God called Abraham on a journey of restoration and along the way; God introduced Abraham to who Abraham really was.
No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.1
Abraham could have looked at his circumstances and rejected his new identity. However, he made certain discoveries that caused him to align with truth and so experience restoration.
Truth is different from fact. Facts are based on current experience but truth is reality. Facts can change over time but truth is eternal. Two categories of things exist; things that are seen and unseen.2 Things in the unseen realm are substantial although we can’t see them, and seen things come from the superior unseen realm.3
When God told Abraham that he had made him a father of many nations, in the unseen realm it was a completed work. From the perspective of the seen realm, he was calling something that didn’t exist as though it did. But in the unseen realm, God was calling the things that are, as though they are. He was giving Abraham insight into the true state of things. When Abraham aligned with truth, the fact that he and his wife couldn’t have children, changed.
God wants to restore us to his original intent for us. He wants to reconnect us to who he made us to be. He has said similar things about you in the same past perfect tense that he used for Abraham.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. 4
The scripture above has certain implications.
- There are good works that God has predetermined for you to do.
- There is a path prepared for you ahead of time.
- There is a good life God has prearranged and made ready for you to live.
Irrespective of your current context, in the spirit realm, everything you need to live out God’s lavish plan for your life has already been provided.5 You existed before your body was prepared and when you were conceived, God breathed you out of himself, having chosen you before the foundation of the world.6 We must align with the truth that we are immortal spirits sent from God to earth to communicate an aspect of God’s splendour to his creation.7
One day, God introduced Jeremiah to himself.8 Jeremiah must have been shocked by the revelation because although he was young and didn’t have a good reputation or pedigree (he hailed from a line of banished priests), God set him over certain things.
Who God has called you to be goes beyond your age, reputation, successes, and failures. Your assignment has its roots in the heart of God from eternity past. Do you know what God has set you over? Consciously open your heart to the Holy Spirit and allow him help you dream the dreams that God had for you before the earth began. Get ready to ride on the wings of the wind into a truer definition of yourself, which you have never imagined.
- Genesis 17:5
- 2 Corinthians 4:18
- Hebrews 11:3
- Ephesians 2:10
- Ephesians 1:3
- Genesis 2:7; Ephesians1:4
- 1 Peter 2:9
- Jeremiah 1:1-9