WHAT IS STILL TO COME
FRIDAY 14 JANUARY 2022
The Almighty God is the God that declares what is to come before it happens and so it is expected of us as Christians to believe every word from God and to know of a surety that the Word does not fail, come what may.
Reference: Isaiah 46:10 New International Version (NIV) "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.'"
Our God is an expert in declaring the end and the result from the beginning and from ancient times the things which are not yet seen. The New living translation says, "...I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish" ~ God! To instantiate this Scripture, let's consider the word of the Lord concerning Abraham.
God Himself called Abraham, "the father of a multitude of nations," although the man was in his old age and his body was as good as nothing coupled with the deadness of Sarah's womb. God says to Abraham, "No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations" (Genesis 17:5 ESV). Notice that here, God did not say, "I will make you" but "I have made you", which is a past participle, even though there was no sign that Abraham would have a son of his own flesh.
In Genesis chapter 15, after the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, Abram said, "Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?" Abram continued, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir." Then the word of the Lord came to him saying: "This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir." He took him outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars- if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be" (Genesis 15:2-5 NIV).
The Bible says: (as it is written, "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" (Romans 4:17 NKJV). What does this actually mean? It affirms that God's utterance is not limited to either what is seen or worldly views. In another way, the seed of the unseen is the Word of God. When a desire is planted by releasing the right words based on the Scriptures, the spoken word is the seed that carries the dictates of the desire. As you speak, it develops, grows and germinates by establishing the dictates in reality, which is to mean that what was once unseen has come into existence or become seen.
This was exactly Abraham's experience. The Bible confirmed: "And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God" (Romans 4:19 NKJV). Eventually, the unseen came to pass because Abraham chose to believe and speak what is still to come.
The natural man is so limited to human sight that he particularly acknowledges things that are visible and temporal because he functions with corporeal appetites, bearing in mind that his conscious view is earthly. Until he sees the possibility with the natural eyes, he will not believe or accept it as real. On the other hand, the spiritual man (born again Christian) is not limited to the seen, because as a new creation in Christ, his spirit is alive to the unseen eternal order of realities. So as he yields to the Spirit of God, he can see beyond the natural and take hold of what he sees, by believing and calling it forth until it begins to exist in the natural realm.
No wonder the Bible says, "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). And we live and function like God as we walk by faith. We exercise our faith muscles by beholding and calling forth the unseen to find expression in the earth realm. So we are actually called to believe in God's Word which is eternal and to live by it, and not by what we see. As we form a daily habit of Biblical meditation, the Word will saturate our thinking process, thereby building us up to the point of strong faith. That way we believe and speak what is yet to come, before it exists. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Proverbs 18:21; Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 4:4; Mark 11:23.
Exuberant Declaration: I am the spiritual seed of Abraham in Christ Jesus. Therefore, I'm a partaker of the generational blessings bequeathed to Abraham by eternal covenant. For this reason, I experience the tangible fulfilment of the unspeakable blessings in Christ and I acquire them in reality by meditating on the Word of God and putting it to work. By affirming the Word as true, I live and function as a success, a victor and an overcomer in this world and I enjoy divinely-supplied riches, wealth, provision, health, sufficiency, as well as the ever-increasing glory of God in my life. Glory to God!