By Jeff Shroyer – Tipp City, Ohio
As a believer, what should our confession look like? It is saying what the Word says, affirming it, witnessing to it, and then testifying of it.
Since the day I arrived home from the hospital after having a heart attack, I have confessed that I have “a new heart,” and that’s what I’ve confessed day and night ever since:
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” Psalms 118:17 KJV
This verse has been my staple!
God promises that our FAITH holds fast to the confession of the Word.
“He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Psalms 107:20 KJV
Speak GOD’S Words
It is absolutely necessary that we confess God’s Word and not our own words, which tend to fall into negative speak when we don’t see instant gratification.
“Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 NKJV
The Word should be our steadfast confession.
Confession is a choice…we either confess what God’s Word says, which leads to victory, or we confess the things of this world, which leads to death and destruction.
We can develop a habit of confessing what we have by the promises of God and not confessing how we feel or what a situation looks like.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 NKJV
Verses like these, for example, build our faith:
“…and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NKJV
“And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NKJV
We defeat the adversary with our words, and these must be the words that live in our hearts each and every day.
By continually confessing God’s Word, it builds the road of FAITH that we as Christians must have in order to walk with victory in this life.
Confession Defines Us
Our confessions define us because they dress us, feed us, lead us, and give us confidence either to live successfully or live defeated.
“Let us hold fast the profession (confession) of our FAITH without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” Hebrews 10:23 KJV
Over the years, I have realized what I hold fast to and what I don’t. One way to recognize this is to listen to what you are saying to others.
What fruit has been produced in your life and in the lives of others around you? What are you giving off? Are you seeing results?
If you are not getting the results you want, take a look at your confession. God’s Word works, but you have to do it and not just talk about it.
We cannot make excuses for anything or anyone.
“…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 KJV
Therefore, if we love him, we are walking in the light and are dispelling darkness.
In living everyday life, I confess that…
- My children and grandchildren are saved, protected, and living in God’s grace.
- My life is an example of my savior Jesus Christ!
- I’m saved, healed, and delivered!
- I have the finances I need to live life more than abundantly!
- I am smart and can retain God’s Word!
- I am boldly declaring God’s Word to others!
- I love God and he loves me!
We know what God’s Word says about confession, and we know what man does with confession.
How can we help one another with confessions? It’s important that first of all, we stay connected in peoples’ lives and in fellowship.
In Acts, it gives plenty of examples of breaking bread together daily and gathering with the saints. People were invested in one another’s lives. What does that look like in today’s world?
We have technology like no other time, so let’s use it. A phone call, a text, an email, and meals together are a great place to start, and it can grow from there.
God gave us His Word, His son, and each other to live life. Let’s learn to live it together to be better than ever and reap the rewards of this life and in the life to come.
Let’s CONFESS to be the BEST!
Jeff Shroyer is the oldest son of John and Mary Lou Shroyer, the founders of Christian Family Fellowship Ministry, and worked for 35 years as an art director. He has been married to Tonia for 33 years and enjoys spending time with their four children and two grandsons, and watching sports.