Don Gossett & E.W. Kenyon

B. Childress
March 15 2012

Realization can only follow confession.

We walk in the light of our testimony.

The Word becomes real only as we confess its reality.

Satan fears our testimony.  If you confess something with your mouth, it reacts upon your heart or your spirit.

We confess what we are in Christ, then we act our confession.

If we confess our fears, they will rule us.

If we confess the dominion of disease, it asserts its lordship over our bodies more fully.

If we confess our freedom, that the Son has made us free, God makes that confession a reality.

When we realize that Jesus met defeat and conquered it, and we dare to make that confession, defeat and failure lose
their dominion over us.

Thinking faith thoughts and speaking faith words leads the heart out of defeat into victory.  When we confess His Word,
He watches over it to make it good, but there is no action on the part of God without our confession.

Christianity is called the “Great Confession.”

Hebrews 3:1: “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, even Jesus.” (
Amp. Rev.)

Hebrews 4:14: “Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the
Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

What is the confession to which we are to hold fast?  That in Him we have a perfect redemption.

Colossians 1:13-14: “who delivered us out of the authority of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of
His love; in whom we have our redemption, the remission of our sins.”

That redemption never becomes a reality until we confess it; few seem to grasp this fact.

In the face of apparent defeat, we confess our Redemption and deliverance, and it becomes a reality.

We do not ask for Redemption; we thank Him for it.

That Redemption was wrought according to I Peter 1:18-19, “Knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible
things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with precious blood, as a
lamb without blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ.”  This is not a promise, but a fact.

Ephesians 2:10: we confess that we are New Creations, created in Christ Jesus, “For we are His workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.”

II Corinthians 5:17: we dare to say, “Old things are passed away: behold all things are become new, all these things are
of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ.”

We know that we are not only redeemed and made New Creations, but that we are also reconciled.  We dare confess it
before the world.

We confess our Redemption from the hand of Satan, that he is unable to put disease upon us and hold us in bondage.

Revelations 12:11: “And they overcame him because of the blood of the lamb, and because of the word of their

The word here is
logos.  They overcame the adversary, because of the blood of the Lamb, and the logos that was in
their testimony.  They rested on the integrity of the Word.

They dared to confess that what God said was true.

Romans 4:25: “Who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification.”

Romans 5:1: “Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Then dare confess that this is true now.

Confess your righteousness in Christ.

We are now the Righteousness of God in Christ.

We dare declare this before the world.

We dare confess that God, Himself, has become our Righteousness.  Romans 3:26.

We have been made by the New Birth and the Spirit, the very Righteousness of God in Him.  “Him who knew no sin He
made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him” II Corinthians 5:21.

This is God’s own declaration of what we are now; not what we want to be, but what God has made us to be.

I Peter 2:24 declares we are healed, “Who His own self bare our sins in His body upon the tree; that we, having died
unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.”

The work is done.

It is not a problem of getting our healing, nor a problem of faith.

It is a problem of the integrity of the Word of God.

Can we depend upon that Word?

Jeremiah 1:12: “I watch over my Word to perform it.”

Our confession must be a confession of the absolute faithfulness of the Word, of His finished work, and of the reality of
our relationship as sons and daughters.

Our words determine our faith.

Our words are our confession.

If I continually confess lack; I believe in lack; my confession surely becomes a reality.

I confess the things which I believe.

If I believe in failure and weakness, I will confess it.

I will live up to the standard of my confession.

If I dare say that Psalm 34:10 is true, “But they that seek Jehovah shall not want any good thing,” and if I stand by my
confession, God will make good all I have confessed.

Psalm 84:11: “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.  O Jehovah of Hosts, blessed is the man that
trusteth in thee.”

I dare confess Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, and lean not upon thine own understanding: in all thy
ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.”

That is guidance.

Not only is it deliverance from conditions, but it is a guidance into His will, into the paths of plenty.

Philippians 4:19 becomes the song of my heart, “And my God shall supply every need of yours according to His riches
in glory in Christ Jesus.”

What a confession this is.  The heart waxes strong.

Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in
judgment thou shalt condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of Jehovah, and their righteousness which is of me
saith Jehovah.”

God is under obligation to stand by and care for His own.  He cannot fail us.

Psalm 118:6: “Jehovah is on my side; I will not fear: What can man do unto me?”

Isaiah 41:10: “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.”

This is God’s challenge, and I dare confess it before the world.

What a confession it makes!

God says to me personally: “Don’t be afraid, child, I am with thee.  Be not dismayed; I am your God.”

He was Israel’s God.  Do you remember what happened to Pharaoh and Egypt, and the Philistines?  Exodus 14:21-31, I
Samuel 14.

