“As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not” Romans 4:17, NIV.
One night while helping my son with his homework, he was not doing well at grasping the concepts. I tried everything to help him understand, but he was saying all the wrongs answers. Feeling frustrated, I felt myself about to call him stupid. Then Holy Spirit arrested my tongue and said, “Don’t you call him that!” So I said, “You are smart and you can learn!” I told him to speak it out loud. He shouted, “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. Praise God!
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, prophesy to those around you. Prophesy to your bank account. Prophesy to your pantry. Prophesy to the empty pews in your sanctuary. 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 Lord and help me to stay in faith as your words take shape and form. I yield to you Lord and choose to say what you’re telling me to say. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read 2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 4:29)