Faith and Confession
Faith and confession is very much a part of God’s Word. Faith like confession is good and Biblical, if it is true faith and not just mental agreement with the Word of God or some preacher. Faith as one’s total doctrine is not good or Biblical. Confessing what you want over and over will not bring anything into existence. Confession as one’s total doctrine is not good or Biblical either. True, it is faith that moves God and, …without faith it is impossible to please him:…” (Heb. 11:6).
Saints of God have been told to have faith, when most don’t really understand what faith is. Many Believers are running around claiming this or that and trying to confess it into existence because they were told, “Just claim what you want by faith and then keep confessing it.” If they ever complain about not receiving what they are “believing for” they are pompously told to, “Just keep confessing.” Mentally agreeing with some preacher or even God’s Word, is not heart faith, but that is what most Believers possess today and that is the reason so many fail in their walk with God.
It has been too easy to just listen to the preacher and try what he or she says, rather than get into God’s Word and see what He says. Many have been taught to confess whatever they want, and told that if they keep confessing, it will come to pass. Claiming something and confessing it over and over will not force God to do anything.
It is true that we must accept our salvation by faith, we accepted forgiveness for our sins by faith, and we accepted Jesus into our hearts by faith, because that is the Biblical way to be born again. But trying to obtain things that fulfill the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes or the pride of life by faith and confession are quite another thing.
If we will study the messages given by the “faith teachers” of today we find that the real truth behind the teaching is “to have faith in your faith”, “faith in your confession”, “faith in your point of contact” or faith in immutable laws”. If we could just find out how to make those “immutable laws” of God work. Or, of course, we could always send a “seed faith” offering. Not one time do we find the early saints trying to have faith for financial or material things or trying to confess either into existence, and, I might add, neither did they give seed faith offerings or try to send angels to retrieve their imagined wealth.
This relationship we have with God is based on faith, but it must be “true faith”. And there is definitely a place for confessing God’s Word in our Christian walk. By the Scripture above we know we must have faith to please Him. But to worship Him, we must do so in “spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). Faith in God is essential but it must be His way and within the confines of His Truth. If we are not worshipping God in spirit and in truth, we are wasting our time. If we are Christians, the bottom line should be that we have faith in God and His plan for our lives, therefore whatever happens is for our good and is okay. We know He is conforming us to the image of His Son, Jesus (Rom. 8:29).
Faith does not come by confessing something over and over, or by “trying” to have faith, but by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). Faith is simply trusting God and His Word. Our faith gets stronger as we study God’s Word, and walk with Him through good times and bad. The hard trying circumstances in life will build our faith in God as He brings us through each problem.
It is very difficult to help one understand the error in the faith and confession teaching of today, because faith and confession is so much a part of our relationship with God. The problem with most of the faith and confession taught today is that it is leading one in the wrong direction. It teaches to have faith in faith and faith in confession, rather than faith in God. It teaches to desire and confess the wrong things. It is filling many Believers with lies, while filling the coffers of their leaders with riches.
To be taught that we can have faith enough to be in complete control of our finances, circumstances, and everything else that touches our lives is a tremendous fallacy. Many are taught this very thing instead of encouraging the Believer to yield to God and allow Him to control their lives. Faith is giving God permission to control our lives, trusting He knows best for us.
Faith teachers do their
congregations a great
injustice by twisting the Scriptures to make them believe they can have
faith for anything they want or can confess anything into existence
regardless of what God may want for their lives. The Bible commands
that we place our faith and trust in Him (Jesus) only. Faith
is not a “force”. “a physical feeling” or “ a burst of emotion”, but a
heart felt attitude toward God.
We must lay aside everything that hinders our Christian growth or progress. The sin which so much of the time clings to us is the old nature or physical man that wants to have things it’s way instead of God’s way. Don’t be fooled by the faith and confession doctrine taught today.
HAVE FAITH IN GOD!
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UNFOLDING THE ROSE
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so sweetly,
when in my hands they die.
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
Each moment of my day.
I will look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrims way.
Only My Heavenly Father knows.
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.
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