In this August teaching, Dr. Don G. Pickney begins exploring the concept of the need for “largeness of heart” within the body of Christ. He reminds us that our great Father, God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think (Eph. 3:20) yet He works within our own lives within what we are willing to believe. When we first come to Christ and enter God’s family, we are accustomed to living only by our intellect and emotions. The apostle Paul calls us “carnal,” (one who lives by his fleshly instincts and reason). Our human hearts, as Christian believers, are not conditioned for God’s greatness. When we are born-again, a change takes place in our spirit being. We are born of God’s seed and re-recreated into the “sons of God.” That part of our heart is able to know the things of God. But also within our hearts (inner man) we possess our soul. Man is a spirit, he possesses a soul, and lives in a physical body – spirit, soul and body. It is important to always keep that distinction clear when considering your needs during your lifetime here on Earth. Your spirit-man needs nothing, he is compete in Christ. It is in the area of the “soul” that the heart has to go through and develop change. Our soul consists of the properties of our mind (intellect and reason), human will, and our emotions. Isaiah writes of the comparison between our mind (intellect and reason), and says:
(Isaiah 55:8-9 AMP) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Pastor Don shows us what Paul calls the “foolishness of wisdom.” Paul writes:
1Corinthians 1:19-25 “For it is written, I will baffle and render useless and destroy the learning of the learned and the philosophy of the philosophers and the cleverness of the clever and the discernment of the discerning; I will frustrate and nullify [them] and bring [them] to nothing. Where is the wise man (the philosopher)? Where is the scribe (the scholar)? Where is the investigator (the logician, the debater) of this present time and age? Has not God shown up the nonsense and the folly of this world's wisdom? [This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men.”
It is within this concept that this week’s study is made. We unveil a remarkable discovery regarding Solomon. Perhaps you have heard it said that reason God gave King Solomon his vast riches was because when he became the young king, he prayed that God would give him wisdom to rule God’s people, “And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.” (1Kings 3:10-13 KJV)
But Pastor Don shocked some by saying, “What we have just read never actually occurred! Not in reality.” Then he read the verses just before and after this context of scripture: 1Kings 3:5 KJV “In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.” Following that we have the dissertation in the above paragraph where Solomon (in the dream) asked for wisdom to rule the people, and we have the response, “And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.” Wow! None of this actually happened in reality, in real life! He then read the verse following this whole discourse: 1Kings 3:15 KJV “And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was all just a dream.”
So if Solomon’s riches (both His wise rule, as well as his mind-blowing riches all came to pass just as was stated in His dream) were not the result or reward from God for the fine noble prayer he prayed (which in reality he dreamed he prayed), and if he arose from that dream, travelled to Jerusalem the following day just to find that, in fact, God had granted him this great wisdom, and destined him for riches and honor. The secret to Solomon's wisdom, riches and honor (and the dream) came from his father's prayer of Psalms 78, in which every detail of his reign, including the visit from the Queen of Sheba and subsequent ongoing riches were fulfilled.
Get ready for biblical revelation as you watch this teaching video.