Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Power of Positive Confession, Declaration and Proclamation

UV 2148/10000 The Power of Positive Confession, Declaration and Proclamation
Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
Genesis 49 v 25

The faith of our fathers’ and their blessings is a source of much that happens in our lives. The God of Jacob was with his son Joseph wherever he went, whether in the pit in which his envious brothers threw him or while he was being auctioned by Potiphar, the Egyptian priest, in the latter’s house, in the jail, while he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream to him. Jehovah with whose angel Jacob wrestled was his one and only, immediate and ultimate, resolute and absolute source of help. God is our helper, our Ebenezer with the absolute strength and immense power of the Eternal Rock in all the various crises of our lives.

The very same Jehovah is our God, Almighty, Beautiful, Merciful, Just, Wise, Gracious, Loving, Trustworthy, Perfect in all His ways. He is the source not just of our earthly help but of our spiritual blessings- the blessings of salvation, eternal life, eternal rewards beyond this lifetime. He is the source of the hidden blessings of the deep, the secret, the mysterious, the unknown, the priceless. To illustrate the blessings of the deep, we need to recall the incident in which the disciples were fishing all night but caught not a single fish. The resurrected Jesus stood at the shore, not yet recognized by them as their beloved Master. He called out to them to cast the net on the other side of the boat and lo! Their nets were full with large fish to the point of bursting. These fish were an example of the blessings of the deep. It was not visible to human eyes. It was not known to the human mind. Yet Jesus with His omniscience knew that there was a large school of large fish at the bottom of the lake. He directed the fish to rise towards the surface and the nets with His sovereign power, a small thing for a man who had just defeated His own death and come to life.

The blessings of the breast and the womb refer to marital blessings, familial and filial. The Lord will bless our children as we bring them up in faith in the God of our fathers, Jehovah and His son Jesus. In order to avail these blessings, we need to often confess positively our total faith in the promises of the Lord contained in His word, declare these with our lips to ourselves in private and proclaim these to others in public. The promises of God are our nets. We need to cast them down into the water and wait to get our catch of the blessings of the deep by tapping into the power of positive confession, faith declaration and proclamation. But we should not forget that the greatest blessings are the heavenly or spiritual blessings for these are eternal, infinite, immeasurable and incalculable.

Prateep V Philip

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