Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Receive is a passive word, implying that we must passively sit by and wait until the answer comes.
But Thayer’s definition of the Greek word lámbanō used in these scriptures is much different. He defines it as an active participation—to take, lay hold of, take possession of, take what is one’s own!
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
‘You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you;A decree is an order, edict, or command by someone in authority.
And light will shine on your ways.’ [Job 22:28]And light will shine on your ways.’ [Job 22:28]
For comfort, strength and power, decree these over your situation, and remember…if you are in Christ, you’ve been made the righteousness of God in Him, and there is NOW no condemnation for you! [2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:1]
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Try to remember that GOD IS FOR US!
The next time your hear a fear-based word in your ear [or screamed from a pulpit] that tells you why He may not help you this time, why it may not be His will to heal/deliver/bless, why sometimes the answer is NO, try to remember what the Word says.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
'"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works."' [John 14:10]
'Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.' [John 14:23]
'Now to Him Who is able to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.' [Ephesians 3:20,21]
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
I know I’ve re-posted this a couple of years in a row, but I read it over and just can’t improve on it!
It is Easter, and our thoughts turn toward Calvary once more.
As you meditate on the wonder of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus, consider this: the Word clearly teaches that we were crucified with Him!
Paul states in Galatians 2:20 that "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
Romans 6:6 confirms this: "...knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin."
These are wonderful quantum verses. 2000 years ago, we were crucified with Christ! And not just crucified...buried with Him in baptism [Colossians 2:12] and raised up with Him, and seated with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus! [Ephesians 2:6]
Ephesians 2:9-14 tells the story.
'For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, Who raised Him from the dead.
'When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.'
Yes, it's true. We were crucified with Him, buried and raised up together with Him and seated with Him in heavenly places!
He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, and I think that means us, too! Romans 8:29 says 'For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren." God knew us...that we would choose Him, and be born as the brethren of Jesus...before the foundation of the world!
'Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.' [Ephesians 1:4]
It is spiritual reality: as we are positionally in two places—here on the earth and seated with Him in heavenly places—we were born 2000 years after an event that we participated in! The crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!
Talk about Quantum Physics!
Think about this...were we also in Him during the period between His death and resurrection, when He was disarming rulers and authorities? [Colossians 2"15] He did give us authority over all the power of the enemy...[Luke 10:19] Wow! Just the possibility is mind-bending!
'But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.' [Romans 8:11]
If you read up a few verses in that chapter, you'll see that '...those who are in the flesh cannot please God.'
Now, this verse is usually used to condemn and admonish...if you're not holy enough, you aren't going to please God, period. Christians have spent their lives worrying whether they're holy enough.Thousands of sermons have been preached, beating us over the head and telling us that we are not pleasing to God because of [fill in the sin of the week].
But read on! Verse 9 says 'However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.' Being 'in the Spirit' is not some temporary state of ecstatic prayer [although I think it can mean that, as well] but the permanent state of the reborn man or woman! And the Spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead dwells in you!
Saint or Sinner? Habitation of God?
Remember the definition of the Greek word for saint, hagios. It is translated in the New Testament as holy—Holy of Holies, holy one, holy place, most holy, sanctuary!
We are His most holy ones, His holy place, His sanctuary. In fact, God no longer dwells in the Holy of Holies made by human hands, but in us...we are His Holy of Holies! And it has nothing to do with our behavior; rather it is who we become when we are reborn...we have this treasure in earthen vessels! [2 Corinthians 4:7]
Psalm 26:8 says that His habitation is the place where His glory dwells!
'How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of Hosts!' [Psalm 84:1] Not only holy, but full of glory...and lovely, too!
'...and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.' [1 Peter 1:8]
We are new creatures, new creations. [2 Corinthians 5:17] The race of the sons and daughters of God! And not some new age, nebulous family of man, either. Real, true sons and daughters of the God Who was and is and is to come!
'"And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me," says the Lord Almighty.' [2 Corinthians 6:18]
1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19 confirm that we are indeed the temple of God...the Holy of Holies!
