Central Truth: The confession of our lips will give either God dominion over usor Satan dominion over us.The Bible is the Word of God and contains God
s thoughts. And of course, God
s thoughts are different than man
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than theearth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts
(Isaiah 55:8, 9). As we study God
s Word and know His thoughts, we can dare to think God
s thoughts after Him as we get our thinking in line with His Word.As we have been studying about confession, we have learned that if our confessing is wrong it is because our believing is wrong. If our believing is wrong, it is because our thinking is wrong. And if our thinking is wrong, it is because ourmind has not yet been renewed with the Word of God.Sometimes the teachings of the Word of God may not seem reasonable to the natural man, but that is because his mind hasn
t been renewed by the Word. Mark 11:22-24says,
Have faith in God (or the God kind of faith). For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say
and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe
shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
The Amplified version of this last verse reads,
For this reason I
m telling you, when you pray, you trust and be confident that it
s granted you. Then you are going to say,
smine, I have it.
The greatest things that will ever happen to the Christian will be when he movesout into this realm. The intellect and the physical senses will fight him everystep of the way to keep him from entering that realm, because if the natural mind is not renewed by the Word of God, it wants to hold him in the natural realm.But there is a spiritual realm, and this is realty the realm of the Christian.Right and Wrong ConfessionLooking into the matter of wrong thinking, wrong believing, and wrong confessing, let us ask the question, just what is a wrong confession? Wrong confession isa confession of defeat and failure, and of the supremacy of Satan. Talking abouthow the devil is hindering you and keeping you from success, about how he is holding you in bondage, about how he is keeping you sick, is a confession of defeat. And such a confession simply glorifies the devil.As we have said in previous lessons, confession is witnessing for a truth that we have embraced, testifying of something we know, and affirming something that we believe. And many times our confessions, rather than witnessing to what God
s Word has to say about a matter, admit to our defeat and glorify the devil rather than God.Few of us are like the dear old sister who stood in church to testify,
The devilhas been after me all week, bless his holy name.
Yet many of our testimonies do more to witness to the supremacy of Satan in our lives than to Christ
s dominion. Just as when we testify to what God has done for us, we are glorifying Him; by the same token, when we talk about what the devil is doing, of our failures and defeats, we are glorifying the devil. Many people lose the blessing that God has for them just by making a wrong confession. They are defeated and life is just agrind to them.Actually a wrong confession that glorifies the devil is an unconscious declaration that God is a failure. Such a confession destroys our faith and holds us in bondage. The confession of Satan
s ability to hinder and keep us from success giveshim dominion over us. Therefore, with your mouth you are going to either give God dominion over you; or you are going to give Satan dominion over you. The conf