How about a sneak peek at chapter 16 from my upcoming book, The Power of Resting? This chapter is all about the fruit that comes from our relationship with Christ. This particular group of passages is about confession, what it is and what it isn’t.
Here’s Your Sneak Peek!
“God has accomplished an incredible victory for our lives in Jesus. As our relationship with Him is strengthened, and we begin to believe what He has done, we will naturally begin to speak truth into our own lives. What we say will reflect what we believe. There are a lot of teachings on confession and speaking into our own lives; however, our hearts and our confessions must be aligned. We cannot get out a list of positive confessions and think that confession alone will produce change.
Much of the time when we talk about confessing the truth, we think of sitting down with a list of scriptures and repeating them. True confession goes beyond this. Not that there is never a place for this it just encompasses more. Our true confessions are the ones that we speak when we are on the phone with a friend. True confession is what we speak out loud over coffee. These confessions are the ones that will show us where our faith really is. We cannot repeat a list of scriptures and then speak the opposite in our everyday conversations. The Holy Spirit wants to help us to believe, not just confess. He will reveal truth that we are not just aware of, but truth that we will live and speak out of faith in our daily lives.
We will all have places in our lives that challenge us in the area of believing. We want to believe for all God says is ours through Jesus, yet we know that deep inside we are not believing for His best. I think it is possible for us to believe what God says in one area of our lives, yet lack that belief in other areas. For example, we may be able to believe what God says about our finances or our children, yet lack that trust and belief in what he says about our personal value and worth in Christ or physical healing. When we see areas where we are not resting in the truth, we tend to feel condemned or hopeless much of the time. However, we should be thankful that we are seeing these areas! Yes, that’s right …I said thankful.
It is only when we see areas that lack belief that we can take this part of our lives to the Lord, and ask Him to bring about change. God says we lack nothing in Christ, so he has already given us victory in these areas! We cannot make ourselves believe; only God can change our hearts, remove fear and lies, and impart truth. As we begin to see truth we will then speak the truth and rely on God to bring forth the fruit of this truth, we will rest in His ability to bring change. What we say should be a reflection of what God has done through Jesus. The problem is never just a lack of confession, but a lack of belief.”
“For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.”
There you have it! The very FIRST reveal of what can be found in the pages of The Power of Resting. This book is full of personal examples from my own life and truths that I believe will give you a deeper revelation of God’s love for you and set you free from being bound by self-doubt and condemnation. Look for it spring 2014!
That’s my two cents for the day!
Keep it Real ~
Being Loved By Him, With You,
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BIO: Daveda Schmidlin is a happy wife, mother, and grandmother. She is a speaker, teacher, author and former pastor who is passionate about the Gospel of Grace. Her message is sincere, encouraging, simple and profound. Her words will set people free from condemnation and will help usher them into a deeper revelation and understanding of God’s great love.