♪ The Word is working
mightily in me ♪ ♪ The Word is working… ♪ ANNOUNCER>>We’re glad you could join us today for the Concepts of Faith Broadcast. This program is dedicated to teach you how to put the Word of God to work so that it will make a positive difference in the everyday circumstances of your life. And now, here’s Charles Capps. CHARLES CAPPS>>Welcome to the Concepts of Faith Broadcast. Now we’re continuing on the series called Why Confession Works. Now you know when you start talking about confession there’s so many people that think you’re talking about confessing your sins. That’s about all some folks know about confessing. Confession is that you’re supposed to confess your sins and of course that’s what the Bible says. John said, if, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Now that was written to Christians, that wasn’t written to the sinner. He’s talking about Christians there but we’re talking about confessing God’s Word, hold fast to your confession of faith. Over here in Hebrews the tenth chapter, verse 23, Paul says, let us hold fast to the profession of our faith. Now profession, the word profession, can be translated confession, actually it’d be the same word. So let us hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering for He is faithful in His promise. Now if there wasn’t any possibility of losing the faith, then there wouldn’t really be any need for him to say to hold fast to your profession, or confession, of faith. So the things that we believe that are based on the authority of the Word of God, we must keep them in mind, we have to keep them in our hearts. You know the Bible says write these things upon the table of your heart. Proverbs states that. Write these things upon the table of your heart. Well how do you write on the table of your heart? Well you can’t do it with a pen. So David tapped into it, actually, when he said my tongue is as the pen of a ready writer. So the way to do it is one inch below your nose, it’s your mouth, you better get your mouth in motion because that’s the way you get the Word of God on the inside of you. Now we have already dealt with on some of the other broadcasts three of the reasons why and I want to reiterate them here because some of you may not have seen the other broadcast. Number one, it causes faith to come, confessing the Word of God. Now when I say confessing the Word of God I mean to say the same thing that God said in His Word about you, about circumstances, about the situation. For instance in Galatians the Scriptures tell us, the Apostle Paul states that we have been delivered from the authority of darkness and translated into the kingdom of the dear Son of God. We’re, we’ve been delivered from the power of darkness. Well that’s what the Word says about us. We are delivered from it but if you listen to some people talk you’d think that it says we’re bound by the powers of darkness because they go by what they’ve experienced. They say well yes, you know, I know the Bible said that but now Brother Capps, here’s what happened to me. Well first of all what happened to you didn’t have a thing to do with the Word of God. In other words it didn’t change what God said. What God said, though, will change what you experience in life if you’ll keep saying what God said about it. If you proclaim that you are delivered from the authority of darkness, translated into the kingdom of the dear Son of God, it does something on the inside of you, when you hear your voice saying what God said. In fact the Apostle Paul said in Romans 10 the Word is nigh thee. It is even in thy mouth and in thy heart. First of all you must get the Word in your mouth to get it in your heart. Now that’s essentially what God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8. Let not this book of the law depart out of thy mouth but thou shalt meditate therein day and night. Now that means to give deep thought to, to mutter, and to speak to oneself. That’s what that word means in the Hebrew, to mutter, to speak to oneself, give thought to, several different meanings to it, so you should speak the Word of God to yourself. Self-talk can either put you under or put you over depending on what kind of self-talk it is. Are you talking what the devil says? Are you talking what God said in His Word? So keep the Word in your mouth. So number one, confessing the Word of God causes faith to come because the Apostle Paul said faith, so then faith cometh by hearing the Word of God. Faith in God comes by hearing the Word of God. The opposite end of that truth is that faith in the devil comes by hearing the words of the devil and that’s very obvious, you don’t want to go that route but so many times you do hear Christians saying what the devil said and they get all upset and they get all depressed because of all these things that are bombarding their mind. Now let me tell you something about things that the enemy puts in your mind. The carnal mind, the Bible says, in fact the Apostle Paul says this in Romans chapter 8, he said the carnal mind is enmity against God, is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So if you’re going to try