Reality-- Chapter 5
Confession Brings Possession
 
ROMANS 10:9,10
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

HEBREWS 10:23
"Let us hold fast the profession (confession) of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)."

1 TIMOTHY 6:12,13
"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession (confession) before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession."

We must learn to use the power of our confession to put our faith into action. Let's look at the definition of the words: confess, confession, profess and profession.

In the Greek, the word confess or confession is homologeo, it comes from the base words - homou and logos. Homou means: place or time, together. Logos means: something said (including thought), communication, mouth preaching, say, speak, speech, talk, utterance, word. These two words make up the word homologeo - to assent, covenant, acknowledge, confess, confession is made, give thanks, promise. The words profess and profession bear the same Greek meanings. I'm not a Greek scholar, but I do understand plain English. We need to acknowledge and confess or profess who we are and what we are in God, through His Word.

Now, let's take this one step further. Let's also look in the dictionary at what these same words mean - confess, confession, profess and profession.

First, to confess is to acknowledge one's belief or faith; to declare adherence to. That simply means admitting or saying what you really believe. Now, confession is something that is confessed or declared; it is also a confession of faith, a formal profession of Christian belief. So far then, we see that confession is declaring what we really believe. To profess is to affirm one's faith in Christianity or God. A profession is a declaration of belief in Christianity or a faith. So really, a confession and a profession are the same things, as are the words confess and profess.

Believing Your Confession

Now that we've looked at the meanings of these words let's find out how to make our confession work for us. I call this "confession that brings possession." The book of Romans says, "...if thou confess with thy mouth…and believe in thine heart" (Romans 10:9,10). This verse reveals two key elements of making our confession work.

Let's look at the second part of that scripture first - "...and believe in thine heart." Obviously, we must have some kind of knowledge or faith in our heart. We know how faith comes to the heart from Romans 10:17: "Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God." So, we need to hear or put God's Word in our heart in order to believe. We also need to sincerely believe that God's Word is true. Having real faith active in us is more than just reading the Word; it requires a sincere believing in our heart of what that Word says.

Next, we'll examine the confessing part. When we confess Jesus Christ as Lord we become born again believers. It takes that same kind of faith to confess that Jesus is your healer and provider. We first need to believe in our heart, according to the Word of God, then confess that Word out of our mouths. It's very important to remember that you have to believe in what you are saying so it can bring results. Only when we release our faith from our mouth can we expect the results to manifest.

Faith can be released without prayer when we believe in what we say. "For with the heart man believeth" and "with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:10). In other words, if we line ourselves up with the Word of God, by confessing what the Word says about us, then our own minds will be convinced and made confident of how God sees us. Doubt, unbelief and intimidation will be removed.

We are admonished in the Word of God to confess who or what we are in Christ. "Let us hold fast the profession (confession) of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised." (Hebrews 10:23). We can use the Scriptures to establish a confession that will not waver, but trust firmly in God. 1 John 4:4 is a good starting point. It says, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

To build confidence in us, we could say, "Greater is he (Jesus) that is in me, than he (Satan) that is in the world." Or, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13). "I am more than a conqueror through him (Christ) that loved me" (Romans 8:37). There are many more scriptures that we can use to remove doubt and unbelief.

Now for removing intimidation there is 2 Timothy 1:7 - "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." We can also say, "God has not given me the spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but He has given me a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self control" (2 Timothy 1:7 Amplified). An overcoming Christian will line up with the Word and demonstrate their conviction with corresponding actions.

Confession will change our natural conditions, as well as our spiritual condition. The Amplified Version of Mark 11:23 says, "Whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him." The more we speak the answer, or what we have in Christ, the more change will be made in the natural and in our spiritual condition. But, we have to believe what we confess. For when we confess out of our heart it brings possession into the natural realm.

Another example of confession is in Romans 8:1 - "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…" Here is the confession that this scripture produces: "Because I am in Christ Jesus, right now, I don't have a sense of condemnation."

Keeping a Balance With the Word

Years ago, when I went to Bible school, I often heard people confess things like, "God is going to make me rich," or "God is going to give me a new car," and so on. Many people confessed things they didn't believe or that didn't line up with the Word of God. Some students thought if they just confessed these things enough they would receive them.

The Bible does teach that we can have whatever the Word says we can have, but we have to keep a balance in our confession through our behavior and actions.

Believers confess many things, but often there's no true fruit produced of what they are claiming and confessing. Why? They do it for a show or to make others think they are spiritual. Let's not be that type of Christian.

Titus shows us that believers who don't walk with God yet try to work the Word are reprobate and disobedient to God's commandments. "They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate" (Titus 1:16).

Calling Things into Existence by God's Word

The right confession will line up with the Word of God. Our faith can then be released by our confession and effectively bring possession. Hebrews 10:23 says we should, "hold fast" to our confession. Why? Because, "He is faithful that promised." We need to believe God's Word - it contains His promises that we need to believe and confess. God can be depended upon when we depend upon His Word by believing and confessing it.

NUMBERS 23:19
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"

If God has said something, and we line ourselves up with the Word, He will do whatever He said. When we speak His Word it will be like God Himself speaking. The prophet Jeremiah learned this. God told him, "Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it" (Jeremiah 1:12). God will always back His Word when we believe it and speak it.

God has to operate on the same principles and laws of His Word that He has established for you and I to walk in. He called Abraham a "father of many nations" while he was yet childless, without an heir. "As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were" (Romans 4:17).

Even before Sarah, Abraham's wife, conceived, God changed Abram's name to Abraham, meaning "the father of many nations." You can see God called those things which were not, as though they were. Later, Abraham became a father of many nations by fathering Isaac, when he was 100 years old! Abraham believed what God said.

When we choose to believe and confess the Word of God over what we see in the natural we are "calling those things which be not as though they were".
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11).

God's Word will work for you. It is full of His power and His faith. It will not fail to bring the reality of His promises into your life.