The Power of the Decree by Julie Arduini

I hate snakes. I absolutely, 1000% want nothing to do with them. Ever.

You can thank my childhood neighbor for that. He thought it would be fun one summer to tell me there was a snake so I’d look. Until the one time I didn’t. He pulled me back by the arm as I had one foot ready to step on a snake in the process of eating a frog.

The fear is so real I don’t like them as cartoons or stuffed animals. I agree with comedian Bill Engvall when he reminds the audience God used a snake as the devil. So believe me, this hate relationship I have has sent me to prayer many times.

And God has been good. I went sixteen years without seeing one live on our property. The last time I did, we were in the process of moving, something I joked would happen if I ever saw a snake..

The streak ended early this summer. As I did that one day with my neighbor, I froze. I had no words, no screams. This time I let out what I can only call a long gasp. It isn’t loud, but when my family hears it, they know they need to check on me.

I was home alone letting the dog out when I stepped over the threshold. And there it was. Not a big guy, but it doesn’t matter. I was so terrified I took the dog and ran out front to another door, forcing the dog to pee in my flowers. Then I remembered I left the garage door open. I was up until 3 am picturing the snake in the garage.

Thankfully he wasn’t in the garage. How do I know?

I had a second sighting.

This time I was mowing with a push mower and I startled him. Although I was just as terrified, I was also angry. I had really prayed not to deal with a snake again. Begged God. So I increased my prayer.

And saw him a third time.

This time was different. I wasn’t terrified, I wasn’t angry, I was resolute. Like John Wayne in a western, I felt like we were having a showdown. There wasn’t room here in this town for the two of us.

And I wasn’t leaving.

Instead of praying, I made a decree. With a huge nudge from the Holy Spirit I used my God-given authority in Christ to announce that this snake may not have this territory. This snake, in the name of Jesus, may not live at this address or execute any plans against us. By the blood of Christ, we are a family anointed to do His work, and we will not be distracted, delayed, or destroyed. Amen and Amen.

I haven’t seen the snake since.

I’ve processed it all in my prayer time and the same feeling comes back to me. It makes enough sense that I don’t think it’s me, but God.

I was waiting for you to stop praying, rise up, and act on My authority.

My sense is the snake lesson is for me to take to the streets. Christians, we’ve been praying hard for a long time. We want to see our prodigal kids come home. Diseases eradicated. Revival touching earth and staying.

I know I’m tired of watching injustice, corruption, and mockery take over my newsfeed.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for us to switch from prayer to decree. The words we pull down from all those prayers sent to heaven now proclaimed in faith by the power in Christ on earth. This is no treating Jesus like a genie prayer. This is remembering we have the same power and authority as Jesus when He busted out of the tomb.

—Julie Arduini

Oh, how we fail to use that power to move His Kingdom forward.

Since that last snake sighting and decree, I have started being bolder with decrees. When I see a sick person on the news, I declare their healing. When I see corruption, I decree justice. I doubt I’ll personally see the answers. I’m sure some will not go “my way.” But I’m not throwing out the baby with the bath water. I’d rather decree in the name of Jesus than say nothing at all.

How about you? Do you use the power of the decree in Christ?

About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the new contemporary romance series SURRENDERING HEARTS (Anchored Hearts, Repairing Hearts, +four more.) Her other romance series is SURRENDERING TIME (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged.) She also co-wrote a YA series with her daughter, SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ (You’re Beautiful, You’re Amazing, You’re Brilliant.) Her stand-alone romances include MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. Julie maintains a blog at and participates in the team blog Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at
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8 Responses to The Power of the Decree by Julie Arduini

  1. This is a powerful post! Thank you for the reminder to take authority!! I think you are absolutely right. We all need to do just that!

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  2. This is a great challenge, Julie. I’ll take it.

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  3. Nancy J. Farrier says:

    Great words, Julie, and a good reminder. Although, I do love snakes. I know, weird of me. I will remember to be bolder in praying.

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  4. Judy says:

    I’ve been doing this recently but hadn’t really thought about what I was doing. I was simply tired of living in fear and giving it to God, Who I know is able to do something. I’m also learning to be better about adding, “Not my will but Thine.” Thanks for the witness and encouragement. God bless you.

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    • juliearduini says:

      Amen, Judy! The more I pray and read, I really believe this is where we need to be right now—pullng down those promises from heaven to earth by decree in His power and might, not ours. Blessings to you!

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  5. Vicki Hinze says:

    I loved this post, Julie! This takes the powerless and infuses it with enormous power.

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