to operate in the law of faith, in the carnal mind, you’re going to be in a heap of trouble to say the least because you can’t believe with your head what you can believe with your heart. Now when we talk about the heart we’re not talking about the blood pump, we’re talking about the core, the center of your being. It gets on the inside of you and becomes a part of you when you speak God’s Word. So number one, the first thing that faith does, or the first thing that confessing the Word of God does is it causes faith to come because faith cometh by hearing and it’ll come more quickly if you hear yourself quoting, and speaking, and saying what God said about you. Then number two, it’s the way you sow a seed in the kingdom. Now in, in the seventeenth chapter of Luke, Jesus said if you had faith as a mustard seed you might say unto this Sycamine tree, be plucked up by the root, be planted in the sea, and it should obey you. Now He didn’t say to obey God, didn’t say pray to God to move the tree, or cast it into the sea, but He said if you had faith as a seed you would say. Now that’s the reason some folks don’t say anything that, that the Word says about them because they don’t have faith as a seed. They know it’s true because it’s in the Bible and they believe the Bible’s true, but you see it’s not really true to them. So they wouldn’t dare say it because they say well it might not happen. Well it probably won’t because they don’t have faith as a seed. So number one, causes faith to come when you’re confessing the Word of God. Number two, it sows a seed in the kingdom of God in the heart, and that’s the parable of the sower in Mark the fourth chapter and Matthew the thirteenth chapter, Jesus gives us great information, marvelous information, concerning how faith works in the heart by sowing a seed, the seed is the Word of God. Number three, and this is where we left off on the last broadcast, it renews your mind. Paul said in Romans 12, be not conformed to the world, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You renew your mind by the Word of God. In other words if you keep saying what God said, confessing the Word of God, reading the Word of God out loud, then it renews your mind and what happens you begin to think like God thinks. Now let me tell you something, when you go to thinking like God thinks, things are going to change around your place. You’re going to get out depression, you’re going to start believing the way God believes, you’re going to see things from a whole different light, your attitude’s going to change. So we come to number four, the fourth reason why confession of the Word of God, the works in your life, the changed circumstances and situation, it keeps the answer before you. Did you know that if you’re talking your problems, you’re always talking the problems, saying what is, what has happened, and what’s going to happen, what seems like is going to happen, and you hear people say this, my, I’ve been guilty of saying myself but I’ve learned better, you hear them say, well I can already see this is not going to work out. I can already see that we’re not going to have the money to make the payment on our house, or the payment on the car, we can already, I can already see it. Now what that means is they have meditated on the things that their carnal mind has put before them and, and many times your carnal mind is influenced by the enemy and by evil forces. See, you can’t keep the enemy from putting thoughts in your mind at times but you, those thoughts, especially if they don’t agree with the Word of God, those thoughts will die unborn unless you begin to speak them because that’s really the way you take the thoughts is speaking it. It comes into your mind but you really haven’t taken it until you begin to say it and speak it. Once you speak it and begin to confess that, say it with your mouth over and over, over a period of time, it gets on the inside of you and then it becomes true to you whether it’s true or not. Now psychologists have realized that a child, whatever they believe about you, that if they believe that you don’t love them, if they believe you’re mistreating them, you might not be but if they, if they believe that, then to them that’s true. In other words that is absolute truth to them. So what you need to realize is the things that you’re saying with your mouth may get on the inside of you and then it becomes true to you whether it’s true on the outside of you or not; on the inside it’s true. You have become fully persuaded of it and it might not be true at all. Some of the things that the enemy would put in your mind concerning your finances, concerning your physical health, and different things, don’t get into agreement with what the enemy says and guard your mind and guard your heart above all things. Proverbs says, keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues, are forces of life. In other words what gets on the inside of you is what’s going to change the situation. So number four, why you should confess the Word of God and say what God says about you in the Scriptures. In other words He says