Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Destiny in our Mouths

Faith Operates by Believing and Saying and Saying and Saying.... It is our Confession or Words of Faith that bring Possession.

"Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh..." Matthew 12:34-35

This is not theory. It is fact. Charles Capps says, “It is spiritual law” and “it works every time it is applied correctly”. IT IS A SPIRITUAL LAW THAT GOD NEVER DOES ANYTHING WITHOUT S-A-Y-I-N-G IT FIRST. He is a faith God who releases His faith in His Words. “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). A more literal translation of the above verse says, “Have the God kind of faith” or “the faith of God.”

Ephesians 5:1 literally tells us to be imitators of God as children imitate their parents. To imitate God, you must talk like Him and act like Him. He would not ask you to do something you are not capable of doing. Jesus Himself operated in the faith principles of Mark 11:23, and Matthew 17:20 while He was on earth. He spoke to the wind and sea. He spoke to demons. He spoke to the fig tree. He even spoke to dead men! They obeyed His SPOKEN WORDS… which had power and influence.

He operated in the God kind of faith; God is a faith God. And most importantly, because God released HIS faith through Words; we must follow suit. Our words are usually loaded with fear or faith, life or death. (See Genesis 1:3).

Jesus was imitating His Father and getting the same results! In John 14:12 Jesus said, “He that believeth on me the works that I do shall he do also; and greater…” These principles of faith are based on spiritual laws which work for whosoever applies them and sets them in motion. Do we really want all the negative things we have been confessing to come to pass? Do we really believe for those things to happen? Of course not! But if Jesus came to us personally and said, “From this day forward it will come to pass, that every thing that you say will happen exactly as you say it;” it would change our vocabulary for ever!

Spoken words program our spirit (heart) either towards success or defeat. Words are truly containers; carrying and producing whatever they contain; “…faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Faith comes more quickly when we hear ourselves quoting, speaking, and saying the same things God says. We will more readily receive God’s Word into our spirits by hearing ourselves speaking it… than if we hear someone else speaking it.

Much of what the Father supplies to the body of Christ is furnished through our confession. This is not simply our positive, premeditated confession expressed in prayer; it consists of everything that comes out of our mouths. “But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.” (Matthew 12:36 AMP)

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) states that the Greek word (argós) generally used for “idle or idleness” in the New Testament literally meant, inactive, useless, empty gossip, nonsensical talk. Whereas the Strong’s Concordance #692 takes argos (pronounced ar-gos') as generally meaning; inactive, unemployed; lazy, useless; barren, idle or slow.

Our words are the overflow of and the revelation our heart condition! Christ, as the ‘High Priest of our confession’ (Hebrews 3:1), takes our words, whether in faith or unbelief, and allocates back to us eternal life in proportion to our words. When our tongue is unbridled, James tells us that our negative confession ‘…sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by Hell.’ (James 3:6)

In Hebrews 3:1 we are instructed to ‘…consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;’ (KJV) The word translated as profession in that verse can also be translated as confession. God appointed and anointed Jesus to be High Priest over our confessions or our words of faith.
He is Responsible for bringing our Words to Pass:

1 Corinthians 1:4-5 also tells us that Jesus enriches our utterance. That is, He takes our words of faith and enriches them with His Anointing. So no matter how we look at it, the words we speak carry the very creative force of Almighty God behind them. They WILL come to pass!

God created us to be the Prophets of our own lives! Our destinies are within our reach – within our very mouths! It's our words - not anyone else's - which determine our success or failure in life (Romans 10:8-9). Our words either bring good things into our lives or they bring evil things (Matthew 12:34-37). Throughout the New Testament we find teaching on four basic kinds of confessions.

The First Confession found in the New Testament is the confession of sin taught by John the Baptist and Jesus to the Jewish people in their day. This act of confession however, is not what we know today as Christian repentance. Actually, the confession of sin and water baptism that we read about in Matthew 3 and Luke 3 was an act by the people of Israel under the Abrahamic (or Old) Covenant. Prior to Jesus going to the cross, the Jews knew what it was to confess their sins and repent, but their sins were only 'covered' in atonement by the blood of an animal which was sacrificed once a year. It wasn't until the sacrifice of Jesus' blood that sin could actually be wiped out and not just covered up (see Hebrews 10).

