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282. Power in confession.

Not only are the Words of God carriers of his power but also our words spoken in faith can carry the power of God to alter the course of our lives. God said to the Israelites, *"I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses"* and counselled them to choose life. ( Deuteronomy 30:19) *'The word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it.* (Vs 14) How were they to choose? With their tongue! *'The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat it's fruit.'* ( Proverbs 18:21) We also choose today with our tongue. *'If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.'* ( Romans 10:9) Everyone will have to personally answer the question asked by Jesus, *"Who do you say I am?"* Simon Peter answered, *"You are Christ, the Son of the living God."* ( Matthew 16:15-16) Just as his confession decided his destiny, so will our confession decide our eternal destiny. *"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father. But whoever disowns me before men I will disown him before my Father in heaven."* (Matthew 10:32) Those who reject him, still will have to *'confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father'* (Philippians 2:10-11), not for their salvation but in humiliation. But *'EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved'* ( Joel 2:32) from hell or the lake of fire. However, just having called on his name is not enough to enter heaven! *"Not EVERYONE who says to me, 'Lord, Lord', will enter the Kingdom of heaven, buy only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."* ( Matthew 7:21) John in his vision saw that the saints overcame the enemy by their confession. *'They overcame him* ( the devil) *by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.'* (Revelation 12:11) Do we make our confession daily?

After Moses' death, Joshua was told: *"Do not let this book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you might be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."* ( Joshua 1:8) This is because, what we think is what we say, and what we say is what we do. *'For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks ... I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned."* ( Matthew 12:36-37) We cannot make negative confession and still except victory. No matter how bleak the future looks, speak the promises of God to that situation as Ezekiel was commanded to prophesy to the dry bones. *He asked me, "Son of Man, can these bones live?" I said, "O Sovereign Lord, you alone know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones ... And as I was prophesying, there was a noise ... they came to life and stood up on their feet - a vast army.'* ( Ezekiel 37:3-10) No situation is so dead that it cannot be revived by our confession. Our confession in the Holy Spirit amounts to prophesying. That's why Paul wrote, *'I would like everyone of you to speak in tongues but I would rather have you prophesy'* ( 1 Corinthians 14:5) because it's life altering! Both our salvation and our healing is by our confession. *'For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.'* (Romans 20:10) Let's discover the power of confession! Amen.

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