As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were (Rom. 4:17 KJV) Romans 4:17 above teaches us a crucial principle of faith. Faith begins with believing as its foundation.
He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, (Jn. 1:11-12 NAS) Jesus came to His own people, the jews, and they did not receive
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… (Hos. 4:6 KJV) Many believers have slumbered into the deception that what happens to their lives is completely up to God. They think whether they get blessed, healed, prosperous, etc is still God’s choice, and therefore they go ahead trying to impress God with their good performance