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Lesson 9 - Confessing God's Word

The word confessing here means assenting to; saying the samething as. It is translated in the New Testament as both confession andprofession ( Ro 10:9 10; 1Ti 6:12 13; He 3:1; 4:14; 10:23). When we confess orprofess something we proclaim it to be true; we are assenting to its truth.Confessing God's word means saying the same thing as God's word, the Bible,says. Holding fast our confession means continuously saying the same things asGod's word says. Thus our confession is what we say all the time. Jesus, as theHigh Priest of our confession, brings to pass whatever we confess. He is theadministrator of the word of God we speak over our circumstances in life. Suchprofession or confession is the effect of our deep conviction of theinfallibility of God's word; that it means what it says; that it willaccomplish the purpose for which it is spoken ( Nu 23:19; Psa 89:34; Isa 55:1011; Jer 1:12). We must believe as God teaches us in His word that not one wordspoken by God has ever failed ( Josh 21:45; 23:14; 1Ki 8:56). God has exaltedHis word even above His name ( Psa 89:34; 138:2). Faith to believe that Godwill do what He says comes by continuously hearing, reading and meditating onGod's word, and storing it up in our hearts ( Mt 12:34 35). It is only out ofthe abundance of God's word stored up in our hearts that we can confess Hisword ( Josh 1:8; Psa 1:1 3; Pr 4:20 23).

If our heart is not filled with God's word then it is filledwith things that will undermine His word. The surest evidence of how abundantGod's word is in our heart is how we respond to our circumstances in life. Whatwe confess over those circumstances is what we will get. Whether the words wespeak will be faith filled or faith less will be determined by how much ofGod's word has been stored up in our heart ( Psa 103:2 6; 107:20; Isa 53:4 5;54:14 17; Ga 3:13 14; 1Pe 2:24). These scriptures all teach that because Christbore the punishment for all sin, sickness, disease and everything pertaining toman's well being and peace of mind in His own body when He died on the Cross,whoever comes to Him can be forgiven their sins, healed of all sickness anddisease, delivered from poverty and lack, and be overcomers in all theircircumstances in life. We do not have to suffer the things Christ died toredeem us from, but whether we do or not depends entirely on what we confessover them. De 28:15 68 lists all the things under the curse from which we havebeen delivered. We need to read them to see for ourselves just what blessingsChrist purchased for us with His blood.

We cannot deny fact, but God's word spoken over it willeventually overrule it and overcome any circumstance in life adverselyaffecting us. Sickness and disease are a fact, but that fact can be changed byconfessing God's word in Psa 103:2 6; 107:20; Isa 53:4 5 and 1Pe 2:24 over themif the word fills our heart and is in our mouth. Poverty and lack are a factbut they can be over ruled too by confessing Ga 3:13 14 over them. Adversity isa fact but it also can be turned around by confessing Isa 54:14 17 over it. Wehave to believe that this can all happen otherwise these scriptures aremeaningless ( Pr 18:20 21).

The Christian life will reflect the fruit of the tongue: tospeak life is to speak God's perspective on any issue of life. To speak deathis to declare life's negatives, to declare defeat, or to constantly complainabout our circumstances in life ( Pr 6:2). Confessing God's word over thesituation simply means speaking the desired end result over that which affectsus. Nothing more. Jesus showed us how to permanently change anything thataffects us if we will just believe God for it ( Mk 11:11 14, 19 24). Jesus spokethe end result into being over the fig tree, and He promises that we can do thesame ( Jn 14:12 14). Now whether we act on this or not will be determined bywhether or not we believe that Jesus means what He says. Whatever we choose todo we must always remember though that whenever we share God's promises withothers we must also highlight the conditions applying to the promises. We canconfess God's word all day but if we are not complying with the conditions itwill not work. We cannot be harbouring any unconfessed or unrepented sin ( Psa66:18); our lives must be lived in total conformity to God's word and we musthave faith in God's word to accomplish its purpose. If we have those thingsright then we shall have whatsoever we saith. God cannot lie ( Mt 7:21 27).

