VISION 5... Confession; Faith; Preparation
A Proper Confession
One of the first things you need in place after you become a Christian is a proper confession. This is saying the right thing on a consistent basis.
For too long most people have not considered the power of their words and used negatively, the destructive power they contain.
In like manner, using your words properly will produce creative power that will establish God's promises in your life. Therefore having a proper confession is vital if we are going to see our lives reflect what God wants them to be.
As I said previously, the Bible is meant to be lived out and personally experienced as we grow or mature in the things of God. It contained what is referred to as "Exceedingly great and precious promises that are too good to be true because the first promise we experience is eternal life.
Second Peter 1 [New Living Translation]
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires.
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God's promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
We see here that although these promises have been given to us as a gift, we must line our lives up with God's expectations of us.
We're told to make every effort or to "be diligent in responding to what God promised.
God's "Declaration of Intent is that He will do what He said in His Word that He will do, but you must be diligent to incorporate certain character traits into your life so you can live on the highest level.
The truth is, as these things become your life, they will produce the things that God promised while bringing deliverance from the things that have kept you from those things.
Be diligent in:
Moral excellence “ living a life that's honest, ethical, good and right
Knowledge “ proper information coming from the right Source
Self-control “ the ability to control your behaviors, especially reactions andimpulses
Patience “ endurance, persistence, perseverance
Brotherly affection “ Being kind and friendly
Love “ Agape, selfless love of God
These character traits are similar to the Fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians chapter 5 which governs our actions and are produced by the Spirit of God in each of our lives.
The more you grow in these areas, the more productive you are for the Kingdom of God and the more fruitful your personal life will be.
With this established, in Mark 11 Jesus gives us a principle that has been taken to extremes by over-zealous Christians, however their perception of this principle does not mean it is not true.
Hearing a message on the fact that "You will have what you say has caused many people to say or confess things that the Bible does not clearly reflect.
The have the principle correct in thought, but not right in application. Your words will produce in your life, but they will produce in alignment with what God has already decreed.
God is not obligated to answer any prayers that will be consumed on your own lusts. Therefore, we must cleanse our hearts and motives when seeking fulfillment of God's promises.
James 4:3 Amplified Bible:
[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.
He has however obliged Himself to bringing to pass in your life what He promised you and that which you have lined your life up with.
As He promised to bring them to pass, there is also a part you play insomuch as you must make certain you continue to speak in agreement with God.
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. 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. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
The Bible teaches that our words have creative power and therefore the power to establish a life and lifestyle that we have in our hearts.
This is evident in the book of Genesis where God spoke; it became; and it was good. Genesis 1:3 through 1:31, you see where God SAID and God SAW and it was good!
This is also our example as people who are followers of Christ. If this is true, we should become more aware of "What we say and how we say it.
One of the strongholds we have to deal with in this area are things we would hear people we loved and respected say things that were not scriptural.
This could be parents, grandparents, teachers, or other people that we admired. Just because they said it and what they said produced fruit in their lives, it does not mean that it was what God intended for you.
The Biblical principle of "You will have what you say was in operation then as they spoke and eventually received what they believed in their heart they would have.
They expected negatives and negatives came¦ They said they would never have and they never did¦ They said they would always be sick and broke and that's what they eventually received.
The enemy tried to hand that mindset down to you, but you withstood his lies and instead of speaking as they spoke, you began speaking the way God saw you.
You understood that the Word of God says:
God wants to give good gifts, and you are receiving good gifts;
He said it's His good pleasure to give you the Kingdom and that's your inheritance;
He said by the stripes of Jesus you are healed and I thank God I walk in divine health;
He said Beloved I wish above all things that you prosper, be in health as your soul prospers and I'm blessed beyond measure.
God said that if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ your entire household will be saved and in Jesus' Name each of them serve God
These things are happening because you choose to speak what God says. This means you speak it when you pray and speak it in general conversation. You speak it when you feel like it and when you don't. You speak it when things are going right and when things are going wrong.
The word we're using for "saying something is the word "confession and the Encarta dictionary says it means to "Acknowledge or declare faith in someone or something.
However there's a Greek word that is vital for us to grasp if we are going to have a right confession.
The Greek word is:
"homologÃ©Å and coming from two words "homo meaning "the same and "logeo which means "to agree with or to speak in agreement with someone.
Therefore, the proper definition of what God is trying to get us to grasp is that when it comes to confession, we must "Agree with or consent to the desire of God by saying what He has already said.
This becomes vital for a person that has vision because you must be able to see the vision clearly when it is clouded by contradictory circumstances.
Seeing the vision clearly when it appears to have died gives it resurrection life through what you say.
The prophet was asked "Can these dry bones live and his response was, "Lord you know.
God told him to prophesy to those bones and the prophet heard the rattling of the bones and then the bones began to take on sinew and flesh until they became a mighty army.
The creative power of words brought back what was dead and this is true for the person with vision.
The interpretation of the vision that the prophet had is in Ezekiel 37. Although referencing Israel, the principle is if you can speak what God said, you will experience what God desires.
11 Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ˜Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!' 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ˜Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it, says the Lord.'
This principle is so important that Proverbs 18 says living and dying are controlled by what you say.
20 A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Are you giving life to your family, money, health, mind, city, state, nation and world or are you releasing death. Both are determined by what you speak and it's vitally important to speak as God speaks and pray as God wants you to pray.
Your tongue or the words you speak on a consistent basis determines what your life will become. You speak, and what you believe that you say becomes the foundation that your life will be built upon.
Speak good things and the fruit you reap will be good things; speak evil [wicked, sinful or immoral] things and you will reap those things as well.
This is why you are not to be moved by what you see, what you hear or what you feel.
We're not motivated by the emotions of the soul or the physical senses of the flesh. We're only moved and motivated by the Word of the Living God.
33 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
This is powerful as what's in your heart will eventually be released into your life by what you say.
If your heart meditates and partakes of the Word of God consistently, then your fruit will be good. If you neglect this important aspect of your life, then the fruit of your life will not be as great¦ but either way, you will eventually have what you say.
Confession gave you access to eternity and opened the door for you to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. This same principle establishes your life in the earth. By your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.
As you look at your life, in order to fulfill vision you cannot get around the fact that sooner or later you are going to find out that faith is one of the key components in securing that vision.
We know that without faith it's impossible to please God and if you are going to please God, you must know
What Biblical faith is
What it is not
How to use faith properly.
Faith is more than something you say you have because you know you're supposed to say it; it's more than something that you believe you got because you have natural ability confused with Biblical faith and it's more than the ability to speak the scriptures and therefore you become a master at confession.
One of the mistakes Christians make is they do not fully seek God in what they are called to do. The vision they have in their minds must be given over to the Holy Ghost and determine what they are supposed to do and when they are supposed to do it.
Once you have the affirmation from God, you launch out and do what He told you. However, it does not mean that you will not face challenges.
The fact is many people believe that "starting something is faith in action and talk about the beginning of a thing rather than seeing it through until it is completed the way God intended.
Anyone can start something, but it takes faith to see the vision through the dry times, the lean times, the times when no one else believes you and the world is talking about the fact that you are not going to make it.
This is when you must be firmly settled in what God called you to as your faith now see you through the land of the giants in whatever form they come in.
The Bible reveals in Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
The New Living Translation states:
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
If this is how God orchestrated the earth, it is also how we are supposed to establish His greater purposes for our lives.
God didn't speak and Say Let there be light, and then if light didn't immediately appear, say well I guess it's not supposed to be light in the earth.
He spoke it and it was no because there was no doubt in the heart of God that it was going to happen.
We must have the same type of attitude when it comes to the thing we're called to. To speak it and give a time frame on the manifestation of what we spoke, really exhibits a lack of understanding of what true faith is. That is more of a fleece than it is exercising Biblical faith.
Therefore faith is the substance or faith gives you confidence that what you set out to do shall become a reality. And if it is so, you will not fall back, give in, give up or give out during the time of testing.
In all actuality, faith allows you to stay with what God called you to until the task He gave you is completed or until you leave the earth.
As Hebrews 10:39 says, we are not of [or do not have the same "nature] as people that turn back and run.
Therefore the people of God must understand what the Word of God says as well as learn to hear God before they set out in any task that has God's Name attached to it.
For those that give up too easily, Proverbs 24:10 says:
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. NKJV
If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small. New Living Translation
If you faint in a crisis, you are weak. God's Word Translation
If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn't much to you in the first place. Message
Faith therefore becomes the thing that gives you the ability to stand up under crisis, pressure and adversity.
