Do you have a family confession? When faced with challenges church jargon doesn’t sound very comforting. We’ve all heard these responses; you have what you say, don’t confess that over yourself, etc. Well, the word “confession” took on a whole new meaning for us when we found ourselves desperate for God.
What’s Your Family Confession?
Any time we would approach our spiritual mentors with a situation, the first thing they would ask us was; what scriptures were we standing on? After a while, we knew if we were going to come to them with a concern, we needed to have three scriptures prepared.
However, it wasn’t until we experienced financial hardship when we realized, it wasn’t enough to just know scripture. We needed to create a confession – a statement of expectation of what we were believing God for. As this was the catalyst to writing our family confession, and this is how we did it.
We evaluated our situation and identified the areas of our life that needed to change. At the time those three areas were; our business, our finances, and our trust in God for those things.
We needed to learn to trust God in those areas and not in our own ability, as our own ability had already proved us wrong.
Next, we identified scriptures that applied not just to our situation, but we found promises for the areas we wanted to see change. The scriptures we stood on were; 2 Corinthians 9:8-10 Matthew 6:25-33, and Philippians 4:19.
Write A Family Confession
After we evaluated our situation, and searched the scriptures to see what God had to say about it, we wrote a family confession. Writing the confession was the easy part; learning to confess (or speak it) daily whether it was a reality or not was the real challenge.
This confession was at the forefront of our minds as we carried it in our briefcase, in our Bibles, our office, cars, even our children had a copy. Daily our circumstances were talking to us, and daily we were confessing the word.
Although we created this confession almost 13 years ago, we‘re proud to say that we still confess it to this day.
We can remember a time when we were short about $30 to pay all of our bills. Instead of worrying about it, we confessed (speak out loud) our confession, and did what we knew to do. That meant we prayed, paid what we could and then believed God for the rest.
As we were paying our bills online, we realized one of our bills had a balance due that was $50 less than the bill we had in our hand. That was God supernaturally providing the difference of what we needed. To be honest, we saw dozens of things like this over the last 13 years.
In fact, shortly after that incident, there was a medical bill that came in and when we called to inquire about scheduling a payment plan, the representative told us to disregard the bill. She went on to say that whatever the insurance company doesn’t pay they were going to write it off.
We are not surprised when God shows up like this because we expect it. Since we believe what we are confessing, we expect to see the supernatural, yet we are still brought to our knees with gratitude for His faithfulness.
In The End
Do you have a family confession? If not, we would encourage you to consider writing one down and share it with your children. It would also be a great idea to share it with someone you trust that would hold you accountable.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits.”~ Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
There will be a time when you may want to quit or give up, and that is when your accountability partner can encourage you to not grow weary during well doing. Keep in mind, we can only see as far as we speak, so confess what you expect and have a friend keep you in check.
~André and Timberley Gray