Several weeks ago, Kelita shared a note with me she had taken from a minister she listens to. It said, “Declare what you believe, but decree what you know.”

Those words have gone over and over in my mind for weeks. I decided to do a little study. The word declare means to formally announce the beginning or state of a condition. To make known formally. To make known a determination. I love the ‘formally announcing the beginning of a state or condition.’

Then I looked up the word, decree. It means an order handed down by a judge that resolves the issues in a court case1. An official statement that something must happen.

As we can clearly see, declare and decree are two totally different things. According to the man of God, the angel told him to declare what you believe but decree what you know. Here is how Clay Nash explains it.

“The Justice Gate Angel then said tell God’s people they can declare what they believe but must decree what they know and to instruct them that God’s promises were backed by everlasting covenants and His covenants never age because they are Spiritual and eternal. The Angel said to tell them that only the truth they know and have become one with will bring freedom to the masses that are frozen in the valley of decision.”

Here’s the key. Only the truth we know and have become one with will bring freedom as we decree or make an official statement that something MUST happen. We can’t just decree something we don’t truly believe or something we are hoping will happen. We must begin with declaring (formally announce the beginning or state of a condition) until that Word becomes so real to us that we believe it despite what we see, think, or feel. The meaning of the Word know is to become intimate with. We must become one with the Word before we begin to decree it. Only the truth we know will bring freedom.

This explains a lot. At least to me. There have been seasons in my life when I have confessed the Word of God until I couldn’t confess it anymore – yet I didn’t see the results I hoped for. Today, I have to ask myself, “Did I become one with that Word before I began to confess it? Was it real to me? Did I believe it with all my heart or was I only hoping it would happen?” There is a huge difference.

The Bible says, “Abraham was fully persuaded.” He didn’t have a doubt in his mind or his heart that God would do exactly what He said, even though it seemed absolutely impossible. Hence, he was able to declare, “I am Abraham, the father of many nations.” Even before he saw the fulfillment of it. He was so convinced that even after he had Isaac, he was able to place him on an altar of sacrifice. He knew no matter what God would keep His promise. The question is are we that convinced of the promises of God. Are we that certain God will do all He promised? If so, we too can declare the promises of God for our life. However, we must first be fully persuaded.

How do we become fully persuaded? By becoming one with the Word of the living God.

What promise are you standing on to be manifested in your life? Have you sought the Word of God and written down those scriptures that support that promise? Have you meditated on those Words? Have you become one with them? Do you know them?  Do you believe them more than what you see, think, or feel? If you can answer yes to that – you can begin to decree it. If you can’t answer yes to that yet, fear not. You can still begin to declare it!

You can still announce the beginning of it, by declaring it. Today, begin by proclaiming the Word of God concerning your promise. Declare it until you become one with that Word – until it gets down on the inside of you and it becomes your personal revelation Word. Then, decree it and watch God establish it. He’s given us all the keys we need to possess all that belongs to us. But first, we must get in the Word of God until it becomes a part of us – that is the first step, one that can’t be skipped over.