Words are powerful. When words of blessing are spoken over us by someone who has authority, such as a parent, a mentor, or a pastor, they have the ability to set the direction for our lives. The reason some people aren’t reaching their potential is they’ve never had blessings spoken over them. They’ve never had anyone declare what they can become, who God says they are, and how they have seeds of greatness. The prophet Isaiah said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to declare good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives…to proclaim the year of God’s favor” (Isaiah 61:1–2). All those who would receive this declaration would see it come to pass. Hundreds of years later, Jesus read this same declaration to the people in the synagogue in Nazareth. He knew the power of declaring. He knew you have to hear victory spoken over you, to hear abundance, healing, and freedom for it to come to pass.
When Jesus chose His disciples, they were ordinary people—several fishermen, a tax collector, a zealot. Yet He looked at them and said, “You are the light of the world.” They probably thought, “Who’s He talking about? There’s nothing special about us.” But down in their spirit something ignited, something came alive. Their seeds of greatness began to take root. They felt faith rising up and destiny calling them. Instead of talking themselves out of it, they got in agreement. “Yes, we’re the light of the world. We’re going to impact our generation.” Jesus spoke the blessing over them. He declared favor and influence for them, and because they agreed, they became the light of the world and changed it. Two thousand years later, they’re still impacting us.
Perhaps 2022 has brought disappointments and dreams that didn’t work out, and it’s taken your passion. Thoughts of doubt have come, such as, “It’s never going to happen. I’ll never recover. I’ve seen my best days.” If the negative is drowning out what God has spoken over you, you need fresh favor spoken over your life. You need a fresh anointing. That’s why I’m going to declare a blessing upon you as Isaiah did, as Jesus did:
I declare that 2023 will be a year of God’s favor for you and your family, with healthy relationships and good friends. I declare new doors are going to open, with promotion, success, and creativity. I declare you are blessed with good health, with vitality and energy. I declare freedom from every bad habit, recovery for everything that was stolen. I declare that from this day forward you will experience a new sense of freedom, a new happiness, a new fulfillment. I declare you are blessed.