2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that 'He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.'
Ephesians 4:24 confirms '...and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.' We're created in His likeness, in righteousness and holiness!
So, most holy ones, remember during this Easter season that you were crucified with Him, buried and raised up together with Him and seated with Him in heavenly place. You're seated with Him now in heavenly places, and you got there 2000 years ago. You may have even been there before the foundation of the world...
As He IS, so also are we IN THIS WORLD. [1 John 4:17]
How is He, right now? He is the resurrected Jesus, seated at the right hand of God the Father. And we are seated with Him, there, and as He is here in this world.
Romans 6:4 states it succinctly:
'Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.'
You are His most holy one: beloved, beautiful, the habitation of the Most High God. You are seated with Him in heavenly places, having been crucified, buried and raised up together with Him 2000 years ago…or was it before the foundation of the world?
Ponder that and rejoice!
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Your lips—your mouth, your tongue, your words—are a door!
'Set a guard, O Lord, over my MOUTH; keep watch over the DOOR OF MY LIPS.' [Psalm 141:3]
A door? A door to what? A door, or gate, to your life!
'Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.' [Proverbs 18:21]
Oh, my. How about this?
'But you will CALL your walls salvation, and your GATES PRAISE.' [Isaiah 60:18]
Which door do you want to open? Door #1, door #2 or door #3?
It's up to you. Study the books of Psalms and Proverbs—note every scripture that mentions the mouth, the tongue, lips.
Note where there are actual quotes and what the result of those spoken words are. For example:
'The Lord gives the command [word]; the women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host [army]: [and this is what they say] "Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!" [Psalm 68:11,12]
The women say what God says...they're the army behind the army, fighting with their words! And they will participate in the victory!
How about this one?
'He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will SAY to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"' [Psalm 91:1,2]
And then the rest of Psalm 91—all of the protection and deliverance—are the result of his declaration of that protection and deliverance!
‘Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His lovingkindness is everlasting. Let the redeemed of the Lord SAY so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary' [Psalm 107:1,2]
Why? What's the point?
Because your words are the vehicle of your salvation!
'But what does it say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart"—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your MOUTH Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the MOUTH he confesses, resulting in salvation.' [Romans 10:8-10]
And always remember these important Bible facts:
‘By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.’ [1 John 4:17]
‘For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are YES; therefore also through Him is our AMEN to the glory of God through us.’ [2 Corinthians 1:20]
‘But the one who joins himself to the Lord is ONE SPIRIT WITH HIM.’ [1 Corinthians 6:17]
Finally, remember Joel 3:10...
'Let the weak say, "I am a mighty man."'
Talk about calling things that be not as though they were! That's why God changed Abram's name to Abraham! He had him CALL himself 'Father of a multitude of nations' BEFORE he had a son!
He was old, his wife was old and barren. Please note: God did NOT have him call himself 'Old guy with no kids'!
His lips were the door to his destiny.
Think about it.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Originally written in 2009 and re-posted several times, now expanded and revised…
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven." [Matthew 16:19]
I always wondered about the tenses in this verse. The phrase 'shall have been' is a future perfect tense in Greek and stumped me, until I understood the implications from a Quantum Physics point of view.
Einstein is often quoted as saying 'Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.' We know that there is much discussion about the past, present and future residing in parallel, and that there is no time or space in the Spirit.
I think Jesus was confirming this. What we bind [or forbid] on earth shall have been bound [already] in heaven...what we loose [or allow] on earth shall have been bound [already] in heaven. These are definitely quantum ideas.
What does it mean? Well, consider this: we're already seated with Him in heavenly places [Ephesians 2:6]; we've already been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ [Ephesians 1:3]; and His divine power has already granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. [2 Peter 1:3]
Next, remember that 1) His Word is settled forever [Psalm 119:89]; 2) His Word does not return to him without accomplishing what He sent it for [Isaiah 55:11]; and 3) His works were finished from the foundation of the world [Hebrews 4:3].
Talk about quantum realities!
We Control the Flow
I think that Jesus is revealing the truth about our authority in the earth. We are called to reign in life through the One Christ Jesus
‘For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.’ [Romans 5:17]
Psalm 110:1,2 says
'The LORD says to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet. The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, "Rule in the midst of Your enemies."'
He is to rule through us, His actual Body in the earth! That's why we've been given authority over all the power of the enemy! That's why we've been given the keys of the Kingdom—to forbid and allow, according to the will and word of God!
‘In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.’ [Ephesians 1:8-10]
And administration suitable to the fullness of the times…
‘And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.’ [Revelations 5:10]
The Greek word for shall reign in this verse is basileúō—to be king, to exercise kingly power, to reign…and in this particular verse, the verb is present active indicative! So while it is translated as future tense, it is actually a present tense verb! Instead of putting it off to the Millennium, it is in reality a here and now declaration!
How is that possible? Because 1 John 4:17 tells us that ‘…as He is, so also ARE we IN THIS WORLD.’ And we are already seated with Him in heavenly places. [Ephesians 2:6]
Luke 10:19 says that we have authority over ALL the power of the enemy…
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Colossians 1:9 says that we are ‘…strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might…’ and that power is dumamis—miraculous power, might, strength!
And what we allow or forbid has already been done in heaven!
Oh, and one more little Bible fact…we are ONE SPIRIT WITH THE LORD!! [1 Corinthians 6:17]
Meditate on that and see what happens!
Reign Is A Verb
And how do kings reign? By royal decree…
‘You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.’ [Job 22:28]
‘Death and life are in the power [hand] of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.’ [Proverbs 18:21]
‘And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly [Amen] I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.’ [Mark 11:22-24]
Time to get busy! Time to open the gates of blessing on the earth and bind the enemy's operation! We control the flow, because God has already done everything He's going to do, which is everything! Hebrews 4:3 tells us that His works were FINISHED from the foundation of the world!
Friday, February 5, 2016
‘Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.’ [Ephesians 3:20,21]
God is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly beyond all WE CAN ASK OR THINK!!!!
I always thought that meant He is able but He may not be willing.
The point is not whether He will or not but that He is ABLE, or MIGHTY, to do what WE ask or think—WE are the point, not His willingness! He makes His willingness known in preceding verses!
‘...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.’ [Ephesians 3:16-19]
Now that’s willing!
And how about these?
‘For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are YES; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.’ [2 Corinthians 1:20]
“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” [John 14:13,14]
Sounds like a blank check to me…please note how answered prayer glorifies God. That should settle for once and all the question of His will!
Call the End From the Beginning
Standing in the kitchen one morning, I heard “Call the end from the beginning. That’s how I work, and the power in you in Ephesians 3 is ME.”
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; Calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.” [Isaiah 41:10,11]
Jesus plainly taught us to do this in the Gospels—He spoke to trees, donkeys, fish, bread, and sick and dead bodies. Then He told us to do the same thing!
He is ABLE—Gr. dunamai—to be able, to have power, might, from which we get dunamis—miraculous power, might, strength, ability, wealth!
Not that He is able to do but might not…He IS powerful to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK…how?
According to the POWER that works within us—referencing the verse above, that would be the fullness of God in us! The glory of God through us!
No Wand Necessary
How did Jesus use His power? Did He use a wand? No—He SPOKE healing, deliverance, resurrection, provision! As He is, so also ARE WE IN THIS WORLD!
[Actually, He used the ROD—staff or scepter—or SWORD in His Mouth—see Psalm 2:9, Isaiah 11:4, Psalm 149:6, Isaiah 49:2, Revelation 1:16]
We release the power within, the FAR-MORE-ABUNDANTLY-BEYOND-ALL-THAT-WE-ASK-OR-THINK power, by our spoken word!
All power is resident in the Christian because we are One Spirit with Him. Whatever we ask according to the Word [which we are, multiplied in the earth] and in His Name [which is our name, too, because we are One Spirit with Him] will be done for us.
