What Does it Mean to Call Things That are Not as Though They Were!

Romans 4:17 (KJV) 17  (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.

Isaiah 46:10a (KJV) 10  Declaring the end from the beginning…    

Just what does it mean to call things that are not as though they were? It means to say what you want. Confess the promise that you want to manifest in your life. And that’s exactly why God changes Abram’s name to Abraham.

Romans 4:19-21 (KJV) 19  And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
20   He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

In order for God to get Abram to speak His Words, He changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means father of many nations. That way, when anyone wanted to get Abraham’s attention, they simply called out to him. But what Abraham heard each time was father of many nations! This began to build faith in Abraham and shortly after that, Isaac – the promised child – was born.

God always speaks what He wants; He calls the end from the beginning by calling things that are not as though they were.

Genesis 1:1-3 (KJV) 1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

When God wanted light, He called for it by saying, “Light be!” He did not say, “Wow, it’s dark out there!” That wouldn’t have gotten His desired results.

Genesis 1:26 (KJV) 26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

It’s the same thing with Adam. How was Adam supposed to take dominion over the earth? The same way that God takes dominion – with his words. Adam was created in the image of God and was to act the way God would act – by speaking words.

Ephesians 5:1 (KJV) 1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Ephesians 5:1 (AMP) 1  THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

It’s the same way with Mark 11:22-24.

Mark 11:22-24 (KJV) 22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
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.
24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Whatever it is that we desire from the Lord, we’re to call for those things by speaking forth God’s Word in faith. Everything we desire has to line up with His Word. It’s not that the things don’t exist; it’s just that they’re in the spirit realm.

Your faith begins where the will of God is known and will never rise higher than the amount of Word in your heart. And since faith is voice activated, your faith will never rise than your faith-filled confession of God’s Word.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV)
20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

All the promises of God are for us but we have to access them according to God’s laws of faith and confession. We need to call those things that are in the spirit realm into the physical realm by the bridge of our faith. Then we will see our desired results!


Author: Pamela Moyle

Pamela is a teacher, author, and life-long student of the Word of God, teaching foundational truths to help others walk by faith and not by sight!

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