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.
Concerning the subject of confession, there’s often a lot of fuzziness in people’s thinking on the subject.
Some people have gotten in the ditch over on one side of confession, saying, “I don’t believe in that confession business.” By saying that, they are in effect saying, “I’m not saved. I want everyone to know I am not a Christian.” You see, Romans 10: 10 says that “… with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto salvation.” So if someone doesn’t believe in confession, he or she doesn’t believe in salvation.
People who say they don’t believe in confession probably just got in the ditch on one side of confession and don’t realize what their words are implying. Then you have people who get in the ditch on the other side of the road, so to speak, who confess everything they can think of – and a lot of things they should not think of.
But I want to talk about confessing in line with the word of God. If the word of God promises you something or says that something is yours, then you have a right to confess that it’s yours. But if you don’t have Scripture for it, then you have no right to confess it.
There are very few Christians in the Church as a whole who recognize that confession holds in the scheme of things. Often, when you mention the word “confession,” people instinctively think about confessing sin, failure, and weakness.
That’s the negative side of confession, but there is a positive too. Notice what Romans 10: 9 – 10 says.
ROMANS 10: 9–10
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Notice that verse 9 doesn’t say, “That if thou shalt confess thy sins …” Nowhere in the New Covenant does God specifically ask sinners to confess their sins.
1 JOHN 1: 9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
First John 1:9 wasn’t written to sinners. The Apostle John wrote this letter to the Christians (1 John 2: 1-2). Christians know when they sin, but the whole life of a sinner is, in effect, sin. A sinner couldn’t confess everything he ever did wrong, because almost everything he has ever done is wrong.
I am going to stop here for today, and give you an opportunity to digest this first lesson; I want to take it slowly. I am sure as we go through this series you will find some nuggets that will be beneficial to you.
Word for Today: "The Key that will Unlock Increase in Your Life"
Few people start a ministry with the Vision of staying small and ineffective. No, God made us to desire growth. He constructed us with the desire to achieve. In fact, the very first marching orders mankind received from God was a mandate to generate increase. That’s why week after week I am searching the scriptures looking for Biblical keys that Church of the Firstborncan use that will unlock the God-kind of prosperity and increase in our lives. My question of the day for you is, “Are you merely hoping for increase, or are you taking steps to find The Key That Will Unlock Increase In Your Life?”