We’ve been discussing how to use the God-kind of faith to effect change. That’s what happens when we’re up against a situation that, in the natural, there’s no way things can change. What are we to do? Beg God to intervene or use our faith to change the situation? [God never told us to beg!]
Remember, we have authority over our situation, not everyone else’s and for sure not other people. We cannot control what other people do but we can control how it affects us.
Let’s look at Romans 4:17:
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.
God told Abram that he would be a father of many nations but at that time he didn’t have the promised child – Isaac. He and Sarah were very old and past child-bearing years so this seemed impossible in the natural. And for all intents and purposes, it was. But God!
Yes, in the natural this was impossible but then God changed Abram’s name to Abraham which means the father of many nations. What Abraham and Sarah had was a Word from Almighty God and if they believed it and stood firm on what He had promised, it would come to pass, and they would indeed have the promised child. They did and they had.
Notice that God calls things that are not as though they were and so did Abraham.What does this mean? It means that Abraham called or spoke forth his faith to get what was not manifested in the natural realm to come forth from the spirit realm. His promise from God was in the spirit realm but he (Abraham) had to believe it with his faith to bring it into the natural, physical realm where it would manifest in the promised child, Isaac.
It was twenty-four years after God’s promise to Abraham that He changed His name. Until that time, nothing happened in the way of the promised child. But once God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, it was less than one year until Isaac was born. Why?
Remember, faith comes from hearing God’s Word. Everywhere Abraham went, people called him Abraham – father of nations. This is what he heard and this is what built faith in him to receive what God had promised. Nothing happened in the way of faith for the promised child until God changed his name and he heard what God had called him to be.
And, dear brothers and sisters, that’s what we’re to do. We’re to speak forth what we want, not what we have. There’s no power in saying what you have! That just establishes the problem. We are to call for what is not manifested in the physical realm to come forth from the spirit realm so that we can utilize it.
Continued next time – Pamela