Kenneth E. Hagin
Bible Faith Study Course
No Faith Without Confession
Let me state this: There is no faith without confession. There is no such thing as faith without confession! Confession is faith’s way of expressing itself. Faith, like love, is of the heart or the spirit. And you know just as well as I do that there is no love without word or action.
You can’t reason love into people and you can’t reason love out of them because love is of the heart. Faith is of the heart or the spirit, too, and it’s safe to say that there is no faith without confession. And faith, like love, grows with your confession.”
Remember your confession does two things for you: First, it pinpoints your location. Second, it sets the boundaries of your life. You don’t realize beyond what you say. If you say you can’t, then you can’t. You get nothing. But if you say you can, then you can. You can have what you say, whether you talk unbelief or belief. Your confession mightily affects your spirit or your inner man.
The reason the majority of Christians are weak, although they are sincere, is they have never boldly declared who they are in Christ. What they must do is find out from the Scripture how God the Father looks at them and then confess that.
These scriptures are found primarily in the epistles, as they were written to the Church. When you find those scriptures, boldly confess what the Word declares you are in Christ. As you do this, your faith will abound.
The reason faith is weak and held in bondage is that you’ve never dared to confess you are who God says you are.
Remember, faith never grows beyond your confession. Your daily confession of who the Father is to you, of what Jesus is doing for you now at the right hand of the Father, and what His mighty Holy Spirit is doing in you will build a solid, positive faith life. You will not be afraid of any circumstances. You will not be afraid of any disease. You will not be afraid of any condition. You will face life fearlessly, a conqueror.”
Don’t Confess Your Sickness— Confess your Healing!
What does God’s Word say? Ask yourself that question on any subject. Take healing or sickness, for example. What does God have to say about the subject of healing?
The Word declares that with Jesus’ stripes, you were healed (Isa. 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24). The Bible also says, “Surely He has borne our sicknesses and carried our diseases” (Isa. 53:4). And Matthew 8:17 says, “. . . Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”
But many times, instead of confessing that Jesus has borne their diseases and put them away, people confess they still have them. You see, the reason we miss it so much of the time is, we take the testimony of our physical senses instead of taking the testimony of the Word of God. But when they start confessing that Jesus has done something about their sickness and disease—that He has taken them away—then healing and health will become a reality in their lives.”
Healed by Hearing and Confessing the Word
Years ago I saw an example of someone being healed just by hearing the Word and by changing her confession to line up with the Word of God. In one of my meetings, a woman said to me, “Brother Hagin, I’m going to the state institution to get my sister. She isn’t really bad off mentally, but she does need institutional care. When someone speaks to her, she does understand what is being said. And the doctors usually let her come home for two-week periods anytime I want to come and get her. I believe these services will help her, so I’m going to bring her to them.”
And, you know, I never prayed for this woman’s sister during those two weeks. But just from hearing the Word, that woman’s mind was made clear, and she never went back to the hospital. The doctors gave her a clean bill of health.
You see, she had begun confessing defeat, fear, and doubt, and those things became a part of her. That’s how her mind became sick in the first place. But in these services, she saw where she had missed it, and she began to make the right confessions and was healed. Even the doctors said she was healed. Before she attended those services, they had said her mind would never be right.”
God has certain rules and laws that He works by, and even those to whom He gives the healing ministry don’t go around pushing healing off on folks. There has to be cooperation on the part of the people receiving healing.
So many people have thought that if someone would just pray the prayer of faith for them, they would automatically be healed, whether they themselves believed anything or not.
But even if these people did receive healing by someone else’s faith, it would not be permanent. For example, I’ve seen people temporarily helped, but later they lost what they had received because they didn’t know how to hold on to their healing through their own faith.
If you are going to receive any permanent help, then you are going to have to act in faith yourself. You must practice God’s Word for it to work for you.”
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.