Romans 4:17 "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.'"
Let me give you some examples of God calling those things that be not as though they were:
Revelation 13:8 "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
The Bible speaks of Jesus as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. And yet, Jesus did not hang on the Cross until thousands of years later.
Ephesians 1:4 "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love."
We were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. We weren't even born yet. Well, was God lying when He said that? No, He wasn't.
Sin is disobeying God. And holiness is simply obeying and pleasing God in all things at all times. One way to obey and to please God is to walk by faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." God is pleased when you call those things that be not as though they were. This attitude honors God, because you are believing His Word without any outward evidence. It also puts you in an attitude of faith to receive great things from God.
Confession: God is pleased when I walk by faith. God is pleased when I call those things that be not as though they were, because I am believing His Word without any outward evidence.
The Daily Bread
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Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.