Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div, LOM
Earlier this year, a very good friend of mine and I were praying together and he said something that truly caught my attention. Praying is something I love to do since coming to know Jesus as my Lord and God and she said to me, “Don’t just declare but make the proclamation! Proclaiming carries a greater weight.”
Well, now my wheels are turning…even more so because another brother in the Lord messaged me from St. Vincent and the Grenadines a few weeks ago and said, “Bishop, I was praying and you came before me and I saw you shouting, PROCLAMATION! PROCLAMATION!” and then he went on to tell me what the proclamation is. I took heed because this was an unusual occurrence for me. For someone to message me and tell me something so specific from God.
So today I took a few minutes to simply look at the difference between decree, declare and proclaim! Here’s what I found.
To DECREE is to simply command or to determine what the outcome should be. A judge would make a decree. Like a Patriarch, Archbishop, who stand in authority as a judge.
To DECLARE is to make officially known, to announce one’s intentions and to make evident.
To PROCLAIM, interestingly enough means to declare or to declare to be but one very specific difference is to praise or glorify openly or publicly! Which speaks very directly to our responsibility as Christians. To not only decree and to declare in intercession but to make a public statement!
What’s more, as I was meditating on this and God began to reveal to my heart all the things we use to word “pro” for. It’s a very powerful preposition! It states an affirmation of “POSITION”! It affirms whether or not we are in agreement or disagreement with something, for or against it!
Fore example, if you read PRO-LIFE, you immediately know someone’s position don’t you!
Well, in this case, we are to PRO-CLAIM. We should have no problem demanding something that is due to us through God’s word! We should absolutely be for claiming all the privileges that have been granted to us as children of God and joint heirs with Christ. We should definitely be standing in a position of claiming something that is in the possession of another…specifically speaking…the enemy!
Sometimes I think we keep asking things of God, when in reality, those things have already been given to us and either stolen from us or we have simply given them into the wrong hands. In either case, we have every right to PROCLAIM and take it back!
What claims has God made about you in His word? What can you claim as a child of God? What are your entitlements? As members of The Mystical Order and Clergy under His banner, what are you Pro-Claiming?