Romans 4:17: ("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;
I want to focus on the last phrase of this verse “who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did”. This is a powerful verse of scripture. This verse identifies who we as God’s children are. We are of such faith in Jehovah God and His Word that we trust his word and the illumination of the Holy Spirit, that although something has not happened or doesn’t exist we can claim that it does.
1 John 5:14-15 tells us that we have a confidence in Him that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. This is saying that we can have such a confidence in Him and His word that we can know that we have something before we have it. That is calling those things that are not as though they are.
I begin to think about this and how the devil who tries to imitate everything our Father in Heaven does, makes it look like the Lords work but the outcome is totally different.
For instance, your past. One of the things that I have tried to teach here is that “We cannot afford to entertain any thought about us that God doesn’t think about us”. If you have come to Jesus in real repentance and submission and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior then all your sins have been forgiven and those things in your past you wish you hadn’t done are gone. He has separated you from them and your past as far as the East is from the West. This also includes those of you who became a Christian, His child but then messed up. Listen if God will forgive us while we were sinners then will He not forgive us when we are His children.
Satan loves to bring up our past and even create doubts within us that we are not really saved. The Lord is wanting to raise up a people who can say Satan has nothing in me. No part of my history, because my history declares the effectiveness of the Blood of Jesus. And any time we visit our past apart from the blood of Jesus we visit a lie because our past no longer exists! Jesus took care of it!
So, when the devil comes at you through your mind and brings you things that are no longer part of you, and tries to call things that are not as though they are. Allow the word of God to arise in you and you call those things that are, like the forgiveness of Jesus, and give Him the word.
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Pastor Lee Cruse who is grateful for Jesus who died for my sins that I would be forgiven.
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