Declare Truth Introduction
I get a lot of questions about the Declare Truth series I do every week/month, that sometimes I forget that not everyone knows what or how to declare truth. So this post is just going to go over why and how I declare truth.
I started declaring truth at the beginning of 2018. I got to the point where the lies were too loud. I was told everyday that I was unloved, worthless, ugly, someone with no purpose, and a mistake. And I could either believe my (now) ex husband, or I could believe the God who created me. So I wrote down His truths. I read my Bible everyday looking for who He said He was, and who He said I was.
I believe in declaring a truth over my day, standing firm on God’s truth, taking every thought captive, and dwelling on God’s promises.
David Mathis wrote, “In our sin, we constantly find our responses to life in our fallen world to be disconnected from the theology that we confess. Anger, fear, panic, and discouragement stalk our hearts and whisper in our ears a false gospel that will lure our lives away from what we say we believe.”
Paul David Tripp says the battleground is meditation. What is capturing your idle thoughts? What fear or frustration is filling your spare moments?
We see that in Philippians 4:8 that we should be thinking about things that are: true, lovely, noble, right, pure, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy - basically we should be thinking about truth, and God’s truth in particular. We are also told in Ephesians 4:22-32 to put off our former way of life, our old self (and our old thoughts with it) - and put on the new self, “be made new in the attitude of your minds” - the amplified version says this:
“regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation].”
I try to make it a daily practice to declare truth.
TYPES OF TRUTH
There are two types of truth I look for:
+ Truth about God (who He is - His character)
+ Truth about who God says I am
Some truth about who God is:
He is a God that restores (1 Peter 5:10)
He is a God that helps us in distress (1 Samuel 7:!2)
He is a God that gives victory (2 Samuel 8)
He’s a God that pours out his spirit richly (Titus 3)
Some truth about who God says I am:
I was made for worship and praise and delight and abundance (Psalm 65:8)
I have been empowered for victory (Psalm 18:34-36)
I can come boldly before him (Genesis 18)
I am set-apart, not to look as the world looks (Leviticus 20:23-26)
I am holy, chosen and treasured (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)
Let’s get super practical - what is declaring truth?
It’s praying - it’s coming into agreement with what God says. Sometimes, you might not even believe what you are declaring - but since we believe in God’s Word and we know it to be true, we can still declare His truth’s and ask Him to align our heart and thoughts with Him and His Word.
While I was still in my previous marriage, I did not believe things were good, but I knew I had a God that was, and I knew He was still worthy of my praise, even if I looked around and didn’t see anything worth praising. I asked God to align my heart with His, to show me little ways every single day that He was working things for my good, and His glory.
I write these truth’s (Truth about God/truth about who God says I am) as I read my Bible. Once you start doing this, it gets a lot easier to recognize these truth’s.
Let’s walk through Deuteronomy 7 and find some truth’s.
Truth about God:
He is better than any idol
He chose us, because He loves us
He is a God that is faithful
He is a God that keeps His promises
Truth about who God says I am:
I am holy
I am a treasured possession
I am redeemed
These are all extra resources, you do not need any of them, but if you want some extra help in declaring truth, here are some resources to help with that:
Every month I put out a declare truth free printable on my site:
Usually every week I share my personal truth’s I’ve been studying:
I was on the Confessions of a Crappy Christian podcast, and I share some info about declaring truth:
My prayer journals have a Declare Truth section so you can easily keep track of truth’s you’re studying:
You do not need a special journal to do this. Just grab a piece of paper, type it in your phone or say it out loud- you are who He says you are.
You are loved
You are worthwhile and precious
You are beautiful
You are a delight
You are created for a purpose and on purpose