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Confession B3

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We’re going to continue where we left off last time in our teaching on faith and confession.

I) If you have your Bibles with you, turn with me again to LUKE 17:5-6.

A) The KJV says, “If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say...”

1) But in the Greek it’s a little different.

a) The Greek interlinear (along with the Wuest Translation and New American Standard Bible says, “If you had faith as a seed you would say.” (Not “might say”, you “WOULD say.”)

b) The ASV says the same thing. It’s worded like this, “And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, YE WOULD SAY unto this sycamore tree, Be thou rooted up, and be thou planted in the sea; and it WOULD (not SHOULD, but WOULD) OBEY YOU.

c) If ye had faith ye WOULD SAY.” Faith has a voice.

(i) Faith speaks and when it does the circumstance will change. It must obey you.

(ii) The circumstances don’t change just because you said it. Faith is also involved. Again faith and confession go hand-in-hand.

2) This did not say it would obey God, and it did not say that it would obey the Holy Spirit. It says that IT WOULD OBEY YOU.

3) Now notice that the apostles said, “LORD, INCREASE OUR FAITH,” (verse 5) “Lord, why don’t you just give us more faith? That’s what we need, we need more faith.”

a) Jesus replied to that statement, “You don’t need more faith.”

(i) All you need is a drop of faith, something that’s the size of a seed.

(ii) What Jesus was implying is that you need to understand how faith works.

b) The main point that Jesus is trying to get across is that FAITH is RELEASED WHEN YOU SPEAK IT.

(i) The very power that is contained in faith is released when you speak it, when you confess it.

c) Look at MARK 11:23.

(i) Notice Jesus’ teaching here. 1st He says, “You have to say it.” “Speak to you mountain.”

(ii) Then he says, “You can’t doubt it, but you have to believe it.”

(iii) The 3rd thing that He says here is that after you speak it, and believe it, it will come to pass. It will happen.

(iv) The power of faith is released when you speak it.

II) In the book Numbers chapter 13. Moses sent 12 spies into the promise land to spy out the land, but only 2 spies came back with a good report, 10 came back with an evil report.

A) When the people listened to the evil negative report of the 10 spies, they began to murmur. They murmured against Moses and Aaron, but they also began to say, “Did God bring us out here to die in the wilderness.”

1) Because of that the Lord said in (NUMBERS 14:28-29) “As ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.”

a) There’s power in faith, and that power is released when you speak it out of your mouth.

(i) Israel here had faith in the wrong thing. They believed that they were going to die in the wilderness, and when they spoken out of their mouth, that’s what they received.

(ii) Speak God’s Word and believe it. When you do the power that is contained in faith is released.

B) We also have the story in the book of JOSHUA where the children of Israel came to the city of Jericho. Joshua told the people that they could not even say a word.

1) JOSHUA 6:10.

a) What was so important about the words that came out of their mouth?

b) If the people would have been allowed to talk, then I’m sure there would have been a lot of negative talking.

(i) The wrong confession, like how are we ever going to take this city, they’re going to destroy us.

(ii) There had to be a stop to it before they would reap the fruit of their lips.

C) In the book of (LUKE 1:13, 18-20) an angel appeared to Zacharias and told him that he was going to have a son.

1) Zacharias could not believe it. Because of it the angel said in (Luke 1:20) “And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.”

a) Because Zacharias did not believe, he would have spoken his unbelief.

(i) It would have come out of his heart.

D) (Proverbs 18:21) says, “Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue.”

1) We have to have this revelation for ourselves and you’ll begin to change Situations through the Word of God.

III) HEB 11:1-3.

A) We could word (HEB 11:3) this way, “We understand that it was through faith that the worlds were framed by the Word of God.”

1) That’s how God framed the worlds. It was through the spoken Word of God.

a) God spoke the words that brought everything into existence.

b) All things were made by words.

2) JOHN 1:1-3.

a) “Without him”, “was not any thing made that was made.” Who is the HIM that we’re talking about?

(i) It’s actually talking about the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God.

b) Without the Word, nothing was made.

(i) In the beginning, all creation was made by the Word.

(ii) John said that the Word was God in (V 1), and God is all-powerful. If that’s true then the Word is all-powerful to change your situation.

(iii) (Hebrews 4:12) says, “For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword.”

B) But I just want WARN YOU that sometimes when you start confessing the Word of God people will say, “All that faith stuff doesn’t work” or they’ll just sit back and say, “We’ll just see how long they keep up that faith and confession stuff.”

1) Don’t let their thoughts and comments shake you. Stay with it no matter how long it takes. Keep on doing what you know that the Word of God says.

2) Say what the Word of God says about the situation.

a) Now not saying that we should ignore the circumstances, we should do all we can do in the natural, but you also need to do all that you can do in the spiritual.

b) When you confess God’s Word and place your faith in His Word you’re begin to change the situation.

IV) Back in HEB 11:1 let’s just turn there.

A) It says that faith is the “SUBSTANCE” of things hoped for.

1) The word “SUBSTANCEmeansESSENCE, ASSURANCE, CONFIDENCE, CONFIDENT, SUBSTANCE.”

a) FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE what causes the things you’ve prayed for to manifest. (Godly things).

b) This verse also tells us that “FAITH IS CONFIDENCE.”

(i) Faith is always confident that the Word of God is bringing the answer.

2) I like to read (HEB 11:1) like this, “Faith is the substance of things.” In other words, FAITH is what CAUSES THINGS TO COME INTO EXISTENCE.

a) God did not see the world when He created the earth.

