Romans 4:17 – Dead to Life #108

In Genesis, God promised Abraham not only that he would be the father of many nations, but that his descendants (which includes us) would be blessed. Romans 4:17 talks about this promise being fulfilled and says, “That’s what the Scripture means when it says: “I have made you the father of many nations.” He is our example and father, for in God’s presence he believed that God can raise the dead and call into being things that don’t even exist yet.” 

God gives life to the dead and He calls those things which don’t exist as though they did. Nothing is ever too hard for Him. Just as He rose Lazarus from the dead thousands of years ago, He is still doing miracles out of impossible, dead-looking situations today.

Not only can He bring dead situations to life in the physical realm, but He does the same in the spiritual and emotional realm too. Mental disorders, finances, broken marriages, alcoholics, porn addicts, manic depressants, or the anxiety-ridden child. He wants to take those situations that seem so far gone and breath His life into them. And, the person who is Spiritually dead? He wants to fill them with His Spirit as well.

No situation is dead when it’s surrendered to Christ. Jesus comes forth and brings restoration, redemption, and healing. No matter how far from ‘life’ the situation you are in seems, remember nothing is too dead for Him. If God can create life out of Sarah’s dead womb, He can create life in ANY trial you are facing. Expect breakthrough and join Him in calling things that are not as though they were.

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  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 09:37h, 19 October Reply

    I am glad you are clinging to such powerful truths and scriptures! Love this. Praising God for some answers to prayer this week! I am going to be an aunt! My sister who has waited and waited for a pregnancy, has had a miscarriage, is expecting! I hope your journey will bring you to the same result soon.

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 10:00h, 19 October Reply

    Absolutely! We were dead and now we are full of his life. He raises all things from the dead including people, dreams, and circumstance.

  • Miss Jena (@MissJenas)
    Posted at 10:04h, 19 October Reply

    First to admit, While spiritual, I am very not religious. I do attests to the miracles of the human body. My aunt was told that due to cancer at 17 yrs, she could never get pregnant. At 41 years old having horrific stomach issues found out she was 5 months pregnant. Nothing in life is truly dead, that’s why it is called life 🙂

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 10:05h, 19 October Reply

    I love that last point – no point is dead or too far gone for Christ to redeem it. We’re always reminding our students that no matter what you’ve done, no matter how far you’ve strayed, nothing is above or below Jesus’ repairing.

  • Sean McIntyre
    Posted at 10:53h, 19 October Reply

    Thanks for the encouraging word. Paul is showing us in this passage that all who share in Abrahams faith can share in his blessings.

    You might like to read my own series on Romans at

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 11:33h, 19 October Reply

    SO very grateful for this post! I love thinking about Abraham, and God brings him to my mind so many times. I love how you pointed out that WE can claim those promises, because we are his spiritual descendants! Praise God, we have been grafted in, as spiritual children of Abraham, even though we were born Gentiles!!!! Such an amazing thought that we are heirs of the great promises God made to him. Where we fall so short is that we fail to lay claim to those promises. It is like a homeless, destitute child who has been adopted by a wealthy king and offered anything he/she needs, but then continuing to live like a pauper on the streets…hungry, thirsty, shabbily-clothed, lonely, and poor, with no lifestyle change at all. I needed this reminder very much today…I need to start expecting breakthrough and calling those things that are not as though they already are!!! THANK YOU, dear friend, for your consistent encouragement and hope-infused posts!!!

  • Kayla Phillips
    Posted at 12:36h, 19 October Reply

    I loved this.
    Though sometimes it’s difficult to remember the life – the redemption – that comes doesn’t always come in the way we want it. But it does come – He promises that – when give ourselves to Him. Thanks for the reminders!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 13:57h, 19 October Reply

    Good word of the day – for sure! … so encouraging to remember this. People give up so easily in bad circumstances when we should take it to God to see how much life can be put back into it!!!

  • Grace
    Posted at 14:20h, 19 October Reply

    “No situation is dead when surrendered to Christ”- so true and awesome! Thank you for sharing God’s Word.

  • Coupon Diva (@RealCouponDiva)
    Posted at 14:32h, 19 October Reply

    but that’s the challenging part sometimes – submitting it ALL before God…

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 15:45h, 19 October Reply

    Yes! So true! I’ve thought about this a lot while reading through Exodus 🙂

  • Samantha W.
    Posted at 16:04h, 19 October Reply

    Thank you Caroline for this reminder! I love reading your posts 🙂

  • Samantha
    Posted at 16:10h, 19 October Reply

    Great post 🙂 Very motivational!

  • Marissa
    Posted at 18:25h, 19 October Reply

    What a wonderful analysis of such a great verse. Thank you sharing your thoughts on the importance of faith.


  • Mary Collins
    Posted at 19:08h, 19 October Reply

    Wonderful, encouraging post. Anyone struggling with an issue that requires great faith (like me) will benefit greatly from reading this post. i sure did.

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 20:43h, 19 October Reply

    This is such a beautiful post, and such good truths. He raised the dead to life, the same power is alive in me!

  • threekidsandafishc
    Posted at 21:27h, 19 October Reply

    I live the ending that no situation is dead when surrendered to Christ, so so very true.

  • Jojo
    Posted at 22:00h, 19 October Reply

    True true true! My cousin has never been a believer but when he hit a dark place in his relationship he turned to God and asked for forgiveness.

  • Matilda
    Posted at 04:34h, 20 October Reply

    This is a word in time. I needed this verse very much especially at this time in my life. Thank you.

  • melanieblignaut
    Posted at 07:36h, 20 October Reply

    Amen! No situation is dead when surrendered to Christ.

  • miragonz
    Posted at 10:24h, 20 October Reply

    Amen! What an amazing and encouraging post this morning.

  • Susannah
    Posted at 10:33h, 20 October Reply

    <3 Praise the Lord for this truth!!!

  • Just Plain Marie
    Posted at 21:19h, 20 October Reply

    Ah, well, it’s good that God brings life from death, because we were dead in our sins before He called us. 🙂

  • lorigraceh
    Posted at 22:01h, 20 October Reply

    Beautiful sentiments!

  • Melanie Pickett
    Posted at 09:19h, 21 October Reply

    You always inspire me. Today I really needed to hear these words, so thank you for writing them. ❤️

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