|by Vern Herscherger|
At the Spirit-filled Episcopal church I attended when I was very young in The Lord, the Pastors had us speak out loud - as a community - a Declaration of Truth during each church service. The more I declared God's Word over my life, the more I believed it. The more my faith grew, the more my inner being was healed and delivered. I - an angry, abusive wife and mother - was transformed from the inside out.
The church was known in the community as the "Healing Church". Truly it was, because faith abounded, and expectations of Jesus meeting our needs ran very high as we declared God's Word over ourselves. Life was in the power of my tongue!
And miracles I did receive.
When Andrew was seven months old, he stopped growing. His height, weight, and head circumference did not change for seven months. Doctors spoke words of death over his little life and put my child through a battery of horrific tests. Only when I stopped all testing and stood only on God's Word, did Andrew begin to grow and thrive again.
And then at 17 months old, Andrew abruptly dropped dead in my dining room. When the ambulance did not arrive, he was brought back to life at The Name of Jesus Christ. His testimony of Heaven can take your breath away.
My husband, Joe, backslid and left us. He was filing for divorce. Through a poem my nine-year old daughter, Alece, wrote, Joe came home. It was a poem declaring God's Truths. A poem entitled Miracles.
After many, many months of praying and declaring God's Word over Joe's life, he dramatically repented and our marriage was made whole, catapulting us into ministry.
My doctor diagnosed me with appendicitis and urged me to go to the hospital. I broke the iniquities passed down from my family line in regard to ruptured appendixes and stood on God's Word alone, refusing surgery. It took three days, but on the third day, I was totally, dramatically healed - all to my Christian doctor's amazement.These are some of the miracles took place during our tenure at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. I share these with you for one purpose only - to give God glory for His awesome and mighty deeds that He does in answer to faith. Faith was engraved into my heart through those declarations. Faith became my way of life. So when dire and desperate circumstances arose, I dared to believe God's Word above those circumstances.
Above my feelings and bove doctor's negative reports.
And God honored my faith.
So, I share with you a declaration of some Truths from God's Word that you can speak out loud over yourself. If you will read this out loud over yourself everyday and before you open your Bible to read it, your life will effectually change.
I am a child of God Almighty. Since He is no respecter of persons, His Promises are to me, personally. And They are sure and true – forever established.
At the Name of Jesus Christ, everything contrary to the Word of God must bow its knee. Therefore, I am what God says I am, I have what God says I have, and I can do what God says I can do.
I believe that God's Word is infallible. As I hear and read God's Word, faith is built in my heart because my heart is good ground. I believe God's Word over my circumstances and feelings. Because God's Word is a powerful, double-edged sword dividing spirit and soul and judging the thoughts and intents of my heart, I humbly submit myself to God’s Word and ask Him to use It on me to bring change within.
God’s Word has the power to transform me into a new creation. As I read God’s Word, my mind is renewed. I am becoming new and improved, healed and delivered, whole and healthy.
My Father is in the restoration business. He restores the years the “locust” has eaten from my life. His desire for me is to live life abundantly; therefore, Satan must give back everything that he has stolen from my life.
Today is more important than ten yesterdays because today I have the ability to do and be all I missed out on yesterday. Today, God’s mercies abound to me and all is forgiven. A new day has dawned and I am new and improved, healed and delivered, whole and healthy.
And I am free!
Thank You, my Father!~~~
I would love to hear your testimonies after you have started doing this. Truly, it will be life transforming! Please email me and share with me. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Because of Him and Unto Him,