|RIGHT and WRONG CONFESSIONS
Don Gossett & E. W. Kenyon
I AM REVEALED
Feb 26 2012
Few Christians have recognized the place that confession holds in the scheme of things. Whenever the word
"confession” is used we instinctively think of confessing sin, weakness and failure. That is the negative side of this
Christianity is called "the Great Confession." Confessing is affirming something that we believe. It is testifying of
something that we know. It is witnessing for a truth that we have embraced. Confession holds a very large place in
Jesus planned that this great Life and Love should be given to the world through testimony, that is, through the
confession of our lips. Testifiers and witnesses and confessors have been the great leaders in the revolutionary life
that Jesus gave to the world. The major problem that we face then, is to know what we are to confess.
Our confession centers around several things: first, what God in Christ has wrought for us. Second, what God through
the Word and the Spirit has wrought in us. Third, what we are to the Father in Christ. And last of all, what God can do
through us, or what the Word will do in our lips.
You cannot confess or witness about things you do not know. It is what you have seen and heard that counts in the
court room. It is what you know personally about Jesus Christ and about what you are in Christ that counts. How few of
us dare to confess to the world what the Word declares that we are in Christ! Take this scripture: "Wherefore if any
man is in Christ, he is a new creation" (II Corinthians 5:17). What a revolutionary thing it would be for the Church to
make a confession like that! They are not just forgiven sinners - not poor, weak, staggering, sinning church members.
They are New Creations created in Christ Jesus with the life of God, the nature of God, and the ability of God in them.
What a stir it would make in the modern church for you to confess that you are absolutely redeemed. Ephesians 1:7-8,
"In whom we have our redemption through His blood, the remission of our trespasses according to the riches of His
grace, which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence."
That would mean that Satan's dominion has been broken, that he lost his dominion over your life the moment you
became a new creation. You received a new Lord, Jesus Christ, to reign over you. Satan's dominion ended and Jesus'
dominion began. Disease and sickness can no longer lord it over you. The old habits can no longer lord it over you.
You are a new creation created in Christ.
What a stir there would be if this scripture became a reality, "Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am
thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" That is the most revolutionary thing that has ever been taught. That is your
confession as you stand before the world. "God is with me this morning."
First John 4:4, "Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he
that is in the world." You fearlessly say, "God is in me now; the Master of creation is in me!" What a confession that is!
You face life fearlessly. You know now that greater is He that is in you than all the forces that can be arrayed against
you. You are facing bills that you cannot pay. You are facing enemies that you have no ability to conquer and yet you
face them fearlessly.
You say with triumph, "He preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. He anoints my head with oil. I
am filled with joy and victory because God has taken me over; He is fighting my battles."
I am not afraid of circumstances because "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me." He is not only my strength but
He is at my right hand. He is my salvation; whom shall I fear? He throws light upon life's problems so that I know I can
act intelligently. He is my salvation, my deliverance from every trap the enemy sets for me, from every snare in which he
would enslave me. "God is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" I am not afraid of anything. I have no fear
because this God of Omnipotence is on my side. This is my continual confession.
I confess that I have a redemption that God planned and wrought in Christ.
I am a new creation of which He, Himself, is the Author and the Finisher.
I have a righteousness that permits me to stand in His presence as though sin had never been. I not only have
righteousness reckoned to me but I have righteousness imparted to me in the new nature that I have received from
Him. I have received His nature, His life; and in this life and nature is the Life of God. This makes me righteous even as
He is righteous.
This is my confession. This gives me boldness in prayer. This builds faith. This makes my way sure. I am no longer
hemmed in by limitations because I am united with the Limitless One.
He is the Vine and I am the branch. As a branch I bear His fruit because the Vine is imparting to me the fullness of His
life. I know the reality of this because it has become a part of my very being.
I know I love because He has shed abroad His love in my heart through the Holy Spirit and I know that His nature in me
is love. His love ability has gained the mastery for now I can love in whatever circumstances I am placed.
I can say with joy, "Sin shall not have dominion over me." It can no longer lord itself over me. Circumstances can no
longer hold me in bondage and hinder my usefulness in the world. I have not only God's life in me and this great Spirit
who raised up Jesus from the dead in me, but I have the use of Jesus' Name. He has given to me a legal right to use it.
