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Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and HE SAID IN THE SIGHT OF ISRAEL: “SUN, STAND STILL OVER GIBEON; AND MOON, IN THE VALLEY OF AIJALON.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that THE LORD HEEDED THE VOICE OF A MAN; for the Lord fought for Israel.

Joshua 10:12-14 NKJV

There’s a limit to what God can do for us on Earth, because He has given us the authority to do them ourselves. Joshua spoke to God, but nothing happened until he exercised his authority over the sun. Jesus showed us and taught us our words have authority on earth and taught us how to use that authority. God has sought to show us the authority we possess time and time again.

There are a couple of things to observe in Christ’s use of authority over the fig tree and Joshua’s command of the sun:

  1. People heard them. Their declarations were not made in secret neither were they mere whispers. They were bold and authoritative declarations.
  2. The second thing is that they were specific and definite – “…no one eats fruit from you anymore,” “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” Jesus further reiterated it in His teaching; “says to THIS mountain (a particular specific mountain), ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea…’” Specific instructions, unambiguous directives to a definite object. If Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus commanded the dead to rise, all the dead in that cemetery would have risen from the dead, hence He was specific as to whom He wanted back alive “Lazarus come forth.” Note He didn’t say Lazarus be healed.

These two pointers should be paid very close attention to. Make your declarations sure and bold. Make them specific and definitive. Leave no room for ambiguity or misinterpretation. Your world is yours to shape, don’t do a shabby work of it.

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