I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life (Paperback)
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Short Description for I Declare "Broken into thirty-one segments, this book defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations will affirm God's blessings in the area of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook, and overcoming obstacles"--Amazon.com.
- Published: 01 September 2013
- Format: Paperback 192 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781455529322 ISBN 10: 145552932X
- Sales rank: 27,543
Reviews for I Declare
Unbiblical and unhelpful
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. by James