“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.” Romans 4:17, NIV.
One night while helping my son with his homework, I tried everything to help him understand, but he was saying all the wrongs answers. I wondered if he was challenged mentally or simply not trying hard enough. Feeling frustrated, I felt myself about to call him stupid. I don’t call my children names, but I was about to on this evening. Then Holy Spirit arrested my tongue and said, “Don’t you call him that!” So I looked him in the eyes and said, “You are smart and you can learn!” I told him to speak it out loud. He said, “I am smart and I can learn!” It took a lot of encouragement and hard work, but he became a straight A student. He became what I called him.
In the heat of the moment, Satan tempts us to say what we see, but God will arrest our tongue and say, “Don’t you call it that!” He wants us to not live in fear, but in faith. No matter how frustrated you may feel right now. No matter how tempted you are to say what you see in the natural, I challenge you to prophesy over it! Prophesy over your husband and children. Prophesy to your bank account. Prophesy to your pantry. Prophesy to the empty pews in your church. Speak over everything that appears slow and unresponsive, empty and desolate, and call those things that be not as though they were.
Prayer: Father God, arrest my tongue. Bridle it. Help me to walk by faith and not by sight. Strengthen me when I feel frustrated. I yield my tongue to you and I pray that you help me call those things that be not as though they were. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read 2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 4:29)