Message for November 22, 2015 from Pastor Jerry

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus.” Heb. 3:1(NKJV)

“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.” Heb 4:14(NKJV)

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he God.” I John 4:15(NKJV)

        I can remember thirty years or so back when people began to realize that it is important to watch what you say.  If you speak negatively, you will think negatively.  If you speak poverty, you will live in poverty.  If you speak sickness, it will be hard to rise above it.  Confession is an important part of our relationship with God. But, what are we confessing?  The majority of Christians would never confess that they are righteous.  If you asked them, “Are you righteous?” the mostly likely answer you would get is, “I am trying to be.”

        That is a hopeless situation.  The Scripture says our righteousness is as filthy rags.  That means that no amount of effort on our part can make us righteous before God.  God made us righteous by the death of His Son.  Now, the Son is confessing our righteousness before the Father.  Our confession needs to be the same as our High Priest, Christ Jesus.

        Confessing what the Bible says about us is an act of our faith in the work of Jesus Christ.  How am I saved?  It is by believing in my heart and confessing with my mouth.  It tells us that in Romans 10.  We must use our confession properly lest we are seen as the “name it and claim it” or “blab it and grab it” bunch.

        No matter what is involved in our lives it can only be resolved by aligning our confession with our High Priest.  We must learn to say about ourselves what He says about us.  We find out what it is by reading the Bible.  Before we accepted Christ we were “sin.”  After accepting Christ we are declared righteous.

“If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 (NKJV)  Just as we confessed our sins; now, we must confess our righteousness.  Watch what you say.

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