Do you remember what happened to all the nations that laid their hands upon Israel, while they were keeping the

First Chronicles 16:22: “Touch not mine anointed ones.”

He will take care of us as He took care of them.  He will be our Protector and Caretaker.

Jesus said that faith would win.  Faith has won.  We are witnesses of this tremendous reality.

The Bible is God’s confession.  The more I read it, the more this great truth overshadows everything from Genesis to

It is a continual confession of His greatness, His ability, His love, and His great Father heart.

Jesus, as you see Him in the four Gospels, is continually making confessions.

He is the Great Shepherd; He is the Light of the World.

John 10:11: I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep.”

John 8:12: “I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
He said (John 14:6): “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

John 11:25: “I am the Resurrection and the life.”

John 6:35: “I am the bread of life.”

Those are tremendous confessions.

John 10:29: “My Father, who hath given them unto me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the
Father’s hand.”

Jesus’ confession led Him straight to Calvary.

John 5:18: “For this cause therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only breaks the Sabbath, but
he also called God his own Father, making Himself equal with God.”

The fearless confessions of men down through the ages have given to us our martyrs.

Faith gives courage to confession, and confession gives boldness to faith.

Your confession lines you up, gives you your place, establishes your position.

We know what you are.  If you are silent, we cannot place you.

Confession heals, or confession keeps you sick.

By your confession you are saved or lost.

By your confession, you have plenty, or you lack.

By your confession, you are weak, or you are strong.

You are what you confess with your lips, and what you believe in your heart.

Your confession of failure keeps you in the realm of failure.

Your confession of God’s ability in your case, put you over.

Proverbs 6:2: “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth.  Thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”

We are snared by our confession, or we are set free with the words of our confession.

Make your confession harmonize with the Word of God.

It will not harmonize with Sense Knowledge.  Don’t try to make it.

Sense knowledge calls it presumption or fanaticism, but God calls it faith and honors it.

Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.”  God has done all that can
be done for us.

He says that His Redemption is complete.

You confess that it is done, taking your place, calling yourself by the name that He has called you, acknowledging all the
Word says is yours.

You now declare that all God has spoken, in your case is true.

John 8:32, 36: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

The truth will make you free.  You declare that whom the Son has made free is free in reality, that sin cannot lord it over
you any longer, that disease and sickness cannot lord it over you.

Romans 6:14: “For sin shall not have dominion over you,” or “lord it over you.”

Worry and anxiety cannot lord it over you.

Satan’s dominion is ended.

You stand complete in Him.

Few of us have realized the power of His Word on our lips.

He said in Mark 16:18 that those who believe “shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.”

John 14:13: “Whatsoever ye shall ask (demand) in my Name, that will I do.”

Acts 3 deals with the story of the Name in Peter’s lips.  He said, “look on us…In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,

If you do not use the Name, the Name can do nothing.

But if you will use the Name, it will be as the Father’s Name was in Jesus’ lips.

In Acts 4:18-37 we are reminded of how the place was shaken by the name of Jesus.

18th verse “and they called them, and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.”
The Name in their lips had shaken Jerusalem to the foundation.

Acts 16:16-18 shows the power of the Name in Paul’s lips.

He said, “I charge thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.”  She has healed and delivered.

John 15:7: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever you will, and it shall be done unto you.”

The Word in your lips not only makes you free, but it sets others free.

The Word in your lips heals the sick.

The Word in your lips creates faith in the hearts of those who hear you.

The Word in your lips will change lives as they listen.

It is the very life of God in those words.

The Bible is God’s Word.

In the lips of love and faith every Word is God-filled.

Our daily conversation is the Great Confession.

We confess Christ before the world.

We confess the fullness of His grace.

We confess the integrity of the Revelation.

Our first confession is Romans 10:9-10: “Because 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 have found a perfect Redemption.  We confess it to the world.

In Acts 10:36 Peter says, “He is Lord of All.”  How that thrills the heart.

He is the Lord of the three worlds: heaven, earth, and hell.

Every knee bows to that Name.

With joy we confess Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Jeremiah 16:19: “O Jehovah, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction.”

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things in Christ who strengtheneth me.”

I say to the world: “The Lord Jesus is my supply.  He is my shepherd; I do not want.”

There is a grave danger of our making a wrong confession, a wrong affirmation.

We confess our fears and doubts.  That gives Satan dominion.

We confess our sickness and that confession binds our will as a captive and holds us in absolute slavery.

We confess want and lack of money, and want becomes like an armed man and holds us in bondage.

We confess lack of ability, in the face of the fact that God said He was the strength of our life.

These confessions of failure shut the Father out, and let Satan in; give him the right-of-way.

These confessions repudiate the Word of God.  They honor Satan.

