II Corinthians 4:13 AMP Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak.
The day that we had long awaited was finally here. It was the birth of my third grandson, Samuel Josiah. He was named after two Old Testament figures, the prophet Samuel and a godly king, Josiah, and I just knew God had a special plan for his life. My daughter-in-law had experienced difficulty carrying each of her babies to full term pregnancies so we were excited in knowing that one more baby had arrived at the proper time. But our jubilation over his birth was suddenly shattered when the doctor informed us that little Josiah’s lungs were not fully developed and his body was not getting the oxygen it needed to sustain his life. He would have to be transported immediately to the infant intensive care unit at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. It was then that we began our battle in prayer for his survival. An alert went out to everyone I knew that would agree with me in prayer for his recovery. I prayed and believed God for his healing but then I would hear the doctor’s report and when someone would ask me how he was doing I would relay to them what the doctors had said. One day as I was reading the Word and praying for Josiah the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said “you need to align the confession of your mouth with what you are believing in your heart”. He took me to Romans 10:8-10 which says:
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
It was at that point that God revealed to me that the same biblical principle that secured my salvation in receiving Jesus as my Savior, by believing in my heart and confessing that with my mouth, would apply to this situation with Josiah. That if I believed that God would heal him then my confession about the situation needed to be speaking the promise of God and not the negative doctor’s report. So I began to proclaim that Josiah was healed by the stripes of Jesus and that he would not die, but live to declare the works of God. (Psalm 118:17) From that point on when people would ask me how he was doing I focused my response more on the Word of God and what we believed for than the medical report.
One day shortly thereafter my son called at 3:00 a.m. to say that Josiah had another complication; he was now jaundiced and required a bili light over him to rid his body of the jaundice. The doctor had given them yet another bad report and said he didn’t know when Josiah would be released from the hospital. So as I got in my car to make the two-hour drive to the hospital I began praying in the Spirit in that heavenly language that I had received when I was baptized in the Holy Ghost. As I prayed a holy anger rose up within me towards the enemy in thinking that he was trying to steal my grandson’s life. I began to take authority over his plan to steal, kill and destroy Josiah’s life. Then I praised the Lord for the healing work that He was doing in Josiah’s body. I spent that two hours spiritually fighting through prayer for Josiah and when I got to the hospital I found that the situation had totally changed. The jaundice was completely gone; he was no longer on oxygen; he was fully dressed and sleeping contentedly in a regular crib! Praise the LORD! Josiah was released from the hospital the following day. Today Josiah is healthy and active with no sign or symptom of a lung problem! I praise God for His faithfulness in hearing and answering my prayers!
We all have faith challenges in our lives. This was one of many that I have experienced. I have found that God is faithful to keep His word and when He gives me a rhema word, a Spirit-breathed word, a scripture that comes alive within me when I read it, that He intends for me to stand on that word, believe it as truth that will work in my situation right now, and confess it until I see the manifestation of it in my life. That means I must stand strong in faith believing that God, Who is the faithful One, will do what He has promised.
Paul said it this way in 1 Timothy 6:12: NKJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
As believers in Christ Jesus, we are in a faith fight! Every challenge that comes our way is an opportunity to overcome through God’s word, His grace, His Spirit and our confession of faith. We are to “lay hold” on “eternal life”, the abundant life that God has given us through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. To “lay hold” indicates to me that someone is out there trying to pull God’s promise of that abundant life from me and I am to fight through faith for what He has given me. Jesus described that “someone” as the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) As Josiah’s grandmother I went into that faith battle for him. He was a helpless baby who needed someone to stand in the gap through prayer to fight for his right to experience the abundant life that Jesus died to give him. My job was to pray, seek God’s word that would work in his situation, and confess the truth that He had given me!
Hebrews 3:1 says that Christ Jesus is the High Priest of our confession. The High Priest stood before God on behalf of the people as an intercessor for them. Today Christ Jesus is taking our stance before God on our behalf confessing that we are children of God, cleansed of our sins and free to come boldly before His throne to receive the mercy and grace that we need to help in our time of need. He is confessing the truth about us! Our part is to align our mouths with His word so our High Priest can take that confession before God’s throne on our behalf. What are you confessing that you want our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to take before the throne of God on your behalf?
Father, I thank You that I have a High Priest, Jesus Christ, who stands before You on my behalf. I thank You that when I align my heart and mouth with the truth of God’s word that my confession becomes a faith confession based on Your word and I thank You for manifesting Your promises in my life as I place my trust in You. I give You praise today for the victory that I have as a believer in Christ Jesus! Thank You for loving me, for saving me and for filling me with Your precious Spirit that I might overcome the battles of life through Your power. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.