How Should I Respond to Symptoms and Circumstances?
Q: How should I respond to symptoms and circumstances?
A: Confess what God says about those symptoms and circumstances. Some people have wrongly assumed confession is denial of physical facts and temporary circumstances. It is anything but that. It is declaring what God, Who never changes, has said about the outcome and standing in faith until all temporary conditions line up with His eternal declaration.
This really isn’t something new. It’s a process that begins with salvation. A lost person does this when he declares Jesus Lord of his life: “‘If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
Confession continues to be a vital part of our spiritual growth as believers. Jesus indicated this in describing the importance of speaking His Father’s words and not His own: “I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. ... Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, ‘You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings’” (John 8:28, 31. In answering the question how He would show Himself to His disciples after His resurrection, Jesus replied: “All who love me will do what I say. ... And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me” (John 14:23-24).
Jesus never did anything He did not first hear the Father say or see the Father do. As His disciples, our words should be in complete agreement with what the Father has spoken concerning us. When we speak His words in faith, they have the same power to change our circumstances as when He spoke creation into being.
The process of believing and speaking is what brings every benefit of our salvation promised in God’s Word from heaven into our lives. To tell someone you are healed because the Bible says, “By His stripes you were healed,” is speaking the truth. Jesus has—already—redeemed you from the curse of the law (Deuteronomy 28; Galatians 3:13).
Jesus’ ministry to us today includes His position as High Priest of our profession, or confession (Hebrews 3:1). To profess means to “say the same thing.” When we say only what God has said, His words have the same power spoken in faith out of our lips as they did when He originally spoke them. Continue to change your circumstances by filling your heart with the Word of God. Let your word be God’s Word!
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