realize that God has already acted – he has already provided these blessings for us. Our task is to accept this fact and act on it by taking possession of these blessings. By doing so, we are actually demonstrating our faith in and our trust in God in a very practical manner. One way that we do that is through speaking our agreement with what God has said in scripture. In essence, with faith that God has indeed done what he has said, we call into manifestation in the physical realm the unseen blessings that he has already supplied in the heavenly realms.
As a side note, it is precisely here where so many critics of the practice of “positive confession” miss the mark. These critics often say that with positive confession (which I prefer to call declarative prayer or proactive prayer) we turn God into a cosmic bellhop. We force God to act by speaking his Word. Can you see the misunderstanding here? Positive confession does not ask God to do anything, nor does it force God to act. Instead, positive confession is merely the act of agreeing with God in recognition of what he has already done!
This is an important distinction and if you are sincere in your quest to grow deeper in your faith and more consistently Christ-like in your actions, it is a distinction that you must comprehend and internalize. When you verbally declare sacred scripture you are declaring your agreement with what God has already said and already done. You are confessing what is already real and manifest in your spirit. Your declaration is simply the outworking of what God has already done and declared in the heavenly realm.
Like many aspects of the spiritual life, these principles, at least on the surface, seem to be at odds with what we have taught to believe. The world has instilled in us a belief that truth is based on what we see and we are to say what we see. It is important to understand, however, that Christ did not operate that way. If you look closely at what Jesus did and pay close attention to what he said, you will discover that He lived in both worlds simultaneously. Dr. Bill Winston explains:
The world has programmed you to say things based on what you see, but you are to say things that God has said in His Word, not what you see. When you speak from your spirit according to the Word of God, you will bring what you need from the spirit realm into the natural realm. This is how Jesus operated. He functioned in the spirit realm and the natural realm at the same time and He spoke in complete harmony with both realms. . . . . . . . . . . .you are to live like Jesus: in two realms. You live in the natural realm according to the truth that is in the spiritual realm. You live in the knowledge of eternal life and God’s eternal Word. You do this by using your words, which are life-changing and world-impacting.
As Children of the Light we are new creations in Christ. Through Christ’s mission to this planet, a fundamental change has taken place at the deepest level of the material world. The entire created order, in ways perhaps our best scientific minds can only speculate on, is being redeemed and restored. As those beings charged by God with the management of this realm, we humans are being redeemed and restored as a natural part of God’s created whole. With these principles in mind, it is safe to say that all we see in the physical realm is a work in progress.
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