Let’s look at Romans 4:16-17, and talk about calling things that be not as though they were.
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
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.
The biggest and greatest thing about verse 16 is that it is by faith so that it might be by grace. For instance, GRACE provided your healing 2,000 years ago, and faith receives it now. Faith calls things that be not as though they were.
Faith never calls things that are the way they are. The carnal mind does that.
“Well, Brother Copeland, that’s just the way it is.”
No, that’s not just the way it is. There is nothing in that statement to change anything. It is, however, very strong to make things worse. Nothing is ever static, or remains the same. Everything in the natural is going downhill. It is not improving on its own. It NEVER will. You can see this principle in Romans 8:6:
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Think, for instance, what would have happened if Jesus had said, “There are no figs on that tree!” I don’t care how boldly He said it, it would not have changed anything one way or another.
Now, here’s what I want you to see: Jesus spoke the desired end results! He turned around and left it up to His faith to do the work. (I know we’ve been over this ground before, but it is essential to feed our faith by going over it again and again. It stirs my faith up just writing to you about it.)
What does one do when it seems as though our words are weak? Or, what do my words have to do with anything? Stop and consider Jesus according to Hebrews 12:2-3:
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
HE is the one who gave you HIS faith, and HE said for us to “say unto this mountain,” according to Mark 11:23. Now, read Hebrews 3:1:
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.
Consider the Apostle, the One whom God sent to be the High Priest of our profession or confession—our words. I know right now, as you’re reading this, you’re thinking and considering Him. But what does He look like in your mind? Are you seeing Him standing in front of the fig tree? There’s nothing wrong with that. Is He on the Cross suffering for you? Nothing wrong with that, either. Is He standing right next to you while you’re speaking to the mountain? That’s even better! So, let’s consider Him in that way. What does He look like? Probably the typical image you usually see when you’re reading Mark 11:12-14:
12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
Now, let me show you who is actually standing there—not only next to you, but also inside you. Let’s read Revelation 1:12-16, The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition:
12 Then I turned to see [whose was] the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,
13 And in the midst of the lampstands [One] like a Son of Man, clothed with a robe which reached to His feet and with a girdle of gold about His breast.
14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, [as white] as snow, and His eyes [flashed] like a flame of fire.
15 His feet glowed like burnished (bright) bronze as it is refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.
16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth there came forth a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full power at midday.
OH! GLORY TO GOD! Look at verse 16 again. Out of HIS MOUTH went a two-edged sword—THE WORD! HIS WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH! He, in all His GLORY, is backing you and me with all that mountain-moving, healing, miracle power and authority. Glory to GOD! That changes everything! You, me, the mountain. EVERYTHING! No problem can stand up to that. The devil has no defense against it. No sickness or disease can stand in HIS (YOUR) presence—not just in your body, but also in someone else’s body, as you lay your (HIS) hands on them in HIS NAME, which, according to Ephesians 3:14-15, is also your name!
OH! I want you to let this get down into your innermost being. Meditate on it! Pray in tongues until it becomes the predominant image of Jesus in your heart and mind! He’s no longer the JESUS in the picture on the Sunday school wall. HE IS LORD! And HE did all this not for Himself, but for you and me, so HE could raise us up together and have us be seated together with Him on the THRONE of GRACE.
So, TAKE YOUR PLACE!
SIT DOWN, and from that place speak to the mountain of debt. Say, “DEBT, BE THOU REMOVED! BE THOU CAST INTO THE SEA! I believe I receive it! According to Mark 11:23-24, I am debt free! JESUS AND I JUST SAID SO!”
Now, the praise begins.
Prosperous, debt-free people praise God a lot. Healed people praise God a lot! What is this? This is THE VICTORY that overcomes the world. EVEN OUR FAITH!
Sow your seed this month with the Revelation 1:12-16 image of JESUS looking over your shoulder, standing in front of you, and abiding inside you. He is for you, not against you. It’s shouting time in the HOUSEHOLD of FAITH!
Listen now to one more word.
That’s the JESUS who is looking over this nation. Quit worrying about it. Pray, and Vote!
Gloria and I have you in our hearts. We love you, and along with the KCM staff, pray for you every day.
I SOW MY SEED,
He is looking over my shoulder.
He is standing in front of me.
He is abiding inside me!
JESUS IS FOR ME!