In Colossians 1:11, the Holy Spirit—God Himself—prays that we be strengthened with ALL POWER, according to HIS glorious might!
What are we to do with this marvelous power? Ephesians 3 says to ASK or THINK…
The word think in this verse is the Greek word noeo—to perceive, think, consider, SEE, understand.
The story of the colt Jesus used for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem is instructive.
‘When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, SAYING, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’”
‘So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord has need of it.”’ [Luke 19:29-34]
It was obvious that He saw the colt in the Spirit before He instructed His disciples what to do and say. The Spirit is eternal—front and back and up and down—and exists outside of the confines of the natural time created by the Earth’s spinning. This is the place of Divine provision and eternal reality—Hagar’s well, Isaac’s ram, Jacob’s ladder, the Transfiguration, etc.
The Power of Life and Death
Did you ever wonder how Jesus eluded those who tried kill Him before the time appointed for Him to lay down His life? He SAW and SAID…and then He just turned and walked away from a raging mob!
“For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” [John 17,18]
Compare that to the Word given to Joshua as He began his leadership of Israel:
“No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.”[Joshua 1:5]
He obviously believed that—saw it and spoke it—because He was a success in the task God gave Him to do!
How about this one?
‘With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; he will be satisfied with the product of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.’ [Proverbs 18:20,21]
Maybe Jesus said that—wait a minute, He WAS the Word in the earth…what word? Death and life are in the power of MY tongue…I have authority over MY life and no one takes it from Me!
And this will really strain your brain…His works were FINISHED before the foundation of the world! [Hebrews 4:3] He said it before He came, before He made the world!
HALLELUJAH!! Why? Because AS HE IS SO ALSO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD!! THE ONE WHO JOINS HIMSELF TO THE LORD IS ONE SPIRIT WITH HIM!! WE ARE FILLED UP TO ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD!!
sorry to shout, I just can’t help it….
And finally, He is powerful to do far more abundantly beyond ALL that we ask or think, according to the POWER that works within us, to manifest His glory!
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Ok, let's play a game.
Let's pretend that everything in the Bible is true. Close your eyes...we're going to pretend that we are filled up to all the fulness of God, and that everything we say comes to pass. [Ephesians 3, Mark 11]
The Hebrew word dabar means both word and thing...so let's pretend that everything that comes out of our mouths are actual little whole things that float out like bubbles and go 'pop' and land fully grown on the earth! The Bible calls the Word of God seed…
Let's pretend that Satan has been stripped of his weapons and that we have authority over all his power...that all he can do is deceive us, and we don't fall for it, ever. No matter how things look, we have the power to see the invisible provision that is all around us. See how he runs away from us! See how the Blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony overcomes him? [In a court of law, testimony is a statement of what has already happened…]
Let's pretend that we can talk to physical, natural things and they obey us. That we can talk to trees and mountains and money and fish and donkeys and rooms and storms and bodies…and they obey us. Oh my!
This is fun!
Now let's pretend that we're capable of being in two places at once. That we can walk on earth in these wonderful 'earth suits' but we're also seated at the right hand of God in Christ in Heaven!
Let's pretend that nothing is impossible to us—we're Super People, a new race in the earth! That the Creator of all things is our Father, and that the Glorious King Jesus is our big brother! And that our job is to reign upon the earth! Let's have beautiful robes and crowns and scepters!
Let's pretend that we are one Spirit with the Lord and filled up to all the fulness of God—that as He is, so are we in this world.
And don't forget to pretend that we're always surrounded by enormous warrior angels that guard us in all our ways! That their job is to minister to us because we're heirs of God.
Let’s pretend that we’re surrounded by shouts of deliverance and favor like a shield.
Let's pretend that everything belongs to us. That there are great and wonderful tables set before us, that our every heart's desire is granted, that our Father has given us all things richly to enjoy. That in Him, every promise of God is YES and our AMEN to the glory of God through us—that He is doing FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY than we can ask or think according to the power that works in us.
