A Proper Confession
A Proper Confession
Last week we began looking at The Promises of God or [God's Declaration of Intent].
After seeing that God has "exceedingly great and precious promises and the promises were made to Abraham and his seed, both natural Israel and spiritual Gentile nations] we ended looking at a vital scripture that must be embraced if we are ever going to experience His authority and power.
This scripture concerning Jesus Christ has just as much to do with you and I living victoriously everyday than it does our promise of living eternally with the Father.
You must get an understanding that Jesus "The Christ was manifested [unveiled or revealed] by taking on human flesh "to destroy the works of the devil.
Concerning First John 3, I said, no matter what satan's trying to keep you in, no matter what lie he told you, no matter how long he's been at his mission in your life, it cannot stand when the child of God realizes they no longer belong to satan and he was and remains defeated because of Jesus Christ.
First John 3:7
- Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
These works of the devil are obvious being, "Deception, bondage, sickness, fear, oppression and poverty. However, there is also the fact that his works include everything that stands in opposition to what God promised you as a Believer.
After realizing that you are to live as a person that has been freed from the bondages of sin, sickness and disease, you must determine that you will live as a free person lives¦ without the guilt and condemnation that is associated with being a child of God.
While reading the Bible and embracing what is written, one promise at a time, one of the first things you need in place after you become a Christian is a proper confession. This means you must learn to "say 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.
However, once we become a Christian, we must read the Bible, pray to the Father in Jesus' Name, share the Gospel to every person that will listen and fellowship with other Saints when we have opportunity to do so.
To be effective in each of these areas, we must understand how we are supposed to live from a Biblical perspective and not necessarily from the man-made rules and regulations that often shapes how we live our Christian lives out.
The reality is that we have no excuse for not progressively moving towards the righteous lifestyle that God wants us to live. In giving us His promises, God also has an expectation that He will receive a "return on His investment in us.
This return on His investment IN people¦ ARE people who will live as He determined: Lives of holiness and righteousness while progressively becoming those that will reflect His glory in the earth.
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 what God promised while bringing deliverance from the things that have kept you from in bondage.
God expects diligence 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 and impulses
Patience “ endurance, persistence, perseverance
Brotherly affection “ Being kind and friendly
- Love “ Agape, selfless love of God
These character traits are similar to [and three of them are] 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.
They have the principle correct in thought, but not right in application. Your words will produce God's promises 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.
God 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. At the same time, satan stands in opposition to these promises in order to discourage you and get you to give up on God Himself.
Yet as God 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 is things we would hear people we loved and respected say 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.