When faced with challenges church jargon doesn’t sound so comforting. We’ve all heard: you have what you say, what’s your confession, don’t confess that over yourself, etc. Well, confession took on a whole new meaning for us when we found ourselves desperate for God.
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 had three scriptures prepared. During times of great challenge we found the scriptures were no longer comforting by themselves, we needed to create a confession, a statement of expectation from what we were waiting for. So we did three things.
1. We evaluated our situation and identify the areas of our life that needed to change. For us, they 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.
2. We found scriptures that applied to our desired expectations of the areas we identified that needed to change. (The scriptures for us were: 2 Corinthians 9:8-10 Matthew 6:25-33, and Philippians 4:19)
3. We wrote a family confession based on our desired expectation and began to confess it daily whether it was a reality or not.
Upon completion of our confession we provided a copy to our spiritual mentors who stood in agreement with us. We shared it with our children and had them post it on their bulletin boards in their rooms so it was a visible reminder of what we were standing on. We carried it in our briefcase, in our Bibles and had it posted in our office. Although we created this confession almost 8 years ago, we‘re proud to say that we still confess it to this day.
It has become more than a confession for us, it became an expectation. Daily we expect to see the favor of God in our lives because we made trusting Him and seeking Him the priority.
We can remember a time where we were short about $30 to pay all of our bills, and at the moment we began to confess our confession and do what we knew to do; which was pay what we could and believe 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 actually had. That was God supernaturally providing the difference of what we needed. We saw dozens of things like this over the last 8 years.
In fact, this just happened to us again last week. There was a medical bill that came in and when we did our part to call and find out how to go about scheduling a payment plan, the customer service 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. On the contrary, we are brought to our knees with gratitude for His faithfulness daily over our lives.
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. 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.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
~ Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
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~André and Timberley Gray