give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall men give unto your bosom. Begin to say that once you give, when you give an offering or when you give even to, to your favorite charity, say I have given, it is given unto me. You know, sometimes we have decided that, well it only works if you’ve given to the kingdom of God. Well, I know that it works that way but it’ll work in other areas too. So begin to say that, it keeps the answer before you. Now I, I tell you what, when you get into this you’ll find out that it changes the attitude. I want to tell a situation that happened many years ago. I, I went to a church in Arkansas and I taught one night on confessing the Word of God and calling things that are not. In other words calling what is promised in the Word of God, proclaiming it before it ever happens, and that comes from Mark 11:23 and 24, you know the Scripture says whosoever shall say to the mountain be thou removed, be 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. Now what’s he going to have? Have whatsoever he saith if he believed, if he doubt not in his heart, and if he believes those things which he is saying. Now see when you first start saying some negative things, you don’t really believe them but if you say them long enough, sometimes you just said it because you were disgusted. Have you ever been there? I know you have. I’ve been there and you say something negative because you’re just disgusted with the situation and you, you don’t really mean it but you said it and if you keep saying it, before long you will go to believing it because the Scripture says faith cometh by hearing. Now it comes more quickly when you’re hearing yourself speak it and say it with your own mouth and your own ears, you’re picking it up, it’s fed right into what the Bible calls the heart, it’s the core of your being, it is the production center, and it will produce in you life. So when you begin to speak things it, it, it inhibits you from believing the deliverance, the blessing of God that the Word promises. This pastor, after I taught on this on a Sunday night, talking about calling things that are not as though they were, and calling the promise of God, when calling abundance, when there is lack and proclaiming that God has met my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus because I’ve given once and again. Like the Apostle Paul talked about in Philippians 4, the Philippian Church he said, gave once and again to his necessity, and he said my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. And you realize that Jesus was the Word personified. So the Word has to do with this. So I was, after the service we went out to eat and the pastor’s wife said, Brother Capps, I’m so glad you taught on that tonight because, you see, she said we bought a piece of property some time ago, we’ve had it now a couple three years. We bought a lot over here that was kind of in a ravine. It was just kind of a low place and had . . . water stood there. She said we let people dump fill dirt and concrete and things that they haul from construction jobs in there, and we thought we’ll do that, and we’ll pay on it, and they were paying on it, they bought it and they, you know, paid so much down, and she said we we’re going to sell it and make some money on it because it would improve the lot if they got it up high where you could build on it. Well she said, you know, said we’ve been going by there and saying nobody will ever build in this mud hole, we’ll never get rid of this thing, we’ll probably have this the rest of our life. Well you know that, see that thought came in their mind because your carnal mind, now remember what Paul said in Romans chapter 8, he said the carnal mind is enmity against God; it is not subject to the law of God. You can’t operate in the law of faith which says you can have what you say if you believe and doubt not in your heart and, and believe that those things which ye saith will come to pass. You can’t operate that on the positive side in your carnal mind because your carnal mind becomes too negative too quickly and when you go to saying the negative things, then you’re not going to be operating anything on the positive side, you’re going to be operating on the negative side, which is saying to the mountain in essence, oooh mountain, you’re getting bigger, we’ll never get over you, you’re going to hinder us the rest of our life. Now you see Jesus did not tell us that this thing operated just as well or faster even on the negative side because He didn’t want you over there operating in the negative side. But you see we know there’s always an opposite end to every truth and it’s the direct reciprocal of it. In other words it’s opposite to that. So if you can have what you say if you believe and doubt not in your heart, it’ll work just as fast and maybe faster on the negative side then it will the positive side and you just need to stay out of that and to do that you’ve got to get out of this carnal thinking, and begin to think like God thinks, and that’s the reason it’s so needful for you to renew your mind to what God’s Word says. But to go on with the story she said, I’m so