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Keep Calling It As Though It Were, Until It Is
Part of the Christian life is to live in hope. When you call things into your life as though they were already there, though they are not yet, then it keeps a sense of hope before you. Almost as if you are saying, “It is on its way…it is on its way”.
When God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and when Sarai’s name was changed to Sarah, it was about one year before the promise of God came to pass in their lives.
Sarai means “dominating”, and she was, but Sarah means “noble queen”. Sarah had to learn how to change her mentality and start acting like a daughter of God instead of a daughter of bossiness and entitlement.
Abram means “high (noble) father” or “father of height”, which could also entail that Abram may have been a tall man. The name Abraham means “father of a multitude”.
Anytime Abraham said his name, he was calling that which was not as though it already was, and this is what is meant by Paul, when speaking of Abraham, in the verse we started with in Romans 4:17 …and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
I believe the more Abraham said his new name, knowing what it meant, the more he started to believe it. When you get in agreement with God’s word and you declare God’s word, you will start to believe it more and more. It keeps faith in front of your mind!
Then, that natural doubt that would always arise in your heart, will begin to lose its grip until you speak God’s word with full conviction and assurance and you are able to speak it without any significant doubt in your heart.
Then, as Jesus says, you shall have whatsoever you say because you learned how to become an authorized user of God’s word and are calling things that be not as though they were. One last thing to remember is that, it is up to God how, when, and if the things we call into our lives actually come to pass.
Calling for them, as the Bible declares, certainly increases our chances of it happening. For one thing it may take just a month, and for another it may take a decade. The idea is keep calling those things to you and let the hope it produces lead you into a closer relationship with God!
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