Don Gossett & E.W. Kenyon

B. Childress
Mar 04 2012

The Church has never given this vital subject a place in its teaching and yet, answered prayer, the use of Jesus' Name
and faith are utterly dependent upon it.

"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession"
(Hebrews 3:1).

Christianity is called our confession and in Hebrews 4:14, He tells us to "hold fast our confession."

The old version reads "profession," but the Greek means witnessing a confession of our lips.

You understand Romans 10:8-10, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thine
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."  You see the place that confession holds in salvation.  It holds the
same place in our faith walk.

Christianity is a Confession.  It is our open confession of what we are in Christ, of what Christ is to us.  Our faith is
gauged by our confession.  We never believe beyond our confession.

It is not a confession of sin; it is the confession of our place in Christ, of our legal rights, of what the Father has done for
us in Christ and what the Spirit has done in us through the Word and what He is able to do through us.
There is a grave danger of our having two confessions.  One would be the integrity of the Word and the other would be
of our doubts and fears.

Every time we confess weakness and failure and doubt and fear, we go to the level of them.

We may pray very ardently and very earnestly and declare in our prayers our faith in the Word and yet, the next
moment we question whether He heard us or not, for we confess we have not the things for which we prayed.  Our last
confession destroys our prayer.

One asked me to pray for his healing.  I prayed for him and then he said, "I want you to keep on praying for me."  I
asked him what he wished me to pray for.  He said, "Oh, for my healing."  I said, "Prayer will be of no value.  You have
just denied the Word of God."  The Word says, "They that believe shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover,
and whatsoever ye shall ask in my Name, that will I do."

I prayed the prayer of faith and he denied it.  By his confession, he annulled my prayer and destroyed the effect of my

Your confession must absolutely agree with the Word and if you have prayed in Jesus' Name, you are to hold fast your
confession.  It is easy to destroy the effect of your prayer by a negative confession.


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