The power of confession

 

The apostle Paul wrote,

 

It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak (2 Corinthians 4:13).

 

Because of extremism in some circles, which you find with any truth, the emphasis on speaking God's words or the "power of confession" has come into disrepute, really an undeserved rap.  Isn't it just like the devil to take one of God's most powerful truths and pervert it, thus denying its use by God's people to destroy Satan's work?  That is what has happened.  The devil has invented disparaging, mocking slogans such as "confess it and possess it," "name it and claim it," and "blab it and grab it" to make this great truth appear ludicrous.    

 

But the fact is that our confession releases God's will, words, and purposes in the earth. 

Often, if we do not confess it, we will not possess it.  I had rather confess it and possess it than not confess it and not possess it. 

 

Follow this logic:

 

 

If we are created in God's image as spirit beings who can speak, and we are; and if God calls things that be not as though they were, and He does; and we are commanded to be imitators of God, as we are; then by the known will of God we can also call things that be not as though they were, as long as we are speaking His words and are aligned with His will.  That does not mean we can arbitrarily decide we want a new Mercedes automobile or anything else material and we can confess it into being unless it is God's will for us.  But if it is His will for us, we may not get it unless we confess it, and we may miss it if we continually confess lack!   

 

Confession is nothing more or less than agreeing with God and saying what He says.  He has spoken in His Word, and we agree with what He has already said, then we speak His Word. 

 

Confession is just affirming what God has already said in His Word or revealed by His Spirit, in agreement with the Word.  We are just vocalizing our agreement with Him and releasing our faith through our words.  Our words are a major way in which our faith can be released.

 

Christianity is called "the great confession."  Salvation begins with confession: 

 

If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).

 

Why is confession so important as to be a determinate even of salvation?  Jesus explained it:  "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" (Matthew 12:34, KJV).  The mouth reveals and releases into the world what is in the heart. 

 

Remember, it was Jesus Christ Himself, not a modern faith preacher, who said:

 

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:23, KJV).

 

It works in reverse with negative confessions. We can confess negatives, and we will reap them.  Job said, "What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me" (3:25).  People wonder what was the real reason Job suffered so much.  Dr. Michael Landsman discovered the answer: It was Job's fear, which was the root cause of his problems.  And no doubt, he confessed this fear, and got what he confessed.

 

Look at the importance God gives to what we say with our mouths:

 

From the same mouth come both blessing and cursing (James 3:9, NASB).

 

You are snared by the words of your mouth (Proverbs 6:2, NKJV).

 

For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned (Matthew 12:37, NASB).

 

A man has joy by the answer of his mouth (Proverbs 15:23).  (Do you want joy?  You can speak it out of your mouth.)

 

It is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:10). 

 

According to Strong's Enhanced Lexicon, "saved" (Greek: soteria) in the preceding verse, Romans 10:10, means "deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation."  It is also translated as "health."  Therefore, you could accurately paraphrase that verse and say, "It is with your mouth that you confess and are delivered, preserved, are safe, are saved, and have health."

 

In verse 9, immediately preceding, it says, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

"Saved" here is the word sozo, which means "to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health."  I frequently confess out loud, "Jesus is Lord and I am sozoed!"  I am confessing Jesus' lordship over me, which includes wellness, healing, and health.

 

Confess what God says, His promises, and His blessings, and you will get them, and you will spread them to others.  Do not confess negatives, fears, and the lies that the devil says, or you will get them and also spread them to others.

 

Speaker/author Kate McVeigh tells of a friend who had diabetes for 40 years and had to have an insulin shot every day.  One day the lady began to practice this principle and every time she took an insulin shot, she would simultaneously confess her healing, calling forth her healing (which was not) as though it were.  One day some time later she became very ill and had to be rushed to the hospital.  The doctors did extensive tests and finally gave her their diagnosis.  They told her that the problem was caused by the insulin she was taking because she was not a diabetic!

 

 

The power of Psalm 91.  Do you or others need protection?  Begin to read, confess out loud, and by faith claim the promises of God in Psalm 91 and similar passages for yourself and/or others.  Your faith and confession will release God's power.  For example, God's Word promises:

 

I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."   Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.   He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.... If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the LORD, who is my refuge - then no harmwill befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.   For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands... (Psalm 91:2-7, 9-12).

 

By faith and by your persistent confession, release God's words and power from Psalm 91 into your situation.