What should we confess?

Psalm 23:1: “The Lord is my shepherd; I do not want.”

You are not afraid anymore, and you confess it.

John 10:29: “My Father is greater than all.”

Our words imprison us, or they set us free.  Our words put us in bondage, keep us from our freedom and our liberty in

Malachi 3:13: “Your words have been stout against me, saith Jehovah.”

That is when our words war with His Word.  

A woman came to me the other day.  She said, “Mr. Kenyon, I have been prayed for, but I get no deliverance.”  Her word
contradicted the Word of God.

His Word said, “If ye shall ask anything of the Father, He will give it to you in my Name.”

Mark 16:18: “They that believe…shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.”

She repudiated it; she denied that the Word was true.  Her words were warring against the Word of God.

She had unconsciously taken an attitude of mind that was against the Word.

She did not intend to, but she had done it.

That very attitude held her in bondage.

As I talked with her, she was freed from pain, but the whine did not leave her voice.  There was no confession of victory
in her lips.

There is always a danger of a Mental Assent confession.

Mental Assent recognizes the truthfulness of the Word, but never acts upon it.

Its confession is: “Oh yes, there is healing in the Word.  There is salvation and deliverance in the Word, but…”

On the other hand, faith joyfully confesses its victory.  Its joy is a celebration; it is a triumph over the witnesses of the

Faith gives a sense of security, of absolute assurance, of quietness and when this breaks forth in confession, it
becomes a reality.

The heart must be rooted and grounded in the Word, and in love.

Acts 19:20: “So mightily grew the Word of the Lord and prevailed.”

Faith is simply the Word prevailing over sense evidence.

Acts 20:32 gives us a striking illustration.  “And now I commend you to God, and to the Word of His grace, which is able
to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all them that are sanctified.”

It is the Word that establishes; it is the Word that builds.

It is the word of His grace that builds faith into the heart of the believer.

Jesus’ confession demands more careful attention.

John 5:19-20: Here are ten claims of Jesus.  Everyone of them puts Him into the class of Deity.  Read them carefully.  
Underscore them in your Bible.

John 5:43: “I came in my Father’s Name.”

John 5:46: “for if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me.”

John 6:35: “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall not hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

This is a tremendous confession.

John 6:47: “He that believeth hath Eternal Life…I am the living bread which came down out of heaven.”

John 7:29: “I know Him; because I am from Him, and He sent me.”

John 8:29: “I do always the things that are pleasing to Him.”

John 10:10: “I came that they may have Life, and may have it abundantly.”

John 10:30: “I and the Father are one.”

John 11:25: “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live.”

These are a few of His confessions.  Do we care to confess what we are in Christ and what we have in Christ?

Dare we confess John 1:16? “Of His fullness have we all received, and grace upon grace.”

We have received His fullness, but it has done us no good for we have failed to translate it into a confession.

Every believer knows that God laid his diseases on Jesus; yet he fears to make the confession and act on the Word.

This fear is of the adversary.  It indicates that we have more confidence in the adversary than we have in the Word of

We confess what He says is true.  

Then we demonstrate it in our daily life.  

There is no confession in the lives of many people.

There is much prayer, but there is no confession that the Word is true.  It is not prayer many need, but confession of
the Word.

I do not mean a confession of sin.

A woman said recently after I prayed for her and opened the Word to her, “You will keep praying for my disease, won’t

Her confession was that the Word was a lie.

You are to confess, that you can do what He says you can do, that you are what the Word says you are.

He says that you are a New Creation created in Christ Jesus.

He says that you are more than a victor; that you are an overcomer.

He made you to be a son, a daughter of God Almighty, an heir of God and a joint heir of Jesus Christ.

You can do all things in Him who is your strength. Philippians 4:13.

What He says I can do, I declare that I can do.

What He says I am, I declare that I am.

I make my confession boldly.

You make your confession: “God is my Father: I am His child.  As a son in His family, I am taking my place.  I am acting
my part.  I am in Christ.  Christ is in me.”

You remember that the Father will be to you what you confess Him to be.

If prayer is not answered, hold fast to your confession.

If the Name of Jesus does not give instant deliverance, hold fast your confession.

If the money does not come, stand by your confession.

Luke 1:37: “No Word from God is void of power.”

Isaiah 55:11: The Word must accomplish the will of the Father.

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which
I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

There is a danger of praying, then going back on your prayer.

When you pray for some need, and declare that the need is not met, you have repudiated your prayer.
But prayer is answered.

His Word is real.

Do not annul the Word by a negative confession.

Isaiah 41:10: “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.”


THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS, by Don Gossett & E.W. Kenyon, Copyright 1981, Whitaker House.