glad we heard this message on calling things that are not. Said, I tell you what we’re going to do, we’re going to go by that lot tomorrow and she looked over at her husband, the pastor, and said we’re going to go by that lot tomorrow and we’re going to speak to that lot and call it sold in the name of Jesus and, and you’re going to be a blessing to us. And now they had it up for sale for, I believe, they said about two years. Now that was on Sunday night. Now they went by there Monday morning and began to speak good things over that lot, and began to confess that whatever I do will prosper, and no weapon formed against me will prosper, and I believe we receive a buyer, and somebody will be blessed with this lot. It’ll be a blessing to somebody. Now see they got out of the negative thinking of the carnal mind and they got over there, what are they doing? They’re keeping the answer before them. Now confessing the Word of God keeps the answer before you. The answer is not that we’re going to have this the rest of our life, we’ll never get rid of this thing, we’ll be paying on it (laughing) from here on, and we can’t sell it. That’s not the answer; that’s the problem. So you don’t want to pray the problem, you don’t want to confess the problem, you want to keep the answer before you. What’s the answer? Call the lot sold in the name of Jesus and proclaim that whatever you do will prosper and you did something when you bought that lot. Anyway to make a long story short, they went by and talked to it on Monday morning. Now I was back there on Wednesday night, I preached Sunday night, and then I came back and preached on Wednesday night, and she said Brother Capps, I have some news to tell you. Somebody called today and bought that lot. Now folks, three days now, less then three days, actually just two days after they talked to it, got out of their carnal thinking, got over onto the Word of God, somebody called and bought the lot. Now they’d been trying to sell it for about two years and… Now that’s amazing isn’t it? It’s amazing what God will do when you begin to just act on the Word of God and be doers of the Word. You know James says if, if we are doers of the Word of God, we’ll be blessed in our deeds. That means you’ll be blessed in everything you do. You, you have to guard your mind and keep the carnal mind from inhibiting your ability to believe what God said because you read the Word of God and your carnal mind sometimes will say well yeah, I know that’s what’s in the Bible but that’s not what happened to me and if you’re not careful, you’ll get back over on this old negative stream and, and it’ll change your attitude, you’ll become depressed, and you’ll become fearful, and you know Job proved what fear will do for you. Job said the thing I have greatly feared has come upon me; the thing I was afraid of has come unto me. He, he wasn’t just fearing. He, by his own mouth, he said I greatly feared. He was highly developed in his fear. Now that’s the reason, number four reason, that the Word of God, confessing the Word of God works, is because it keeps the answer before you. Now let’s go over to Ephesians the, the fourth chapter. In Ephesians 4 the Apostle Paul gives us some good advice. Ephesians 4 in verse 17, Ephesians 4, Paul is talking about some things that’ll help us here in verse 17. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of your mind, having your understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through ignorance that is in them because of the blindness of their heart. Now in other words, don’t walk in the vanity of your mind. See, they looked at that lot and they said we’ll never get rid of it. It goes on to talk about it but he comes on down here to verse 23 and says, be renewed… back up to verse 22, he says, that you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, the former way of life, the old man which is corrupt according to deceitful lust and be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Now that’s what happens, you get your mind renewed to the Word of God when you begin to speak and say what God said. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, in other words in the attitude of your mind. They began to think like God thought about it. God said if, if you’re doers of the Word of God, you’ll be blessed in your deeds. And that you put off the, put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speaking every man truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and sin not, let not the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil. Now notice Paul said don’t give any place to the devil. Well now if Paul said don’t give place to the devil, he must not have anyplace unless we give him place because if he had place, then why would he have to tell us not to give place to the devil? See we give it to the devil by words sometimes because we speak things that are contrary to the Word of God, therefore we get over into carnality of our mind. He goes on to say, be angry and sin not, let not the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more but rather labor, working with his hands the things which are