Perfecting My Faith for the Coming Days
March 3, 2017
Thursday morning, March 2nd, Doyle woke
up with instructions from the Lord to write an email to three leaders in the
Body of Christ with certain information about his life. He dictated these
words to me to type up for him. It was a blessing to hear the Spirit of God
put together this information which most of us have heard many times before,
but the Lord put together this overview of Doyle’s life, learning to be a
servant of God, in a very beautiful way. So we want to share this publicly
for you to consider (withholding names of the email addressees) . As a
personal note, I pray it blesses you to read this as it did me.
"The Lord is directing me to make known this information to you three men and your organizations. You are free to share any of this info with whoever you want to; it’s all public knowledge. I’ve been in public ministry 36 years in Plano, Texas. I’ve been very blessed by the Lord to have a heart and an ear that can hear him. I’ve wholly followed the Lord since January 1970 when he told me to sell my veterinary hospital and practice and to obey him. He sent an angel before me to bring me to the place that he had prepared for me.
Exodus 23: 20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
The Lord spent the next several years intensely dealing with my life, to prove what was in my heart and whether I would obey him.
Deuteronomy 8: 2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
The Lord spent until 1977 teaching me how to walk by faith with money. He said to me, “You’ve heard: Get and give, but my Son said, Give and get it!”
Luke 6: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
During that training period I lived a much lower lifestyle than I had been used to, and through the years had to sell everything I owned - my show horses, my cattle; I cashed in all my investments and insurance policies. Then it was just the Father, the Son and Doyle and Patti, my wife. I learned to trust the Lord alone for everything and to obey him in all that I did. In May 1976 I sold my property on 6 ½ acres in Argyle, Texas and paid off all that I owed on the house and all other indebtedness and had $350 left. At 45 years of age I was broke with only $350 to my name, but I was glad to be out of debt. I lived in a rent house in Carrolton, Texas until May 1977, and by then I was a trained servant of God. I had learned how to walk in the Spirit with everything in my life. It’s just the grace and mercy of God, nothing else! Within weeks then I bought a 4 bedroom, 2400 square foot house on 1 ¼ acres in Fairview just south of McKinney, Texas. It had only been lived in for 6 weeks, owned by a Colonel in Iran. I lived in that house 27 years. My wife Patti went to heaven in February 2003. In June 2004 I gave that house away and moved to Plano where I lived in a furnished luxury apartment for five months until I bought a house. I signed the contract on 1708 Arena Drive in Plano on December 8, 2004 and paid it off the 23rd of December 2005.
I was a practicing veterinarian, operating in a rented office space which I kept from 1977 to 1982, when in 1980 God directed me to go to Plano and speak to the people of Plano. No one instructed me. I operated the finances in the ministry by the Spirit of God just like the Lord had taught me to walk in the Spirit as a veterinarian. There were many years that I obeyed God, and in every situation until I obeyed him I didn’t get to move forward. In the early years of the ministry, from 1980 to 1992, I was tried in many ways to obey the Spirit. Then in February 1992 God sent my ministry national and international with LeSEA. For more than 20 years now I have not had any financial problems, and I’ve been debt free since 1985. God made me with a giving heart and without partiality.
In September 2015 God began to make strong corrections in my ministry. Some years earlier he told me I had a fearful heart, Isaiah 35, and to be strong and fear not.
Isaiah 35: 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
Beginning in September of 2015 he started taking the fear out of my heart and much of it has come out. This morning the Lord spoke to me and said, “Be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. Don’t compromise your words, for the time has come for you to stand before the strong.” During 2016 I went through a period where each week was a great struggle to believe God for the finances that I needed for that week. You three know that I pay for all of my TV and radio programs each week in advance. Any other bills that I receive during the week I also pay by Friday. Many weeks in 2016 I had just barely enough to pay all my invoices by Friday, as I have done all these years in the ministry. I had not been through such a trying time with finances in perhaps twenty years.
Personally, I also moved into a place where I abased and abounded. The Lord knew that I know how to walk, both in my ministry and personally, and that is to be sufficient whether I abase or abound.
Philippians 4: 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Some weeks by Thursday it still looked impossible to pay all for the week, but I stood fast before the Lord, expecting him to bring the money in and he always did! Only two weeks out of that time we mailed our last bill on Saturday but otherwise it was always by Friday. This went on for several months, but I knew in my spirit that beginning in 2017 a change was coming.
In the second week of January the Lord told me to give my house where I lived (1708 Arena Drive, Plano, TX, free of debt since 2005) to my ministry, Water of Life Church of Plano, Inc. Then the following Tuesday, in the third week of January, we opened the mail and had three checks from one man totaling $152,000. I had no idea that this man had that kind of money. (Now at this time I had a 2006 Cadillac that had 130,000 miles on it which I had bought new and paid cash for, and I knew that God wanted me to have a new Cadillac. Kathy D and I discuss a lot of things, and she is the one that drives it most of the time. She agreed that it was time I should have a new Cadillac.) When these three checks came in the mail, there was one check for $38,000 to Water of Life Church, one check for $38,000 with Kathie Davidson on the memo line, and one check for $76,000 with Doyle Davidson on the memo line. Kathie D and I agreed to combine our money, the two checks designated for us, and give half of it to Water of Life Church and that Water of Life Church should buy the new Cadillac and own it going forward. That is what we did. Then on January 30 I had all the details finalized to give the deed to my house to Water of Life Church. And two days later I also gave the church all the furniture that was in my house and my 2004 Tahoe with 70,000 miles on it (which was bought new). The only possession I have is a bicycle! The house is now a furnished parsonage and I currently live there. The Lord has brought us triumphantly through those months of correction. I would be presumptuous to say that I know what tomorrow would bring, but whatever it is I am ready, and know that I will obey the Lord and he will always bring me through to victory!