Romans 4:17…and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
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Having Whatsoever You Say
Jesus tells us in Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou 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 whatsoever he saith.
Many people get caught up on the “and shall not doubt in his heart” portion of this verse. They feel, “Well, I pray but I feel doubt when I do, so it must not be possible”. Yet, when it comes to saying things like “Guess I’ll be in debt for a LONG time” or “It probably is not going to work out” or anything like that, they have no doubt in their hearts about those things, but they believe those things that they say. Because of this, they have “whatsoever they saith”.
The wise man, Solomon, wrote in Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Notice he says “Death AND life…” You will reap whatever you sow. If you sow death through criticisms, doubt, and fear that is what you’ll get. But, if you sow life through kindness, love, and creation faith, then that is what you will get. You’ll eat the fruit thereof, whether it be of hate or of love.
Agreeing with What God Says
Another parameter of calling things into your life is that you must know what God says about it so that you may get in agreement with Him on it. Otherwise, you are no better off than the person who has no access to these things at all.
Sometimes people may tend to believe that by “calling things that be not as though they were”, they are somehow lying because they are saying something is there when it really is not there. The person who says this is partly right. That which they are calling is not there…not yet anyway. But, it will be if they keep calling for it.
When we say, “Agreeing with what God says”, what we mean is saying what God has already said about the matter. For example, was Jesus lying when He said in Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…? No, He wasn’t because Jesus does not lie. Therefore, if I say, “I have given, so it shall be given unto me, and I believe it is already given unto me and I call it into my life right now”, then I’m not lying. I’m simply agreeing with what Jesus already said about it.
Of course, there are the parameters of being a born-again child of God, living right, and knowing God’s word like I said earlier, but after these basis are covered, I have access to “his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19) . I may not currently have what it is I’m calling into my life, but Jesus has it! If Jesus has it, and if I need it, then I can just call it to me because it shall be given unto me. This is where growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” (2 Peter 3:18) comes into play. “A Biblically uneducated Christian is a Christian who is not fulfilling their potential.”
In the next, and final post, we’ll talk about continuing to call things that are not until they are!