Volume 25

INSIGHTS INTO GOD’S WORD
E. Michal Gayer
Volume 25

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“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)

Hold Fast Your Confession of Hope

Devotional TeachingsIn our last devotional study we noted the importance of having a powerful understanding of the Word of God. We also observed that when we speak, the statements we make usually flow from what we believe. These statements become one important expression of our faith. Because a person’s confession reflects their belief and because a person’s belief strongly affects the course of their life, one’s confession of belief is of extreme spiritual importance.

Christianity itself is called our “confession.” Hebrews 3:1 reads, “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.” Jesus is described here as the High Priest of our confession. The Greek word in that verse for “confession” is also translated “profession.” In either case it refers to an open declaration or acknowledgement. The Greek usage in this statement carries the strong implication of “saying what God says.”

One powerful way we can say what God says is by letting the words that we speak be an affirmation of what we believe from God’s Word. As a believer, our hearts must be thoroughly committed to God’s Word and what we speak must be absolutely in line with what we believe in our heart. Our confession is of tremendous importance. It is the outward working of our inward beliefs and these seriously impact our relationship to people and to God.

Our confession, or affirmation of what we believe, should flow from all of the scriptural truths we know. It should be a proclamation of all that Jesus’ sacrifice provided for us and it should also be an embracing of all that Jesus is to us this day. Our confession needs to become a part of our daily conversation as we hold strong to the truth of God’s Word.

People fail to understand that their faith cannot rise higher than their level of belief. They likewise fail to understand that their confession of what they believe, whether it is in private or in public, in a very real sense impacts both their level of belief and their resulting level of faith. Hebrews 4:14 admonishes us this way. It reads, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” And Hebrews 10:23 tells us, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”  If we are able to do that, our confession can powerfully help position us so we may receive bountifully from God. It stands to reason then that if you are sick and seeking healing from God, what you believe from the Word of God and what you speak will affect your faith. A devout trust in Jesus as Healer and a strong confession of the healing principles found in God’s Word will go a long way toward helping you develop the faith you need to receive from God. Hold fast to your confession of faith and be blessed.