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What It Means to Call Something Forward

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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God in His great and majestic power literally spoke the heavens and the earth into existence over six days, and He rested on the seventh day. Since we are made in God's own image, do we have the power and authority to speak things into existence?

Our calling something to pass is very different from the way God did it. However, there is something we can do to get results by the words we speak. Let's examine what the Bible says about calling things forward.

Meaning of Calling Things Forward

Even though your words are powerful, and you can get results from what you say, your words alone do not have the power to call things that do not exist into being. That right is reserved for God alone. Only God can speak something out of nothing. The world was formless and void, and we are living in the world that God called forth along with everything that is in it.

Let's Examine Two Scriptures in the Bible

There are many scriptures in the Bible that tell us how important our words are and how to speak for positive results. One familiar scripture tells us to ask and we shall receive is found in two places.

"Ask and you shall receive." (Matthew 7:7 and John 16:24)

If you read that verse, you might think that you will get something by merely asking for it with the words you speak. You might think you will get it by calling it forward. There is a deeper meaning to that scripture that the Bible tells us in other places in the Bible. First of all, you cannot get things just by asking for them.

  • You must have a relationship with the Giver of all good things.
  • You must believe by faith that if you commit yourself to God and obey His commandments, then He will give you the desires of your heart.
  • You should believe that God will not do for you what does not line up with His word.

Another familiar scripture about the power of words is Mark 11:23.

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done."

If you read the above scripture only on the surface, you might conclude that your words alone are powerful enough to move mountains. Like everything else in the Bible, you must consider the entire context surrounding that scripture. Let's start by looking at Mark 11:22.

“So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God.’”

Now ask yourself are your words powerful enough to move mountains, or is it your faith in God? It definitely is faith in God that can make the mountain move. We must understand that it is not what you say that causes the mountain to move. It is just as Jesus said, "Have faith in God." Having faith in God is the power that causes the mountain to mean. Your words can move mountains only when they are accompanied by your faith in the God who calls things into existence. You can't do that in your own ability.

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The bottom line is that even though words are powerful, we cannot go around and speak into existence what we want. It is not like having a scanner in our hand and pointing to items in a department store to be on a wedding registry.

By faith, we must say what God says about our situation. Also, we must believe that what God says will come to pass.

God is the One who calls things into existence. We are the ones who must believe God's word. In other words, we must do what Jesus said, "Have faith in God."

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

Remember, the power comes from God's words; not ours. We do have an important role in getting things to come to pass. Our part is to believe what God says. We are not to put our faith in the words we speak. Let's put our faith in God who has promised to bring His word to pass. God's word will always accomplish the purpose for which it was sent, according to Isaiah 55:11.


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