1 Tim. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
One of the most key components in our walk of faith is our confession, what we are saying on a regular basis. When most people think of confession they only think of confessing sin, but scripture clearly reveals there is also a good confession. The Word of God has much to say about us having a good confession, and this is one area that Christians tend to be weak in.
Our confession of what we say about our life and over our life is having an impact on us whether we realize it or not. This is a spiritual law that is in fact at work in our lives everyday. What we are saying about ourselves, and what we are speaking over ourselves is effecting what happens to us in many ways. Sure there are things in this life that no matter what we confess we are still going to face these storms, for Jesus referred to the fact that they come to everyone. But to not realize the importance of confession as a part of what impacts our life is to ignore the truth of God’s Word on the subject.
Mark 11:23 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.
When you look at this verse of scripture don’t think that it just applies to speaking in line with God’s Word. Notice that Jesus said here what you believe in your heart and speak with your mouth will result in you having what you say. “Whatever” refers to anything you are speaking, not just speaking God’s Word. People who’s hearts are filled with a belief system that they will never have much, or they are always going to be sick, or they are always going to worry, etc., these things that have become beliefs in the heart when spoken are going to come to pass.
But praise God the opposite is true as well. Some will ask, “Do you really mean to tell me that if I speak something it will happen?” No, not if you don’t believe what you are saying is true in your heart. But if you consistently keep speaking negatively all the time after a while you are going to develop a belief in your heart that this must be true of me. In doing so you will see this principle apply and bring those things to pass. As Jesus said here in Mark 11:23, you will have “whatever” you say.
There are always those people who will be critical of such teachings about our confession, and yet scripture clearly indicates that our words are in fact bringing forth in our lives what we say and believe. There is much evidence in the scriptures of the power of our words. It is an area of our life that we need to watch consistently if we want to walk in the light of who God says we are.
Rom. 4:17 …God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; …
When people think you are making too much out of this confession business they need to look and see what God thinks about it. Here in Romans chapter four, which primarily talks about our father in the faith, Abraham, in this verse we get a reference and some insight of how important words are. It refers here to God, who not only gives life to the dead, but God Himself calls those things which do not exist as though they did. This for many seems a little odd to do, but it is exactly how our God operates.
In the eyes of God everything He says you are as a child of God, you are. Everything God says you have as His child, you have. Everything God says you can do as one born of His Spirit, you can do. That is how God sees it. For us to see what He sees we must begin to first say what He says. Even if you don’t feel righteous, you are. Even if you don’t look healed, you are. Even if you don’t think you can do the works of Jesus, you can. But you must believe it is so. This begins through what you are saying.
I believe the following quote was revealed by the Lord to Charles Capps. The Lord said, “My people are saying what they have, when they could have what they say.” If we continually say what we already have, then we are going to keep getting the same results. Remember Jesus said you will have whatever you say, of which you believe in your heart. But if you want to change what you have you must start saying what God says about you. You must begin to say who He said you are, what He said you can do, and what He said He has done for you!
For us to have true change in our life we must first and foremost go to the Word of God, especially the epistles of the New Testament, for it is there that you will begin to find out who God made you to be, and find out what God said you can do, and what God said you already have. But it isn’t enough to just find such truths in the Bible.
Without consistently confessing these things over your life you are not going to see your beliefs change. If you don’t correct what you are saying you are not going to correct what you believe about you. Remember when you speak in line with who the Word says you are, what the Word says you can do, and what the Word says you have, you are agreeing with God.
Rom. 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Here in Romans we have Paul saying the same thing that Jesus said in Mark 11:23. One believes with their heart and with their mouth they confess what they believe and it brings about what they have confessed. The word “salvation” here is defined as, preserve, deliver, safety, rescue, and health. How do we experience these things in our life? We must believe, and we must confess to see such things come to pass. Notice the last part of this verse. Confession is made unto. In this context it is referring to salvation, but that word also means much more.
If you want health, you must get your words in line with what God’s Word says about your health. If you want deliverance from something you are going to need a consistent confession, saying what the Word of God says. If you want to see your life transformed in becoming more like Jesus one of the key things you will have to do is to confess what the Word says you already are in Christ Jesus. This is one of the most important parts of making a good confession. Going through the New Testament epistles and finding every scripture that refers to who you are in Christ. Make note of these verses and then begin to confess them continually.
Job 22:28 You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.
Here we see in Job that one who declares a thing, that it will be established for you. Just another way of saying that what you say and believe in your heart it will be established in your life and come to pass. Notice it says that in doing this light will shine on your ways. Our words spoken are like a light shinning the path that our lives take. You can look at a lot of what you are walking in today and that was brought about by what you were saying in the past.
Psa. 119:130 Your word is a doorway that lets in light, and it helps gullible people understand.
Here in Psalms we find out that Gods’ Word when spoken is like opening a door that lets the light in. When you are consistently making a good confession over you and over your family in line with the Word, you are opening the door that brings in light. Where light comes darkness is pushed back. When we are walking in darkness it is because we are not allowing enough of the light of the Word of God into our lives by what we say. God’s Word also brings understanding. The opposite too understanding is confusion, which is something that satan loves to have manifesting in our lives.
When you think about this verse realize the opposite is true. If we are speaking contrary to God’s Word, continually saying what the world says instead of what God says, we are opening the door for darkness to come. Not only are we allowing darkness but along with it confusion, which will cause a lack of understanding. This is another reason why making a good confession over your life and your family is so important. Even though you cannot change the will of another, you can have a better impact on their life saying what God says rather than agreeing with the world.
Your words are important and have an impact on your life everyday. Every born again believer needs to be consistently making a good confession over their life each day. Start declaring who God said you are, what God said you have, and what God said you can do. This like a rudder on a ship will begin to direct your life into what God has for you!
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Pastor Darryl Baker