Call Things that Are Not as though They Are
“As it is written: ‘I have made you a father of many nations.’ He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17, NIV)
Here, we read that God referred to Abraham as the “father of many nations.” God spoke life, children, generations and even nations into Abraham’s life. Abraham chose to believe God’s Word through faith. As Children of God, we must learn to imitate God and speak like God. Our mouth is a divine instrument that we use to speak blessings or curses, life or death into our lives. Just as God spoke the world into existence, we must develop the habit of calling things that are not as though they are. We can either speak, “I never have any money and will never get out of debt,” or “God has blessed with me with abundance, I have all the money I need, all my bills are paid, and I am out of debt.” The world calls it speaking positive affirmations, but as Christians we know it is more than that, we are speaking confessions of our faith.
As Christians, we must speak what we need and want, not what we see. We must confess life, not death; faith, not fear; love and compassion, not self-interest and selfishness; deliverance and freedom, not slavery and bondage; health and wellness, not sickness and disease; abundance, prosperity and success, not lack insufficiency, failure and ruin; hope and confidence, not worry and anxiety; wholeness, not broken-ness; grace and forgiveness, not condemnation and judgment, gratitude and thankfulness, not discontentment and dissatisfaction. We must learn how to control both our thoughts and our mouth and refuse to speak curses over our life.
The more I grow spiritually, the more I pause before I open my mouth to speak. Whenever I hear a negative thought (curse) come out of my mouth, I immediately repent and cancel out my words with a confession of faith. Child of God, I encourage you to ask God to show you any area of your life where you need to change your words, and call the things that are not, as though they are!
Father, thank You for Your Word which is Spirit, Life, Truth, and Light. Holy Spirit, help me use my mouth as an instrument of my faith and to copy Jesus in the words I speak. Teach me to call the things that are not, as though they are. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.