Confession: Releasing and Receiving
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10 (New International Version, NIV)
We are saved by believing in Jesus and saying, or confessing, what we believe. The same is true of anything we wish to receive from God. We find a promise from God in the Word of God and we choose to believe it is for us. Then we confess that it is ours. Why is our confession, or us saying it, such a big deal?
God created Adam in His image and intended for mankind to operate in God-like dominion over the earth. The idea is for us to do things the way that God does. In the Genesis account of creation, we see that God spoke creation into existence. His Words carried the power to create, and they still do. Words are containers. We can use them to carry and release creative power for good things or for bad things.
Confessing Gods’ Word on a regular basis releases the creative power of God to bring those things we speak into the physical realm so we can have them. But the spoken Word does more than that.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
So, when we speak God’s Word out loud, we release God’s power, plus we receive faith in the process because we are hearing the Word of God that we speak. When we speak the Word, we hear it and faith comes. So, confession has a dual purpose. When we confess the Word, we release and we receive. Therefore, combining faith with the spoken Word of God is the recipe for receiving the Lord’s promises.