My confession is that whatever I ask of the Father in His Name, He gives to me. He has given me the power of attorney.
I am using that power to help men. I am taking Jesus' place now. He is working His own work through me. He is living
His own life in me.
Jesus said, "In my Name ye shall cast out demons." I am exercising my rights. He said, "In my Name ye shall lay hands
on the sick and they shall recover." My hands become the medium through which His life pours. I am living the
abundant life. I know my words are His words. His words broke the power of death, of demons, and healed the sick.
They do the same things in my lips. This is my confession. This is my heart expressing itself through words in my lips.
Confession is faith's way of expressing itself.
Faith, like love, is only revealed in action and word. There is no faith without confession. Faith grows with your
confession. Confession does several things to the believer: it locates him. It fixes the landmarks of his life. It mightily
affects his spirit, the inner man, when he makes his declaration. For instance, there is Romans 10:9-10. "That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt
be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
There are two confessions involved here: first, a confession of the Lordship of Jesus. And the second, that he has
become the righteousness of God and is saved. These are positive confessions. The reason that the majority of
Christians, though they are earnest, yet they are weak, is because they have never dared to make a confession of what
they are in Christ. What they must do is find what they are in the mind of the Father - how He looks upon them - and
then confess it. This can be found in the Epistles. When you find this, you boldly make your confession of what the
Word declares you are in Christ. As you do this your faith will abound. The reason your faith is throttled and held in
bondage is because you have never dared to confess what God says you are.
Remember that faith never grows beyond your confession. Your daily confession of what the Father is to you, what
Jesus is now doing for you at the right hand of the Father and what the mighty Holy Spirit is doing in you will build a
positive, solid faith life. You will not be afraid of any circumstance, of any disease, or of any condition. You will
fearlessly face life - a conqueror. After a while you will find that Romans 8:37 is true, "Nay, in all these things we are
more than conquerors." You will never be a conqueror until you confess it.
A Wrong Confession
A wrong confession is the confession of defeat, failure, and of the supremacy of Satan. Talking about your combat with
the devil, how he has hindered you and how he is holding you in bondage and keeping you sick is a confession of
defeat. It is a wrong confession. It glorifies your adversary. It is an unconscious declaration that your Father-God is a
failure. Most of the confessions that we hear today glorify the devil. It destroys faith and holds you in bondage.
The confession of your lips that has grown out of faith in your heart will absolutely defeat the adversary in every combat.
The confession of Satan's ability to hinder you and keep you from success, gives Satan dominion over you and fills you
with fear and weakness. But if you boldly confess your father's care and protection, and declare that He that is in you is
greater than any force around you, you will rise above satanic influence.
Every time you confess your doubts and fears, you confess your weakness and your disease, you are openly
confessing that the Word of God is not true and that God has failed to make it good. He declares that, "With His stripes
you were healed," and, "Surely He hath borne our sicknesses and carried our diseases." Instead of confessing that He
has borne my diseases and put them away, I confess that I still have them. I take the testimony of my senses instead of
the testimony of the Word of God. As long as I hold fast to my confession of weakness, sickness, and pain, I will still
have them. I may search for years for some man of God to pray the prayer of faith for me and it will be to no avail
because my unbelief destroys the effect of his faith.
The believer who is always confessing his sins and his weaknesses is building weakness, failure and sin into his
consciousness. If we do sin, when we confess it, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness (I John 1:9). When that confession has been made, we never refer to it again. It is not past history
because history can be remembered. This is as though it had never been. We should never remind ourselves or the
Lord of our failings or of our past mistakes. They are not! If you confess anything, confess that you stand complete in
Him - that what God has said in regard to your mistakes and blunders is absolutely true. We should never confess our
sins to people. We may have to ask forgiveness of them, but then we are to forget it. Never tell anyone about your
weakness or about your past blunders and failures. They will not forget them and some time will remind you of them. If
you tell it to anyone, tell it to the Lord and then forget it.
