It’s Nothing Till You Give it a Name

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If I want to change my scenery, I’ve got to change my sound. Say it loud!!

It happened like this: In the beginning of the Bible, the earth was dark and empty and there was no
form … there was nothing. God wanted to change it’, so He brought sound into the earth. God said:

“Let there be light.” The next word said: “And God saw that it was good.” And then God said: “Let
there be … “, and then God saw that it was good. And then God said …

Before there was sight there was sound. That’s why the Bible says we must call the things that are
not (Rom 4:17) as though they already were.

Say: This year is my year of great exploit. For those who know their Lord will do great
exploits. I will change things around me by not speaking the situation, but by speaking the
answer, and the answer is always God’s Word. So I will have the Word in me.

Right, so there was this champion… The Philistines were really agitating and frustrating the house of
Israel. I don’t care how small or big you are; I believe there must be stuff that frustrates you from
time to time, things that stand in your way and irritate you. Things that you wish were not there,
even if it’s your neighbor’s dog, a thorn in your foot, or a cold, a sinus, a pain in your stomach. There
are some things that you, from time to time, feel you’d love to do without. An equation that you
struggle with in school: maybe geometry, you don’t know how to draw the line; or maybe science,
you don’t know how to do the formula. Or maybe Afrikaans, you don’t know how to say: “Wanneer
gaan ons eet?” (When are we having lunch?)

Now, there was the army of the Philistines, and they had this champion. Man, he had toes where
other people didn’t have feet. He was so big and so strong, he was so mighty!

1 Sam 17:8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel and said unto them, Why are
ye come out sot set [your] battle in array? [am] not I a Philistine, and ye servants to
Saul? Choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

:9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants…
How many times are we challenged? I said in the beginning of the year: Before challenges come,
we’re going to win the war, before the fight starts.

Say: This year we’re going to win the war before the fight starts!

How would you like to be without a battle, to win the war before the battle starts


:11 When Saul and Israelites heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed,
and greatly afraid.

And they all ran away all the time. They all ran away because they were filled with fear and terror.

But say what Isaiah says: I will be far from fear, and from terror. It shall not be named
amongst me!

You will see how many times fear and terror are mentioned. But Isaiah 54 says: It shall not be named
amongst me.

Say: The name ‘fear’ is not in my vocabulary, neither the name ‘terror’. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. The opposite of fear and terror
is God’s holy peace. I can call things that are not, as though they already were.

:16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.

For forty days this sucker came out, forty days. And he said: I defy the armies of Israel. Give me a man and I will kill him. Forty days these guys were just scared, scared, scared, scared …

Out of nowhere … here he comes! He’s breaking new frontiers … what is he riding? Fire in his … NO!!

Here comes a little boy with a shepherd’s bag over his shoulder. Nobody even paid attention to him.

He went right to his brothers and said: ‘What is this shouting about?’ They said: ‘You see that dude?

He comes out every day and screams.’ ‘Yes, I can hear him.’

At the same time David brought bread to his brothers, out came the Philistine and said: ‘Give me a
man to fight and I’ll kill him.’ Are you ready to hear what David said? The whole Israel is: fear … torment … running away. They said: ‘He’s going to kill us!’ David said: ‘Who is this uncircumcised Philistine? I will feed him to the

Here comes the revelation: IT’S NOTHING, TILL YOU GIVE IT A NAME.

Repeat: It’s nothing, till you give it a name.

Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess … of everything that is named …

If it’s got no name, it’s got no right.

The first thing God said to Adam was: ‘Name everything’.

‘What’s that?’

‘O, dit is ‘n ding!’ (It is a thing)

‘What is a “ding”? A thing?

‘Bring me a thing.’

‘Which thing?’

‘ That thing in the corner.’

‘ There are so many things in the corner.’

‘Well, bring me the thing in the corner next to the fire-extinguisher, the little electronic eye’

‘Oh, the electronic eye.’

It’s nothing until you give it a name.

If you don’t say: ‘I’ve got flu.’ Then you have not yet given it a name. So, before you say: ‘I got the
flu.’ You say: ‘I call health.” Call what is not, as if it already were. “I call health.’