We all face challenges and the greater the vision often the greater the challenge until the manifestation of what's in your heart is complete.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
The Message Bible
19 Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time.
The greater the vision, there's often greater pressure to give in and give up when God is possibly telling you to press through and stand.
The fact is you have to know when to stand, when to press and whether God actually spoke to your heart to begin.
If He told you to start a business, change jobs, purchase a new home or apartment or buy a car, He also knew the challenges that would accompany it.
You must understand that you gain great knowledge, wisdom and understanding through every temptation, test and trial that you face and overcome Biblically.
The Book of proverbs states many times the importance of getting Godly wisdom and getting understanding.
These are not gained through the reading of a book per se, but are the result of the man or woman of God allowing God to instruct them and teach them through the difficult times of their lives.
Their attitude is, "Though I go through the fire, I will not be burned.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
Many Christians have not gotten to the point where they can and will fulfill what's on their heart because they compare themselves with others or have not used the faith they have been given because when they face a challenge they run from the challenge.
Looking at someone else or hearing another person's testimony about how God delivered them, blessed them, healed them, got them a new job, car or home, they get excited for a moment and then because of the element of time that often accompanies the blessing, they give up the hope they once had. Doing so they never step into God's best for their lives.
They never learned to apply the faith God gave them, which becomes the foundation for living the life of an overcomer.
The Basic understanding of faith begins with knowing that you have it and then knowing and applying the Word of God so that it will get stronger as you use it.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
This lets you see that having faith is never the issue with us as you are born with this inherent inside you.
Secondly your faith can and will grow as you use it more and more but you must not elevate what you do or what you have above the God that gave you the faith.
Your education is important but does not replace faith in your life
Your status in society [people you know] does not replace faith
The people that God connects you with are important, but they will eventually fall short of getting and giving you what you have in your heart.
Faith was given to work in conjunction with the knowledge and understanding of how the earth is to operate.
Therefore we have to work within the organized structure that's in place so you can establish God's purpose for your life without breaking the laws that are set up.
You work within or use the education you got to go as far as you can
You work within the laws of society and utilize the people that are placed in your life so you can make the most of what God wants you to do
You work within the structure of business so you can be elevated in resources
You work within the structure of the health profession so you can live as long as possible in the earth while having the best quality of life that you can.
Faith says it is possible; I can get through this and my life will be even better off because I prepared and God's favor is on my life.
Therefore we must learn what it means to stand and utilize God's principles of having "Faith and patience so we can inherit the things that God said we are supposed to have as part of our lives in the earth.
35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
37 "For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
Don't cast away the confidence you have in God as you would a coat. This means you keep doing the things you know are right even if you do not see the results as quickly as you think you should.
You endure [bear under, tolerate and possibly even suffer consequences of wrong decisions] without complaining or elevating your life and situation to make it appear that you are more spiritual than someone else because of the greater challenges you face.
It's doing the will of God "in spite of whatever stands in your way that will ensure that you experience the fulfillment of what God promised you. Because "after you have done the will of God is when you will experience the manifestation of the promise.
Also to see your vision fulfilled there must be a time of preparation so you can be efficient in whatever you undertake.
The length of time necessary to prepare is often determined by the level of expertise needed to successfully begin, sustain and accomplish what you're called to.
The word "prepare means to: "Make someone or something ready by taking the necessary action to put them in a state where they are fit for use or action.
If a person is going to be prepared, they must be fit "mentally, physically and experientially.
Often when you prepare for a vision, knowledge is gained and stamina is built, but it's often a lack of experience that causes a person to either struggle within the calling or fail altogether.
This lack of experience is directly tied to our often lacking patience to wait until the proper time to begin something. Further, it's the character of God that is lacking and needs to be cultivated in us.
Having been declared righteous, then, by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have the access by the faith into this grace in which we have stood, and we boast on the hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we also boast in the tribulations, knowing that the tribulation doth work endurance; 4 and the endurance, experience; and the experience, hope; 5 and the hope doth not make ashamed, because the love of God hath been poured forth in our hearts through the Holy Spirit that hath been given to us.
