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.”
Pastor Don takes us into the “biology” of the actions in scripture that brought the greatest manifestations of God’s miracle working power. He asks the question in example after example, “Why were such base and almost foolishly simple tasks required to obtain the miracles? Jesus spit in the dirt and made a “muddy salve” of the spittle. On one occasion he spit and put his fingers in a man’s ears… ask the man to stick out his tongue and spit on his tongue before calling a deaf and mute spirit to come out of the man. Naaman, the Syrian leper was told by the prophet Elisha to go down to the Jordan River, a river disdained by Naaman, who was the commander of Syrian troops. Naaman preferred rather to return to his home country if he was to wash in a river. Yet, that was the absolute requirement for him to be healed. And although he went into a rage, he later agreed and washed in the Jordan seven times as required. When he came up the seventh time, he was cleansed of his leprosy and his skin returned like that of a little child.
With example after example in the Bible study, the use of foolish simple things brought about great supernatural feats.
Finally, Pastor Don takes us in this teaching to an enlightening passage found in Paul’s teaching. There we find the reason to be that God gave natural wisdom to men. However, knowing that mankind would refuse to honor and glorify him as they made their discoveries in the realm of the natural things, He made the choice Himself to you “foolishness” as the means by which He would permit the miraculous to occur. Here is Paul’s dissertation on this issue:
1Co 1:19-29 KJV “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. (20) Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (21) For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (22) For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: (23) But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; (24) But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (25) Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: (29) That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
There you have it! While humanity is clamoring for more wisdom of the natural world – while they are busy making scientific discoveries one after the other – but refusing to acknowledge and give glory and honor to God for them, God has chosen the foolish, weak, base and despised things with which to bring the miraculous to mankind, even using laws that are physically non-existent for His mighty works. As the Holy Spirit reveals actions in line with God’s plan, greater miracles come into being. If only the Church will learn this principle, the great supernatural power of God may be returned into the hands of God’s people.
In next week’s teaching, look for Pastor Don to take us into how this applies to the great promise of Matthew 18:19-20 that is God’s method of taking this miracle power to the world.
As you enjoy this teaching, get ready for much more revelation from the scriptures.