Many Christians have struggled unsuccessfully for years with a particular sin or emotional issue because they have believed that the primary way to overcome the issue is simply by claiming and proclaiming God’s word. This is sometimes referred to as “positional” declaration. They find that these efforts usually only bring a temporary relief at best. After a while they begin to experience feelings of disappointment and even hopelessness and despair because they are not seeing lasting fruit from these efforts in their lives.
This is because significant inward transformation is rarely brought about by simply speaking a biblical truth over and over again. That is almost always a temporary approach at best. The problem is that there is often a significant resistance to the positional truths being spoken in the heart of the person that is speaking them.
This resistance is always based on something that is believed that does not line up with the Word of God that is being proclaimed. In other words, it’s a lie. Speaking the truth over and over without ever identifying and then repenting of the lie (or lies) leaves us wandering in behavioral circles, like the Israelites in the desert, with no rest.
Our journey out of the desert requires us to invite the Holy Spirit to identify the sources of our resistance to God’s truth and then depend on Him through prayer, to tear down any ungodly beliefs or belief systems that are discovered. This is how “positional” and “relational” Christianity are combined to access the power of God for lasting change!