Wednesday, 21 October 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 43

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: 
SO WHY PRAY? PART 3
CONFESSION OF FAITH

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬


In this capsule we would continue with our discussion on prayer. Remember that the whole premises is based on the fact that we already believe the truth that 'God has given us ALL that we would ever need for life and godliness' in other words He has anticipated the need and made more than enough provision for whatever it is we need, through the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. The question most people would then ask is 'if this is true why bother to pray?'. If you will recall I said this is the wrong question to ask. If I tell you that a provision has been made for you in a will of a dead relative, you will definitely want to know how to gain access to it so that you can benefit from it. Similarly, the provisions of God are spiritual, you need to know how to manifest them in the physical realm if they are going to benefit you, and that is where prayer comes in. Unfortunately, there is a gross misuse of prayer and that is what we have been addressing from capsule 36 . The primary purpose of prayer is to fellowship with God, this should be central to your prayer life, if you can assimilate this truth, every other thing will fall in line. We looked at 'prayer to change things' in the preceding capsules, I hope it blessed you ? We would like to look at the place of confession in prayer, starting with this capsule, so buckle up and let's enjoy the ride. Again I am likely to say somethings that are not mainstream, but I promise you they are valid and true.


By definition, confession simply means 'to agree with or acknowledge ' and even in Christianity this is the basis of it's usage. So when you are confessing, it might be that you are agreeing with God as in Amos 3:3 which is a confession of faith or on the flip side you acknowledge your sin when you transgress again Him, as in 1John 1:8-9, the purpose of which is to also agree with God and in addition to shut the door against the devil (Romans 6:16). Now this is where I believe you need to be careful and I also disagree with what is commonly taught and practiced. Please understand me, there is nothing wrong with confession of sin, in fact it is important, however if not properly handled it could create a condemnation consciousness in your spiritual psyche and this in turn will make you develop a sense of unworthiness. This is not commonly taught but I believe if you are going to get anywhere in the things of God you will need to understand this. To really grasp what I am trying to convey here you will need to spend time studying and meditating on the book of Romans and Hebrews, particularly Romans Chapter 8, Hebrews Chapters 7-10, look at Hebrews 10:2. Again, I am not devaluing confession of sin, my concern is that the emphasis and perspective need balancing, my prayer is that the Holy Spirit will help you into the glorious liberty of the children of God. I do not claim to walk in this perfectly or as much as I should, but I am heading in that direction. If the devil cannot condemn you, he would be happy if you do it for him. Enough said, the rest of our discussion on confession as a form of prayer will be on what I call CONFESSION OF FAITH.


Unlike confession of sin, you should live in constant consciousness of CONFESSION OF FAITH WITHOUT WAVERING! (Hebrews 4:14, 10:23). This means it should become a way of life, however for it to be meaningful you need to know what you are doing , why you are doing it and how to do it properly. This is good stuff, it would help you.


“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬


Hebrews 4:14, tells you the reason why you should hold fast your confession. Christ is the eternal High Priest of your confession. If He is eternal, that is, living forever, without end, then you have every reason to agree with Him . More importantly He is in the heavens, the source of everything spiritual and godly. If you understand this , Ephesians 1:3 and Hebrews 7:24 will make more meaning to you. The question 'will God answer my prayer?' becomes redundant. There are two worlds, the spiritual and the physical (Hebrews 11:3), and everything in the physical is birth by the spiritual. When you make a confession of faith, you're are not saying it to make it so, you are confessing it because it is already so in the spiritual. The purpose of your confession is an acknowledgement of what is in the spiritual. Don't forget that we already discussed the fact that your voice (spoken word) is conduit to the physical (Mark 11:21-24). Let's look at a typical example, Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭KJV


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
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Christ paid the price for your salvation more than 2000 years ago, that is an irrefutable, irrevocable and immutable spiritual truth, but it only becomes a reality the day you agree or acknowledge this by your confession of faith. You are not confessing it to get Christ to pay the price for your salvation, no, not at all, He has already done it, all your confession is doing is to acknowledge and receive it. This is so simple, that you will need somebody to help you misunderstand it, unfortunately religion has done just that! We've made what is simple and straightforward complex. We create an impression that it's your confession that would convince God to do it, instead of teaching them that all your confession will do is lead to manifestation of what God has already done. The two sound and look alike but they are completely different. Until you grasp this, your confession means nothing. Usually when I use Romans 10:9-10 as example, the response is that you can only do this with salvation , what we fail to understand is that salvation is more than just forgiveness of sin, it's the total package.


“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:24‬ ‭KJV‬‬


Look at 1 Peter 2:24, did you notice that it's written in past tense? What this suggests is that your healing is already accomplished by Christ, whether it becomes manifested in your body depends on your confession of faith. The whole of the Epistle to the Ephesians is based on this premises. For instance Ephesians 1:3, makes the point that we are already blessed, Ephesians 1:6 is saying we are already highly favoured ( the word translated 'accepted in the beloved' is the same word used for ' highly favoured ' in Luke 1:28). But this will only become real in your life if your confession of faith aligns with it and that is what we would consider in the next capsule.



CONCLUSION
CONFESS WHAT IS TRUE, NOT WHAT YOU HAVE