In this week’s teaching, Dr. Don G. Pickney deals with the “actions” faith. Faith can go in one moment from “void of any power flowing” to manifestation of the supernatural. Faith is a wonderful thing, but it can also be deceiving if it has no action. You can think your faith is “working” when in fact, although it exists it is sitting idle, as if it were “dead.”
James 2:17 GNB “So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.”
Notice, he the Apostle James does not say, “It isn’t faith,” rather, he says that it is, in fact, faith. But it has no utilization if it is dead. Like a car battery that is dead of electrical energy. Is it still a car battery? Yes. But it cannot be utilize for a source of energy in a dead state. James says, even so, faith, if it does not have corresponding actions, is useless.
This knowledge reveals the vital importance of actions incorporated with our faith.
Pastor Don, takes us into the various facets that are required to get our faith into action. He shows us that God never requires of us very hard or impossible actions. To Naaman, “Go, dip seven times in the Jordan River.” To the blind man that he took mud and put on his eyes, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam.” To the servant at the wedding feast, “Go fill the water pots of with water then… serve it to the governor of the wedding feast.” To Peter, Jesus said, “Go down to the sea, cast in your hook and take up the first fist, reach into its mouth and you will find tribute money for both of us.”
All through the Bible, we find the principle of “faith in action.” None of those actions were physically difficult to accomplish. Anyone could do it. In each case, “faith” was giving instructions to the believer for how to get God’s answer to their need from “dead” to “flowing with His mighty power.”
But while the physical part faith requires is not difficult to do, the psychological/emotional part of each exercise had to be overcome as reason could thwart action from taking place. “What are people going to think if I take this step of faith that appears so foolish to the natural man? What if it doesn’t work? Maybe, I’ll do ‘something,’ just not that thing that is so unreasonable. I’ve never seen anyone else do something like this… etc., etc.”
Pastor Don rehearses again when, 42 year ago, He began putting the phone to his left ear that the famous Shea Hearing Clinic Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee told him he could never hear sound with – they proved to him that he had no “inner ear parts” (something officially on record with the U.S. Selective Service that demanded documents from the hospital to be filed during that military draft period). Still, he made this resolution, “I will never put the phone again to my right ear until I pick up the phone and hear out of the left one.” For 3 ½ days each time the phone rang, or he needed to make a call, he positioned the phone to his left ear. Reasoning? Psychological and emotional pressure to stop such “nonsense?” Pastor Don says, “That was the hard part of faith’s actions.” But in the middle of that 4th day with a resolve to do it forever, around 2PM in the afternoon, he picked up the phone to make a call. As he put the phone to his ear, his ear was totally dead to the sound of the dial tone, just as it had been for 3 ½ days. He dialed the number for a business call. Suddenly, on a 10 point scale, the electronic sound as the phone was ringing on the other end… went from 0 to 10! And by the time the man answered on the other end, he was hearing perfectly. God had restored his hearing with no inner ear faculty to hear.
Earlier that same day, around 11AM, after the same 3 ½ days, He had received perfect vision although his right eye was legally blind, and the left one severely impaired. He had taken off those heavy framed, thick-lensed glasses and gone about “seeing men as trees walking.” He got dressed and drove to Sunday morning worship. He could see the outline of cars in front of him, but couldn’t tell what make or model. He sat down at the organ that Sunday morning to play for worship, but couldn’t see the keys. Still, he did it by faith. He couldn’t see the music, so he play “only by ear.” At 11AM that 4th day, suddenly something wonderful and dramatic occurred. He looked out across the rolling hills of his community, and in a flash moment, he could see perfectly with 20/20 clarity. Today, after 42 years his eyesight remains perfect.
Get ready for much revelation in this important teaching by Dr. Don G Pickney