good that he might have to give to them that needeth. Now listen to this, verse 29, let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace to the hearer. Now who is the number one hearer of everything that you say? Well of course most people will say well God is but you are hearing everything you say. Of course God does hear it. Well I’m not so sure about that. I don’t believe God hears all this unbelief that people talk. I don’t believe he’s in tune to that. You are the number one hearer of everything that you say. Now the Apostle Paul stated this in Romans the tenth chapter, he said in verse 6 he said the righteousness which is of faith, what saith it? Now he’s going to tell you what the righteousness which is of faith says in verse 8. He says what saith it? The Word is nigh thee. Now what’s he talking about Word? The Word of God? The Word of promise is nigh you. In other words it’s as close to you as getting it in your mouth and speaking it into your heart. That’s how close it is to you but if you take the devil’s word and put it in your mouth and speak it into your heart, guess what, you’re sowing weed seeds. You see the sower soweth the Word. You either sow the Word of God or can sow the words of the devil and whether you’re sowing the words of the devil or the Word of God, it’s going to produce in your life. Let me tell you folks, don’t sow weed seed. Sow the Word of God. Sow something that’ll produce for you. Now you will notice here that he says let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is edifying that it may minister grace to the hearer, that it may minister grace to the hearer. Now what you realize is that you’re the number one hearer of the Word of God and it’ll minister grace to you if you hear yourself speaking, quoting, saying what God said in His Word about you, it’ll change your situation in life. Now here’s what you need to understand about this: God’s Word will keep you, will keep your mind on the answer and not the problem. Now some people even pray the problem. Did you know that? They pray the problem, they hear the problem, and all they can see is the problem. Now folks, confessing the Word of God will keep the answer before you and you need to do it. Praise God. Now before we leave the broadcast today I want to offer a four tape series. This tape series is called Why Confession Works. Now see, that’s what we’re talking about right here on the broadcast, we, we’re talking about it for several programs, Why Confession Works. This is a four tape series. It’s in an album. It doesn’t really look like four tapes because it’s a small album but they’re there, very compact, keep the dust out of them, and so on, you can put them on a shelf. It’s called Why Confession Works for You. Now some of you have heard parts of the broadcast and, and you’ve missed parts of it and then you probably know about fifteen people that needs this series and it’s available to you. That’s offer number 2413. It’s four audio cassettes for $20. We have a toll free order line. It’s 1-877-396-9400. That’s 1-877-396-9400. The Why Confession Works, why the confession of the Word of God, saying the same thing that God says in the Word will get into you, become a part of you, it’ll actually change your attitude, begin to keep the answer before you, causes faith to come, and renews your mind to the Word of God. You remember the Apostle Paul said, be not conformed to the world. Now the Greek says it this way: Don’t be squeezed into the world’s mold. In other words, this world is in a negative stream and any old dead fish can float downstream but it takes a live one to go up stream and, and if you’re going to be negative in life, you can float right on downstream where all those dead fish are going to be drifted up down there. That’ll give you some incentive to get on the Word of God and go upstream and begin to say some things the way God says it. Now it gets in your spirit and God will lead you by your spirit to be in the right place at the right time for the right situation, and by the way I missed the punch line on that lot they sold. They sold it to a minister that was going to build a church on it. (laughing) I thought that was good. Praise God. Now that’s tape offer number 2413, four audio cassettes for $20. Until next time this is Charles Capps reminding you (MUSIC) that the enemy is defeated, God is exalted, and JESUS is Lord, and He’s coming very soon. Are you ready? He’s coming. ♪ No matter what
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mightily in me ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh Ooohhh ♪ ANNOUNCER>>We’re glad you could join us today for the Concepts of Faith Broadcast. This program is dedicated to teach you how to put the Word of God to work so that it will make a positive difference in the everyday circumstances of your life. To order the product offered on today’s program call 1-877-396-9400. For more information about Charles Capps ministries or for a schedule of meetings write to Charles Capps Ministries, P.O. Box 69, England, Arkansas 72046. This broadcast has been sponsored by Charles Capps Ministries and our partners in this area.