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Overcoming Darkness: 8 Faith Verses to Confess in the Bible

Words have power, even unbelievers know that. But for Christians, words have more than natural power, the words spoken by a believer have a great power beyond human ability. Your words have a creative, supernatural power through the Holy Spirit.

That is why the words you confess about your life and your particular situation must be centered around the Word of God because your confessions will cause your faith will flourish- or fail.

The humanist French philosopher René Descartes said, “Cogito, ergo sum”, which means, “I think, therefore I am.” But the Word of God said it first, saying it this way, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7, NKJV) 

The Psalmist took the power of confession a step further saying, “I believed, indeed I have spoken.” (Psalm 116:10, MEV) In the New Testament, Paul affirmed this important statement when he wrote: 

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ….We have the same spirit of faith. As it is written, ‘I believed, and therefore I have spoken.’ So we also believe and therefore speak. (2 Corinthians 4:6,13, MEV)

Speaking positive things versus negative things is how the world approaches life, but as a Christian, you have the spirit of God in you and you need more than a good confession. You need to find a God confession in the Bible.

What is True Biblical Confession?

True Biblical confession begins with the confession that Christ Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 4:15) That confession invites the power of God for salvation, but as a child of God, the power of Biblical confession shouldn’t stop there. The blood of Jesus paid for your salvation and sanctification, and through His Holy Spirit, you can win the good fight of faith through the words of your mouth.

Confessing the name of Jesus Christ for salvation is step one, but the name of Jesus Christ holds authority and power that is give to you word by word in the Bible, which is “alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12) and able to “accomplish what He sent it to do.” (Isaiah 55:11)

Remember, God’s Word is the sword of the Spirit – the weapon used to fight and win over your enemy! That is why your words – the confessions of your mouth – must always reflect God’s Word because your words will never have more power over the enemy than His do.

“…the confessions of your mouth must always reflect God’s Word because your words will never have more power over the enemy than His do…”

~Alicia Purdy

In the New Testament Greek, the word “confession” is “Homologeo” and it means “to agree with”. From a confessional perspective, “Homologeo” means “to say the same thing the Word says” about yourself and your particular situation. True Biblical confession is agreement with the truth of God. 

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How to Align Yourself with Confession in the Bible

If you want to align yourself with a confession in the Bible so your words have the true power the Light over darkness, you must increase in your knowledge of God in His Word.

You serve an awesome God who has given you the power through the Lord Jesus Christ to take authority over spiritual forces that resist Him, like the spirit of fear, but many people become caught up in their emotions and use their own words to declare things that are “good”, but apart from God’s will.

In a good fight of the faith, you’ll need to understand how to properly use the weapons you’ve been given. The good news is the more of the Word of God that you take into your spirit in your daily Bible study, the more the Word of God can operate in you, through you and out from you!

“…the more of the Word of God that you take into your spirit in your daily Bible study, the more the Word of God can operate in you, through you and out from you…”

~Alicia Purdy

Remember, that each confession in the Bible is given to God’s people to accomplish God’s purpose on earth. The confession of God through His Word is how you align yourself with His will and, as Jeremiah 1:12 says, the Lord “watches over His word to see it performed.”

What is Speaking in Faith?

Speaking in faith is more than just quoting Bible verses – anyone can do that. You’re in a battle of darkness versus light and those battles are to the death! you need to confess the Word of God in faith over yourself and your circumstances!

The enemy wants to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10) as much as he can in your life, so you must “stand therefore” in faith. (Ephesians 6:12-18) Faith is more than performing good works to achieve an end result. 

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You can speak in faith your confessions from God’s Word and call “things that are not as though they are.” (Rom. 4:17)  And just like the God of the ages, the Ancient of Days spoke and there was light, so you can speak in faith and bring light into existence in the darkness as well, by speaking the Word of God into that darkness. (John 1:4) 

True faith in the Lord is taking action on what your spirit knows about God that your natural mind cannot yet see. Your faith in the righteousness of God must come out of your mouth because your heart believes what your mouths speaks.

  1. Confess to your soul: You need to hear it
  2. Confess in the presence of many witnesses: Others need to hear your faith
  3. Confess the authority you were given through Christ: Your enemy needs to hear it

The prayer of a righteous person is “powerful and effective” (James 5:16), but so is every faith-filled confession of our hope in the Lord. Remember, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21, NKJV)

Spiritual agreement is when you speak God’s Word in faith, confessing what you cannot prove, because your faith is in a faithful God!

Finding a Confession in the Bible for Your Situation

As a believer, you are part of a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), which means that you are called to minister to the Lord in your praise and to offer to Him the sacrifice of praise because He is worthy.

The words of your mouth have both natural and spiritual power and you shouldn’t stop at confession for the forgiveness of sins. That is a specific type of penitent confession that acknowledges the sin the Lord has known about all along and submits your life to Him.

Biblical confessions of faith are in a different category that engage with your faith in the spiritual realm and change the spiritual dynamic.

Remember that if you want to drive out darkness in areas you must:

  1. Agree to align your life with the precepts, principles, and statues in God’s Word
  2. Agree in your heart in faith with those confessions in the Bible 
  3. Speak in agreement (confess with your mouth) with the words of the Bible – “Homologeo”

Because of God’s love and mercy, everything you need for “life and godliness” (2 peter 1:3) has been given to you through the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, but many people mistake what that looks like.

