You Become Who You Want To Be, When You Are Bold To Declare it

We so often delay calling ourselves who we aspire to be until it happens.  Romans 4:17 instructs us to “call those things that are not, as though they were” but we delay making the declaration until our goals and dreams look attainable.  On the flip side, when it comes to areas such as finances, health, debt, home ownership and material things…we’re pro’s! We’ll call ourselves debt-free and healed instantly! However, we rarely think to apply this scripture to ourselves on a personal level.  Though we set personal goals, we almost never think to look at our personal goals and say  “I’m a lawyer” “I’m a business owner” “I’m a teacher” “I’m an author” or “I’m a nurse”, before those things happen.

A favorite scripture of mine says “you have not because you ask not” (James 4:3). I think we are hesitant to make bold declarations because we’re afraid.  We’re afraid that it won’t happen if we say it.  We’re afraid that others will laugh us when we say it.  We’re afraid of what others will think about us if they hear us say it. WE ARE SO AFRAID! We are so afraid of everything and everyone that we overlook the fact that our confidence should be found in Jesus, and not man.

Photo Credit: Erika Glenn

Photo Credit: Erika Glenn

Though it feels amazing to have the support of others, the truth is that our confidence is found in God.  It is in Him that we learn who we are.  It is Him who tells us what we can do.  The last time I checked, His word said that we can do ALL things through Him who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).  I checked again, and His word also said that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).  Have you ever seen something that’s fearfully and wonderfully made?  If you’ve ever seen a diamond then the answer to this question is YES!

Before a diamond has been mined do you think the miner sits and thinks to himself “this coal will never become a diamond.” No! That miner knows that he is experienced in mining.  He is confident that the works of His hands will lead to the production of beautiful diamonds.  Therefore, though he’s working in dirt, he’s also working with the vision of diamonds in his mind

This is the same thing God does with us.  He’s our miner. He knows what has been placed on the inside of us–He placed it there.  In the natural, we see only the man  woman we are when we look in the mirror. But, before your birth God saw: lawyer, doctor, nurse, gymnast, athlete, coach, businesswoman.  He already saw the person you desire to be, today.  He made plans for you to become that person. And, that’s who He sees you as.  This is why He tells us to call the things that are not as though they were– He already knows who you are! (Romans 4:17; Jeremiah 29:11).

Like the coal and the miner, all we have to do is make ourselves available to be mined and transformed.  We do not have to wait until the process is complete.  You don’t have to wait until you finish graduate school.  You can declare who you aspire to be (doctor, lawyer, chemist) as you take your exams.  You don’t have to wait until you land your first big contract.  You can call yourself an entrepreneur while drafting your business plan. You may be renting an apartment now but each time you pay your rent, you can call yourself a homeowner or say “God, thank you for this beautiful home. It’s more beautiful than anything I ever imagined.”  More importantly, you do NOT have to wait for others to validate you.  Gandhi articulated this sentiment best when he said “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”  In other words, people always catch on late anyway so, don’t delay by waiting for their approval.

The only thing you need to do today, is begin to declare what is not as though it already was.  From now on, when someone asks “what are you?” or “what do you do?,” respond by telling them who you are! Take it one step further, and post a picture of yourself in your apartment/home with the name of the occupation or thing you are working towards.  You aren’t who you aspire to be when it happens, you are that person when you begin to declare it.

I’m not just writing this because it sounds good.  I’m writing this because it’s something that I need to begin doing too.  I’m not waiting on anyone or anything to tell me about who God already said I am. I am who I am, and God is who He is!

I’ll get us started with the declarations:  “I am Erika The Encourager, one of the most encouraging writers in the world.”

It’s your turn! Who are you?

Happy WINSday!!!

~ETE

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11 Comments
  • Chris Lee
    January 8, 2014

    I am debt free and I no man anything except to love them! I have a generous heart and I choose to live free of thoughts of lack, defeat, poverty in Jesus Name! Thank You Lord for this post today! I declare I will go to the next level by faith!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 8, 2014

      Amen Chris! I am standing in agreement with you! We are going to the next level because God desires to do us good and not harm; because He has a bright future in Him; and because the righteous shine brightly! =) Happy WINSday! Thanks so much for sharing your declaration today! You just released it and now God’s angels have no choice but to begin working on your behalf. I declare favor and supernatural increase right now. In the name of Jesus, Amen. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    January 8, 2014

    I really enjoyed this post Erika! This part spoke to me,”Though it feels amazing to have the support of others, the truth is that our confidence is found in God. It is in Him that we learn who we are. It is Him who tells us what we can do. ” I am walking this path currently.

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 8, 2014

      Amen! I pray right now that God will begin to strengthen your confidence in Him. That He will show you an abundant amount of His goodness so that your faith and hope can soar. I am standing in faith with you as you walk the path of courage & boldness! Keep going…it only gets better! =)

  • Roselyn
    January 8, 2014

    I am so pumped with your words today. Man treats and God heals. Today I am encouraged to declare what I want to be with his strength and work on treating the declaration for God to do the healing. Your post is a true definition of faith believing ahead of time what can only be seen by looking back (Philip Yancey).With faith we can declare and God does the takes care of the process!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 8, 2014

      Amen Sis! You can do all that is in your heart to do! All it requires is a few leaps of faith. Even if they’re tiny, God has you covered. He already has a safe landing for the step ahead! Like you said, we can declare by faith and receive all that God has for us. Like baggage, He’s just looking for us to claim what belongs to us!

      Amen!

  • Courtney W.
    January 9, 2014

    I am boldly going to use my life and marriage to benefit the entire world, I will shape the decisions of those who have no reason to exalt the kingdom and I will be God’s secret weapon in the highest of places on earth. I will usher in God’s presence in places where there is no purity of thought and I will never forget who God created me to be. (Amen for this message that helps us all declare who God is IN and THROUGH US, may your faithfulness be sincerely rewarded with HIS joy!!)

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 9, 2014

      Courtney! I LOVE your declaration and I’m going to save it and show it to you in a few years so we can both say “wow, look at God.”! I am in agreement with your declaration and I look forward to seeing the glory that He is going to reveal! This is such a powerful declaration!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 9, 2014

      Courtney! I LOVE your declaration and I’m going to save it and show it to you in a few years so we can both say “wow, look at God.”! I am in agreement with your declaration and I look forward to seeing the glory that He is going to reveal! This is such a powerful declaration!

  • Anonymous
    January 9, 2014

    Yes! It can be like a big rush and a bit scary (like a leap of faith)when to set up the tall vessel to begin the glorious filling process of becoming the bigger and better you. Nice article, challen

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 9, 2014

      You are right about that! But your post just made me think of a scripture that puts it all in perspective ” I am sure that our suffering now cannot be compared to the shining-greatness that He is going to give us.” (Romans 8:18). It’s scary now but if we take the leap of faith, we will discover shining-greatness on the other side! Thanks so much for the encouragement Challen!

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