Romans 4:17-18 starts in the middle of a thought and states, “(As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations) in the presence of him whom he believed — God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken. So shall your descendants be.”
These verses are referring back to Genesis chapter 17, in which God is telling Abraham that he will make him the father of many nations. Verse five says, “No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.”
God used this very principle of calling things that do not exist as though they did in Abraham’s life. He changed his name from Abram, which means “exalted father,” to Abraham, which means “father of many.” God was calling him the father of many nations although it had not happened yet. He was calling things that did not exist as though they did, and by changing his name, he was requiring Abraham to do the same. Every time Abraham said “Abraham” he was calling himself the father of many nations even though he didn’t see that manifested in the natural yet, even though in the natural it was impossible.
It is my opinion that Abraham didn’t instantly believe with his whole heart what God had spoken to him. He laughed when God told him that Sarah would bare him a child in their old age (Genesis 17:17) and then Abraham reminded God of Ishmael, who Abraham thought was the son God had promised him (Genesis 17:18).
Like Abraham, we do not have to let our initial reaction determine our final outcome. I believe the more Abraham reflected on God’s words to him, speaking out those words each time he said his name, the more he believed it. By renewing his mind to the words of God and speaking them out, it brought him to a place where “he did not consider his body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to perform.” — Romans 4:19-21.
We too can get to that place of being fully convinced that what God promised he is also able to perform even if it is blatantly contrary to what is going on in the natural. The key? Renewing our minds to God’s word and calling those things that do not exist as though they did through the promises of God’s word.
When your body is screaming, “I’m so sick,” you respond, “body, I don’t care how you feel right now. You are healed by the stripes of Jesus (1 Peter 2:24). He himself took my infirmities and bore my sickness (Matthew 8:17). You may not feel healed now, but you are healed.”
This is not lying or denying the natural facts that you may be sick, but it is using the real truth of God’s word to call things that don’t currently exist into existence.
Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” What are we confessing with our words? Life or death? Victory or defeat? We are not going to overcome by confessing everything the devil is doing to us but rather what Jesus has provided for us. When we speak the word, we are speaking God’s words, and it is those very words that created the world.
Think about that. God didn’t form the world by physically doing but simply by speaking. He called the things that were not as though they were, and they became. This is a kingdom principle.
There is power in the spoken word, and when we speak God’s words as the truth even though we haven’t seen it yet, we are speaking forth his power, his life-giving health, his strength. Jesus knows no defeat and represents total victory. When we are confessing the word over our situation, we are confessing the victory he has achieved for us. I would encourage you to get in the word and speak those truths over your situation today.
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Published: November 28, 2016