What does it mean to Confess? It means to acknowledge or avow or to admit. The process of faith based confession is the process of acknowledging or admitting what is ours in Christ Jesus.
Given the meanings of the word confession, it is easy to see two important aspects of confession:
1. Recognition of the heart
2. Profession with the mouth.
Romans 10:10 for with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
Salvation or soteria is a product of believing with our hearts and confessing with the mouth. You can’t walk in salvation if you don’t get your confession in place. Infact Christianity is called the “Great Confession”
What do we confess?
1. We confess our new birth – Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
2. We confess our righteousness in Christ Jesus: He who knew no sin was made sin for us so that we can become the righteousness of God in Him (I Cor. 5; 21). Jesus was made sin for us, and we were made righteous by him
3. We confess our healing; He took our grief and carried our sorrows, and by his stripes we are healed.
4. We acknowledge (confess) the good things God has given to us. The communication of our faith is made effectual by the acknowledgment of every good thing that God has given to us and done for us. Notice that the communication of our faith
5. We confess the word of God; we having the same spirit of faith speak as we believe. We confess the word at all time; we need to get so full of the word that the word comes out of our mouth in and out of season.
6. We speak right, by speaking faith filled words every time: If you have faith like a mustard seed, and you say to this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, but you do not entertain any doubt, but believe that the things you say will come to pass, you shall have whatever you keep saying. Notice that the word “say” comes up three times in one verse of scripture, it end by saying, “you shall have whatever you keep saying”
Why do we make confessions?
1. Angels hearken to the voice of God’s word: The way we set our angels in motion is by confessing God’s word, by giving voice to the word of God. We are the voice of the God’s word in the earth
2. God watches over his word to perform it: Each time we begin to speak the word of God, and make confessions (acknowledging and admitting what Jesus did for us), God watches over his word in our mouth to confirm and perform it. Mark 16: and the Lord was working with them, confirming the word with signs following.
3. We shall have whatever we keep saying: Mark 11:23, speaks expressly on this issue. We have what we keep saying, so we just can’t speak the word once and for us, we need to continuously and habitually speak the right words through our mouth.
4. You are the establishing witness: At the mouth of two or three, every word shall be established. On the earth, it is what you say that becomes. God has spoken his word, to make it become on the earth and establish it in the system of life or in your own life; you need to begin to speak it out of your mouth. It won’t happen in your life because God said it alone, it will happen because you also said it.
5. It is the way the kingdom of God works. As “effort” is to man in the natural, so is the “Word” to God. “He sent his word and healed them”. God gets things done in the earth through the instrumentality of the word. Man gets things done by exerting effort or energy, God does it by speaking the word. Heb 11: 2, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made of what does appear” In Genesis 1, God said. “Light be! And light became” The world framed by the word of God. That is how God works, that is how the kingdom of God works.
6. Jesus is the High Priest of our confession. The high priest was the mediator between sinful man and the Holy God, and Jesus is our high priest, the high priest of our confession. He carries our confessions to God
How do we keep our confessions right:
1. Keep what is going into our hearts right: Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. It is what has the most hand in your heart that you speak. A salt lake cannot produce fresh water. A cluttered heart filled with fear and all kinds of junks cannot speak out faith.
2. Spend time on the word of God. God spoke to Joshua in Joshua 1:8, “the book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth and you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may observe to do . . . . The only way to observe to do the word is to pay attention to it.
3. Place a watch over your mouth: You have to consciously keep the word in your mouth. Faith is a fruit of the spirit, and what that implies is that you have to consciously walk in it. You can’t abandon yourself to the elements and just allow every word that comes into your mind to be spoken out of your mouth. Remember James 3: 2b, And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.
Memory Verse: Mark 11:23 " If you say to this mountain be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea and shall not doubt in your heart but believe that those thing which you say will come to pass, you shall have you say"