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We’re going to continue teaching on confessing the Word of God and we’ll pick up were left off last time. So if you have your bibles with you turn with me to MARK 11:24.

I) Look at MARK 11:24.

A) Notice that in this V it says that “When you pray, believe that ye receive.”

1) You have to believe or have faith before you’ll receive.

a) It’s very important that you get a hold of what Jesus is saying in this verse. This verse is probably the main key in obtaining success in faith and confession.

(i) In (verse 23) Jesus is talking about confession. The 1st word in (verse 24) is “Therefore,” which means he’s connecting the two thoughts together and giving further explanation.

(ii) What 2 thoughts is he connecting together? Prayer and Confession.

(iii) And what does he give further explanation on in (verse 24)? How prayer and confession works.

b) In (verse 24) He says when you Pray or Confess the Word of God you have to believe that you receive and THEN you’ll have it.

(i) Listen how the NIV translation puts it, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer (we already know that’s also confession), believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

(ii) Notice the order, 1st PRAY OR CONFESS the Word, 2nd BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED IT (believe that you already have it right now), and 3rd IT WILL BE YOURS (FUTURE TENSE).

c) From these Vs. we can see the importance of having faith or believing the promises of God.

d) There’s power in faith.

(i) (1 Peter 1:5) Says, Who are kept (The New American Standard Bible says “PROTECTED”) by the power of God through faith unto salvation.” “SALVATION” really means “ALL OF GOD’S PROMISES.”

(ii) It’s through salvation that all God’s promises have been made available to us.

(iii) It’s through faith that you tap into the Power of God and into the promises of God.

2) But how do you get the faith to receive?

a) (ROM 10:17) Says, So then faith {cometh} by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (KJV)

B) (2PET 1:3) Says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us (past tense meaning it’s already done) all things that {pertain} unto life and godliness.”

1) It’s not a matter of God doing something; He’s already done it.

a) If we want to receive we have to do something.

(i) We need to release the Power of God.

2) We already said that faith releases the Power of God. But where is it that faith takes place? It’s in you heart.

a) If it’s in your heart, you’re going to speak it. If the Word of God is in your heart, you’re going to speak the Word.

(i) Confession and faith go hand in hand. You can’t separate them and expect your faith to work.

II) I think I said last time, but we need to be a little more like Abraham.

A) Turn with me to Romans 4:16-21.

1) Let’s break down these Vs. a little bit, because there so much truth contain here.

a) 1st it says in (verse 16), “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace.” The NIV says, “The promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace.”

(i) That verse tells us that it’s through faith that we tap into God’s Grace.

(ii) God’s Grace is all of God’s power, His anointing, and all His promises. It’s by faith we tap into what God has for us.

b) The (middle of verse 16) says, “To the end the promise might be sure to all the seed.” The NIV says, “And may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring.”

(i) In other words, when you come to God in faith the promise is guaranteed.

c) The last half of (verse 16) tells us that this is not for the Jew only but also for those who were of the faith of Abraham, (or who have the same like and precious faith that Abraham had.)

d) In (verse 17) it says referring to God, “Who calls those things that be not as though they were.”

(i) This is the same type of faith that Jesus told the disciples to have back in (MARK 11:22).

(ii) Calling those things that be not as though they were, is a principal from the Word of God that all of us should be putting to practice.

(a) That means speaking forth the promises of God and putting your faith in God that those words will come to pass.

e) (Verse 18) says, “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.”

(i) When Paul says, “Who against hope believed in hope” it means that in the natural it looked impossible for him to have children, but he chose to believe that it was possible.

(ii) How could he believe that was possible? Because of God’s Word that said, “So shall by seed be.”

f) The next 3 Vs. tells us how he received the promise.

(i) Let’s read Romans 4:19 again.

(ii) The Word “CONSIDERED” here in this verse means from the Strong’s concordance, “TO FIX ONE’S EYES OR MIND UPON.”

(iii) He refused to look at the circumstances and he refused to let his mind stay on the negative.

g) What are your circumstances? Sickness, financial problems, emotional problems, family problems, mental problems?

(i) Refuse to look at those things. Sure do what needs to be done in the natural, but get your mind off the problem and on the answer, which is found in the Word of God.

h) In (verse 20) it says that he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief.

(i) Staggering at the promise of God would be keeping your eyes and mind on the problem.

(ii) But Abraham was strong in faith, which means he believed what God said.

(iii) The last part of (verse 20) says “Giving glory to God.”

(a) He gave glory to God and praise God before he ever saw the answer.

i) And in (verse 20) it says that he was fully persuaded. In other words, he was in unwavering faith that what God promised He would bring it to pass.

2) Paul said in (1THES 5:24) “Faithful is He that called you, who will do it.” God is faithful to perform it.

a) In (JER 1:12) the Lord said, “I will hasten my word to perform it.”

B) Turn to HEB 10:23.

a) The word “Profession” in this V is the same Greek word for “Confession”.

b) So in other words this V says, “Hold fast to your confession of faith, for God is faithful that promised.”

III) MAT 8:5-10, 13.

A) Jesus spoke the Word and the servant was healed.

1) But notice something else that Jesus said in V 10 (read)

2) Why did this man have such great faith?

a) He had revelation of the power and authority of the Word of God.

b) If you get this revelation for yourself you too will have great faith.

B) In (HEB 11:3) it says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God.”

1) The worlds were framed by the Word of God.

2) There is power in the spoken Word of God.

a) Once you begin to get this revelation and you start confessing God’s Word for yourself you’ll begin to see God’s hand move in your life and in your situations.

Taken from CONFESS.DOC and CONFES.DOC 7/11/90 WED PM TFC and WOLCC 6/6/91 THURS. PM and WOLCC 3/6/94 SUN AM and Thursday 7/9/98 Order of sermons: Confession, Confession A, Confession B, then Confession #2 (This message is taken from the message called “Confession.” It is part 2 of that message which I didn’t finish.) Thursday, August 06, 1998.

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