Friday 10th May 2019
Confession brings possession
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
The Lord Jesus talks about faith in God in the above scripture portion. He tells his disciples to have faith in God and says assuredly that if we “say” to this mountain to be removed and cast into the sea and do not doubt in our hearts then it will be done. This scripture passage illustrates that both believing as well as confession are important.
The apostle Paul writes in Romans 10:10 that “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation “
We can see that both these two scriptures passages illustrate the importance of confession. Confession has the idea of agreeing with. Confession is not just admitting of guilt or sin. It also means acknowledgement. It is also described as “the expression of a conviction of the heart”.
It is important to understand that confession can be positive confession which is in accordance with the word of God (Bible) or negative confession which is contrary to God’s word.
We may recall the story of the twelve spies sent by Moses into the land of Canaan in Numbers 13 and 14. All the twelve spies expressed the fact that it was ‘indeed a land flowing with milk and honey’. However, the Bible records that ten spies brought an evil report that they could not possess the land, but Joshua and Caleb said that they could conquer the land. The Bible records the ten spies’ report as ‘evil’ as they did not believe the promise that God would give them the land of Canaan.
Tragically the ten spies who did not believe and confessed negatively did not enter the promise land but Joshua and Caleb entered the promised land of Canaan according to their confession.
The Bible teaches us to meditate on God’s word. Meditation on God’s word changes our thinking. Right thinking leads us to right confession and confession leads to possession.
Let us reflect and ponder what we have been confessing (speaking with conviction) in the last few days. Is it positive confession or negative confession?
Let us pray and ask God to give us strength to confess positively and to remember that confession brings possession.
Sampson Dasari (Sawyers Church Ministry Team)