Pastor Don reminds us in this teaching that “walking by faith” often invites or leads to “doubt.” As a matter of fact, it might be said that doubt is learned as we set ourselves to walk by faith. When Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on the water, he did so by faith in Jesus’ word, “Come!” So did he learn how to walk on the water by faith? No! He learned “doubt.” His first lesson regarding the aspects and danger of “doubt” came as he made the choice to reach out in faith. After stepping out, he saw the winds and the waves boisterous, and suddenly he doubted, and began to sink. Had he just stayed in the boat, he would’ve been safe. There is no evidence from scripture that those who stayed in the boat were in any danger. Only Peter, who decided to walk by faith found himself in any danger.
Perhaps that is why so many people do not explore living and walking by faith in God’s promises. It is more comfortable just to accept life as it comes rather than to challenge it with our faith in God’s Word. Pastor Don shows in this teaching that “death” manifests its power in the earth in many ways. Poverty, sickness and other life issues; problems that arise in life in business, family, socially all are products of the death stemming from Adam to mankind.
It is no wonder that Isaiah 60:2 MSG declares, “The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, But GOD rises on you, his sunrise glory breaks over you.”
The message of this teaching is that we are God’s greatest love, beyond any love He has ever had or shown, He loves His Church, His elect people, more than he has ever loved anyone. And yet, we have this great love in the midst of a darkened, confused and crooked environment. Perhaps the greatest thing God has equipped us with to live in the midst of and have protection against the darkness and death, is His great promise to Abraham concerning His seed. Pastor Don reflects in the teaching on this promise to Abraham:
Genesis 12:3 MSG “I'll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I'll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you."
Pastor Don shares a book from a Messianic minister who wrote “Why Christians Should Support Israel.” Perhaps it is important for me to state here the respect that I hold for the historical place Israel and the Jewish people have in our “Judeo Christian heritage. My greatest faith heroes of the Bible come from Old Testament believers who overcame great odds to triumph by trusting God. But here is how the messianic author in reference stated his premise of “Why Christians Should Support Israel”:
“Chapter One – Because He will Bless Those Who Bless Israel, and He will Curse Those Who Curse Israel.”
Pastor Don asks the question, “Did you read “the nation of Israel,” or “the Jews” in this great promise? Look back and study it carefully. Did the blessing of Abraham not extend to “All the families of the Earth?” Was it meant to be channeled exclusively to the physical nation of Israel? He then takes us to the New Testament teaching of Apostle Paul to the Church:
Galatians 3:7-9 KJV “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (8) And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. (9) So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
The blessing of Abraham was, “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you,” and if that blessing was not intended especially for the physical nation of Israel, why do we make it “exclusive to them,” as the messianic writer of the book attempts to make his case. He writes:
“First, let’s explore the idea of your personal blessing or cursing from God being tied to your treatment of Israel…”
He then methodically lays out the idea that this promise is exclusive to Israel, and that all of the earth is beholding to set themselves in agreement with that which will promote Israel as a nation.
But when we look at Genesis 12:3, we do not see anything about “Israel,” rather we read about a blessing for “All the families of the Earth!” And if we examine carefully Paul’s statement in Galatians, we read that when God was speaking this blessing to Abraham, he was “foreseeing” His people, the Church, the body of Christ, the “heathen” who “through faith” would be justified and made right with God, concluding, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”
The messianic minister’s conclusion, one that many in the Church have bought into, is as follows:
The author writes, “This means that the blessing promised by the God of Israel would come only to those who blessed the Jewish people.”
Here how Pastor Don explains this biblically in this important video teaching!