What we believe is a result of our thinking. If we think wrong, we will believe wrong. If our believing is wrong, our confession will be wrong. In other words, what we say will be wrong. It all hinges on our thinking! But the Word of God has been given to us to straighten out our thinking! Jesus said in Mark 11:23, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”
We will not be able to make the right confession until our thinking is right. Our thinking must be in line with the Word of God, because we cannot believe beyond the actual knowledge we have of the Word of God.
However, we need to realize that thoughts can come into our minds from two different sources. In other words, the thoughts that come into our minds do not always originate in our minds. The devil puts many thoughts into our minds from outside ourselves. That’s one source. Then, of course, thoughts from God come from within us. They come through our spirits into our minds. As you stay in close fellowship with the Lord through prayer, meditation, and study of His Word, you will learn to distinguish the source of your thoughts. Naturally, evil thoughts are from the devil. God is love, on the other hand
Christianity is called “the Great Confession”. Our confession is the result of our believing, and our believing is the result of our right or wrong thinking.
Thus, there is no faith without confession, but faith will grow with your confession. Confession does several things for the believer. Confession gives direction and fixes landmarks for one’s life. One cannot receive from God without right believing and right confession. And when we begin to realize that, we can begin to get somewhere with God.
All of Israel could have gone into Canaan’s land — but they fixed the landmark of their own lives with wrong believing, which resulted in wrong confessing.
1. Some doubt God’s Word because they do not know it.
This is unbelief that is based on a lack of knowledge of the Word of God — because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. So if people do not hear and do not know the Word of God, they cannot have faith.
The cure for (this) unbelief is to study God’s Word. By studying God’s Word for yourself, you can gain knowledge of what is yours “in him.”
2. Another type of unbelief is failure to be persuaded.
The children of Israel knew they were to take the Promised Land, because God had said He had given it to them. But they could not be persuaded to act on His Word. There are many believers who are informed about God’s Word, but they cannot be persuaded to act on it. This is unbelief. The cure for this particular kind of unbelief is obedience.
Jesus could do no mighty work in Nazareth! Not that He would not. He could not! Why couldn’t He? The Bible says it was because of the people’s unbelief.
To build a solid faith life, you need to believe and confess daily what God the Father is to you, what Jesus is doing for you now at the right hand of the Father, and what the Holy Spirit is doing in you. Then you will grow to the place where you will not be afraid of circumstances any longer; and you will not be afraid of any disease or any condition. Instead, you will face life fearlessly — a conqueror! Once I say that God has heard my prayer, I never go back to it. I do not care what I see, what I feel, or what my senses tell me — I stay with my confession. I take hold of it with the tenacity of a bulldog, and I do not turn loose of it.
I have stood my ground for certain things for days, weeks, and even months. I have not budged an inch. I have stood my ground because I knew that God had heard my prayer, and that I had the answer for the matter I had been praying about. Few Christians realize that our confessions imprison us, and that only the right kind of confession will set us free. It is not only our thinking, but it is also the words we speak which build power or weakness into us. Our words snare us and hold us in captivity, or else they set us free. Our words become powerful in the lives of others. It is what we confess with our lips that really dominates our inner being.
When people confess their lack, they build a sense of lack and inadequacy into themselves, and then these deficiencies gain the ascendancy in their lives. Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus, “Neither give place to the devil” (Eph. 4:27). What does this mean? It means that we should not give the devil any place in us, because the devil cannot dominate us in any way unless we allow him to do it. When we resist the devil and make the right confessions, we can maintain our dominion over the devil. But if our confessions are not in line with the Word of God, then they glorify the devil, and they fill our hearts with a spirit of fear and weakness
The confessions of a believer’s lips that have grown out of faith in his heart will absolutely beat the devil in every combat. However, if a believer does not believe in his heart the confessions his lips are making, these confessions will not work. And if he confesses Satan’s ability to hinder him and to keep him from success, Satan will gain dominion over him. In the next verse, verse nine, Peter continued and told us to do something about the devil: “Whom resist stedfast in the faith . . . . “ We are the ones who must do something about the devil! “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). James was writing to believers. Notice he did not say we were to pray to God so that God would resist the devil and cause him to flee from us. James did not say we were to telephone the pastor and have him pray that the devil would go away. No, unless you resist the devil, he will not flee from you.
There is no place in the Bible where Jesus or anyone else said that prayer alone would get the job done. But Jesus did say, “… when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them “ (Mark 11:24). Jesus also said, “. .. all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matt. 21:22). Pray, forget about it, and begin to conduct yourself as if the answer came the minute you prayed! It takes more than prayer. It takes believing the Word and acting on it. I just kept fighting the devil like this. Friends, don’t think you won’t have a fight when you make a confession like that. You won’t rest on a flowery bed of ease. Oh, no! God did not say you would. He said we were to “Fight the good fight of faith…” (1 Tim. 6:12). He said we were to “… Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). He said we were to “… hold that fast which thou hast…” (Rev. 3:11). And He said we were to resist the devil “steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9). All such terms as these denote that some strenuous effort needs to be put forth on our part. I stopped holding onto the confession of my senses, and I held onto what God’s Word said instead. That’s what put me over, and it will put you over too.
Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
Get soaked with the Word of God until you are so Word-conscious that you think about the Word continually. While others are talking about everything else, you should be talking about what the Word says. Your right confession will become a reality, and then you will get whatever you need from God. Act on God’s Word today! – CARL ERINLE