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Calling Those Things That Do Not Exist As Though They Did

By Pastor Mitch Horton | June 2001 | Posted in • Archives | (5) Comments

“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” (Romans 4:17).

“As we continue to draw closer to the end of this age, it will become more and more important that we walk by faith! There will never be a time in our lives that we will not need to exercise our faith, so we need to keep it strong!

We overcome the world by faith (1John 5:4). We are commanded to live a lifestyle of faith, and not one of dependence on feelings and circumstances (2 Corinthians 5:7). We are to keep our gaze on unseen things, the promises of God, and keep our eyes on these promises until they are manifested for all to see (2 Corintians 4:18). Our entire Christian life is a fight to stay in faith (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7). We are to trust the Lord with all our hearts, and we are not to trust in our thinking abilities or any of our own natural abilities apart from God’s Word (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Simply put, walking or living by faith is living or acting as though God’s Word were true right now. Many of the things that the Lord promises us in His Word seem as though they are not real in our lives. And it is our faith that brings what God has promised (that which is yet unseen or unfelt) to us, into this world where we can see, feel, and experience it. And when we choose to live by faith, we please God so much (Hebrew 11:6)!

The verse at the beginning of this article shows us exactly what to do when we live by faith. We are to CALL THOSE THINGS THAT DO NOT EXIST AS THOUGH THEY DID! The Amplified version of Romans 4:17 says it so well, “... and speaks of non-existent things that He has foretold and promised, as if they already existed.”

Faith says, “I believe that I have the money that I need,” even when it seems as though you can’t pay the bills. Faith says, “I believe that my body is healed,” even when the doctor has a very negative report. Faith says, “My children are obedient and faithful,” even when they’re acting up! Faith says, “My marriage is getting stronger,” even when it looks as though you’re drifting farther apart. When you’re standing in faith, you’re agreeing with what God’s Word says, and with how you prayed about a situation, even when it seems there is no change!

This is God’s answer for anxiety when it attacks us. In stead of believing that things will continue the way they are, pray and ask the Lord to change the situation, and then talk as though you believe that He’s answering your prayer! We presently believe something about every area of life right now anyway, so why not go ahead and believe the promises of God instead of the circumstances that we see!

Too many times instead of doing what God’s Word says and call those things that do not exist as though they did, we turn it around and call those things that are as though they are! “Nothing ever works out for me!” “It looks like I’m getting worse.” “I don’t have the money to pay this bill.” “My children never obey the way they should.” “My marriage is getting worse all the time.” That’s not the way we’re supposed to talk if we want the Lord to turn our problems around! It takes absolutely no faith to talk like that. But that’s the way most of the world lives. Though we are in the world, we are not to live the way the world does. We are a “peculiar people!” We have a source of strength that brings answers to our problems that the world does not have! But we have to act in faith on God’s Word for it to work for us!

Notice what Jesus said for us to do if we want to receive answers to our prayers, “Therefore I say to you, what ever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24). God’s Word Translation of this verse says it so well, “That’s why I tell you to have faith that you have already received whatever you pray for, and it will be yours.”

And if we really believe that the Lord has answered our prayers, we will also talk and act as though we believe that He has answered our prayers, even when it seems as though nothing has changed.

Calling those things that do not exist as though they did is much like the thermostat in your home. If it’s 90 degrees in your home when you arrive from work, and you want it to be a pleasant 75, then you have to set the thermostat on your air conditioner at 75. When you do that, your thermostat starts calling those things that do not exist as though they did. As long as you leave the thermostat alone, it will continue to call for 75 degrees until the room reaches that temperature.

And that is what we are to do when standing in faith for God’s promises to be fulfilled in our lives. We are to talk as though we believe that we have already received what God’s Word has promised us! And that is hard for the flesh to do. It’s much easier to sit around and complain about how things are! That takes no faith at all. That’s like leaving your thermostat on 90 when the room temperature is 90, while wishing the room were at 75 degrees!

To receive from the Lord, we have to continually “call” for what we don’t see. And when we do this, we are imitating God’s faith.

God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. He went from being called “exalted Father” to being called “father of a multitude,” even though they were childless. Abraham and Sarah called those things that do not exist as though they did for 25 years before God’s promise was fulfilled in their lives.

The angel called Gideon a “mighty man of valor” while he was still hiding behind the machinery from the Midianite army (Judges 6:12)! God said to Joshua, “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor,” even while the walls around the city were still standing (Joshua 6:2). Jesus is called “the lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world” in Revelation 13:8. Jesus prayed, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me,” even before Lazarus was raised from the dead (John 11:41).

Joel 3:10 reads, “Let the weak say, I am strong.” God says in Isaiah 57:19, “I create the fruit of the lips…”

What we really believe in our heart is always expressed by what we say. Our words reveal our faith.

In these almost 25 years of my walk with Jesus, I have seen Him honor His Word time after time as I simply acted on what he said and called those things that be not as though they were.

Last year, I injured my knee while stretching before I went for the usual jog. I didn’t think much of the soreness until it kept getting worse as the hours and then days passed. The pain was so severe that I could scarcely bend my leg while walking. And of course jogging produced intense pain. After praying and asking the Lord to heal my knee, I kept saying, “Father, I thank you for healing my knee” while the pain persisted. This went on from July through October of last year. I even bought a brace to put on during exercise to help with support and to ease some of the discomfort. Many times I had thoughts that entered my mind telling me that I was not healed and that I would need an operation to resolve the pain. But I refused to give in to these thoughts, and instead praised God for answering my prayer and healing me. Finally, as I jogged one day in late October, I realized that my healing had manifested. The pain was completely gone!

What ever you need from the Lord, I encourage you to first of all meditate in the promises of God’s Word. Then step out in faith and ask the Lord for the things that you need that He has promised in His Word. Then “set your thermostat!” Refuse to say anything that does not agree with what you believe. Talk as though God has already answered your prayer. As much as is possible, act as though you believe your prayer is answered. You may be trusting God for finances, healing, changes on the job, at home, or for souls to come into the kingdom of God. Faith works the same way in every area of life. Don’t give up and don’t stop “calling those things that do not exist as though they did” until you see the manifestation of God’s promises in your life. Remember, “faith and patience inherits the promises”(Hebrews 6:12). If you are believing for something big, be prepared to stand long. And don’t be weary in well doing, because in due season you will reap, if you do not give up (Galatians 6:9).

 


Comments:

You are a real blessing to the Body of Christ.Remain a willing instrument in the Hand of God for blessings.

Posted by Chris Ayine  on  09/30  at  12:07 PM

Thank you my friend for your work and dedication,
you have helped me more than you or I will know
until we see each other in the day of the Lord.May the Lord bless you and all your loved ones.
    Your brther in Christ
        Curtis Collier

Posted by Curtis Collier  on  10/02  at  02:47 PM

Yeah, I noticed that the coolness brought by air conditioners will affect your meditation. Anyways, your post is so encouraging. It seems after reading your article, my mind was lightened. Thank you very much. And God bless.

Posted by HyunChard  on  01/03  at  11:35 AM

Praise GOD for the word! This really blessed my “LIFE”....GOD IS SO AWESOME!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Posted by Rosalind Veasley  on  04/25  at  01:07 PM

“Be not weary in well doing…” is found in Galatians 6:9. You all have it listed as Romans 4:17, which says “As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God…”

God Bless smile

Posted by Faith  on  06/22  at  09:24 AM

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