According to the dictionary decree is defined as a rule of law issued by a head of state according to a certain procedures. It carries the force of the law. In biblical times, the King had the authority to make decrees. When a king spoke, his subjects obeyed him instantly. The decree was a written document and would be very specific and clear about that subject matter. It was a royal command. In short, a decree is an official order issued by a legal authority. Decrees are made for various reasons.
Job 22:28 NKJV
“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”
God desires for His will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven, that His kingdom would be established in our lives. When our desires line up with God’s will or plan we have the power to speak it into existence in Jesus’ name. We come into agreement with God through our words. This agreement with our words is sometimes referred to as decreeing something. Decree a thing (according to God’s will) and it shall be established.
Matthew 6:10 NKJV
“Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.”
When believers decree something, they are making a declaration that has the power and authority of God behind it. We are to bind up things that are not permitted, and to loose things that are permitted on earth as they have already been determined in heaven.
Matthew 18:18 NKJV
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Believers are joint heirs with Christ and through Him we have kingdom authority. We are the King’s children and with that comes responsibilities and rights. We come under the Kings authority and rule, and we are given the authority to use the name of Jesus.
Romans 8:16-17 NKJV
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
John 14:12-14 NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
Words and faith are both very important to God. In creation we see the importance words. When God spoke, “Let there be” is was.
Genesis 1:3-28 NKJV
“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Mark 11:22-24 NKJV
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
As a child of God, and since we are His voice in this world, when we decree something it is like we are saying, “Let it be.”
When we decree something in faith, according to God’s will and purpose, we are commanding it to be by the authority that Jesus has given us.
* align things up with the purpose of God.
* cause the impossible to happen.
* cause the spiritual realm to come into alignment with God’s will.
* change hearts and lives
* change the atmosphere
* lead to miracles
* lead to victory.
* overturn the enemy’s plans.
* position people to fulfill God’s purposes.
* remove the opposition against God’s purposes.
* unlock and provide the resources for kingdom purposes.
* usher in revival and a retentive atmosphere.
* unlock the resources of heaven