Finding a Scripture that reveals God’s truth is the first step to seeing God’s Word come to pass in your life. But as we have already discovered it is not about just quoting the literal words because the power of God is released when you believe and act on what it says. So don’t just focus on the literal words but on the message of what those words are saying!
This lesson I wanted to cover a little bit on confession…
…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom 10:9-10 (NKJV)
Many believers misunderstand what it means to confess the Word. I see many caught up with declaring the literal Word without having a personal revelation on what those words are saying. We need to remember that what God has said in His Word has already been established for us. His Word is our instruction book for life and shows what we have already inherited as a believer. For this reason we don’t declare or confess God’s Word to move God or to make something happen. Instead, we confess and say what has already happened! God has already moved and done everything for us through the finished work of the Cross!
So confession doesn’t move God but moves us into what God has already provided!
The word confess in Greek in the scripture above is homologeo and means: to agree with, not to refuse or deny, to declare openly, speak out freely. So confession is to agree out of our mouth by saying the same thing as what God’s Word says about what He has done for us through His Son!
Confession is two-fold; it helps us to renew our minds with the truth and it’s also how we see God’s power released in our life when we say what God says about us!
I love what the message version says of this Scripture…..
The Word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. It’s the Word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming Word to God—”Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what He did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting Him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” Romans 8:8-10 (Msg)
We understand that we don’t have to confess God’s Word or what Jesus has done for us many times to come into Salvation. We simply embrace what Jesus has done by believing and acting on it. This is the same for everything that Jesus redeemed us from through His finished work.
It is so easy to get into works and self-effort and performance mode when we need a breakthrough but we need to remind ourselves that the things of God’s Kingdom are not earned but learned. We therefore need to renew our minds with what we already have in Christ so that we can see this truth established in our heart! Then out of the overflow of our heart our mouth will speak and we will start thinking and saying what God says. Our lives will be transformed and soon circumstances as a result. The rest will be history.
Copyright Nerida Walker 2010 (God’s Plan for Pregnancy and It is Finished). If you would like to know more about the power of God’s Word and how to see it come to pass in your life grab a copy of my audio message God’s Living Word for Childbearing (for those wanting a breakthrough in reproduction) or The Living Word of God (for those who want to experience God’s healing power in every area of their lives.