Why is confession of the Word of God important to operating in the God-kind of faith? Let’s examine the scriptures. Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus… (Hebrews 3:1).
When you are taught wrong, you believe wrong. But when you hear an anointed teacher of the Word of God, faith comes. When you hold on to those words in the face of persecution, afflictions and satan’s other attempts to steal it out of your heart, your believing begins to conform to the way God believes. Based on the Word of God, faith believes and receives without any other evidence.
Once you hear the Word of faith, you can no longer remain neutral. When you choose to believe what God’s Word says, (in the midst of contrary circumstances) you may soon discover that in Christian circles we are often referred to as “the faith movement”, “name-it-and-claim-it” or some other sarcastic and derogatory label.
Faith is not a movement or a fad– it is spiritual law (Rom. 3:27). God’s Word is spiritual law. God used spiritual law when He created everything in the material, physical realm by releasing His faith through words (John 1:1-3, Heb.11: 3). Jesus said in Luke 17:6, If ye had faith (as a grain of mustard seed) ye might say (unto this sycamine tree)… In the Greek it says, “you would say”… If God (and Jesus) have established that this is the way faith operates—by believing and saying, then who are we to question it or even worse, mock it.
Then what words are we to say or confess in order to operate in the God kind of faith? We have to say what God has already said in His Word about our situation. The words we confess must be based on the promises in the New Covenant, which is our inheritance. Israel failed to enter the Promised Land—their inheritance, because they did not mix faith with what God said. They did not say what God said. They mixed fear with what they heard, We be not able to go up…(Num.13:31). They held fast to the problem. So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief (Heb. 3:19). We must hold fast to our confession of faith that we may possess those things that God says are ours (now in this lifetime, not after we get to heaven).
Our confession must be based on what Jesus has already purchased for us through his death, burial, resurrection and place at the right hand of God as the High Priest of our profession (confession).
The word profession is translated confession in other scriptures. The word confess in the Bible is translated from the Greek word homologia, which means “to say or speak the same thing”. To use a current expression –“we are on the same page”, or “we are singing from the same songsheet”. Many Christian people are not on the “same page” as God. They are holding fast to the problem. When they talk the problem, then others agree and tell others. “I prayed and confessed the Word but it’s not working. The mountain is getting bigger.” Now there is a whole group of people agreeing that you have a problem and the mountain is growing instead of disappearing.
We are to hold fast to our confession of faith (Hebrews 4:14). Our confession should agree with the Word of God. Our text scripture in Hebrews 3:1 says we are to consider Jesus, the Word, as the High Priest of our confession. What does it mean, Jesus is the High Priest of our confession? Jesus confesses to the Father what we say if it agrees with the Word of God. “Father, they are returning your Word to you. They are holding fast to their confession of your Word—saying the same things you said. Now let’s perform it just the way they said it.”
Confessing God’s Word is a way of life. It is spiritual law. It is a process, not a movement or a fad. A lack of understanding in this area explains why many people start out confessing God’s Word and soon give up. They will then inform all of their Christian friends “that faith stuff doesn’t work”. It begins as a mental process until you confess God’s Word long enough for it to get into your heart. This may take weeks, months or in some areas, years.
When you hear yourself confess God’s Word, faith comes quicker than when you hear someone else say it. It takes time to train the human spirit, by speaking the Word of God, so that it becomes a reality in you and you come into agreement with what God has already said about your situation. If you hold fast to your confession of faith, it will become a conviction in your heart and no longer a mental process. The day will come when those words no longer seem powerless and empty. Now there is faith in your words and you are not just repeating what you heard someone else say, because they are coming out of your spirit. You believe what God believes and you see things the way God sees them. The mountain is gone– it is just a matter of time.
Someone might ask, “Why can’t I just believe the Word? Why do I have to say it”? Here are five reasons:
- He shall have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:23).
- Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Matt. 12:34).
- We also believe, and therefore speak (II Cor. 4:13).
- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17).
- For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:26).
Your words are the spirit of your faith. Start with little things. Begin to train your spirit and practice your faith by confessing the promises of God.