“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ~ Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV
For a while now, I have been aware of my lack of Biblical knowledge and study. Moreover, I have not been using the Word like I should. Even my father gave me a book about proclaiming the Word of God, yet I still don’t. This morning, after much thought, I grabbed the book and read the first chapter. Within the first chapter, I got goosebumps while reading Isaiah 55:10-11.
Proclaiming the fact that the Word that comes out of our mouths should not return to us means we are speaking words of faith knowing that what we say will become. We are not God. We are not powerful. We are only human. But God has given us the gift of faith and proclamation; we need only to use it. In Derek Prince’s Prayers & Proclamations, he says that a proclamation is, “a confession that is made aggressive. It is a word that speaks of spiritual warfare. It is releasing the authority of God’s Word into a situation, into your own life, your family, the life of your church, a political situation, or whatever it may be” (p.14).
Moreover, Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (NIV). We are thoroughly equipped! There is no excuse to not use the Bible. I know I have mentioned this topic in more than one post before, but I cannot stress enough how important the Word is and how difficult it is to put this into practice. Imagine one is in a situation of spiritual warfare. If we use the Bible as a weapon (Ephesians 6:17) and proclaim rather than let Satan get what he wants, it will accomplish what we say. As another example, picture an individual hearing lies all around them whether at work or at home. Seek the Lord and His Word, for the Bible is truth. Speak the truth!
Maybe for many us, we have already tried this method: using the Word. But faith and proclaiming the word must be used together. For example, if I water the plants in my house, I know they will grow. I believe it because it’s a fact. This is the same as proclaiming the Word. I need to believe that when the Word of the Lord leaves my mouth, it will accomplish what has been said as mentioned in Isaiah.