Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” This text refers to confession and salvation, but it is also true concerning anything else you receive from God. Everything you receive from God comes the same way—through faith.
With the heart, man believes for healing; and with the mouth, confession is made. With the heart, man believes for the baptism in the Holy Spirit; and with the mouth, confession is made. You receive what you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth.
The same thought appears in Mark 11:23, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
In this scripture, Jesus mentions believing once and confession—or saying something—three times. When the Lord spoke to me about this, He said, “You will have to preach three times more on the saying part as you do the believing part. People are not missing it in their believing; they are missing it in their saying—or their confession.”
When people know and confess who they are in christ and take advantage of that fact, they cannot fail in their christian life.
The Bible does not teach if you simply believe in your heart, you will receive an answer. It says if you believe with your heart and say it with your mouth, you will have whatever you say.
Romans 10:8 says, “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.” Notice the word of faith must be in your mouth and heart.
Few Christians have recognized the place confession holds in their lives. Unfortunately, when the word “confession” is used, people invariably think of confessing sin, weakness, and failure. That is the negative side of confession. There is also a positive side, and the Bible says more about the positive side than the negative.
The dictionary says that to confess means “to make a confession of one’s faults, to acknowledge faith in.” If you only confess faults and failures, you will grow lopsided in your Christian life. You will build weakness, sin, and failure consciousness into your spirit.
Christianity is called “The Great Confession.” What is confession?
First, it is declaring what you believe to be true.
Second, it is giving evidence to what you know in your heart.
Third, it is testifying to the truth you have accepted.
But you must know what you are to confess. Confession centers on five areas:
First, what God in Christ did for you in the plan of redemption.
Second, what God through the Word and the Holy Spirit did for you in the New Birth and the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Third, what you are to God the Father.
Fourth, what Jesus is doing for you now, seated at the right hand of the Father, where He ever lives to make intercession for you (Heb. 7:25).
Fifth, what God can do through you, or what His Word will do as you speak it.
You can’t confess about things you don’t know anything about. If you are a witness in a courtroom, it is what you have seen and heard that stands as evidence. Your opinion doesn’t count. What matters is what you know about Jesus and who you are in Him.
Many people know the Lord as their personal savior, but they don’t know their privileges in Him. When people know and confess who they are in Christ and take advantage of that fact, they cannot fail in their Christian life.
Speak God’s Language
Start each day by saying what the Bible says! For more articles on confession, visit rhema.org/studycenter.
Kenneth E. Hagin
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