Decree Day Three
We have been working the past two days on building a decree. It is not essential nor even best if you finish the decree over these three days. It might take the entire fast to build your decree. Let it flow out of you as an interaction among the word of God, the Spirit of Christ, and your own heart. Most people never finish one decree in their entire life. It is our hope that you will write a dozen or so over your lifetime.
Your faith, health, family, marriage, finance, vocation, church, generosity, devotional life, serving heart, and witness may all be some of the subjects the Holy Spirit leads you to tackle over the next few decades. To complete one of them during this fast will be a huge milestone. The decree you are writing right now might go through several revisions during your life as Jesus makes clearer and clearer His will for you.
The point is, we do not live only on the food we eat, but on the very words God speaks into our hearts. These words become the foundation of our outlook, our hopes, and our convictions. These words become the focus of our uncompromising obedience to King Jesus.
Some years back, I knew a man who spent some time working with a college football coach whose winning percentage placed him among the elites. This man told me about some of the coaching habits of this legendary coach:
He would begin to drill his players on a certain play or a certain discipline. When players did not get the play just perfect, they would run it again and again. It was almost like the coach would ignore everything else and focus on this one play or this one discipline and would not let it go until the players performed it perfectly. Sometimes his practices would extend their schedule because the coach would not give up until it was done right.
Imagine a coach who had a vision in his mind of how a certain play was to be run or how a certain discipline was to be performed, to the point of not giving up on it until it had been performed exactly how he saw it in his mind.
This coach would tell his players how to do it, then he would tell them he knew they could get it right by making them do it again and again until they got it right.
What he had seen in his mind, what he had decreed to his players, was finally accomplished as he had envisioned it. Because the coach decreed it and practiced it into existence, when game-time came, the result was victory.
Jesus wants you to see His word and will as the vision in your mind. Then He wants to turn His word from a vision in your mind into a decree on your lips.
By decreeing or proclaiming His word again and again, you are practicing His word in your mind until it affects every part of your life.
Eventually game-day will come, the day when God's word and will come to life and are fulfilled. Breathing His word in our confession and practicing obeying His word in our lives will produce only one result: victory.
"For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” Isaiah 55:10-11 CSB
The prophet Isaiah proclaims something incredibly bold. Just as rain drops to the ground, saturates the soil, and makes the seed in the soil germinate and eventually grow food, God's word works the same way.
God's promises are planted in the fabric of the universe. We cannot see them, but they have already been planted and are ready for the rain from heaven to descend and cause them to sprout. Their sprouting depends on the rain, and the rain is sure to come. In this passage, Isaiah is using rain as a metaphor. The question is, what is the metaphor?
Rain is a metaphor for God's word (Deuteronomy 32:2). It descends from heaven. How, you might ask, does it descend from heaven? God's word descends from heaven in the form of a decree or proclamation. When we declare, not petition, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," we are letting the rain of God's word descend upon the seed of His word hidden in the earth ready to germinate.
A personal decree of God's eternal word is our part in letting the heavens open and rain down God's word, until it saturates the soil and brings to life the word Jesus has already secretly sown in the earth (Luke 8:4-8). Once the word already sown is saturated with the raining word from heaven, our decrees, the seed of the word Jesus has sown in the earth, must germinate.
In Scripture, both seed and rain are used as metaphors for God's word. One is the now word being spoken from heaven through our mouths, and the other is the promises God has sown in the world He created, waiting to germinate when they are SATURATED with the now rain words from our tongues.
Today you will work on the actual decree you are going to write. You have been collecting verses. Yesterday we discussed writing a comment or personal commentary on those verses. Next, you will want to take the commentary and turn it into a decree.
The day before yesterday (Day Six) I listed,
and then an
Let me walk you through the last step by rehearsing those Scriptures, comments, and then the forming of the decree.
For the verses:
Exodus 15:26 “I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you” (NIV).
Malachi 4:2 “But for you who fear My name, the Son of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.”
From those two verses, I wrote the following comments:
“Father, Your will is not to afflict with disease but to be my personal Healer ... You rise with healing in Your wings to set my sick life free to dance."
From those comments, I allowed a Holy Spirit vision to form in my mind as to what the fulfillment of those verses might look like. I understand I am human so my vision could be flawed and certainly partial. The vision of fulfillment is where I allow the Holy Spirit to create in me a certainty that God will fulfill His word, and where I begin to capture all my thoughts and imaginations and hold them accountable to obeying God's word (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
From those comments and with the help of the Holy Spirit, imagining myself obeying those promises, I formed my decree:
"Today I claim Jesus' healing as His will for my life;
heart disease you have no place or claim on my body,
cancer cells you have no authority to grow or even develop,
infections you must submit to Christ's word and be conquered,
and viruses you come under the rule of God's word. As you, sickness, submit to Christ in heaven, then in the name of Yahweh, submit to God's word on earth and in my life.”
On Day Six, I shared just this much of my decree. Here is the entire decree based on all the passages I had written down.
"I am healed because God's word claims for me healing, not based on my goodness but based on Yahweh's enduring love, secured for me in Christ.
In Jesus’ name, I am healed.
To keep my body in health, I will confess my sin and call for the elders of the church to pray the prayer of faith and anoint me with oil, so my body will be kept under your mighty wings of healing. If I suffer injury as the Lord seeks to gain my attention and call me to be fully His, then I call on You, the God Who keeps and sends His word to bandage my wounds and heal me when I least deserve it. I claim You, Christ, Your Father Yahweh, and Your Holy Spirit the Healer of my life and family."
As you are ready to write your decree, begin to let God's word be the final authority on the subject and serve His word until He fulfills it.
Daily Journal Thoughts
On your "Prayer and Fasting Commitments” page, write down the date.
Next, write out your commitment. It might be worded like this:
“Jesus, I seek by Your grace, and by the leading of Your Holy Spirit, to write out a decree from Your word and with the help of Your Holy Spirit on _______________” [fill in the subject you’ve chosen].
Then go to your "Daily Journal" and write the date at the top of the page.
As always, begin with a prayer for God's help. Then begin to compose your decree.
You can write a little each day over the next few days or you can write the whole thing out today. You might want to take another piece of paper and practice before you put the final copy in your journal.
Also, you might want to write your decree over the duration of the fast. The goal is not to just get it done but to get it done well, deeply and meaningfully.