Aug 20 2012

Words of Faith

positive confession Consider the story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman. Scripture says she was wealthy and lived with her husband but had no son. She blessed Elisha, and for her reward, God gave her a son of her own.

And then her son died. She carried him up and laid him on the bed of Elisha, shut the door, and left. She decided to go back to Elisha — the one through whom God blessed her — instead of calling for any form of help.

Amazingly, she did not cry or get troubled as we would expect of a woman who has lost a son. When she was questioned by her husband and Elisha’s servant, her response was, “Everything is all right,” even though her only son was dead. What amazing faith she had!

The Bible says that if we have faith like a mustard seed, we can tell the mountain to move and it will (Matthew 21:21–22). This woman’s son was restored to life because of her faith and the power of positive confession. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences” (NLT).

Brethren, as our ministry takes place in some of the toughest areas, we (staff, church partners, sponsors, and donors) are bound to encounter challenges. No matter what you may be going through today and always, learn to confess that it is well.

When we encounter challenges, learn to confess that it is well, and so shall it be. Always return to our source of joy, laughter, love, strength, hope, and inspiration — who is Jesus Christ — to worship and pray as we journey through life and ministry together.

Always remember the faithful words of the Shunammite woman and Proverbs 18:21. Positive confessions are powerful enough to sustain your miracle.

When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’” “Everything is all right,” she said. —2 Kings 4:25b–26, NIV

Prayer: Lord, help us to confess positively when we encounter challenges. Show us your faithfulness and unfailing love as we serve you daily.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Florence Sena Amponsah works as a Partnership Facilitator for Compassion Ghana.

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  1. Alida Catcheside
    Aug 20, 2012
    at 3:09 pm

    This is untrue. Powerful confessions are not enough to sustain your miracle. What God says about the situation is true, so going to him is always the best thing to do. If HE declares a different state than the one which you see, then that is what will be- if negative it is usually a warning to those he is speaking to if they continue on their course or if positive what he would like to do if they obey. Through the spirit of God it is possible to not “judge by what you see with your eyes nor hear with your ears” and “faith comes from hearing the word of God”. We then speak THOSE words and the Holy Spirit accompanies them with power. Merely declaring what you would like is wishful thinking. The Shunnamite woman did not confess the death to the wrong people because they could not help her. I have seen many people bound and unable to say what was going wrong because a spirit of fear that if they spoke the words out of what was going wrong, they would cause the grief or pain to continue or to come into being in a worse way, and preferred to pretend “all is well”. Whether things appear good or bad we ask God for his persepctive and we move forward based on his word. We cannot declare things that are not as though they are, but HE CAN and we sometimes speak those words on his command.

  2. Charles Brown
    Aug 21, 2012
    at 8:52 pm

    Here’s an excellent article that may help in understanding the properity gospel idea of “positive confession.”

    http://www.gotquestions.org/positive-confession.html

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