Confession Precedes Actual Possession
Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you. — NUMBERS 14:28
Notice that even after the man with arthritis was anointed with oil and prayed for by the elders, there was still no manifestation. But they continued to confess that he was healed. You see, confession precedes possession. Or we could say, “Possession follows confession.” Another way to put it is, “Faith’s confessions create realities.”
The man’s pain was gone. He was out of bed trimming a tree in his backyard. Then he drove his car. The reality of his healing was there. Well, that’s what most people want; that’s what they’re seeking. They want the reality of their healing. How do they get it? By confessing that they have it before they ever see it.
I encourage you to read through the New Testament, underlining the expressions “in Him,” “in Christ,” and “in whom.” These scriptures tell you what belongs to you in Christ. You may have read some of these scriptures before and said, “I know it says that, but it doesn’t seem real in my life. I’m going to pray that it will become real to me.” No, it won’t become real by praying! How does it become real? By confessing it.
You can read in the Bible about who you are and what you have as a Christian. But the only way it will ever become real to you is by your confession. Confession is the key that unlocks faith.
Confession: I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. I confess these things from my heart. And as a result, I have what the Bible says I can have.
Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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