All throughout the Bible we read about the importance of the spoken word. I want to take some time in this message to discuss the subject of confession and the words we speak. Let’s lay a scriptural foundation for this topic:
Our words can bring life or death
What you say can preserve life or destroy it, so you must accept the consequences of your words. (Proverbs 18:21)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)
This life and death can be taken both literally and figuratively. The bible declares in Genesis 1 that it was the words of God that were used to create the world. The scriptures teach us that God literally spoke the universe into existence.
The spoken word gives life and death to:
Jesus said that our words give permission or refuse permission for things from the spiritual world to take place here on the earth.
And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. (Matthew 16:19)
Our faith is revealed and realized through our words
Does anyone think he is religious? If he does not control his tongue, his religion is worthless and he deceives himself. (James 1:26)
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of the mouth. (Proverbs 6:2)
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:37)
You cannot confess your way into heaven; nor can you repeat a Christian “mantra” in an effort to save your soul. Your words are the expression of the real you. Good words will come from a good heart and bad words will come from an unredeemed heart.
The words of our mouth reveal the contents of our heart to the world around us.
The Word of God is alive and it never fails
So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
As humans, many times the words we speak are empty because we have no ability to insure that what we say will happen. The words of God are living and therefore His words accomplish that which He intended when He spoke them. This is why His Word is the foundation of our faith. We can trust and believe Him because He alone has the ability to produce that which His Word has promised.
The Word of God destroys our facade
The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where the soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of man’s heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
God’s Word reveals who we are. It divides soul and spirit and judges our intentions and desires. Our outward facade may mask our heart but God’s Word always lays it bare.
Confession is an important part of redemption
In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Romans 10:8-10)
Confess is translated from the Greek word homologeō (ὁμολογέω) which is best defined as, “to say the same as.”
Our faith becomes active as we believe that which God has said concerning Jesus. Our redemption begins to be realized as we confess or say what God has to say about Jesus. Biblical faith or Christian faith is the belief and profession that what God has said about Himself is true.
The power of confession is not found in the repeating of dead words, meaningless words (man’s words), but in the agreement with God’s words. We are saved in our profession of faith in Jesus Christ because our words are the same as God’s words.
I know that is a little deeper than I normally write (but it is Christianity 101). Valid faith says what God says.
I want to look at main areas of our lives where it is essential to homologeō or say what God has to say.
Sin is the reason that Jesus was crucified; my sin and your sin. Our confession of sin to God (not man) is important.
- Why does God want us to confess our sin?
- Isn’t He omniscient?
- Doesn’t He already know?
He knows our sins, but it is through repentance and confession that we agree with God concerning our sin. We turn to God for forgiveness and redemption when we gain God’s point of view.
Sanctification is the ongoing process where God refines our character and removes areas of our lives plagued by the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. This process for each believer seems to operate on a different schedule, but one thing remains the same. Believers readily and easily let go of things in their lives once they truly agree with God. When we say the same thing as He does or homologeō we become more like Jesus.
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. (1 John 1:8-10)
We have an Advocate; His name is the Lord Jesus Christ. We also have an adversary; the devil. Jesus told us in John 10:10 that the devil is a thief intent on larceny, murder and destruction. Prior to our salvation the adversary’s main objective was to prevent our relationship with Jesus Christ. Having lost the war in our lives the adversary maintains insurgent attacks to steal, kill and destroy the joy and power of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Victory over the devil is not possible by anything that you or I can do; victory over the devil is a fact because of what Jesus has done. Homologeō comes into this area of our lives as well. We need to agree with God concerning the position, power and authority the devil has in your life now that you have been washed in the blood of the Lamb and made the house of the Holy Ghost. God declares that the devil’s position in your life to be under your feet. Until you can homologeō with the scriptures concerning this you will find that the devil will consistently make inroads into your life, causing problem after problem. Once you agree with God you will find that James 4:7 is activated in your life – you will resist him and he will flee. The attacks will not cease but you will find that victory Jesus won for you is all you need.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:4-5)
Prayer, faith and answers
There are many times that we pray to give thanks, praise and/or worship. There are times where we come to God in repentance so that we can be made more like Jesus. There are also many times when we come to God in prayer to secure an answer. We need help and we know it has to come from heaven. Homologeō plays a gigantic part in prayer. Agreeing with God or having the mind of Christ concerning the subject or object of your prayer is vital. “All things are possible to him that believes” were the words of Jesus in Mark 9:23. To him that believes what? To him that believes what God said is true. I will spend several messages at a later date on the subject of faith and prayer but faith is the essential element of prayer and true faith exists when we agree with God’s Word.
We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith. The one who made the promise is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
Throughout the Old & New Testaments God revealed His willingness and power to heal. He heals sick people. He cures disease. He does it through the power of the Holy Spirit. He does it because Jesus bore the pain and punishment for our healing on the cross. You agreement or disagreement with God’s power and desire to heal is the determining factor on how you will respond to this Biblical truth. Many in the body of Christ choose to believe that God no longer heals sick people. Many in the body readily believe this Biblical truth. If you need to receive from God on any level you will need to agree with Him or homologeō.
He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. (Psalm 107:20)
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick. This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.” (Matthew 8:16-17)
There are many subjects that we have not covered in this brief message, but the principle remains the same for everything in relationship to God. If want to relate and receive from Him we need to agree with Him. The father of the epileptic boy in Mark 9:24 proclaimed, “Lord I believe. Help me with my unbelief.”
You don’t need a sheet of confessions that you repeat until you can convince yourself that you believe them. That is working the equation from the wrong direction. You need to read, study, pray, praise and worship. The Bible needs to become a part of you. The Word needs to become flesh in your life and as it does you will begin to homologeō.
My opinions no matter how reasonable or justified by my circumstances hold no weight in moving the power of God. My agreement with His Word releases my faith and therefore opens my life to receive from Him.
To sum this all up – digest the Word of the Lord. Get it in your heart and mind, allowing the Holy Spirit to change your beliefs and opinions to reflect God’s truth. As you do you will begin to agree with God and it is at these points in your life where the Bible will come to life in you.