Call those thing which be not as though they were. Roman 4:17b
What does it mean to call thing that be not as though they were? Prophesy your future. How do you prophesy your future?
1. Speaking positive things in your life.
2. Believe what you speak.
3. Trust in God.
Remember that the Scriptures says, Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ”
Either you can speak good things upon yourself or you can speak bad things upon yourself.
Whatever you speak believe what you say. Make the Scripture work for you through Jesus Christ:
1. Philippians 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
2. Romans 8:28 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
3. Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
4. I am a positive encourage. I edify and build up; I never tear down or destroy. (Romans 15:2)
5. I am a believer— not a doubter! ( Mark 5:36 )
6. I love all people, and I am loved by all people (1John 3:14)
7. I am a responsible person. I enjoy responsibility, and I rise to every responsibility in Christ Jesus. ( 2 Cor. 11:28 ; Phil 4:13 )
8. I do not speak negative things. ( Eph. 4:29 )
9. I am an obedient wife (child) and no rebellion operates in me. ( Eph . 5:22,24 1 Sam.15:23 )
10. I am very prosperity. I prosper in everything I put my hand to do. I have prosperity in all arrears of my life- spiritual, financial, mental, and social. ( Gen. 39:3; Josh 1:18; 3 John 2 )
Isaiah 55:6-13 (KJV) “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
The Word of God is a vision to those that speak it!!!
Ephesians 3:20a (KJV) “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, …”
Proverbs 15:4 (KJV) “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”
The word “wholesome” is מַרפֵּא which literally means “healing” or “cure”. Remove the mem (מ) (meaning “from” or “of”) and you get רפֵּא which means “to cure” or “to heal” or “to make whole” or “restore”. This is the meaning of the name Raphael (רָפֵּאל) “God Heals” (רָפֵּא אל)
Mem’s pictograph is waters. So one could say Proverbs 15:4a can read: “a healing tongue, by the flowing waters from the Holy Spirit, is a tree of life”. Joseph Prince says רפֵּא is “relax” so if we relax in the Spirit, we will be healed.
Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
John 7:38 (KJV) “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Proverbs 14:30 (KJV) “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”
The word “sound” here is again מַרפֵּא whereas “envy” is like cancer to the bones. JP says that more often than not, arthritis is cause from bitterness. He also says that it’s not what we’re eating, but what’s eating us: anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, worry for tomorrow, to the point we worry when everything’s great!
You could say that a peaceful, tranquil heart is life to the body! A relaxed mind is life to the body.
Philippians 4:6 (KJV) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
The word “be careful” is the same as “anxious”, to “worry”.
II Timothy 1:7 (KJV) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Fear leads to hate…fear births hatred. If you fear God beyond His due respect and awe it’s the wrong kind of fear. If you wrongfully fear your boss, or mother-in-law, you will learn to hate them! In this verse “power” in Greek is dunamis which is the miraculous power – the power that flowed out of Jesus and healed them all and is the word Jesus used when He said who has “touched me: for I perceive dunamis is gone out of me” (Luke 8:46 KJV)! Dunamis is where we get the word dynamite! Love is agape – not just affectionate love, but benevolent understanding love. The love that is I Corinthians 13 love – agape – Godly love. Finally the word for “sound mind” is sophronismos which is translated in all kinds of ways, but the real meaning is “even keeled” “balanced”. One version says that it is “safe and sound in mind and emotions; in proper control of one’s faculties of thoughts and emotions.” Or as JP says “no stress” and at peace.
Now read II Timothy 1:6 (KJV) “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”
“Stir up” is to re-kindle and the “gift” is charisma – which is the gift FROM the Holy Spirit, not the gift (doma) OF the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit (healing, miracles, prophecies, etc) are charisma! So what charisma is Paul telling Timothy to re-kindle? So lets see what happened when Paul laid his hands on Timothy:
Acts 19:6 (KJV) “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”
Tongues – the only gift we can call by our will.
Satan is already defeated, so if he comes, don’t “try” and defeat him, he’s already defeated.
It’s one thing pray FOR victory, it’s another to pray FROM victory. It’s one thing to fight FOR victory, it’s another thing to fight FROM victory. One is from a point of view from defeat the other from rest. It’s one thing to TRY to get healed, it’s another to know you are healed, experiencing the symptoms of lies. You are the healed in Christ. Our place is a given, a place of rest in Christ.
Proverbs 16:3 (KJV) “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”