Confession Of The Mouth
September 19, 2008
We must begin confessing what the Word of God has to say about our need. We need to clarify here that this kind of confession is not the so-called "positive confession" taught by the success propagators in the world. Their "positive confessions" are directed toward "self," not toward God's Word. They build their "castles in the sky," but they are not founded on the Word of God; instead they are based on what they desire for "self." For example, you will never hear them confessing the following portion of God's Word, If we suffer, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us (II Timothy 2:12).
In confessing God's Word, we must not pick out only the Scriptures we desire, but also the ones the Lord desires for us. He certainly desires to bless us, but He also desires to cleanse us. We must be as enthusiastic in our confessions to be cleansed from all that would offend the Lord as we are in confessing the physical blessings He has promised us. We must learn to set a guard on our mouths as it is very important to control our conversation. We will ultimately receive the things that we speak. If we speak evil long enough, it will come to pass; likewise if we speak good. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God (Psalm 50:23). A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:20-21).
We must not only claim God's Word, but also learn to speak or confess His Word. We must confess our faith in God's Word. We must not confess lack, as the Heavenly Father has given us everything we need. We must not confess defeat, as God has made us more than conquerors. We must not confess doubt, as God has given us His faith. We are to speak the things that the Word of God declares as truth. We easily quote what men have to say on a subject, and many times we believe them despite what the Word of God has to say about it. Yet we are often hesitant to quote what God says because the devil tells us we would be lying. He causes us to look at our circumstances rather than the Word.
Circumstances are subject to change, and one of the things that can cause them to do so is the confession of God's Word over a particular situation. For instance, if we are in need of finances, the devil will try to get us to confess such things as "I don't know where the money is coming from to pay this bill," or "I don't know what we will do when we can't make the house payment." Instead, we need to align our confession with the Word of God. My God shall supply all your [my] need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you [me] (Matthew 6:33). [Emphasis is mine]. We should confess our faith and trust in the Lord by saying, "I don't know how the Lord is going to help us meet this need, but I confess that He will because He cares for us." We bring evil and good things forth by what we speak.
Jesus referred to this in Matthew 12:34-37: O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. As Christians we should never again confess any of the things that are against God's Word.
"My Never Again List"
Never again will I confess "I can't," for "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).
Never again will I confess lack, for "My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).
Never again will I confess fear, for "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (II Timothy 1:7).
Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith, for "God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith"" (Romans 12:3).
Never again will I confess weakness, for "The Lord is the strength of my life (Psalm 27:1). The people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits" (Daniel 11:32).
Never again will I confess supremacy of Satan over my life, for "Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world" (I John 4:4).
Never again will I confess defeat, for "God always causeth me to triumph in Christ Jesus" (II Corinthians 2:14).
Never again will I confess lack of wisdom, for "Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God" (I Corinthians 1:30).
Never again will I confess sickness, for "With His stripes I am healed" (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus Himself took my infirmities and bare my sickness (Matthew 8:17).
Never again will I confess worries and frustrations, for I am "Casting all my cares upon Him, who careth for me" (I Peter 5:7). In Christ I am "care-free."
Never again will I confess bondage, for "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (II Corinthians 3:17).
Never again will I confess condemnation, for "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus "(Romans 8:1).
I am in Christ; therefore, I am free from condemnation.
Never again will I confess loneliness, Jesus said, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20). I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5).
Never again will I confess curses or bad luck, for "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us...that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" (Galatians 3:13-14).
Never again will I confess discontent because "I have learned, in whatsoever state (circumstances) I am, therewith to be content" (Philippians 4:11).
Never again will I confess unworthiness because "He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him"
(II Corinthians 5:21).
The confession of our mouths will eventually bring forth the things we speak. When we are baby Christians who have not yet learned this truth, God, in His grace, does not give us the things we confess or speak wrongly because they are not in accord with His will. We have not yet learned His will. He looks on our heart, and simply because we are desiring to do the will of the Father, He cancels those things that are not His will. Our hearts are speaking louder than our mouths.
Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart (Psalm 15:1-2).
If we continue to speak truth in our hearts, our mouths will soon begin to line up with our hearts. However, until that time the Lord is gracious to us when our hearts and our mouths are not agreeing. This is a perfect example of two agreeing before the answer to prayer can come to pass. My mouth and heart must agree to produce the answers to my prayers.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 18:19).
I pray that you have been truly blessed by this teaching.