Everything you’ve been given to take spiritual authority, to walk in the peace of God, and to overcome the darkness of this world is given to you not always in an immediate, literal manifestation, but is given to you by faith through the power of the Word of God!

3 Methods of Finding Biblical Confessions to Speak

Gratitude is the point of origin for all praise and without a heart of gratitude, without thanksgiving directed to the Lord, intentionally and specifically, whatever you’re singing about isn’t praise. Praise starts within the spirit, not the heart, mind, will nor emotions – those things must align in faith, but your spirit is where praise begins. 

The Hebrew word for “praise” is “YADAH” and it means “to throw the hands forward and make a confession” about the Lord. The ultimate way to drive out the darkness is with the light of the presence of God! Psalm 22:3 says God’s presence “dwells within the praises of His people”. 

Learn more about the 7 Hebrew Words for Praise and how each one helps create strength, intimacy, and fresh revelation as you understand more about God’s plan for praise in your life!

In the Old Testament, people of God made confession about God through “YADAH“, one of the Seven Hebrew Words for “Praise.” In times of great darkness, they offered the sacrifice of praise to the Lord and would “YADAH” the Lord by confessing His attributes, agreeing with the words they’d been given, and by proclaiming His truth, His statues, and His precepts to the heathen nations.

By looking into the Word of God daily, consistently, with faith, in praise, the Holy Spirit will “quicken” the Word to your spirit – He will bring it alive in that moment – and that is the one He wants you to confess in the season you’re in.

Here are three ways of seeking and finding Biblical confessions you can declare in faith over yourself, your life, and your situation:

1) Seeking confessions of PRAISE: If you look at any Psalm of David, you will find that even in his darkest times, even when he poured out his complaints to the Lord, he always ended his Psalms with hope and praise. When life is dark and difficult, you need the renewal of the Holy Spirit daily through praise because praise and worship are God-focused.

“YADAH” the Lord and His name with your hands raised daily so protect your spirit and remain strong in faith and focused on God because when life is hard, you worship a good God!

“Through Him, then, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15, MEV)

2) Seeking confessions of PRAYER: The godly offer prayer and praise to the Lord “continually” as the Bible says, because they are fully persuaded that the “effective prayer of a righteous man” produces powerful results. (James 5:17) “…yet you do not have, because you do not ask. You ask, and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your passions.” (James 4:2-3, MEV)

​God’s will is written in His Word and revealed by His Holy Spirit at the right time, as He knows you need it for each season. As you seek in His Word, He promises you will find. God has a specific promise for you that you can take to the throne of heaven and pray in faith – and receive the promise.

3) Seeking confessions of PROMISE: The love of God is greater than any other thing and God’s plan is to “prosper you and not to harm you.” (Jeremiah 29:11) His promises are, through Christ, “Yes,” and in Him “Amen,” to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20, MEV) You can confidently come into agreement with God’s many promises in His Word and confess them in faith over your life. 

There is no guide to confessing the Word of God better than the using words written in the Bible.

God isn’t a genie nor is He Santa Claus who takes wishes and dreams and grants them. The Most Holy Lord is alive and working according to His will. When your confessions are in agreement with His Word, prompted by His Holy Spirit, it means He quickened them to you because it is His will to fulfill them in your life. 

8 Verses in the Bible to Confess Over Your Life

Lift up your hands and “YADAH” praise the Lord with your confession and come into agreement with the Lord and His Word in these seven areas:

* Confession of STRENGTH: Isaiah 41:10, “…I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (MEV)

* Confession of DELIVERANCE: “I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; many will see it, and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1-3, MEV)

* Confession of LIFE: “The Lord is my strength and song; He has become my salvation…I shall not die, but I shall live and declare the works of the Lord.” (Psalm 118:14,17)

* Confession of HELP IN TIMES OF NEED: “I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my pillar, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I will be saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:1-3, MEV)

* Confession of HOPE: “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that Day.” (1 Timothy 1:12, MEV)

* Confession of VICTORY: “By this I know that You favor me, because my enemy does not triumph over me.” (Psalm 41:11, MEV)

* Confession of PROVISION: “I do not speak because I have need, for I have learned in whatever state I am to be content. I know both how to face humble circumstances and how to have abundance…But I have everything and abound. I have been filled [and] my God shall supply every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:11-13, 18-19 MEV)

* Confession of the LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST:  “Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God and the firstborn of every creature. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17, MEV)

Paul wrote in Romans 10:17 that, “Faith comes by hearing- hearing the Words about Christ.” Your spirit can hear your words. Your soul can. Your mind can hear you. Your heart can hear you. If your confession isn’t intentionally faith-filled, you need to work on that

Remember, faith doesn’t determine your experience in life- true faith defies your experience! If you aren’t specifically speaking faith words, out loud to yourself, about yourself and about everything going on in your life, you are still confessing and you are still building your faith- but in what??

The enemy will try and convince you that you’re crazy at times when you confess and declare things from God’s Word about yourself, your life and your situation that are literally not happening – but that is faith

No, do not open your Bible and randomly choose something to speak that fits what you want or need. Seek the Lord in His Word and He will quicken to your spirit the words He wants you to speak over yourself- and then? Open your mouth and confess your faith through God’s Word! 

“I believe, therefore I speak.”

READ MORE: “How Your Testimony of Faith Brings More Power to Your Praise”

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