Calling those things which be not as though they were

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.. Romans 4:17

This verse, which is a rather famous one, is a very important one because it shows how the kingdom of God works for the believer!  God looks at the end result of what he desires and then speaks it into existence like He did throughout the Bible, from the very beginning in Genesis.  Christ also did the same and instructed us to do likewise.  Every time he performed a miracle he said, the end result, believing, knowing, that it would come to pass.  Everything in the kingdom works by faith but this seems like foolishness to those who are living in the carnal, natural world.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.  1 Corinthians 1:28

In the opening verse the scriptures are referring to the, faith, of Abraham.  This it says later in Romans.

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.  Romans 4:20-25

So, we too are justified by faith, believing, we are filled with the Spirit of God!  This is a really big deal because if we are walking by faith and not by sight we are free from fear and any sort of bondage.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:14-17

This literally opens up a whole new world to the believer but those who live in the natural do not understand these things since this is spiritually discerned.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  1 Corinthians 2:14

So, what are the, things of God?  Certainly, the manifestations of faith would be one.  How can we expect to have prayer answered or call those things which be not, whether it be health, peace, or a lack in any area without believing?  We are told by Jesus this:

Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:31-33

The last entry I posted, was on, The Keys of the Kingdom.  Included in, The Keys of the Kingdom were, the Word, love, because God is love, and faith, to open up the kingdom to you.  Without the Word, it would be very difficult indeed to know how to access this kingdom spoken of which must be found by searching within.  But we are given the Word so we can rap our mind around how to access the invisible to bring about the visible.  Glory to God!

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  Matthew 7:7-8

This spiritual principle of, calling things which are not as though they were, will change your life!  For when we understand that this power is available to us all through the indwelling power of God, nothing is impossible!  This is what Jesus was telling us when he instructed us on, how, to come to God.

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.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them. Mark 11:23-24

Here we see that you are to ask for what it is you desire, believing you receive it. So, we are to expect what it is we desire, health, peace, sufficient finances, etc.  We must also control our mouth and thoughts, for these things are filled with power, either good or bad.  We are not to speak the problem but look away from the problem to the answer.  Then the very power of God moving in the unseen, will indeed change the situation.  Notice too in the above scripture how many times Jesus talks about what it is you are, “saying”.  We are told to, say, be removed to the mountain, believing that those things you, say, shall come to pass.  Then he says you shall have whatsoever you, say.

This puts you in the driver’s seat of your life.  You are the one who is, to say, to the mountain or problem, believing it will come to pass, that is, to accomplish, what it is you are saying!  Glory to God, this is huge!  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks which brings corresponding results.

The apostle Paul put it this way.  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written.  I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 2 Cor. 4:13  He then points to the unseen realm as the eternal here.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  2 Cor. 4:18

The above verse explains that the temporal or temporary is what we see in the physical world but that which is eternal is in the unseen realm.  So, if we want to change a circumstance which appears to be in the physical we must speak words of faith then wait in expectancy for the manifestation.  This is calling those things which be not as though they were!  God is the one doing all of the work, we are just being doers of the word as instructed.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  Hebrews 11:3

The Christ came to show man how to live, to give abundant life!  He did so by showing us how the kingdom operates, that what we get in our heart controls our life and tells us how to receive our petitions by speaking the word of faith.  When we understand these spiritual principles which are included in the very Word of God, which is the living water that pours from the fountain of living water, we will strive to get the Word into our heart, the center of our very being.  Then when we need to speak to overcome a situation we will be prepared to do so.

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:14

Now, the Word is in you and your faith is growing ever larger.  For all are given a, measure of faith, then when we use it, becoming doers of the Word, it grows ever stronger.  Like a muscle which grows when you use it, faith too grows with use.

Until next time, may you all walk filled with the power of God, loving God and one another with a pure heart.  Remember to fear not, anything of this world, but walk by faith and not by sight!  Light and love, to all…