Confession is an important part of Christianity, but it is often misunderstood. It’s time to learn the positive side of confession and how to base your confession on the solid foundation of the Word of God.
Welcome to Part VI of this very, very important lesson on “Understanding the Importance of Confession.”
Let’s go ahead and pick up from where we stopped last week. I must start this segment with a word of caution about this confession business. We need not to get in the ditch on either side of confession. We need to stay with god’s Word. We can’t take verses of Scripture out of their setting and try to prove something. We can’t get in the ditch on the right or on the left of any subject; we must go down the middle of the road.
Staying with the Word of God will keep you balanced. The Bible tells us that God never changes (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8), and since the Bible is the Word of God, then it doesn’t ever change. God’s Word is the same today as it was yesterday, and will be the same tomorrow.
When you find Scriptures that promise you the things you are praying for, you have a solid foundation for faith. Notice, I didn’t say when you find a Scripture. I said when you find Scriptures, plural, that promise you the things you’re praying for (2 Cor. 13: 1). If you can’t find it in the Word, you have no business praying for it.
Brother Hagin once told us that a man once asked him, what if I confess that I am going to get ten million oil wells?” He told the man, “If you really believe it in your heart, then you would. But you can’t believe it in your heart, because you can’t believe something in your heart that the Bible doesn’t promise you.”
Many times, many people turn in prayer requests that are unscriptural. Well, if it’s unscriptural, there’s no need to pray, because they’re not going to get an answer.
Brother Hagin told us another story of something he experienced while preaching in a certain church in the State of Texas. “There was a knock on the parsonage door where he was staying with the host pastor and his wife. The pastor went to the door, and there stood a man he had seen in the congregation earlier in the week.
Now, this man was married and had a wife, but he wanted to pray that God would give him another man’s wife! Well, it wasn’t my responsibility to pray with him, because I was only the guest speaker at this particular church. So, I turned around and walked out of the living room, because I didn’t want to laugh right in front of his face.
You see, we’ve already have Scripture on that subject. We didn’t need to pray about it; because God is not going to tell us to do something that contradicts what the Bible already says is wrong. If God did grant that prayer request, then He was lying when He said not to covet your neighbor’s wife (Exodus 20:17).”
I know this is an extreme case but my point is. Find Scriptures that covers your case, then you can believe God’s Word, and confess accordingly.
Word for Today: "Srtretching"
One of the Biblical keys that bring increase is this: People will rise to greater heights than they believe they can, if you expect it of them. The Bible has a lot to say about God’s people reaching forth, and pressing forward. It’s amazing how with a little stretching of our faith brings us into a place of excellence and victory