CONFESSION AND PROFESSION OF FAITH.
Confession is simply saying what you believe but profession is being committed to making your confession a reality. It is confession plus commitment (which is expressed through action) that equals profession. It is what you do to back up your declarations of faith. Many believers betray what they say by what they do and as a result their faith does not work.
For instance, before Abraham became the father of faith and was blessed with abundance, he needed to show his commitment by giving up his son as sacrifice. And when God saw his readiness to meet that demand, He said to him, “Now I know that you fear Me” (Genesis 22:12). God does not know you by your confessions, He only knows you by your actions ( Rev. 3:8). Your commitment is proved by your action and your action is fueled by your obedience.
God has promised to prosper you, but it won’t happen by you putting your hands in your pockets and speaking in ‘heavy’ tongues! He has promised you a peaceful and harmonious home but what steps are you taking towards it? As a man, do you love your wife? And as a woman, are you submitting to your husband? (Ephesians 5:22-25).
God has said concerning you, that you shall be the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13) but it is not enough for you to go about confessing, “I shall be the head and not the tail.” Among so many other things, you must obey the law of diligence. “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men” ( Proverbs 22:29). Until you get committed to the covenant practice of diligence, there is no proof that you believe God’s promise to make you the head and not the tail. Your commitment remains the most authentic proof of your faith.
Can you imagine somebody who is praying very hard for promotion but goes late to work every day? And then when he is given a query, he writes a list of the names of the people in his workplace who he thinks are standing in the way of his promotion. And his prayer focus is that God should sack all of them, so that he can take their place, probably to exhibit his laziness the more.
But the profession of faith is that while you are praying to God for promotion, you must also be walking in wisdom in order to inherit a place of glory (Proverbs 3:35).
Faith is not funfair; it first places a demand on you before it delivers the reward to you. That is why I said, faith is a journey. It will first take something from you before it gives back something to you.