Dare to Make Your Confession
You confess that God is the Lord of your life, that He is the Lord over disease, sickness and Satan. You hold fast to
your confession of Jesus' absolute Lordship over everything that would keep you in bondage or hinder you from
enjoying the finished work of Christ. In the face of every need, you confess that the Lord is your Shepherd. You do not
want. (It is always in the present tense.) He is your supply. He is your health, your strength. He is the strength of your
life; of whom will you be afraid?
Remember that we never realize beyond our confession. If you dare confess healing on the ground of the Word, then
there is no sickness for you. In the face of pain and an open sore, you confess that with His stripes you are healed and
you hold fast to your confession, never wavering, knowing that, "no Word from God is void of power."
The word "power" means "ability" - ability to make good. That Word will heal you if you continually confess it. Your
body will respond to your mind and your spirit will gain the Lordship over your body and mind. Your body will obey your
confession. "He sent His Word and healed them" Psalm 107:20. Jesus was that Word. Now that Name of Jesus and
the words of Jesus become your healing. Confession is confirming the Word of God. It is a confession of my
confidence in what God has spoken.
Here are several confessions every believer should make: Romans 10:9-10, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth
Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." We confess the absolute
Lordship of Jesus and the absolute righteousness that is imparted to us in our redemption. We dare to confess before
the world and before the throne of God that Jesus is now our Lord and that we have received salvation and become the
righteousness of God in Him. We confess that we are new creations of which Jesus is the Head and the Lord. The
Word has taken Jesus' place in our lives. We are to obey the Word as we would obey Jesus if He stood in our presence.
A second confession is found in I Peter 5:7, "Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He careth for you." We
confess that we no longer have cares, anxieties, and burdens. We can never have prostration. We can never be
unnerved and unfit for life's work. Our minds are complete and clear. Our spirits are free. Our testimony has the
unction of the Spirit upon it because He bears every burden, carries every load, and meets every need.
A third confession is, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." I do not want for money. I do not want for health or
rest. I do not want for strength. I do not want for anything. He is all that I need. This is a living reality. What a life is
mine. What sense of security, of power and of victory! You are not afraid to take your stand on Philippians 4:19, "My
God shall supply every need of mine."
You loudly make your fourth confession, that Isaiah 53:3-5 is true. Every disease, every weakness and every infirmity
was laid on Jesus Christ and you are free of them. Just as He bore your sin, He bore our disease. You stand complete
in Him. Free from the burden, the power, the pain and the effect of disease. This confession gives you a healthy body,
a clear mind and a conquering spirit.
Your fifth confession is that I Corinthians 1:30 is absolutely true, "But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto
us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption." Christ has been made all these things
unto you. You do not need to pray for wisdom as James tells the babes in Christ to do because He is your wisdom. You
do not have to ask for righteousness because you have become the righteousness of God in Him. You don't have to
ask Him to sanctify you because He is your sanctification. You do not have to pray for redemption because you are
redeemed. He is your redemption. What a confession to make before the world!
Hebrews 4:14, "Let us hold fast our confession." We have found in a measure what our confession is, but there is a
great deal more to it than you find in this book. Your success and usefulness in the world is going to be measured by
your confession and by the tenacity with which you hold fast to that confession under all circumstances or the opinions
of men. You will never yield to fear or listen to the voice of the senses. You stand by your confession knowing that God
cannot fail you.
There is grave danger of a dual confession. You confess His faithfulness, the absolute faithfulness of His Word, yet at
the same time you confess your sickness.
You confess your weakness, your lack of money, your lack of ability.
You have confessed that He was your supply, that He was your Healer. You have confessed that you were healed by
Now you talk about your lack of ability to do this or that because of your sickness. You cannot do the housework or go
about your business because you are not able to do it. Yet you have made your confession that He was the strength of
your life and that with His stripes you were healed. Your confession of sickness and disease destroys what you are in
Christ or what He is to you. This is one of the most dangerous of all confessions. You will find that you have been so
carefully trained in the confession of wrong, of failure, of weakness, of sin, of sickness and of want that it will take a
great deal of discipline through the Word to cure you of the habit.
Now you make your confession and stand by it.
THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS, by Don Gossett & E.W. Kenyon, Copyright 1981, Whitaker House.
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