I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your LifePaperback
- Publisher: FAITHWORDS
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 20mm | 249g
- Publication date: 1 September 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 145552932X
- ISBN 13: 9781455529322
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 20,309
Broken into thirty-one parts, this book will help readers reach the truth of God's word, and how speaking God's promises can bring about His blessings.Each part will open with a faith-building declaration, followed by a story to demonstrate the power of God, and Scripture references to give testimony to His ability. May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
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Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Listed by several sources as America's largest and fastest-growing congregation, Lakewood church has approximately 45,000 adult attendees every week. Millions more watch Joel's messages as they are broadcast on national and international television networks. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children.
By James 28 Dec 2013
Joel Osteen's book, "I Declare" is sorely based on an unbiblical teaching that is seeping into the church today - the Word of Faith teaching.
Word of Faith (often called "blab it and grab it") tends to have 3 main tenants: Healing, Prosperity, and Positive Confession.(The "Word of Faith" teaching is closely related to the "Prosperity Gospel", though they aren't the same thing.)
This book, "I Declare" is based most squarely to Positive Confession. Positive Confession states that because God created the universe simply by speaking it into existence, therefore that must mean humans are also endowed with the ability (power) to speak things into existence. You need money? Speak it into existence. You need better health? Speak it into existence.
This is plainly unbiblical and an obvious non-sequitar. Now, God clearly creates the universe in Genesis 1, and His creation is preceded by His speaking ("let there be light"). But just because God has the power to create things by any means He chooses (which would include by the mere utterance of a word) that doesn't mean that humans have that same power. God is omnipotent. Does that mean humans are? God is omniscient. Do you know everything there is to know? God is omnipresent. Are you present everywhere?
Thus, you see, by making a "Positive Confession" (by reciting a promise of scripture, for example) this generates the power which enables those things to come into fruition. Thus, your words have "power", analogous to the same creative power as God in Genesis 1. You are a "little god". You want something? Speak it into being.
Friends, only God has the power to speak things into existence.
Don't waste your time with this unbiblical book.
Far better off reading Mere Chrisitanity or The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, or Desiring God or Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper, or the Reason for God by Timothy Keller.