There is no other topic on faith that is more controversial in religious circles. Yet this is the ONE topic you MUST understand to operate in faith the way God designed. I chose the words “Mechanics Of Faith” because it IS the God ordained way of operating in faith. This is spiritual LAW, based on principles that God has laid out for us in His Word. Before we get into “calling things that are not as though they were,” lets establish God’s method of operation, how God chooses to do things:
1 Corinthians 1:26-28 ~ 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the
things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
Do you see the pattern here? God’s chosen way of doing things is directly opposite of what we think is natural. That being said, we can see why this principle is so misunderstood. You must force yourself to think this way and trust that God knows what He is talking about.
Keep in mind verse 27. God has chosen the foolish and weak things to put to shame the “wise and mighty”…..and here we are …The Chosen! That thought alone should produce a little humility.
God chose this method of using things that are not manifest (things that you cannot see, smell, touch, etc.) to bring to NOTHING the things that ARE manifest. This is what we see in the New Testament healings by Jesus. To practically every miracle of healing He added a comment such as, “Thy faith hath saved thee”; “According to your faith be it done unto you”; “Thy faith hath made thee whole”; “ If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes”.
God has chosen the unseen force of faith (the thing that is NOT manifest) to bring to nothing the things are manifest. (sickness and disease, poverty, oppression, etc.)
One great enemy of our faith is fear of the visible and tangible. The church has become slaves to the visible and the tangible. We make a huge deal out of deeds and very little of words. To understand this principle of “Calling things that are not as though they were”, we must understand the power of words. The first chapter of John holds a key.
John 1:1-3 ~ 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
We must realize that God has not changed. He now dwells inside regenerate man and still works by this one unchangeable process:
- The Father thinks His thoughts.
- The son speaks His creative word by faith.
- The Spirit manifests the substance in the natural
One responsibility lies with man, and it is so pivotal that ALL the outcome is dependant on this one activity … Man must carry out the process of faith.
This is no magic formula, no magicians trick. This is NOT trying to “get God to do something”. This is simply Man co-operating with God on the inside and yielding to this creative/re-creative process.
The thought of faith expressed by the word of faith, resulting in the substance of faith.
We must embrace the power of the unseen realm, God’s realm, where true power comes from things you cannot see. Here is the principle:
Romans 4:17 ~ (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;
God uses Abraham (the father of our faith) as the example for this process of faith. God changed his name from ABRAM to ABRAHAM. Abraham
literally means “father of a multitude”. Was he a father of a multitude when
his name was changed? No, but when he did call him Abraham, the force of faith was released and now the Spirit of God had a legal right to bring it to pass in the natural realm. This is the “Mechanics Of Faith” in action.
Lets look at an example in Jesus life and ministry;
Mark 11:12-14 ~ 12And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13And 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. 14And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
Mark 11:20-22 ~ 20And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Even Jesus, when He spoke to the fig tree, did not see results that very minute. They did not see the results of His “cursing the fig tree” until the next morning. Many people get discouraged when they confess God’s word and don’t see results right away. They speak to their disease or problem, they declare what God’s word says about their situation and if it doesn’t manifest when they think it should, they give up and cast away their confidence. They don’t hold fast to their confession, so they get no results.
Hebrews 10:23 ~ Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
The word “profession” is the same word used for confession. We must trust God that what He said is true, and we must trust the process of faith that He has ordained, calling those things that are not manifest as though they were.
1 John 5:4 ~ … and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.