Have faith in God by Pastor Don
Pastor Don spoke at the later service, giving a different message from the first service – so it does pay to stick around whenever possible! Even when he teaches the same message there are new tidbits to add. Pastor Don began by pointing out the candidates that are running for office and campaigning, wanting to win the election. He asked us if we have decided which candidate is the least objectionable.
Pastor Jerry was visiting, and he treated us to some wonderful songs that he had written. The night before was a concert that was awesome. Pastor Don told us Pastor Jerry was one of the original Freedom Riders, and spent a lot of time marching for civil rights.
Here is a picture from the concert with Pastor Jerry at the keyboard, Pastor Don with guitar, in the background is one of Pastor Don’s sons – Ethan who also has written some wonderful rap songs, and Cynthia – Pastor Don’s wife. By the way if you go to In His Name Ministry’s link, you can purchase CD’s of Pastor Don and his band – he has written some wonderful songs. He also has a few books published that are a blessing.
Pastor Don told us people need to take a stand for what is right, and not alter our course. People have been trying to redirect America, and to take steps to alter America’s course. But the only way we can change anything is through the Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ the Kingdom of God came to the Earth.
We have to make a decision. What are you doing? Are we oblivious, are we seeking a position of power, are we issue driven, involved in civil rights, abortion prevention, or involved in recession and inflation? Do we have a positional set up?
The best way to respond to God is praise and worship. When we are in church are we looking at how people are dressed? Are we seeking a higher seat, a spot closer to something? Are we willing to sit where the usher tells us to sit or do we ignore the usher and end up sitting where we want? Are we easily offended? Do we believe in healing and deliverance? Or are we the most holy sick person on the planet? Is your own positional relationship important, or are you coming as a worshipper?
We want to go back to enjoying church the way we did when we first got saved, when everything was new and exciting, but we can’t go back to those old landmarks. We need to move forward to new places we have never been, for we are in a new time period.
Every service will not be a “goose bump” service. Pastor Don used to become aware that the Holy Spirit was on him because he had goose bumps. But at some point God stopped permitting the goose bumps and Pastor Don told us he thought the Holy Spirit wasn’t there. God told Pastor Don He removed the goose bumps because if we are seeking affirmation of the spiritual through physical manifestations, we can be tricked because the physical manifestation can be imitated by satan. So God wanted Pastor Don to believe and trust the Holy Spirit is there without a physical manifestation. God is pushing Pastor Don to new expressions of worship.
Pastor Don then asked us, where are you standing in your spiritual walk? What is your heart set on? Is it all about you? We need to examine ourselves.
Whoever ends up in the White House won’t be able to change the weather. Pastor Don told us man is but an ant on the behind of an elephant. God will ordain how the last days will be played out. And the earth will spew us out. Pastor Don told us he loves to go to the ocean, for it reminds him how insignificant we are. How many grains of sand? How many stars in the sky? How small we are in comparison. When we realize how small we are, then we line up with the rest of the universe and give praise to God. My opinion doesn’t change the course of the world. We need to line up with the order of the universe.
Romans 4:17 “…God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do no exist as though they did.”
God set things in order and our situation is not determined by what appears to our senses and our situation.
Genesis 17:17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
He was 100 and still had no children and His wife was also old.
Genesis 17:5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
Notice: God said I HAVE (not I am going to in the future, or maybe you will be, or perhaps). God spoke these words in the past tense, although Abraham still had no children. God had ALREADY done something that seems physically impossible. Abraham had no faith for or ability to make the thing happen in his own strength. God did it for Abraham and for the generations to come after.
God can create something before that something comes to our awareness. Before Abraham was aware of his son, God had already created him. We think God has to move from point A to point B to point C, but God can move from point A to point ZBQRDTDRT without having to go in specific order.
In the presence of God we can reach wonderful promises that He has for us. God can call anything into existence at any point of time, even if it doesn’t exist. He calls the future, and He sees and declares it. For God it is all NOW. IT IS.
Pastor Don compared it to a football game. You may say, “I hope we win.” But the opposing team will say, “We’re going to win. We’ve got it in the bag. All we have to do is go out and play it.” And we know we will have what we say.
When we begin to talk like God our reality will change. We don’t need to see the hand of God, we just have to call it like it is. We can’t call it as our senses perceive it; we have to call it like it REALLY is (in God’s Kingdom). We have to know God is true to His word and it is certain, even though we see no evidence of it.
Romans 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
We can look at our situation and think hope makes no sense. But with God, NO situation is a hopeless condition. God has called us. What was Abraham’s part? HE BELIEVED IN HOPE. Abraham believed God. What was his hope and what does he believe. He believed God’s promise.
