In this teaching, Pastor Don shows us the glory of God that exists in the realm of our faith in Him. Throughout the teaching we explore the concept of gloriousness of faith as given to us through aligning ourselves with God’s Word. God’s Word is indeed glorious.
John 1:1-3 KJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”
Pastor Don revealed the secret to Abraham’s faith was his movements once God gave Him His Word that He had made Him the Father of a multitude. Pastor Don says,
“Think of it this way. Abram (as he was called at the time God spoke to make him a father) was walking in step with his experiences, past and present. Historically, Abram was married to a wife who was barren. He and Sarah had been married for many years with no children. You might say that’s who they were. But then God said, ‘A father of many nations have I made you.’ Now he is a father. He knows this because he has God’s word on it! So he does a revolutionary thing. When God pronounced Abram to be a father, He told Abram to stop calling himself what he was before, and now move in his thinking and acting to a place where he would be aligned with God’s promise to him. God to Abram, ‘Stop calling yourself what your experience and personal history has dictated, and begin calling yourself Abraham, for a father of a great multitude have I made you!’ You see Abram’s father had named him in the hope that he might one day simply be the ‘father of a nomadic tribal family.’ Obviously that had not worked out, but that was all that his vision had entailed, and that vision had failed to come to be. Now, God announces that He had made him ‘the father of a great multitude – of a great nation, and that in His seed all the nations of the world would be blessed.’ That was the meaning of this new name. God wanted Abraham to do align himself with what He had spoken, with His word, by from that point on, ‘calling’ himself what was not (yet) as though it (already) existed. In so doing Abram would be aligning himself with God ‘who calls those things which be not as though they were.’”
But, according to Apostle Paul, god wasn’t just revealing this idea of “calling those things that God has spoken that do not yet exist as though they were” to Abraham. It was also the revelation of a principle for us to use – to learn to align ourselves with whatever God has promised by “calling those things which be not as though they were”:
Romans 4:16-21 LITV “On account of this, it is of faith, that it be according to grace, for the promise to be certain to all the seed, not to that of the Law only, but also to that of the faith of Abraham, who is father of us all, (17) according as it has been written, "I have appointed you a father of many nations;" before God, whom he believed, the One making the dead live, and calling the things that are not as if they were. (18) He against hope believed in hope, for him to become a father of many nations, according to what has been said, "So shall your seed be." (19) And being about a hundred years old, not weakening in faith, he did not consider his body to have died already, nor yet the death of Sarah's womb, (20) and did not stagger by unbelief at the promise of God, but was empowered by faith, giving glory to God, (21) and being fully persuaded that what He has promised, He is also able to do.”
Pastor Don reminds us that Abraham didn’t stagger – he didn’t ineptly stumble around with this concept of “calling things that be not as though they were.” From that day on “he was what God had declared him to be,” straight and simple: “I am Abraham (the father of a multitude).” Too many times when faith folks see a promise they get entangled with the fact that it has not yet “come into physical existence.” Without that manifestation, when speaking of their healing or other blessings, they enmesh themselves in a strange medley of conversing about their circumstance. It would like Abraham meeting someone for the first time, and attempting to introduce himself: “Well… I am Abraham… Uh… that is… I’m Abram, and not yet the father of a multitude… but I’m believing to be… although I don’t have any children yet, but God said that I’m Abraham, so I’m still waiting for the manifestation of that, and I’m saying I’m Abraham.” Pastor Don said in the teaching, “One would walk away scratching their head saying, “Who is he? I’m not sure exactly who he is!” No, in regards to God declaring Abram “the Father of a multitude,” He simple moved from Abram to Abraham and from that point completely and totally aligned himself with the promise by “calling” himself as he had seen God before him do.
This concept removes us from our natural abilities, enabling us to align ourselves with God's great creative power.