I have recently learned the power of simply declaring the truth of God. I find great joy in teaching the Word. Teaching means taking the truths of God’s Word and explaining it in a way that, not only makes sense, but has clear and direct application to our daily lives. Explanation is valuable and part of any faithful preaching. In order to explain one has to faithfully study, meditate and pray about the Word. But in the process of explanation, I have seen the fruit of declaration. There have been truths I simply declared that God has taken and resonated in the hearts of our congregation.
Here are three reasons why declaration is important.
1. There is power in declaring God’s Word because the power is in the truth.
The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). Your object lesson, personal story, creative presentation or unique application are not the power of God unto salvation, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. So declare the truth of the gospel. The grass withers and flower fades but it is God’s Word that lasts forever (Isa 40:8). People will forget your stories, applications, object lessons, but God’s Word has eternal value. It is God’s Word that will not return void (Isa 55:11) so declare the truth of God’s Word, because the power is in the truth not your explanation of the truth.
2. We should declare the truth because we all need reminding.
Life is hard. There is wickedness everywhere and we are all busy. We all need to be reminded of even the simplest and most foundational truth. God loves you. His grace is sufficient. He works all things together for good. Nothing comes into your life that does not pass through God’s hands. God is not surprised by your circumstances. God still calms storms. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is still on His throne. These and hundreds of others from God’s Word are truths we know, but need constant reminders about. Declare them often; you don’t always have to spend ten minutes explaining them or illustrating them. Declare them because we all need reminding.
3. We should declare the truth because we aren’t saying anything new.
As a faithful preacher of God’s Word, you may feel pressure to be creative and compelling. The reality is that you are not saying anything that hasn’t been said for thousands of years – at least not if you are being faithful to the Bible. The next time you stand up to preach God’s Word, embrace the freedom to simply declare the truth God has shared with you. Share the truth you have known for years. Share the truth they have known for years. The power comes from the truth of which we all need reminding and is not something you created. Have the freedom to simply declare the truth. There is a need for explanation, but there is also a need for simple and clear declaration.
What truth will you declare?