What if some did not believe and were without faith?
Does their lack of faith and their faithlessness nullify and make ineffective
and void the faithfulness of God and His fidelity [to His Word]?
By no means!
Let God be found true though every human being is false and a liar,
as it is written,
That You may be justified and shown to be upright in what You say,
and prevail when You are judged [by sinful men]. [Ps. 51:4.]
Romans 3:3-4 AMP
In this week’s teaching, Dr. Don G. Pickney shares some of the lessons learned during his 41 year walk of faith and patience since receiving miracles and entering fulltime ministry in 1974. He focuses on “overcoming contradictions to God’s promises.”
He begins this service haring eight songs from an album produced in 1978 by Benson Sound Studios. He wrote these songs as a testament to faith lessons he had learned by that time.
God’s Word makes seemingly incredible promises. However, we look around and see the experiences of the vast majority of believers standing in stark contradiction. It often has a profound impact on the faith of many believers as they see the lack of manifestation of faith. Why? Because it looks like God is not faithful to His Word or promises.
Some take it as evidence that they cannot trust God’s Word. They pull back, or buy into doctrines that attempt to rationalize that God does not always answer His promises with a “Yes.” They explain their hypotheses that sometimes He says “No,” or possibly puts us on “hold,” requiring that we wait in order to learn the “art of waiting,” a process often referenced in terms as, “God is teaching me patience.”
In our key text (above), Apostle Paul exhorts us not to look around at the faith (or lack thereof) of others. He puts our “walk of faith” in contrast to God’s faith (faithfulness to His own Word) and declares, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” He quotes Psalmist David by showing that the only way to be assured of winding up on the right side of “truth” is to avoid what we see around us, and say only what God says, “…that you may be justified (found to be in truth) in your sayings (given you by God who speaks only truth) and might (thereby) overcome (be put over and made to triumph in your faith) when you are judged (that is when your faith is being weighed in the balance through trials and tests).”
In this service Pastor Don covers the following important points:
1. God’s promises are uniquely connected to our faith – to our believing
2. What we see happening around us in the “faith community” must not be a consideration to our personal believing
3. Growing up spiritually in our faith-walk requires us to own our unbelief
4. Getting god’s faithfulness straight is vital to our faith – by concentrating on His faithfulness, we strengthen our faith
5. God’s action to give us the reward of our faith has already, on His part, been completed and is waiting on our part
6. Understanding the meaning of “God’s rest” is vital to our faith walk
7. “Doubt” is a multiplex of variables – Not as simple as the word might suggest
8. Understanding “doubt” requires understanding what it looks like in its many variables
He explains the biblical variables of “doubt” by giving a full definition, based on the Greek dictionary of this complex word:
“Doubt” – (Greek) Διακρίνω diakrinō (dee-ak-ree'-no) – (literally and reflexively) to withdraw from (draw back); oppose; hesitate; differ; stagger; or waver.
Each of the above characteristics of doubt reveals a symptom of the failure of faith throughout the New Testament.
Get ready to receive revelation from this week's video teaching!