I want to make a point about faith and confession. I believe in confession. I believe in the power of what we say. I often speak out loud the Scripture, knowing that it builds faith in my heart and words have power.
However, simple faith does not need to continually remind itself. If I am swinging and playing with my daughter, then she doesn’t need to continually confess “I believe I receive my Father will not drop me”. She knows me – her relationship with me leads to her trust and her confidence.
In my early days of walking by faith, and bear in mind I came from a religious background that had some poor theology and a whole bunch of doubt and unbelief, I had to confess three times a day healing Scriptures when my son was ill. I had to pace the floor speaking the Word saying “I believe I receive my son’s healing. I believe by His stripes my son is healed.”
Now, 12 years later on, I don’t do that any more. I still speak the Word, but I, and my family, walk in health due to faith in the Lord which is based not on ritual, but on relationship.
Faith grows. Confession is a fine place to start, and we should never reach the place where we are making negative confessions, but faith grows into faith based on relationship due to continual experience of the Lord through His Word.
If I ever am stepping out and I lack peace about something, I will always check out my confession. But I want to be in the place where I trust the Lord because I know Him.
Paul said “I know in whom I have believed”.