God has issued the greatest Emancipation Proclamation ever given to mankind. It is found in the Holy Bible.

When Jesus said, "It is finished" on the cross, he meant the work He was sent to accomplish was finished. It is finished! It's in the past tense. It has been taken care of. And everything included in that statement "It is finished" is for you and me today.

In the words of F. F. Bosworth, "The Gospel is a world-wide emancipation proclamation of liberty from service and bondage to the old tyrant master of sin and sickness - the devil."

But because many of us have put our liberty and freedom off into the future - not into the past tense - it never has become a reality for us.

Hope expects it "sometime."

Faith takes it now.

Lay Hold and Enjoy the Past Tense Now
Faith takes what God already has offered us and makes it a reality in our lives.

It is important as we seek after the mercies and benefits of God to appropriate them by faith. This means actually taking them.

Many people want to know what God's will is. Everything that is in the past tense in the Word of God is God's will for you!

As you get into the Word of God, you will learn that much of it is written in the past tense. In other words, it already has been accomplished. ("Already" implies what we are in Christ, who we are in Christ, and what we have because of Christ now, not in the future.)

You can put things in the future tense if you want to, but I'm going to start enjoying joy and reality now.

People sing about "the sweet by-and-by" and talk about "pie in the sky." What I'm interested in is what can do me some good now - right here - in the situation I'm facing this year.

Yes, heaven is great, and the promise of heaven is wonderful, but it's not going to do you much good in the life you're living right now. It's not going to do you much good in the economic situation and political unrest that confront you in today's world.

People can talk calamity all they want to. They can talk economic unrest all they want to. They can fill the radio, television, and newspapers full of it. But I'm not going to walk around cowed down with a disappointed look on my face.

I don't care what the political scene says. I don't care what the economic scene says. The Word of God says I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus! It's past tense. It already has happened. I walk as a victor and conqueror.

I'm not going to get upset over gas going to $1.50 or $2 a gallon. No! My God said I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. My God said that all of my needs are supplied according to His riches in glory. Gas can go to $5 a gallon for all I care. I don't know how He will do it, but God will supply me the money to fill up my car.

He already has said it. It's in the past tense. I'm not going to put it over in the future and begin to worry about it. I'm going to take it like it is, live for God, and have a great time doing it.

Galatians 3:13 says, "Christ HATH redeemed us from the curse of the law…." Is "hath" past tense or future tense? It's past tense, isn't it?

Now It's Up To Us
The Word of God puts our redemption from the curse in the past tense. We receive our deliverance because it's in the past tense. It already has been taken care of. It's not up to God now; it's up to you. You have the responsibility.

His Word will stay in the past tense from now on. It's up to you whether you take it out of the past tense and put it over into the present and make it work for you.

Look at Isaiah 53:4, "Surely he HATH BORNE our griefs and CARRIED our sorrows…." Are those verbs in the past tense? Yes.

Look at Matthew 8:17, "Himself TOOK our infirmities, and BARE our sicknesses…." Past, present, or future tense? "Took" and "bare" are past tense. Because he took our infirmities in the past, we can claim the promise now and take it into the present - because it is ours.

For example, look at the Scripture "by whose stripes ye WERE healed" (1 Peter 2:24). "Were" is past tense. Therefore, we "were" healed - bring it into the present tense - we ARE healed. Hallelujah!

You see, you don't have to wait for somebody to lay hands on you. You don't have to wait for somebody to pray for you. When you find out that God's Word already has taken care of it, you can jump off your chair! You can jump out of the bed! You can jump out of the wheelchair! You can throw your crutches away! And you can begin to shout and rejoice - because you ARE healed!

That act of faith of moving will produce God's power in your life, and you will see the manifestation in your life.

Source: The Past Tense of God's Word by Kenneth Hagin, Jr.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications