April 21, 2003
“God . . . calls things that are not as though they were.” (Romans 4: 17 NIV)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
God created the universe with His words. The first chapter of the book of Genesis tells us over and over that God said, and it was.
We are made in God’s image. We create through our words as well. Words are containers of either life or death. When we speak words that agree with God’s Word, we create life. When we speak words that disagree with God’s Word, we create death.
An objection that often arises regarding our verse for this week is that to call things that are not as though they were is to lie. But the Word also tells us that God cannot lie (Numbers 23: 19). Therefore, to call those things that are not as though they were is not lying.
I like to think of it as telling the truth in advance. When we speak Go’s Word, we are literally creating in our lives the situation we want to see in our lives.
If you have situations in your life that are bringing death, begin speaking God’s Word to those situations. Call those things that are not as though they were, and eventually they will be.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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