Dr. Doug Wead Speaks At The Launch of Synergize 2022 Conference
Dear Visionary Leader:
Last Week in Orlando, FL, the Global Church Network was incredibly grateful to have leaders travel from throughout the United States to attend our amazing Ambassador Leadership Intensive! Our speaker, Dr. Doug Wead, brought two powerful messages from inside the White House during his position as Advisor to two United States Presidents and interviews with six Presidents, First Ladies, and families. Dr. Wead is one of the most sought after speakers today. He is featured on the major US News Channels.
The Global Church Network also officially launched SYNERGIZE 2022 Pastors & Leaders Conference. Even though
The biennial Synergize Pastors & Leaders Conference began in January, 2002. Since its inception, more than 20,000 leaders have attended from all 50 states, every province in Canada and more than 60 nations worldwide. In the days ahead, more information will be forthcoming. During these powerful conferences, GCN has videotaped scores of training courses, housed in the Global Church Learning Center (www.GCLC.tv). Today, the GCLC contains nearly 200 training courses from key leaders worldwide. If you have not become a GCLC member, do so today!
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The Disciplines of Faith
Last week were looking at Abraham’s discipline in faith in listening to God’ calling. Abraham was not a fugitive. He was not running away from home. Abraham was not a vagabond. He was not looking for home. He was a pilgrim heading home.
As we continue walking in the hall of fame of faith with Abraham, I want us to learn many faith-powered principles. These life-changing principles will come out of our passage to help us to have that dynamic faith that will bring heaven to our soul.
The Vision Principle
In Hebrews 11:10, we read: “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” In verse 13 we read, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises but having seen them afar off, having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” It is so easy to lose the focus of the right values. It is so easy to get earthly minded and worldly minded. The Apostle Paul states, “If ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.” (Col. 3:1-2)
In Hebrews 11:1, our definition of faith is found, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In verse 13: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises but having seen them afar off….” That is, they saw the invisible. They saw things that were not seen. Faith is seeing the invisible. By faith we see the invisible.
In 2 Corinthians 4:18 we read, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen….” Is that double talk? Paul says we’re not looking at what we can see, we’re looking at what we can’t see. Faith sees the invisible, knows the unknowable, and does the impossible. Our vision will focus with faith.
There is an invisible world. There is a world that is more real than this world. All of the heroes of the faith were people who could see the invisible world. Most of us live a life where all we see is what is before us – our car, our house, our job. We never get a vision. We never look upward. We never look onward.
You think of the people who make a mark in the material world – the explorers, the novelists, the artists, the creators, the inventors. All of these had the ability to see the invisible. When Disney World was being dedicated in Orlando, Florida, they opened it up with a grand procession. Walt Disney had died, and Mrs. Walt Disney was sitting there alongside one of the executives. There was a lady sitting next to Mrs. Walt Disney said, “It’s a shame Walt is not here to see all of this.” She said, “Oh, he saw it, that’s why it’s here.”
What are you setting your eyes on? We are going in the direction of our main focus. Faith brings focus. Everyday Abraham put his eyes on the city that God was building? Is there any wonder why he was not interested in Sodom? Sodom was not on the path to the heavenly city! Each morning, we should begin our day by placing our mind and our spiritual eyes on what God is building. We need to take the long look instead of the short look.
The Vigilant Principle
In Hebrews 11:11 we read, “Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.”
God gave Abraham a promise, but you know that he got his eyes off the Lord and so did Sarah. They did some terrible things that have impacted our world ever since. Abraham went down into Egypt when God had put him in Canaan. God tested him and he failed the test at first.
Abraham went to Egypt because of the famine in Canaan. He did not pray about his decision. He got off the faith-path and became sexually involved with Hagar. Hagar bore him son, named Ishmael. God had given a promise to Abraham that he and Sarah would have child. Yet, when the years began to roll by, they doubted God and took matters into their own hands. You may say, what is the big deal about this?
Well, fourteen years later, Abraham and Sarah had a son, named Isaac. God did keep his promise! However, Isaac and Ishmael did not get along with each other. God commanded Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away when Ishmael was 17 years old. Isaac and Ishmael did not get along together then and the Muslim world and Jewish world do not get along today. Think about it. The Muslim world believes Ishmael went up with Abraham to Mount Moriah to offer a sacrifice and the Jewish world believes that Isaac was the one chosen by Abraham to travel up with him to offer a sacrifice there. If Abraham would be waited on the Lord until He fulfilled his promise of a son, this would be completely different today!
God will test your faith. A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted. The Bible speaks of the trial of our faith (1 Peter 1:7). Now when you live the life of faith, it’s not all honey and no bees. Your faith is going to be tested. Abraham should have stayed there in the land of Canaan, even though there was a famine. If he knew that God had put him there, he should have said, “If I starve, I’m going to stay here. If God put me here, God’s going to take care of me.”
Your faith is going to come under attack. In life, don’t think there are not going to be any heartaches or any tears. There are going to be problems. Abraham did return to Canaan and to live the life of faith. If you have gotten off the “faith path,” I encourage to get back on it as fast as possible.
The Victory Principle
We are to enjoy the blessings. In Hebrews 11:11-12, we read, “Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore, spring there even of one, the, therefore spring, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the seashore innumerable.”
Abraham’s name is great. His descendants are great. Abraham has been a blessing to the world. He’s been a blessing to you and me. God gave Abraham the land. Think of all the things that God did through Abraham. From Abraham came the Jewish nation, came the prophets, came the Bible and came our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
There is the victory principle. There is no way we can live in victory apart from faith. This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. And all of these things are there, right there in the School of Faith for you.
Imagine God and Abraham walking together while the sun was setting over Canaan. God says to Abraham, “I am going to bless you like the stars.”
Abraham says, “Like the stars? What do you mean?
God responds, “After the sun sets, the stars will begin to appear. I encourage to count the stars as they appear. However, I warn you; the stars begin appearing slowly but eventually will pick up speed in their appearance.
Abraham states, “I will be happy to count the stars. Arithmetic was my best subject at Ur Highschool.”
As the stars appear, Abraham counts them one at a time. Finally, he says, “God, the stars are now appearing faster than I can count!
The next morning, God and Abraham are walking along a seashore. God says to Abraham, “You were unable to count the stars last night. This morning, I would like for you to count the grains of sand on this beach.”
Can you imagine trying to count grains of sand? How many grains are there in a handful? A cupful? A bucket full? A truck full? It would be impossible to count sand on one beach, much less all of the coast worldwide.
God said to Abraham, “I am going to bless you like stars and the sand. In other words, you will experience so many blessings, you will be unable to count them.”
Do you have this testimony? Isn’t it true that God has given us more blessings in our lifetime than we are able to count? It is the victory principle. When we walk by faith, we can look back over the shoulder of time and see God’s blessings like the sand and the stars.
Until The Last Person Has Heard,
Dr. James. O. Davis
Global Church Network
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