Experience defined by Eerdman's Bible Dictionary means, "Repeated exposure and attention to similar circumstances. This repeated exposure can yield "skills or insight necessary to make good, sound decisions.
Therefore proper preparation gives us the necessary tools make right decisions that entail ensure greater success in what we intend to do.
Just as we're admonished not to put a "novice or an unskilled person in a place of authority in the church of the Lord Jesus [First Timothy 3:4], we must see this as a principle in governing our lives and putting us in a place where when we set out to establish the vision God gave us, we will not rely on knowledge of something alone.
We will also not assume that we're ready for something because of our age or how long we have been.
It's through repeated action¦ doing something over and over¦ THE RIGHT WAY¦ that this gives us the tools necessary to establish what we trust God for.
This goes for paying our mortgage, car note, and any other bill we have to pay over and over¦ to ensure that our vision for our lives is established.
This piece called experience is important, but you also must tap into the knowledge of God.
I often define Godly wisdom as "the direct application of the knowledge of God that's revealed in the Scriptures.
We therefore must become skilled at "doing [over and over] what the Bible says, whether or not we feel like it, or we are getting the results that we think we should be getting.
Proverbs tells us to "get knowledge and get wisdom¦ It goes on to say "with all your getting, get understanding. The understanding is the experiential piece of our lives, where we go forward doing what is needed and necessary to establish God's rule, authority and dominion.
Hosea 4:6 states, "My people perish for lack of knowledge¦ Since you have rejected knowledge, I have also rejected you.
This is not just knowledge of the Word of God, but if you're going to be a lawyer, you must know the law; a doctor, you must know what part of the medical profession you are going to practice.
The same principle holds true for whatever area you have a vision in.
A wise man plans his way!
It's been said, "Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do today."
This is very true in the Kingdom of God as His people endeavor to fulfill their individual visions, no matter how small or big the vision is.
It is very easy to let what you would really like to accomplish slip into obscurity as you allow every other thing that's not tied to securing your vision creep in and choke the life out of your dream.
When considering the hindrances to you moving forward, you must consider the people that have either crept into your life or people who you possibly have outgrown and are not on the same level that you have been brought to.
You are a person who wants to see your life better and when you come to the end of your life, you will not be able to blame any other person for you not achieving your dream but you.
It's only when you work towards your dream daily that you come to the place where you keep the vision in front of you and it eventually comes to pass.
This could be praying it through, getting more information on how to do something or starting with something as simple as getting paperwork or taking a test. It must start somewhere.
Minimally, Habakkuk says, write the vision down so he that reads it can run with it... for the vision is for an appointed time and though it tarry, it shall certainly come to pass.
Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. To delay or postpone something means that you make excuses for not following through.
It's one thing to take a rest or vacation... It's one thing to wait for the proper timing because of education or opportunity, but it's another thing completely to let the dream die year after year and you really want it to happen.
It's also one thing to have your vision delayed because of the timing of God,
but you cannot confuse inactivity and laziness with God's timing.
As the people of God we need to come to the place where we are going to "work while it is day" because time really does go faster than we would ever realize.
The key to avoiding procrastination is really determining what you want your life to look like. What are you really trying to achieve... if anything at all?
You need to have the life you want settled, as if you are 100% comfortable with how you live and the accomplishments that you have made without anything saying "You can do more," then you should have peace in your heart for where you are and your future.
I think the people of God need to determine what they want out of life. What would you like your life to look like if anything was possible?
This vision becomes the foundation for how you are going to conduct your life.
In essence, your vision becomes the "hope" that you start applying your faith to attain.
It really is hope that you keep in front of you that moves you towards your dream. When hope is gone, it becomes harder to focus without the relationship with God securely in place.
This hope is an anchor for your soul. Hebrews 6
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Abraham is the man we often use as an example as Romans 4 says, when all hope was gone in hope he believed and so became the father of many nations.
16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations) in the presence of Him whom he believed”God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall your descendants be. 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Therefore, when you have hope, you apply faith to your life and it's this faith that inches you towards your vision until it comes to a place where your life is "augmented" by God and propelled seemingly in a moment of time into your purpose.
Therefore to avoid falling into the trap of procrastination, you must:
Stay close to God...this means different things to different people
Reinforce your faith through the Word of God
Allow people of like precious faith into your circles so you can mutually encourage each other