|He calleth things that are not as though they were| (Rom. iv.17).
The Word of God creates what it commands. When Christ says to any of us |Now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken unto you,| We are clean. When He says |no condemnation| there is none, though there has been a lifetime of sin before. And when He says, |mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,| then the weak are strong. This is the part of faith, to take God at His Word, and then expect Him to make it real. A French commander thanked a common soldier who had saved his life and called him captain, although he was but a private, but the man took the commander at his word, accepted the new name and was thereby constituted indeed a captain.
Shall we thus take God's creating word of justification, sanctification, power and deliverance and thus make real the mighty promise, |He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might He increaseth strength; for they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.|