“You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth. Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked. Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” Psalms 77:14-20
The world says, “Seeing is believing!” Christians say, “Believing is seeing!”
Faith is seeing before you see! Hebrews 11:1-2 says, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen."
If you are looking at something and talking about it that is not faith! That is a description because you are telling what you see! If you are talking about something that has already happened that is not faith! That is a report because you are sharing what you have seen. But if you are declaring it and it hasn't happened yet - that is faith because your are verbalizing what you believe you will see!
There is tremendous power in your words! Positive words have power for good and negative words can destroy.
I have an idea that if you go back and trace how you became discouraged it had something to do with a negative declaration or two that came from your lips to your ears to your mind and into your spirit. Perhaps it was negative hurtful words spoken to you by someone else that caused you to become discouraged.
God spoke the world into existence by His words! He declared it and it happened! I am not saying that we are God, but I am saying that we can declare His Word and when we do there is power! That is exactly what Aseph the worship leader was doing right here in these verses. And guess what! It worked!
President John F. Kennedy made this challenge just five months after being inaugurated as President, "First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
At the time he issued this bold declaration the technology did not exist to make this a reality. But because he spoke it and because Americans heard it and embraced it and believed it and just eight years and two months later Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar landscape! As amazing as it was it would not have happened if JFK wouldn't have declared it!
If you struggle with discouragement or even depression, be careful what you declare with your lips and what you hear with your ears. Make faith declarations. Read the word and read it aloud so you can hear it. Make sure you get to worship service where you can hear God's truth read, and sang and preached.
Don't be discouraged! Declare don't despair!