Words are powerful things. The Word of God leaves no room for doubt about that. There has, however, been some misunderstanding among believers about how we can put that power to work in our lives.

Some people have the idea that they can just jump up once and say, “I believe I receive a million dollars today”—and somehow be a millionaire by nightfall. That, of course, is foolishness.

To determine the difference between faith and foolishness where confession is concerned, we have to go directly to the Word of God. Mark 11:22-25 says:

“Have faith in God. For verily I [Jesus] say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

I want you to notice several things about that passage of Scripture. It does state that you can have what you say. But it also outlines some conditions you must meet:

1. You must have faith in God.

2. You must be willing to “say” something to your mountains (problems, needs, etc.)

3. You must not doubt.

4. You must have confidence in your own words. You must believe in your heart that what you say will come to pass.

5. You must believe you receive what you desire when you pray—not when you see it happen.

6. You must “say” what you believe.

7. You must forgive everyone.

Obviously there is much more to true Bible-based confession than simply “naming it and claiming it.” To release real power, your words must have faith behind them. We see that principle operate in the negative all the time.

For instance, someone will say, “Well, we’re planning to leave for vacation next week. But I can tell you right now, our children will get sick before we get out of town. They do it every year.”

Sure enough, it will happen just like they said it would. Now that person didn’t mean to use the power of confession, but he did. He released faith with those words—not faith in God, but faith that the children would get sick. He was saying what he truly believed, and he received it just like he spoke it.

You can’t get around it. It’s spiritual law. To put that spiritual law to work for you instead of against you, you have to develop a different kind of faith. You have to develop faith in the Word of God. You have to build that Word inside you by hearing it and hearing it (Romans 10:17).

As that Word becomes a part of you, it will begin to come out of your mouth. You’ll say it almost without thinking, because “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth [speaks]” (Matthew 12:34).

That is when your words become powerful—when they agree with God’s Word and come from your heart. Those words contain the authority of God Himself.

The power of positive confession can’t be worked like a gimmick. It must be lived as a lifestyle today. Diligently seek God (Hebrews 11:6) and meditate in His Word day and night (Joshua 1:8). Then what He says—and what you say—will become His Words in your words: words so full of faith and power, you can’t help but have what you say!