One of the teachings that comes out of what Jesus says hereis that the man who is thoroughly grounded in God's word does it. This includesconfessing the word over all his circumstances in life. He will always be ableto withstand the adversities that beset him in life because he allows nothingto detract from the absolute truth of God's word. That is the rock upon whichhe has built his house and he will not be moved, whereas the one who is notgrounded in the word will not do it, and he will perish in the way ( Jas 1:2225). Doing God's word does not only mean visiting the widows and thefatherless, or feeding the hungry, or healing the sick, or even getting peoplesaved. It also means believing in the word and confessing it over all of life'ssituations. That may come as a surprise to some but that is what scripturesteach, and nowhere more clear than in Ro 14:23B and He 11:6 ( Ro 14:23B; He11:6). Simply knowing God's word is not enough. As Josh 1:8 teaches we mustknow it well enough to keep applying it to all our circumstances in life sothat we are speaking the end result into being just like Jesus did with the figtree, and King David did with Goliath ( 1Sam 17:1 11, 32 37, 40 51). Davidspoke the end result into being. He was not moved by what he saw. He knew thatGod would watch over His word to perform it, and He did. This bears out the NewTestament teaching in 2Cor 5:7 that we walk by faith and not by sight. If Davidhad allowed what he saw to dominate his thinking as it did Saul and his men hewould have conceded defeat too, but his mind was stayed on God performing Hisword, and in his mind his victory over Goliath was never in doubt: God wasgoing to do it for him, and He did. Notice what he said in V47: "...forthe battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands." We have toremember that. Once we speak God's word over our situation, the battle is theLord's. We still have work to do, but we are assured of the victory ( Eph4:29).

It might seem to some of us to be somewhat incongruous torelate negative confessions to corrupt communications, but any spoken wordsthat negate God's word is a corrupt communication because it denies the powerof God to bring to pass that which He has already purposed for us. It does notedify the hearer, nor does it build up their faith in God's word, yet all thatwe do has to be to God's glory. So if God is not being glorified in all that wedo it is because we are not speaking His word over our circumstances for Hispromises to be fulfilled in our lives. He is glorified in His promises beingfulfilled ( 2Cor 1:19 20). If there were no other scripture proofs that Godwants His promises fulfilled in believers this alone would suffice. Thisscripture teaches that there is not one promise that is no to a believer inChrist. The word amen affirms the truth of what is being said and declares thecertainty of the promises being fulfilled. V20 tells us that God is glorifiedin His promises being fulfilled in us.

But once again we need to be reminded that it is only bysowing to the kingdom that we can reap the kingdom benefits. We reap what wesow. If we are sowing to the kingdom we can confess God's word and confidentlyexpect it to come to pass but if we are not sowing to the kingdom it will notcome to pass and we will remain subservient to our circumstances ( Jn 15:7 8).This also confirms what 2Cor 1:19 20 teaches. The fruit we bear that glorifiesGod in these scriptures are His promises being fulfilled in our lives. Jesussaid we can ask or speak anything into being. It will be done for us. Now letus look at some life situations that are a good cross section of what we canexpect to encounter in our Christian walk and resolve not to ever again acceptthem as something we cannot change. We can change them as this study teachessimply by saying the same thing that God's word says over them.

We must resolve to never again confess I can't, for "Ican do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" ( Php 4:13 alsoMk 9:23). The word possible in Mk 9:23 means power to do. This is the samepower to do Holy Spirit empowering that we are endued with when we are baptizedin the Spirit ( Lu 24:49). Never again confess lack, for "My God shallsupply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Php 4:19 also Ro 5:17; 8:32; Eph 1:3). It is important to note here that whilstit is in God's eternal purpose to richly bless His children we must neverforget that God's law of sowing and reaping applies to every aspect of ourChristian walk, so it is imperative to understand that it is only as we sow tothe kingdom that we can reap the kingdom benefits. Php 4:19 especially must beclearly understood in this context. It has been taken out of context so oftento teach that it is God's promise to meet the needs of every professingChristian, but that is not correct. It only applies to those who give into thework of God like the Philippian Church did ( V15 19). The Philippian Church hadsupported Paul financially when he started up the Church in Thessalonica andPaul was assuring them that as they gave so liberally to fulfil his need so Godwould also give liberally to fulfil theirs.

