Does it really matter what we call things? Romans 4:17 teaches us that God gives life to the dead and calls those things that be not as though they are. Let’s look at the first part of that verse to be sure we get the meaning here. God giving life to the dead goes back to Adam’s sin in the garden of eden. Romans 5:12 teaches that because of Adam’s sin death came into the world . . . and so did everything associated with death, which means sickness and disease. The “one man” referred to here is Adam. So, that’s why grandma died and grandpa died and other folks that you know passed away. That’s why your kid’s goldfish died, and the cute little doggie and kitty cat died. That’s why the tree died and the flowers die. When God says He gives life to the dead, He is talking about restoration of the relationship that Adam had with God before he (Adam) sinned. Death is being separated from God. God never intended for us to die. Adam made that choice for us, but if you receive the finished work of Christ(the second Adam), you will go from death to life. There is no life apart from God, so if you are a part of God’s family you have life, and when your spirit leaves your body you will go to be with the Lord. Equally important, because of the finished work of Christ you can live the good life on this side before you get to heaven. Let me stop here because I feel myself getting off of the topic that I’m supposed to be sharing tonight.
Go back to Romans 4:17 and let’s look at a practical example of calling things that be not as though they are. Don’t misread this because it didnt say deny or lie about the situation. It said to call those things that be not as though they are. Let’s say your car is on it’s last leg. It’s always in the repair shop, parts are falling off of it and parts don’t work. You know it’s not reliable, but you are not in a position to get another car. Don’t lie and say that it’s a perfectly running car. An example of calling those things that be not as though they are is calling your car reliable . . . all of the time, no matter if it breaks down twice a week. So don’t say what it “is”, “call it” what you want it to be. You don’t have to say what it is, we already know that it’s not reliable, because we have given you rides and we have heard you talk about it. Call it what you want it to be! We have to do the same with our kids. They may fail a test, but we still call them smart. They may sag their jeans, smoke weed, be disobedient and disrespectful . . . but we still call them mighty men of God. We continue to pray for them and just because we don’t see what we are speaking forth on the outside, we speak in faith believing that our words will be made manifest. See Mark 11:22-26. Proverbs 18:21 teaches us that the tongue has the power. We need to speak life to our situations even if they seem hopeless. Call things the way God calls them. Call yourself rich, healthy, healed, whole, complete . . . nothing missing, nothing broken, nothing lacking. Say the same over your children. Call your household blessed. Say that you walk in abundance. Say that all of your needs are met and all of your bills paid even if you don’t know how you are going to keep the lights on. The more you call those things into being the more your situation really will change . . . it does matter what you call it. Email me if you want more in this area. I feel like preaching this thing on out!!