In this fourth of our VIDEO/AUDIO teaching series, Dr. Don G. Pickney takes us deeper into the realm of how God's Word enters our lives through the hearing of the gospel. He continues to expound the concept that God's Word begins with God's plan and purpose, His "thoughts and ways." He reminds us of Isaiah 55:6-11:
Isaiah 55:8-11 KJV "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (10) For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: (11) So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
He continues to remind us that God's word, His promises and statutes, are only designed to fulfill what God intended when he released them. Jesus said, He that ears to hear, let him hear." (Mark 4:9,23). It is to the degree that we understand and commit ourselves to the standard of believing God’s word that it works for us (to that degree). Many wonder why God’s Word is not “performing” on the level that it says. It is possible to hear God’s Word, but measuring it superficially, or in a more “surface” fashion, instead of the depth that God meant it to be. Mark makes clear that we get (with our faith) the measure we measure it to be.
Mark 4:23-25 AMP “If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. (24) And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. (25) For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force].”
That makes our decision to measure God’s promises to the fullest extent of vital importance. You will need to follow this teaching closely to prepare yourself to receive God’s very best as you learn how to “establish your heart” in what God’s Word says about you.
In this teaching, in hope that it will help others to understand this principle, Pastor Don shares testimony of the journey of his own faith-walk, and some of the decisions he made in the past and how he chose to “measure” God’s Word for himself, and the outcome of those choices.
Get ready for much revelation as we unfold this important teaching.