Never again confess fear, for "God did not give me thespirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" ( 2Ti 1:7also Psa 91:5-7; 118:6; Isa 41:10; He 13:5 6; Rev 21:8). The fearful in Rev21:8 are professing Christians whose fear of man overrides their loyalty toChrist and the truth of His word. Their personal feelings and status among menmeans more to them than being faithful to Christ and witnessing to His savinggrace. Fearful means to be timid, faint hearted, afraid. You will notice thatJesus places them first among those who are consigned to hell because theyprofess to be Christians, but they compromise His word rather than proclaim it( 2Cor 5:17 20; 1Th 2:4; 2Ti 2:12). Witnessing is not an option for Christians,it is a command ( Mt 28:18 20; Ac 10:42). These are our marching orders and wehad better obey them. It is better to please God and live than to fear man andperish ( Mk 8:34 38).

Never again confess defeat, for "God always causes meto triumph in Christ" ( 2Cor 2:14; 1Jn 5:4 5). Why should we concededefeat when it is merely a matter of believing God's word and confessing it forvictory ( Ro 8:37; 1Cor 15:57).

Never again confess sickness, for "He was wounded forour transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of ourpeace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed" ( Isa 53:4 5).Griefs and sorrows in V4 means sicknesses and pains. Jesus bore our sicknessesand our pains on the cross so we would not have to bear them in our earthlylife, just as He died for our sins so that we could be forgiven them ( Mt 8:1617). Matthew asserts here that Isaiah's prophecy in Isa 53:4 5 was beingfulfilled in the healings Jesus rendered to the sick. This is not teaching asmany believe that Jesus completely fulfilled Isaiah's prophecy during Hisearthly ministry and therefore there is no physical healing in the atonement.This teaches that by contemporaneously healing the sick and forgiving theirsins Jesus was demonstrating that our physical healing is an integral part ofthe atonement ( 1Pe 2:24). Peter attests to our healing as being an establishedfact accomplished by the stripes Jesus bore for us ( Mk 2:1 12; Jn 5:1 14).These scriptures clearly prove what Mt 8:16 17 and 1Pe 2:24 teach, but thereare many Christians who still do not know this truth and consequently cannotexercise faith to believe for their healing, which stresses once more thenecessity of being thoroughly grounded in God's word. The more we are groundedin His word the more our faith in Him to perform His word builds up ( Ga 3:1314). This is yet more proof of the salvation benefits in Christ's atonement.The curse Christ died and redeemed us from includes every sickness and diseasethere is, as well as poverty, lack, loss of peace, being debt ridden,desolation of the land, etc, etc. They are all listed in De 28:15 68 and weneed to read them to know the full extent of the curse. But it is moreimportant for the purpose of this study at this time to know the blessings Godhas blessed us with in Christ to build up our faith for healing. Just as ourhealing is an established fact in Christ as Peter attests to in 1Pe 2:24, soare all the blessings of God, as Paul attests to in Eph 1:3 ( Eph 1:3, also Ex15:26; 23:25-26; De 7:15; 28:1 14; Psa 91:9 12; 103:2 6).

Never again confess doubt and lack of faith, for "Godhath dealt to every man the measure of faith" ( Ro 12:3). It only remainsfor us to exercise that faith by acting upon what we say we believe of God'sword ( Mt 17:20; Lu 17:5 6). Our faith does not have to be any greatermetaphorically speaking, than a tiny mustard seed for God's word to work for usby confessing it over our circumstances ( Mt 17:14 21). This scripture has beenused many times to teach that believers must fast and pray before attempting tocast out demons like Jesus did in V18. That is not correct. The Bible is aprogressive revelation, and Jesus was pointing here to the future ministries ofthe disciples and their need for faith to perform His work. His word would besufficient to produce the desired result, but their actions would necessitatefaith which would be increased by constant contact with the Lord through prayerand fasting and abiding in His word. This is for our admonition also. Itstresses the importance of our own Christian walk being one of prayer andfasting and abiding in God's word to do His work, but we do not have to specificallyfast and pray before casting out demons. We simply cast them out in Jesus' namenow by the authority of His word ( Mk 16:15 18).