The Second Confession is described in the New Testament and applies to everyone; the confession of a sinner. It's what we now know as the prayer of salvation. In John 16, when Jesus told His disciples about the soon coming Holy Spirit, He explained that the Spirit would come to convict “the world” of sin. But what were these “sinners” to do, once convicted by the Spirit? Basically, the confession of a sinner under the New Covenant is simply, "JESUS IS LORD."

The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:8-9)

Third Confession today, the Church is full of Christians who have no idea how to confess their sins once they do step out of fellowship with the Father - which is our third New Testament confession. The Bible says if you have sin in your life, get it out - confess it, repent of it, get rid of it. Once you do, stand on 1John 1:9, which says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

According to 1 John 1 and 2 when we are out of fellowship with the Father, when we sin - we know it. That's the time to get rid of it. Immediately! After all, 1John 2:1 assures us that, “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Don't run from Him when you sin, Run to Him. The moment we confessed our sin, is the moment we got rid of it. By faith, we spewed it out of our mouths and God was faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us.

The Fourth Confession found in the New Testament is the confession of our faith in God's Word, our faith in Christ - or His Anointing - our faith in God the Father, and our faith in the faithfulness of Jesus as our High Priest. We must remember whatever we receive from God, we receive it by CONFESSION. Our mouths are our own ‘Master Key to Life!' Again the apostle Paul wrote to the Hebrews: “…consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession Christ Jesus;” (Hebrews 3:1)

To take a closer look, the word 'confession' in the Greek actually means, “Saying the same thing as; saying what God says.” It's an affirmation of a Bible truth we are particularly embracing, (or) repeating with our lips, the thing God has said in His Word, which we believe with our heart. You might say, if you are mindful of the natural, you will live in the world, but if you are mindful of the Lord, you will live by Faith.

What you Feed you Breed:

From the Fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence. He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. (Proverbs 13:2-3 NIV) Our confessions - the words we constantly speak day after day - determine what we receive from God, whether it's salvation, physical healing, peace or financial prosperity. What's more, for the rest of our eternal existence, this principle of faith working hand in hand with our confession will never change. Jesus told His disciples in Mark 11:22; “Have faith in God.” or, as one translation puts it, “Have the faith of God.” In verse 23, He went on to explain how that faith process works;

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.

Faith operates by believing and saying and saying and saying. It is our confession or words of faith that bring possession. We see this in Romans 10:10 "With the heart man believeth...and with the mouth confession is made..." And in Matthew 12:34-35, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh..."

We lay hold of the word by receiving it by faith, and then CONFESSING it. The same process which got us saved and the very process by which we receive all else God has promised. Remember, once we lay hold of the promises of God with our faith and our confession, that's when Jesus' enriching Anointing and ministry come into play. That's why the Apostle Paul told Timothy that, "Words of faith" nourish, but idle words starve the spirit and make it weak (1Timothy 4:6-7). So let's do what Hebrews 10:23 says - Lets, "Hold fast the profession of our faith..." It is our CONFESSION of faith, after all, that makes the difference to life or death.

Three Steps to Take;
1) Ask According to His Word.
2) Act on Your Faith in His Word.
3) Praise Him in Response to His Word.

Lord You are the “High Priest of my confession” according to Hebrews 3:1. Therefore as I take your words into my mouth, believe them in my heart and speak them forth by faith, You will bring them to pass. I am your redeemed child and therefore you have given me much to say that will not only impact my own life but also the lives of many others. Therefore use my mouth today so that Your will can come to pass without delay, on earth just as it is in heaven. Amen!

Right now I lay hold of the Word of God to speak it over my life - it WILL come to pass! Even this day I have the God kind of faith or the very faith of God. I allow the spoken Word of God to penetrate my heart, to program my spirit and to renew my mind, towards success instead of defeat, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). I am the prophet of my own life and my destiny is in my mouth! I have been given the master key to life and I determine not to be passive or to spiritually procrastinate – I will use what God has given to me in Jesus mighty name.


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