There’s an interlude on Donald Lawrence’s “YRM” (Your Righteous Mind) album that talks about the power of confession.
Specifically, Bishop Tudor Bismarck talks about the “I Am” principle and says this (paraphrasing): when a person says “I am,” whatever follows behind the “I am” aligns itself to that person’s life. So when you say, “I’m broke/poor/stupid/ugly/fat/a failure/whatever,” everything in the world of poverty seeks you out and aligns itself with that person.
Bishop goes on to say what we should do when we speak is to not tell our truth – the truth dictated by the world – but instead speak the truth according to God’s promises. So, as the songwriter wrote, “Let the weak say I am strong. Let the poor say I am rich.”
The reality is that many times the mess, drama, the confusion, the frustration and stuck-ness we experience is because we’ve spoken it into our lives, or have allowed others to.
How many times have you said in desperation, “Uggh, I’m so confused!” or “Dang, I ain’t never got no money!” (Yeah, just like that!)
What are you speaking into your life?
“I ain’t never going to get married/have kids.”
“I’m too old to start over. I’ll be doing this forever.”
“My parents were poor. Their parents were poor. We/our family ain’t going to ever have anything.”
“No one will/can ever love me.”
“I just keep messing up. I can’t ever do anything right.”
These aren’t simply idle comments in fits of frustration, these are confessions. And these confessions that we allow ourselves to say out loud, or even to replay in our heads, manifest themselves in our lives because we’ve taken the power that God gave us through the Holy Spirit to do so.
Don’t believe me? Look at Proverbs 18:21 (NLT):
The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
But, despair not! You know what’s great about confessions? You can start to change them – and your life! – immediately, right now, today! Because we serve THE God who can bring life to dead things and make something out of nothing (Romans 4:17) we have access to the same power.
Speak life to the dead areas in your life. Start changing your situation now! Confess what God says about you!
I am the head, not the tail (Deut 28:13). I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psa 139:14). God has plans to give me future and a hope, to prosper me (Jer 29:11). No weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). I’m more than a conqueror (Rom 8:37). I can move mountains (Matt 17:20). My Father owns the cattle on 1000 hills (Psa 50:10), and I’m heir to THAT throne (Rom 8:17). I shall not want (Psa 23). He delights in me (Psa 149:4). God is my protection (Psa 18:2). By His stripes I am healed (Isaiah 53:4). I am a child of the Most High God (Gal 3:26-29) of whom should I fear, of whom should I be afraid (Psa 27:1). He blesses the work of my hands (Deut 2:7). My gifts will make room for me (Prov 18:16).
And if you really want to grow your faith, start confessing the things God’s promised you and placed in your heart!
I am the Lender, not the Borrower. I am a business owner. He blesses the work of my hands. My seed is blessed. My marriage is blessed. My children are called, anointed and set apart unto God. My husband is a mighty man of God. I am debt-free. I am blessed. I am a minister of the gospel. I will fulfill God’s purpose for my life in this lifetime.
God has given YOU the power to move the mountains in your life through the Holy Spirit. So shake off the definitions of you that your Daddy, your Momma, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your teacher, your loved one, your “friends”, your enemies, your boss and YOU spoken into and over your life! Step into the new: new confessions, new possibilities, and new EXPECTANT faith in Him!
You weren’t created to be a victim. God made you a VICTOR through Jesus. Whether you receive it and walk in it is up to you.
I am UNBEATABLE! WHAT are YOU?!