We have the choice to agree in HOPE, or to agree in HOPELESSNESS. If we look at our situation in hopelessness, we are not believing God.
Abraham had no earthly reason to hope. He was old, his seed was dead, and Sarah’s womb was dead. Was it scientifically possible for them to have a child? NO. So there was no earthly reason to hope.
But Abraham had faith in spite of the scientific reality. He chose to believe against hope.
When a child who has never hit a ball, steps up to the plate and says, “I will hit the ball and go around the bases.” That child is operating in hope if he has never hit the ball before. He needs to keep saying this, and one day, with practice he can make this a reality.
God is a God of POSSIBILITIES, not impossibilities.
Something in us rises up in us and says, “I will live and not die.” “I am an exception to the rule.”
Pastor Don talked about how a child hit the baseball, and ran to first. He didn’t know to stop, so he ran to second. Then the third baseman gets the ball, but the child keeps running, jumps over the third baseman and lands on the base and is pronounced, “safe.” He did not do the predictable. Sometimes what we do to achieve God’s purpose is not predictable.
If you are going down, tell your self, no, I’m getting up. I can fall but I will get up. I will not believe that bad report, and will keep believing for a good report. Believe it because you get a God plan. God is looking for people who will believe him even if the situation is a “NOT” situation.
It is easy to believe something when you see it, but it is harder to believe something you don’t see.
When the doctor gives you a bad report, know that we have a God who is greater than the doctor and his report. When the doctor says you are going to die, we have to say, no, God says live. (Pastor Don also tells us that doctors can be God’s agents to effect healing, he is by no means saying don’t go to doctors.)
Pastor Don told us that he had a life threatening lung disease and diabetes. But God told him that he would live and not die, even though the doctor told him to go home and put his house in order. Pastor Don prayed and fasted and was healed. But he has also told us he knew that the disease would not kill him. The doctors wanted to keep him on medicine, and they were shocked when he told them he hadn’t taken any of the medicine. The doctors did not want to call Pastor Don’s healing a miracle, but it was a miracle.
Pastor Don told us, if he does take pills with a long list of side effects, he prays that each of the side effects will not affect him. And he suggests going to a doctor so you know what to pray about and also that there is a record of your healing. And that we are not to stop taking medicine unless we have a CLEAR word from God about that.
At one point, Pastor Don tore a ligament in his leg, right before a camping trip at a local Christian camp. He was limping around the camp in a surgical boot and praying, “By His stripes I am healed. By His stripes I am healed…” Over and over and repeating other healing scriptures. At one point his faith kicked in and God told him to run. Pastor Don heard an inner voice that said, “Well if you’re healed, run.” He told God, “Lord, I’m not that healed.” And the inner voice told him to run. Pastor Don checked that thought because with a torn ligament and to run could have ended him in a worse situation and that there would be even worse damage. Pastor Don was facing surgery after this camping trip for his torn ligament. Yet, Pastor Don chose to believe God and started running. At first the pain was intense, and then it started lessening until the ligament was totally healed. When he went back to the doctor, the doctor took another set of X-rays and was amazed at the healing – which was impossible without a miracle. Pastor Don said he still has that surgical boot in his garage and when he has a trial of faith; he can look at that and remember what God did.
By the way, regarding taking medicine, we also can put our faith in the fact that the medicine will cure us, and God created the doctors and the herbs that from the medicines. We have also seen studies on placebo effects.
Why does this work?
Romans 4:19-21 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
We need to stop going over and over our symptoms, to stop considering our body. Abraham was in his 100’s when God’s promise came true, but Abraham believed for many years before he saw the birth of his son.
Pastor Don has been preaching for 17 years, and he said every Sunday he doesn’t always feel good. There are times when he wakes up hurting, sick, with a fever. But Pastor Don comes to church and preaches and teaches, and God always comes through.
Pastor Don told us God is a God of Glory. He told us that often when people are sick they stay home from church when the place they really need to be is at church where they can receive a healing. God wants to heal us right now. There is no situation that is too big for God to handle. Instead of feeling sorry for our sickness, we need to tell the devil where to go. Yes it hurts at times, but we need to speak God’s truth no matter what our circumstances appear to be. We will not waver. If we find ourselves doubting God’s Word we have to say, “NO.”.
Romans 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
We can’t heal ourselves, but when God shows up in our lives, we give the glory to God. When the manifest power of God shows up, we cooperate in spite of what we feel and take that first step. When our faith is not working, we do the mechanics. If we have a bad report, we do what God says and give glory to God. We work on our selves.
CHANGE OUR ATTITUDE AND REACH A NEW ALTITUDE.
Praying that this teaching blesses you. It was one that I really needed to hear.
Have a blessed night,
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