Never again confess inability to conquer sin in our life,for "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free fromthe law of sin and death" ( Ro 8:2). We must always acknowledge thatsinning is a choice Christian's make themselves: it is not something they haveno control over. Christians can and must say no to sin. Before their salvationChristians had to obey the behests of sin, but now that God has broken thepower of sin over their lives, they no longer have to yield to it ( Ro 6:12 14;8:12 13). When the believer resists sin's demands, no matter how strong thetemptation is, no sin is possible. No force at all can change our will if it isyielded to God ( Psa 91:13; Lu 10:19; Jas 4:7 10). God has adequately providedus with grace to overcome temptations and resist sinning, and we can overcomeif we are resolute in our desire to obey God and depend on His faithfulness. Hehas given us all things that pertain to life and godliness ( 2Pe 1:2 4). If weyield to sin it is because we fail to resist our own sinful desires ( Jas 1:1315; Ro 6:16). These scriptures clearly teach that our eternal destiny will be determinedby whom we choose to obey. We can yield to sin and go to hell, or we can obeyGod unto everlasting life with Jesus. The choice is ours. Nowhere in scripturedoes God blame the devil for what we do. Believers must shoulder theresponsibility for their sins and never try to shift the blame onto someoneelse ( Pr 4:23; Jer 17:9; Mk 7:21 23). Every sin we commit originates in ourheart no one else is to blame, so believers struggling with sin must stopblaming the devil and start obeying God. When Paul named the sins of the fleshthat will take people to hell he was talking to the Church. He is warning usnot to commit them ( Ga 5:16 21).

Never again confess barrenness, for "He maketh thebarren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children." ( Psa113:9). Psa 113 is an admonition to praise God ( V1 9). God is to be praisedfor all He has done: He raises up the poor; He lifts up the needy; He exaltsthem among princes, and He makes the barren woman to become the mother ofchildren. We only have to confess God's word, expect Him to honour it, andpraise Him for it ( also Ex 23:25 26; De 7:11 14).

Never again confess discontent, for "I have learned, inwhatever state I am, therewith to be content" ( Php 4:11). The key tocontentment is realising that God has given us in our present circumstanceseverything we need to remain victorious in Christ. Our ability to livetriumphantly above changing circumstances is Christ's power flowing through us.We only have to exercise our faith in that power ( 1Ti 6:6 10). This scriptureteaches that the love of money not money itself is the root of all the evils ofV10 here. Money is not the root of all the evils that have ever been though. Itdid not cause Lucifer or Adam to fall, neither was it the reason God destroyedSodom and Gomorrah, etc., but in scripture riches are considered the cause ofmuch rebellion against God, and because of this there are many warnings toChristians against coveting wealth ( De 8:10 20; Pr 23:4 5; 28:20 22; 30:8 9;Mt 6:19 21; Lu 12:15 21; 16:13 15; Jas 1:9 11; He 13:5).

Never again confess feelings of guilt, for "There istherefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" ( Ro 8:1)and "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin iscovered." ( Psa 32:1; Psa 103:12; Isa 38:17; 43:25; 44:22; Jer 50:20; Mic7:18-19). Christ's death on the cross atoned for our sins once and for all.Once we accept Christ as our Saviour and make Him Lord of our life we neednever be overcome by guilt again. Godly sorrow yes, for any sin we may commit,but guilt no, because if we come before God and confess our sins He forgives usand our fellowship with Him is completely restored. It is the devil whocondemns believers if they sin, not God ( 1Jn 1:7 9).

