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
If Abraham believed according to what was spoken, exactly what was spoken? What did Abraham believe?
When Abram (as he was then called) was ninety-nine years old, the Lord said to him, “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee” (Gen. 17:5). Notice that God did not say, “I’m going to do it”; He said, “I have made thee.”
When God made Abraham that promise, Abraham was childless. But Abraham was told he was not to believe he was “going to be” (future tense) a father. (Those who are always “going to” get something never get it. It is the same with the ones who say, “I’m going to get saved sometime.” Or “I’m going to get my healing sometime.”)
No, faith is always present tense! Abraham had to believe he “was made” the father of many nations.
For, you see, faith calleth those things which be not as though they were. That’s what causes them to come into being!
Confession: Like my Heavenly Father, I call those things which be not as though they were. And they come into being! They’re mine. I have them now!
Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 1988 RHEMA Bible Church AKA Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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