This past weekend my husband and I took our girls to see Disney’s Moana. (They loved it by the way!) A story that speaks of legends and mythology, I didn’t expect to walk away with much for spiritual truth. But one thing, in particular, has stuck with me since the movie – the importance of declaring the truth.
I am Moana… Throughout the entire movie, this young girl declared over and over again who she was. She declared it when things were going well, and she declared it even more when things weren’t. She found strength in knowing her true identity and what she was destined to be. And even when faced with doubters who tried to tell her she was wrong about who she was, she chose to walk in her identity anyway.
What if we all lived our lives this way? What if we all made the effort to declare out loud the truth about our identity? We all face doubters. There are people in this life who like to remind us of our failures, our inadequacies, and our lack of a bright future. If not people, we can certainly rely on the enemy to point these things out as well. He longs to see us fail.
By declaring the truth, we not only remind the enemy that he lost, but we remind ourselves of our victory.
The Bible is full of declarations and proclamations. God declared many truths to us as His people. Man proclaimed many truths about God to the nations. And we are called today to boldly share the truth of Jesus to all of creation.
“But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!” – Matthew 10:26-27 (NLT)
There’s something to be said about declaring truth out loud. We know we are called to proclaim the Gospel, but what about declaring truth in other areas of life?
When I doubt who I am… I can declare that I’m a child of God, adopted into a royal family, and the beloved bride of Christ.
When I doubt my purpose… I can declare all that God has equipped me to accomplish for His Kingdom.
When I doubt my ability to succeed… I can declare that my victory is secure in Christ.
We are called to declare the truth boldly and bravely.
One of the most amazing things about declaring the truth out loud is that we can declare truth about others as well. It’s not limited to ourselves. Every time I tell my girls how much Jesus loves them and that they have a God-given destiny, I am declaring truth into their lives.
And all of this declaring leads to the most important declaration of all – a declaration of praise to our God for all that He is and all that He has created us to be.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)