The Bible tells us that the tongue has the power of life and death. (Prov 18:21) What we speak, whether positive or negative, will have consequences. What we declare will bear fruit. 
James reminds us that our tongues are powerful—and that what we speak out of our mouths has power to direct our lives. (James 3:3-5)
“Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (Ps 119:89)
Speaking out scripture can be a powerful way to:
- Strengthen our faith (Romans 10:17)
- Assist when a breakthrough is needed
- Be a weapon in times of spiritual warfare (Eph 6:17) 
- Help position us for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in our lives.
How to Turn a Scripture into a Prophetic Declaration
A scripture is prophetic when it speaks of the Father’s intention and purpose for our lives personally.  Here are some ideas to help you turn a Bible verse into a spoken profession of faith:
1. Choose a Bible verse that
- God has spoken to you through, or
- Has prophetic significance to you (i.e. relates to something God has spoken about you)
- You would like to apply by faith to a particular situation you are facing right now, or to your overall life and ministry calling
Declaring God’s word is powerful, whether or not it has been given to you through prophetic means.
2. Personalise it by changing the wording to the first person. You can retain the precise wording or adapt it to your own situation. See below for examples.
3. Try using the present tense – it adds power to a personal declaration.
4. Memorise the scripture or write it out and use it to speak from.
‘Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.’ (Psalm 1:1-2)
I have found that loud, bold declarations are powerful in times of warfare or when a breakthrough is needed. However, we do not always need to speak loudly in order for a declaration to be effective. The Hebrew word ‘to meditate’ also means ‘to mutter’—to speak aloud to oneself—and this can even be done under our breath or quietly. 
4 Scripture Declarations for Enlargement
Following are 4 scriptural declarations that I have personally used. These have helped encourage me and keep me on course during difficult times in my life:
1. Prophetic Declaration Based on Joshua 1
‘This is a new day. I am entering into the ‘Promised Land.’ I am entering into the plans and purposes of God for my life. Now, I am entering into my inheritance and receiving God’s promises, each and every one.
Nothing can stand in my way and no enemy will prevail against me, for God is with me. He will never leave me or forsake me.
I am strong and courageous; I am not fearful or discouraged. I feed on the Word of God, keeping God’s Word in my heart! And, I obey it.
Now, I have success in that which God has called me to.”
2. Prophetic Declaration Based on Isaiah 54:1-5.
“I sing; I burst into song, I shout for joy, for the promises of God are being birthed in my life. The Lord is giving me spiritual children! I am pushing out the boundaries around my life and making room. I do not hold back.
Now, I am spreading out to the right and the left. My children, both natural and spiritual, are going to inherit this nation and the nations for the Kingdom of God.
I am neither afraid, nor do I fear disgrace. I am entering into intimacy with my God, for that is the place where all of these things will be accomplished. God is Almighty, He is my Creator, He is my Redeemer, He is in control.”
3. Prophetic Declaration Based on Luke 4:18-19
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
4. The Prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10
“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”
 Our mouths can also declare God’s word through song. See my post, ‘How Your Prophetic Song Can Release The Power Of God.’
 If spiritual warfare is an issue, here are 11 Ways to Respond During Spiritual Warfare
 For encouragement to reconnect with Bible study:
 STRONG, J. Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. 1996. Ref 1897 ‘hagah’, to meditate
- I invite you to learn more about this topic in the Spiritual Warfare Course, or in the Enliven Prophetic School
Do you have any examples, or thoughts to share on the topic of using scripture as a prophetic declaration? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment on the comments box.
© Helen Calder – Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family