You Get The Idea...
Ok, doesn't that feel great? Every one of those 'pretends' was from one or more scriptures! Now do it several times a day and see what happens. Close your eyes and see the unseen. Re-train yourself—believe the Word and refuse to be moved.
Close your eyes and see your desires fulfilled, according to Psalm 37:4—see the Word as true in your life, and be the person you long to be. This is true Christian meditation. Then speak it out…testify to the earth and the spiritual realm that the Word of God is true in your life, now.
‘He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—for He says,Have faith in God. Hallelujah!
“At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.”
‘Behold, NOW is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”’
[2 Corinthians 5:21-6:1,2—emphasis mine]
[ref Visual Prayer, See the Unseen, Pull Back the Curtain, What Are The Giants Saying To You, Trash Talk, The Purpose of Fear 3]
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
I closed my eyes to ask/declare/confess one more time the things that I was ‘believing’ for and I heard/felt/saw “You’re not living in the answer, the Yes. I promised to answer your prayers.”
“You pray—ask or confess—My Word, but then immediately begin to worry, resulting in needless repetition, which only leads to a downward spiral of doubt and fear. I said to trust Me.”
“To live in the answer is to enter My rest.”
What did He say at the tomb of Lazarus, when all looked lost? “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me…” and then He raised him from the dead!
His attitude was one of peace and faith in the finished work of His answered prayer, even though his disciples and the sisters were doubting Him. He stood fast, believing that the answer was already Yes! Read the complete account in John 11.
How could He do that? Because 1) He knew His Father, and knew that His Father considered death an enemy; 2) He WAS The WORD made flesh, and that WORD said “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive:” and 3) He knew that every promise of God was YES—and one of those promises was ‘With long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation!’ [1 Corinthians 15:26; John 1:1,14; Matthew 21:22; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Psalm 91:16]
How Do You Do It?
So of course my next question was, ‘Great…how exactly do I do that?’
And I knew the answer—simple faith. Seeing the finished work based on the YES promises of God—what it would look like if it had already come to pass—and choosing with my mouth to believe YES and AMEN to the glory of His works manifested through me by answered prayer.
I BELIEVE I RECEIVE THIS DAY, for today is the day of salvation, and every promise is YES and the AMEN to the glory of God through me!
And then give thanks for the finished work.
Let’s watch Abraham do it…
‘In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “SO shall your descendants be.”
‘Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.’ [Romans 4:18-21]
I REFUSE TO WAVER IN UNBELIEF BUT GROW STRONG IN FAITH, GIVING GLORY TO GOD…I AM FULLY ASSURED THAT WHAT GOD HAS PROMISED HE IS ABLE—STRONG, MIGHTY, POWERFUL—TO PERFORM!
And lest you say ‘Yes, but that was Abraham…’ remember—we ARE the descendants of Abraham, blessed with him, in Christ! [Galatians 3:9,29]
I think the translation of the word able [Gr. dunatos] can be a little misleading, because today in our common usage, the word able does not always mean willing. This results in an uneasiness about God’s will—we know that He is able but is He willing?
Dunatos comes from dunamai—to be able, to have power. Another word derived from dunamai is dunamis—miraculous power, might, strength.
According to Stong’s dictionary, dunatos actually means strong, mighty, powerful. In this passage the word able is referring to His power and ability, not His will.
Another place where this occurs is in the great promise of Ephesians 3:20,21…
‘Now to Him who is able [dunamai—to be able, to have power] to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power [dunamis—miraculous power, might, strength] that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.’
Because in common vernacular today we separate ability from willingness, this particular use of dunamai causes doubt in His willingness to use His mighty power for us.
Which, when you think about it, is kinda dumb, because why else would He promise it?
Live in the Answer
Anyway, getting back to the topic, live in the answer, the finished work, when you pray. Live in the Yes and Amen—truly, so be it—to His glory being seen through us by His precious and magnificent promises!