“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).
Have you ever fallen victim to false doctrine? How was the experience? The Bible warns that there will be a time when people will listen to teachings which suit their passions, rather than those that teach the truth about God (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Sometimes false doctrines are very subtle but when we know the Word of God and develop our discernment skills, we can identify them.
Along my Christian journey, I was taught that I have the power to speak things into being according to Romans 4:17. Being naïve at the time, I believed and expended lots of time and energy speaking my desires into being while declaring selective Scriptures. Nonetheless, after a while, it dawned on me that my desires were not materializing. Desperate for an answer, I sought the face of the Lord. He revealed that he is the only one who has the authority and power to speak things into being. He further shared that Romans 4:17 was misinterpreted to make it appealing to people’s carnal desires, and cause disappointment and confusion.
God called Abraham, “The father of many nations,” before he was (Genesis 17:4). He called Gideon, “Mighty man of valor” while he was discouraged and hiding from the Midianites (Judges 6:12). Similarly, God told Elijah that he would end the three years of drought in Israel and send rain (1 Kings 18:1). Elijah did not speak rain into being; God did. Scripture says, “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).
In retrospect, the false teaching was appealing because it introduced a novel and easy way to have my desires met. Hearing that I could “name and claim” them in Jesus’s name and they would be fulfilled was motivating and comforting. Regrettably, I was more interested in having my needs met than doing God’s will. Since then, I have acknowledged the error of my ways and now earnestly seek to do God’s will (Hebrews 11:6).
If you have embraced a similar false teaching, you will be disappointed and frustrated. The reality is that your attempts to speak your desires into existence will be futile since only God’s plan will materialize. The best way to have your desires met is to do the following:
1. Submit them to God.
2. Ask that his will be done in your life.
3. Patiently wait for his response.
4. Do what he says.
5. Delight yourself in him.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace and mercy. Help us to study your Word and spend time in your presence so we can identify and reject false teachings. In Jesus’s, Name. Amen.