In this teaching, the Pastor exposes two concepts affecting our faith and lays a foundation for how it will be affected by God's glory coming upon the Church as announced in Isaiah 60. He identifies a phenomenon he calls "shades of faith" and "shadows of doubt." The two words, "shades" and "shadows" have a similarity, both beginning with the root, "shad" but end up with reciprocal results. Webster's definition of "shade" is: Comparative darkness owing to interception of rays of light." On the other hand, the definition of "shadow" is: "Partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a source of light are cut off by an interposed object."
So a shade is darkness reflecting a measure of light getting through, while a shadow is darkness due to a source of light being cut off by an object. In this week’s study, we reflect on the ways both darkness and light effect our faith.
Pastor Don relates this to the faith of every believer, questioning, "What ‘shade of faith’ are you using with respect to God's will and promises?" Then he asks, "What is creating a shadow of doubt with regards to your faith?" The answer to these two questions may bring you closer to the manifestation of what you need to receive from God.
He speaks of the Glory of Isaiah 60, “Can you imagine how powerfully our faith will work when we go from ‘shades of faith’ and ‘shadows of doubt,’ to the full blown effect of God’s glory as the brightness of ‘the noon day sun?’”
Proverbs 4:18 “For the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that shines individually and generationally brighter and brighter to the noonday sun.”
The Apostle Peter wrote of these “shades of faith,” in his second letter to the Church:
2 Peter 1:19 GNB “So we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by the prophets. You will do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light of the morning star shines in your hearts.”
Shades of faith and shadows of doubt are to some degree affecting every believer as they walk in the spirit and set themselves to believe God’s Word.