"I now pronounce you man and wife." This statement, in one form or another, is made at the end of most marriage ceremonies. In making this pronouncement the pastor or officiant is declaring the man and woman standing before him are now officially married. He usually states the authority with which he makes this pronouncement.
When we accept Christ as our Savior we are making a pronouncement that we believe He is the Son of God. We are stating that as God's Son Jesus has authority over our lives. As Paul said in Colossians 1:15-22, we are announcing Christ's supremacy over our lives.
"Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see; such as, thrones, kingdom, rulers and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else and He holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything, for God, in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood shed on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now God has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result He has brought you into His own presence and your are holy and blameless as you stand before Him with our a single fault."
Passionately pronouncing Christ's sovereignty over our lives shows the world His power to reconcile sinful man to holy God.
But there are other pronouncements we need to make in our lives.
We need to pronounce our sinful nature dead. When a person dies the coroner must pronounce them dead. Likewise, in our spiritual lives we must pronounce that our flesh is dead, that the things that used to hold us captive no longer have influence over us.
"In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal bodies that you should obey its lusts."
1 Peter 2:24:
"He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you were healed."
We need to pronounce God's Spirit alive in us. When a baby is born the doctor pronounces a live birth. When we accept Christ as our Savior His Spirit comes to live in us to guide and teach us. This filling happens at the moment of conversion but we must daily submit to Him and allow Him to live through us. We pronounce His Spirit alive in us by the way we live.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20:
"Do you not know that your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies."
1 John 4:13-15:
And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God."
We need to pronounce God's victory over Satan. There is a spiritual war going on around us everyday. Sometimes it seems darkness is winning in the world and in our lives. When those times come we need to remember Satan is a defeated foe and make that pronouncement over him.
1 Corinthians 15:56-57:
"The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a pubic spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."
Passionately pronouncing God's victory over Satan shows the world how to overcome sin and live for Christ.
It is important for God's people to make these pronouncements over our lives not only to show Christ to the world, but also to solidify them in our own hearts. What pronouncements do you need to make over your life today? Send me an email and let me know! And come back next week when we finish our series on the 5P's of Passion.
May God keep and bless you,