3) But God had faith in His Word that what He spoke would happen.

4) He framed the worlds with His Words.

a) You can’t build something without substance.

b) Faith filled Words was the substance that was needed.

5) God never does anything without saying it 1st.

a) In (Genesis chapter 1) God didn’t create anything until he first spoke it. (GEN 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26.)

b) Even in the Gospels Jesus did the same thing.

(i) (LUKE 5:23-25), (JOHN 5:8).

(ii) Jesus always spoke and said, “Be whole, or rise up and walk.” These were statements of His faith, confessions of His faith. He spoke these things before the person received there healing.

(iii) It doesn’t only have to be God the Father or the Lord Jesus Christ to speak out the Word and see the results.

c) Acts 3:4-6.

(i) Faith filled words are a powerful spiritual force, it will cause the thing that you’re believing God for, to manifest in the natural realm.

(ii) Begin to change your situation with your faith in His Word that you speak.

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d) You may have heard people say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.”

(i) Nothing could be further from the truth.

(ii) Words can kill you.

e) If you don’t know what you’re doing with words they can destroy you.

f) PRO 11:3.

(i) The word “PERVERSENESS” according to my Wilson’s O.T. word study, here means “smoothness, flattery, he that is turned in his tongue.”

(ii) This verse is telling us that those that have a turned tongue, those that speak contrary to the Word of God, those that speak out the negative, it will destroy them.

B) You may have heard people say, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”

1) There are some things that if you don’t know about them it could kill you.

a) Jesus said in (JOSH 8:32) “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

(i) I take that to mean that if you don’t know the truth you will be in bondage even death.

b) (ISA 5:13) says, “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because {they have} no knowledge.”

(i) (HOS 4:6) says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

(ii) If you don’t have knowledge of the Word of God you’re in trouble.

2) Look at PRO 18:21.

a) If you don’t have a knowledge of that you’re going to face the consequences of it.

b) We’re talking about how to get our spoken words in line with the Word of God.

(i) God’s Word conceived in our heart, then formed with the tongue and spoken out of the mouth becomes a spiritual force, which releases the ability of God.

(ii) Where do you conceive God’s Word? In the human spirit or as the KJV puts it “THE HEART.”

C) You can also conceive and speak out other words.

1) If it’s the Devil that you’re quoting, you are releasing the power of the Devil. It’s that simple.

V) ROM 10:17.

A) Hearing God’s Word causes you to have faith in God and in His Word to come to you.

1) Faith is the spiritual force, which is released out of your mouth when we speak the Word of God.

2) That’s why Paul said in (PHI 4:13) “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

a) Paul understood that the Word conceived inside him and spoken out of his mouth would set the course of his whole life.

B) Turn with me to JOSH 1:8.

1) Do you want to know how to make your way prosperous?

a) 1st of all you have to do things God’s way.

b) The key is right here in (V 8), 1st of all don’t let His words depart from your mouth and do them.

2) God is telling you right here to be a doer of the Word and confess them.

a) The words that you speak are more important to you than anyone else.

b) There’s going to have more affect on you than any one else.

c) The whole direction of your life is changed according to your words.

VI) Sometimes people wonder why Jesus had so much faith.

A) It wasn’t because He was the Son of God. He set aside all His deity when He became a man.

1) So how did Jesus get so much faith?

2) Again (ROM 10:17) Says, “So then faith {cometh} by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

a) Look at JOHN 12:47-50.

b) Jesus spoke the words of His Father. When He did it caused faith to come inside of Him.

(i) (ROM 10:17) it says, “So then faith {cometh} by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

(ii) Faith that is in God’s Word gets into your spirit when you speak it.

(iii) That’s the spiritual force that we’re talking about.

B) There has been some medical research, which has discovered that the part of your brain, which controls your speech, is connected to every nerve of your body.

1) What you speak about yourself can affect your health.

2) The Word of God is more powerful in your life when you hear it spoken out of your mouth.

a) Words will affect you more when they are spoken out of your mouth.

b) MATT 12:34.

(i) What you speak out is what you believe. It will affect you much more if you already believe it in your heart than if you hear something for the 1st time.

(ii) Sure some faith will come if you here me speak the Word, But even more will come if you speak it out of your mouth.

c) That’s why God told Joshua in (JOSH 1:8), “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth.”

(i) If you went around speaking everything God said, you would be highly developed in the God kind of Faith.

(ii) Put God’s Word in your mouth.

(iii) Once you begin to get this revelation and you start confessing God’s Word for yourself you’ll begin to see God’s hand move in your life and in your situations.

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Taken from CONFESS.DOC and CONFES.DOC 7/11/90 and CONFESA WED PM TFC & WOLCC 6/6/91 THURS. PM. WOLCC 3/13/94 SUN AM and Sun AM 3/20/94

Taken from CONFESS.DOC and CONFES.DOC 7/11/90 WED PM TFC and WOLCC 6/6/91 THURS. PM and WOLCC 3/6/94 SUN AM and Thursday 7/9/98 Order of sermons: Confession, Confession A, Confession B, then Confession #2 (This message is taken from the message called “Confession.” It is part 2 of that message which I didn’t finish.) Thursday, August 06, 1998. This message is the same as Confession AAA.Doc. Which I still didn’t finish. Thursday, August 13, 1998. Thursday, August 27, 1998 and Thursday, September 10, 1998.

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