why faith confessions?

25 Jun

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Proverbs 18:21 NLT

Some might ask, “What is the big deal about faith confessions? Why be so overly concerned about the words that are coming out of our mouth?” Others might think it is a bunch of positive think/positive say humbo-jumbo.

Here is some food for thought: Optimism is great – but it is not faith. Positive thinking and speaking is great – but it is not faith. Saying and doing the right things is great – but it is not faith….. Faith is trusting solely and entirely in God and God alone. Faith is believing that God is who He said He is, that He did what He said He did, and that He still does what He promises to do.

Faith Confessions are NOT conjuring up enough positive self-talk to somehow in your own strength make something happen. Faith confessions ARE simply believing with all your heart that God’s Word is true and then speaking that truth over your life.

The Bible has a lot to say about believing and speaking. Is seems like things are established when we both believe and speak (or verbally confess) God’s Word.

Check our Romans 10:9 …

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord AND believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

We see from Romans 10:9 to be saved we must not only believe, but also confess. There seems to be some kind of establishing power in us confessing verbally with our mouth what we believe.

Then, check out Proverbs 18:21 …

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. NKJV

It is clear to see in Proverbs 18:21 that our words create either death or life in our life (and in the life of our children). The second half of the scripture talks about how our words create “fruit” – both positive and negative – and we eat the “fruit” that our words produce.

And again, check out Hebrews 11:1,3 …

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see… 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. NLT

We learn in Hebrews 11 that faith is not based on what we see (we do not make faith confessions based on what we see). We also learn in Hebrews 11 that the world was created by God’s Word… His command … His confession.

Lastly, everything comes together in Mark 11:23, where we see Jesus teaching the disciples on their authority and how when they have faith in Him, their words can carry the same power that His do.

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 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. NKJV

Right before Jesus said these words He cursed a fig tree and it withered up and died. The disciples were surprised that by His words the tree died. Therefore, Jesus takes some time to explain to the disciples the power of their words. He is showing them that when they have faith in God, their words have the same commanding power to create.

WOW! The Bible is clear that faith and words have power. The universe was created at God’s command and God says that our personal universe is created largely by our words… or confessions.

Mark 11:23 – you will have whatsoever you say

If you say that your kid is a “Snotty-nosed, stubborn, terrible-two-year old stinker” … well, the Bible says you will have whatever you say! But if we line our words up with what God says about our kids…. they are a “blessed, healthy, obedient, joyful, gift from God!”

SPEAK IT!: Lord, forgive me for where I have not spoken the best things over my life or my children’s lives. Today, I agree with you verbally that they are blessed, healthy, obedient, and joyful. Their spirit is keen to Your voice, their soul is at rest, and they are a gift. Their futures are bright and they will fulfill everything that you created them to do!

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