‘What is this uncircumcised ball of snot falling out of my nose?’ Command it to flubber out, to hop
down the toilet and never hop back again. Fly to sewage farm and join your stinking friends.’

Say: It’s nothing till I give it a name. But I will call the things that are not as though they
already were.

:32 And David said to Saul. Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and
fight this Philistine.’

Say: I’m going to fight the good fight of faith.

:33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him
for thou [art but] a youth, and he a man of war from his youth! You are too young and this
man is a man of war from his youth.

The minute you want to do something, you’ll always have people around who will tell you, you can’t
do it. Whatever you see here, (at Spirit Word Ministries), is because people said we can’t do it, this
whole drive-in -property, the old church, Lofdal Christian School, this new church-building, everything

We had people who said: ‘You can’t do this.’

I said: ‘Why?’

‘Well, it’s in Stilfontein! Where are the people going to come from? Where is the money going to
come from?’

‘You don’t have to give it.’

‘But you can’t do this!

I told this story many times, but I’m going to tell it again:

There were two boys playing next to a river in Cincinnati in Ohio, next to a university. It was
wintertime and the river was iced up. The two boys were running and skiing on the ice, and
all of a sudden, the ice just opened up. One little boy fell through the ice and closed again
like a trapdoor. You couldn’t even see where it closed. All the grown-ups ran to the
university, because they knew there was a fire-brigade- and an ambulance-department who
had all the tools to come and break the ice open. Everybody was running. Then they come
back, they found the little boy with his friend on his lap, pumping out the last water out of his

The little boy jumped up, took a gasp of breath and he was saved. There were about 200
people, newspapers were coming and everybody started speaking one subject: ‘He couldn’t
do it. There’s no way a boy of his size could break that ice. There’s just no way that this boy
could save his friend.’ But he saved him! ‘Yes, but there’s no way .’ They drilled through the
ice and they calculated. They said it would take a Marshall-arts guy so long … that they
would have to cut the ice out and put it on a block before he would be able to break the ice.
That it was impossible to break the ice while it was on the water.

The fire-brigade came. They needed a certain hammer to break the ice. There’s no way. In
the meantime there was an old man, standing there, watching the whole scene. He said: ‘I
know how he did it.’ ‘How?’ ‘Not one of you was here to tell him he couldn’t do it.’

How did he do it? There was a Willow-tree next to the river. The boy broke off some of the
fine leaves and wrapped it around his arm. He ran to the place and just smashed it. With the
first smash he opened the ice up and his friend was just there. He grabbed him and pulled
him out.

What am I trying to say? David said: ‘I’ll go fight this guy.’ Saul said: ‘No-no-no. You’re a youth and
this man is a man of war from his youth.’ David said: ‘You didn’t hear.’

:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion,
an a bear, ant took a lamb out of the flock:

:35 Ad I went after him and smote him, and delivered [it] out of his mouth, and when he
arose against me, I caught [him] by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

In other words, he said: ‘If a lion came and took a sheep out of the fold, I would just run after him
and grab the lamb out of its mouth. And let that lion just dare turn around. I would grab him by the
beard and send him flying.’

Have you ever seen a puppet-show? It works like this: You have a little box with a hole in it, and with
curtains. Behind the scene there are grownups but you don’t know it, because they’re shrunk. They
have their hands in little puppets. On the one side: Here comes Goliath.

‘My name is Goliath! I challenge the armies of Israel. Bring me a man and I’ll kill him.’

‘Ooh-ooh-ooh!’ on the other side.
‘Is there no-one who will fight me?’

‘Hey, you sucker! Psst…! Hey! I’ll throw you to the birds! If a lion comes, I take him by the beard. I
play yo-yo with him.’

:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be
one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

David made no distinction: ‘Lions, bears, Goliaths … what’s the difference? If they’re not for me,
they’re against me. God is for me, and because God is for me, nothing can be against me. So I don’t
care which you want to add, I don’t have categories. I have God and enemies.’

Say it: I have God and enemies. And with my God, I run through a troop, I jump over a wall. I am more than a conqueror. The devil is underneath my feet.

David said:

:37 …The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the
bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go,
and the LORD be with thee.’