Those are but a few of God's promises we can speak over ourcircumstances in life, confident that if our walk is pleasing unto God wesimply make our requests known to Him and then thank Him in anticipation of theanswer we seek ( Php 4:6 7). There are countless promises in scripture we canappropriate. They can be applied to loneliness ( Ge 28:15; Josh 1:5; Mt 28:20;He 13:5), bondage ( 2Cor 3:17; Ga 5:1), weakness ( Psa 27:1; 59:16 17; 138:7;Dan 11:32; Hab 3:19A), lack of wisdom ( 1Cor 1:30; 2:11 16; Eph 1:8; Jas 1:5-7;1Jn 2:20,27), feeling of unworthiness ( Ro 5:17; 2Cor 5:21; Col 1:12),insecurity ( Pr 3:24 26; Isa 26:3), confusion ( Psa 119:165; 1Cor 2:12; 14:33),worry ( Psa 55:22; Mt 6:25 34; Php 4:6 7; 1Pe 5:7), frustration ( Psa 29:11;91:1 4; Jn 14:27), fear of the future ( Isa 56:3 5; 1Cor 2:9 10; 1Jn 3:1 2),Satan's supremacy over your life  Psa91:13 16; Ro 6:14; Col 1:13; 1Jn 3:5 6, 9; 4:4, 13). There are even more thanthese but they will suffice for now. God has provided His word for us toconfess over our circumstances, and He wants to see it appropriated for ourwell being otherwise all these scriptures are meaningless, but His word willonly work for us to the extent that it is stored up in our hearts, theconditions are met, and it is acted out in faith.

We should confess the word at the start of our day make it adaily confession before any situation arises that could gain an advantage overus. David did not wait for Goliath to attack first and gain the advantage, andneither should we. The same God who went before David and delivered Goliath upgoes before us too. It is His battle, not ours. We just do what David did:stand on God's word and by faith speak the end result for the day into beingbefore the day even commences. That is the true expression of our faith in Godto perform His word. It is faith in action. Following is a good example of adaily confession we can all boldly proclaim, confident that because it is God'sword He will perform it for us just as He did what David said He would do forhim against Goliath. Proclaim it as it is if it suits or change it to suityourself but remember that if we want God to do for us what He did for David,then we have to do what David did keep confessing God's word.

DAILY CONFESSION

I confess today is a good day (Psa 118:24). I proclaim allthat is good, all that is blessed of God, all that is in the perfect will ofGod, all that God has designed for me shall be mine today in Jesus' name (2 Cor1:20) I am blessed coming in; I am blessed going out (De 28:6). I am blessedwith all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph 1:3).

Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world(1Jn 4:4). There shall no evil befall me, neither shall any plague come nigh mydwelling, for He has given His angels charge over me. They keep me in all myways (Psa 91:10-11). No weapon formed against me will prosper (Isa 54:17), butwhatever I do will prosper. I am like a tree planted by the rivers of water(Psa 1:1-3). I lack for no good thing. My God supplies all my needs accordingto his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Php 4:19) I have all sufficiency in allthings and abound to all good works, for my God has made all grace aboundtoward me (2 Cor 9:8). Today I am filled with the love of God. I am filled withthe joy of the Lord. I am filled with the peace of God (Ga 5:22).

I confess the many benefits of Calvary today. All my sinsare forgiven. All my diseases are healed. I am preserved and strong in God. Iam crowned with his loving kindness and tender mercy, and my strength isrenewed as the eagle (Psa 103:1-5). I am redeemed from the curse of the law andfrom every sickness and disease and everything else under the curse (Ga3:13-14; De 28:15-68). I have been washed in the blood of Jesus (Rev 1:5).Jesus Himself took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses (Isa 53:4-5; Mt 8:17),and by His stripes I am healed (1 Pet 2:24).

The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man can do tome (He 13:5-6). I rejoice today that all my family are coming into the fold ofthe Lord. This is my confession, and I thank you Father in Jesus' name that Ihave what I say (Mk 11:22-23). Jesus is the high priest of my confession. Hemakes it happen today (He 10:19-23).

(REMEMBER, THIS CONFESSION WILL ONLY WORK FOR US TO THEEXTENT THAT GOD'S WORD IS STORED UP IN OUR HEARTS, AND WE OBEY IT - PSA 66:18).

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