Jeremiah’s call came from the Lord when he was only a child and God set out for Jeremiah his assignment among his people. “See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant””(Jeremiah 1:10). The mantle on Elijah’s life was for the establishment of the kingdom of God and the destruction of the kingdom of darkness. To tear down principalities and powers, to pluck up any seeds illegally planted, to destroy and overthrow any systems that were contrary to the will and purpose of God and to plant righteous seeds for harvesting.
God promised to put his words in Jeremiah’s mouth so that he could speak concerning his people. “Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth” (Jeremiah 1:9). The unction on Jeremiah’s life was that of the prophetic anointing to speak as the mouthpiece for God. God used prophets in the Old Testament to deliver his word to the people. Prophets revealed the heart and mind of God and often warned people of what was to come. Elijah prayed and there was no rain for three years and he declared this to the people.
“Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word”” (1 Kings 17:1). Just as Elijah declared, there was no rain on the land for three years until Elijah declared that the rain would return. Each time Elijah prayed and declared, God heard and honoured what he said. “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground” (1 Samuel 3:19). This means that everything that Samuel said came to pass and nothing that he spoke returned void. The prophets had the delegated authority to speak on God’s behalf.
We know that there is power in the spoken word and more so the word of God is, “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Job said that whatever we decree will be established (Job 22:28). As believers, we have the authority to guarantee a performance when we speak the word of God.
“so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).