Now remember, he took on Saul’s armor and said: ‘No, I can’t use it, it’s not proved.’ It means: ‘Saul,
you never proved anything. Why must I listen to you?’ I’m going to go with the Guy that proved
something. I know what I have proved. I came in the Name of the Lord. I don’t know how you came.’
The Philistine was so big. He had a sword and a spear, and he couldn’t carry his own shield. So, they
had shield-barriers. They had guys running in front of them with shields. That’s how big they were.
When the guys showed up the sun went down, man!

Now let’s read this. I’m sure God is going to give us a message.
:43 And the Philistine said unto David, [Am] I a dog …

Say: I talk to demons like dogs. Voertsek! (Afrikaans) Sickness, fear, pain, stealing,
destruction, killing, weakness, headaches, bad reports, struggling with work,
misunderstandings … Voertsek!

‘Voertsek’ means worse than ‘Walk!’ or ‘Go!’ It is ‘Get out!’

:43 …[Am I] a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David
by his gods.

:44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls
of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

I want you to take note! Change your sound to change your scene!
Here came Goliath and he said: ‘You’re coming to me like a dog.’ Then David said …, then Goliath
said …, then David said…

Every time Goliath said, he referred to the weapons.

Every time David said, he referred to the Almighty God.

Whose scene, do you think, changed? The one referred to a physical battle? David referred to a
cosmic battle. He said: ‘You come to me with your sword; I come to you in the Name of the Lord of
Host.’ They said … and they said …

The one said the situation, the other said the outcome.

Whatever is going to stand in front of us is going to change by the sound coming out of our voices.

:45 Then David said to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear,
and with a shield, but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts.

Say: In the Name of Jesus, which is the Name of the Word, which is the Name of Creation’s
Power. I come in the Name of the Lord. Get out!

1 Sam 17:46 (NET) This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand.

Listen to how he changed the scene by changing the word.


:46 (And he said) This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand;(then he said) this day
will I smite thee, (then he said) I will give your carcass to the hosts of the Philistines, (then
he said) this day I will give it to the fowls of the air, (and he said) this day I will give your
carcass to the wild beasts of the earth, (and he said) this day all the earth will know that
there is a God.

:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword, not with spear

Zach 4:6-7 It’s not by might, it’s not by power, but by my Spirit, sayeth the Lord of Host. Say unto
this mountain …. Grace! Grace!

Say: It’s not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, sayeth the Lord of Host. Everything
that looms up in front of me … Grace! Grace!

Call man!!! Call, call, call!! If you’re not doing it, I’m doing it!

:47 And all this … for the battle [is] the LORD’S, and the He will give you into our hands.
Now, that you find right through the Bible. Moses stood by the Red Sea and said: ‘The battle is not
yours. As you see the Egyptians today, you will never see them again.’

Say: Trouble is not in my vocabulary. I serve notice because the Lord is fighting for me! No weakness, no sickness, no trouble, no death, no struggle, no fear, no torment, no anxiety, no
cares! I’m going to live the victorious life.

:49 … and he smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead.
Imagine: There stood the Philistine, and there ran David. David already got speed. So the slingshot’s
speed was added to his speed. The slingshot had double speed. Now, I don’t know how big the stone
was, but he drove it into his forehead. Phew… Where would the giant go when he was hit with a rock
in his forehead? Bam! … Backwards!

But it says: He fell forwards. Do you get it? He fell on his face!!
God said: ‘David, just to let you know, because you said the Lord’s going to do the battle, just to let
you know, I killed him. You threw your stone, but just before he moved, I slapped him at the back of
his head.’

This guy fell forward. You work it out. He couldn’t fall forward. Hit a guy with a rock … forward? …


Then David ran, took this guy’s sword and stood upon him, cut off his head, and all the Philistines
fled. The Israelites had a great victory over the Philistines that day because David said what God
said: ‘Who is this, standing here? You can’t come and defile my God if I come in the Name of my

This year I’m going to change my scenery. I’m going to call the things that are not, as
though they already were. I’m going to say what God says, I’m not going to speak the
situation. I’m going to speak the Word!!


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