In this life we are all too familiar with broken promises. It is because of this that it can be hard to trust that when God makes a promise to us He will fulfill it. We think in human terms, and thus we can begin to lack faith in God to make good on His promises. I have been studying lately the story of Abraham, and more specifically the promise God gave him that he would become the father of many nations.
We can learn something from Abraham’s life when it comes to the promises of God. God spoke that Abraham was the father of many nations before it even happened. He spoke life into something that did not even exist yet. He changed his name from Abram, which means, “exalted father” to Abraham, which means “father of many.” God literally spoke Abraham’s future into existence. He didn’t call him by what he currently was, but by what he was going to be.
In Romans 4:17 Paul is writing about Abraham becoming the father of many nations and it says in the Amplified version, “As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.”
I love the last part of that verse! God speaks things that are not existent into existence, and they are the things that he has promised us. Look at how Genesis accounts the creation of the world. God spoke the universe into existence. He called Abram Abraham and he became the father of many nations. He caused a valley of dry bones to rise up from the dead (Ezekiel 37:1-10).
What are things God has promised for your life? What are dreams you have for the future? Speak them out loud. Thank God right now, in advance, for all the things he is going to do in your life. Thank him as though you have already received them. You have to speak in faith about such things.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Our words are powerful, so we must use them to speak life. We must claim the promises of God.
Here are some promises in Scripture: our God will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6), he will supply our every need (Philippians 4:19), all things will work for the good of those who love and serve him (Romans 8:28), He has promised us eternal life (John 10:27-28).
Live now in the promises God has given to us!