A Lying Apple Tree?
Calling those things that are not . . . (Romans 4:17)
An apple tree will produce apples because of what it is. When it is young, it will have no apples; but it still must say, “I am an apple tree.” When it is winter and there are no ap- ples; it still says, “I am an apple tree.” Is it lying at those times? No. It would be lying to say anything different. Many Christians have a hard time saying who God says they are when no fruit is manifesting in that particular area. Could they be too young in that truth to be fruitful? Could they be in a season where that dimension of the Christian life is being pruned back for future growth? Either way, it does not mean they are lying when they say, “I am anointed, pros- perous, delivered, healed, righteous, strong etc.” Joel 3:10 says, “Let the weak say I am strong.” We don’t deny the fact of weakness, but we focus on the greater truth that we are strong in Him. Again, because the Word says we ARE these things, we would be untruthful to say anything different. Let’s not lie against the truth. Indeed, we ARE what the Bible says we are.
Declare: I am who the Word says I am. I have a sound mind. I have great favor with God and man. People love me. I am a happy person. I love life and enjoy every day. I walk in divine health. I have abundant provision. I am blessed and protected. I increasingly know who and what I am in Christ. I make a tremendous difference for Christ wherever I go.
Checklist to Ignite Faith: ___ BR ___ RD ___ DD ___OD ___ NF Check out ignitedhope.com to find extra insight concerning the power of declarations and for a list of the declarations that are at the back of this book.