1 Samuel 17: 31-37
31 And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
One of the strategies of the enemy to cause us change our confession of faith is by speaking contrary to the Word we have received. The devil tries to trick us with happenings around us in order to question the very Words we have received from the Lord.
A lot of individuals live in fear because of negative confessions that had been spoken over their lives in the past. Many live with perpetual regret with a feeling that their hope is lost. Some even give up and accept events that unfold in their lives as irrevocable because their past.
In cancelling every negative confession, we need to realise that there must be an introduction of the revealed Word (The living Word of God). We need to realise that any word that does not align with the Word of God is not yours and must be revoked.
In the scripture above, even though David had been confessing that he was going to defeat Goliath, Saul still contradicted that word by speaking a negative confession of defeat.
We must believe in the ability of the Word.
Hebrews 618: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
The bible declares that it is impossible for God to lie; hence, His Word will surely come to pass. There must be absolute conviction that the Word of the Lord is the final authority over our lives. The reason a lot of believers cannot break free of some past confessions made is because there is no revelation of the fact that the Word of God is able to move long standing mountains. In Heb 11:3 we were made to realise the Word of God is able to frame our lives. Every shapelessness and deformity will suddenly become a purpose driven life because of the Word of God. Every inconsistency will be replaced with newness. The philistines had been terrorising, molesting and harassing the children of Israel, but when the Word arrived, victory came.
We must speak the Word of God and testify of His faithfulness.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
It is possible that people who have tasted of the goodness of God still fall to the trap of doubt and unbelief because of impending crisis just like Saul did. David who however was speaking based on revelation of God’s faithfulness didn’t bother to argue about his own ability, rather he shared the testimony of how God delivered him in time past and a belief that He would do it again. Please note that Saul spoke about David’s inability to fight Goliath but David by revelation spoke of claiming the victory he had received in the spirit. We must realise that the Word of god is not on trial, the Word was, is and is to come. The Word of god is eternal. This eternal Word in our mouth breaks every hindrance and secures our victory.
Bring every contrary Word into captivity.
Remember any contrary word must be cast down, punished, brought into captivity and brought to the obedience of Christ. This means our lives should only go in the direction of the Word of God. We would realise that David didn’t accept the evil report of Saul; rather he brought the evil report into obedience through a continuous confession based on revelation.
1 Samuel 17: 45-46
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
David was stood on his confession and prevailed. Keep speaking the Word.
For Further Study
Job 22:29, 2 Corinthians 10: 5-6
Personal declaration for the day
When men say there is a cast down, I will continually stand and keep declaring the Word of God
Questions for you to reflect on
Do you know there is every word that pertains to your situation?
Have you taken time out to speak the Word?