When God speaks to us, He expects a positive response to His Word. He doesn’t just want us to quote His Word or repeat His Word; rather He wants us to respond intelligibly to His Word by declaring the effect or import of His Word. God wants us to speak His Word as it applies to us and our peculiar challenges. We are to speak in the light of what God is saying or has said to us. We are to confess what God’s Word means to us. For example, in today’s opening Scripture, God has said He will never leave us nor will he forsake us, so that we may boldly say “The Lord is my Helper…”; not to repeat “I will never leave nor forsake you.” Understand that “I will never leave nor forsake you” means different things to different people. To the lonely, it is solace and comfort. To the helpless, it is help and strength. To the poor, it is prosperity and provision. To parents, it is wisdom and strength to parent their children effectively. To the businessman, it is sales, wisdom and more customers. So, what you say depends on how the Word applies to you and what it means to you in your current situation.
When God says to you, “I am your Father”, He doesn’t want you going around just confessing, “God is my Father”. You are meant to declare the import of God being your Father. In other words, how does God as your Father impact on your life – your destiny, your career, academics, business, and ministry? So, you should begin to say, “Now that God is my Father, I declare that my needs are met, my Father meets all my needs.” Why? That’s what a father does. A father sources and sustains his children. So, God wants you to begin to confess what His Word means to you. For example, Psalms 23:1 says “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Did you see that the Psalmist declared the import of the Lord being his shepherd? He said, “I shall not want”. “I shall not want” is the result of the Lord being his shepherd. Did you see how David confessed what it means to him to have the Lord as his shepherd? If God says “Fear not” then you declare “I refuse to be afraid in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. God has not given me the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” That’s the right response to the Word in good confession of faith.
MY SOLID FRONT (Confession):
Thank You Heavenly Father for Your provisions for me in Christ Jesus. Therefore, I declare that there is no holding back of all that Jesus paid for in my life, my family, career, business, ministry and all that concerns me.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Isaiah 41:10; 2 Timothy 1:7.