It took me a long time to see this truth. After I saw it and thought I understood it, I still could not act upon it. Christianity is called “the great confession.” The law of that confession is that I confess I have a thing before I consciously possess it. Romans 10:9-10 gives you the law for entering the household of faith. “Because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt he saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” You see, with the heart man believes that Jesus is his Righteousness, and with his lips he makes a confession of his salvation.
You notice that confession of the lips comes before God acts upon our spirits and recreates them. I say, “Jesus died for my sins according to scripture, and I now acknowledge Him as my Lord,” and I know that the instant I acknowledge Him as my Lord I have Eternal Life. I cannot have Eternal Life until I confess that I have it. I confess that I have salvation before God acts and recreates me. The same thing is true in regard to healing. I confess that “By His stripes I am healed,” and the disease is still in my body. I say, “Surely He has borne my sicknesses and carried my pains and I have come to appreciate Him as the one who was stricken, smitten of God with my diseases, and now I know that by His stripes I am healed.” (Lit. trans.)
I make the confession that “by His stripes I am healed”; the disease and its symptoms may not leave my body at once, but I hold fast to my confession. I know that what He has said He is able to make good. I know that I am healed because He said I was healed, and it makes no difference what the symptoms may be in my body. I laugh at them, and in the Name of Jesus I command the author of disease to leave my body.
He is defeated, and I am a victor. I have learned this law, that when I boldly confess, then, and then only, do I possess. I make my lips do their work. I give the Word its place. God has spoken, and I side with the Word. If I side with the disease and the pain, there is no healing for me. But I take sides with the Word, and I repudiate the disease and sickness.
The Hidden Man.