Bill Winston - Healing Your Wounded Soul
Once you're born again, your spirit is perfect. It's perfect. There are no spiritual defects. All the spirits of God's children are perfect. The Bible says God is the Father of spirits. It's all perfect. Means you can't improve on it, that your spirit is as righteous as Jesus. You can't improve on it and Satan can't get to it 'cause it's sealed by the Holy Ghost. Where is all the problem? That's what we said the last time. We said the problem is the soul. It's the soul. If you're having any problems, that's because it's a problem with your soul.
Now, what is a soul? Mind, will, emotions, intellect, imagination? Bible says over in 2 Corinthians, I think it is, 10:3, he talks here about Satan coming in at the soul level. "Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. Satan uses spiritual forces to win, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through" who? "God to the pulling down of" what? "Strongholds". What are those strongholds? Monuments that Satan has built in your mind. Strongholds. Casting down what? Imagination.
See, all this has got to do with your soul, nothing to do with your spirit. Your spirit is perfect and cries out to God, "Abba Father"! What I'm saying here is that we've now got to do something with our soul. He talks about over in Acts 20:32, "And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all them that are all" what? "Sanctified". Sanctified. See, the inheritance comes through sanctification. Sanctified, sanctified, set apart to God. When you and I get born again, look what he says over in Romans 12:1-2.
Now, he's talking about Paul, this is Paul's revelation. "I beseech you, therefore, my brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service". The body is neutral. "And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the" what? "Renewing of your mind that you may prove what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God". Your spirit knows the perfect will of God, but it can't get through to your body until your soul gets sanctified. Sanctification is a process that you're gonna find you'll end up repenting again, but not to be saved, but to get out of where you're at.
You're gonna discover, "Hey, I'm thinking wrong" or so forth. Why? That's that sanctification process taking place. I can't walk at a certain level day one. Peter said, "Oh, Lord, they may leave you but I'm with you all the way. Me and you all the way to the throne". Boy, they came and put a little pressure on Peter and you saw what was in his soul. There was a monument in there and anybody that says there's not, then you're being deceived. They're something you're always dealing with, trying to get it out. I'm not saying the same thing, I'm saying you overcome the same thing, but there's just something else you discover. "Wow, I don't have this right. Wow, I don't have so forth and so on". Say amen to that. God has to apply His grace, His mercy. Say amen to that. Basically your spirit is as pure and perfect and excellent as God. Your spirit, watch out, now, don't let your religious mind jump up and try to block me, your spirit is as strong as God. Your spirit is as rich as God.
See, turn to John 10:30. "I and my Father are one". Now, watch what religious people gonna do. Watch what religious folk gonna do with this. The Jews took up stones again to what? Stone him. That's what religion will do when you say that you and God are one. If Christ is in you, say, "He's in me". And can come through you unhindered, you will live an extraordinary life. Think about it. Christ is the Holy Ghost. That's God. God, the Holy Ghost, if he's in you, and he said he is, well how do you know, pastor? Because he said he is. It's in the book. And if he's in you and he's got to come through you, he's coming through you and going to cause you, if you let him come through your soul. See the fix is in our soul. And if you let him come through your soul, then will cause you to live an extraordinary life.
Turn to Matthew chapter 14. Man, that time came and said, "Hey". Said, "I went to get the gas, and I pumped my gas," this was years ago, went inside to pay. The guy said, "What pump do you have sir"? I said, "Pump number nine". He said, "That'll be $36". The gentleman beside me was standing up. Now, this wasn't his money, his gas station, his car, his gas, it wasn't nothing. He said, "36 dollar". I looked at him. He said, "36 dollars". I said, "Hold on bro". I said, "I got this. I got it". And 36, this just bothered him. What happened? He saw himself in that place. Watch this, and in his imagination, it pulled him across this fence. All of us have fences.
Now how do you get in there? Through sins, things that happen to you. "Oh, you know them men ain't no good anyway". Things that happen to you. You've built a monument and that monument is built to keep you out of your redemptive rights. You got fences, maybe some have fences about their color. See? Some of them have fences about their age. Some of them have fences about men or women. Or some have fences about this or that. It's what was done to you or what you've done or whatever have you. What did it do? It wounded your soul. That wound is a pathway that the devil goes in and out, in and out. That's why you can't trust folk without it. You gotta learn to wait 'til God deals with them, wait 'til God heals them, and so forth.
Now you can trust them with the best. God knows. He put you in a place and you fail and get all mad and so forth or leave the church or whatever. You shouldn't do that. That's pride. The enemy takes pride and make you so you won't forgive yourself. Don't shout me down 'cause I'm preaching good. See, this one man, Adam, he's saying, thats what it say here in Romans chapter 5. One man, Adam. Adam, You knew he was connected up because he named animals without going to school. Am I right about that" See, because in your spirit you can be one with God. Say, I and my father are one. You can be one with God, but the problem is, is that soul level. And that soul level has got fences in it that won't let you out.
And so, we gotta take the word, "Jesus came to heal the broken," what? Hearted. He came to heal this thing and we have to renew our mind. And thats what it says, romans chapter 12:2. Did I read that one yet? "Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of my mind". What does it say in the amplified translation? "Fashioned after this... adapted to its external and superficial conditions". Religion makes you one-dimensional. Religion keeps you in this three-dimensional world. It won't let you get in the fourth dimension. Religion won't let you get into a place where you can walk on water because it's flesh. It's man not seeing himself one with God, mankind I'm talking about now. I'm saying this because now if I can renew my mind, I can do extraordinary things.
Now, let's go to Matthew's Gospel, chapter 14. Because the Bible says I'm gonna prosper and what? Be in health. Keep going, keep going, as my soul- Didn't it say that? As my soul prospers. See, I've got to heal this soul and healing comes through the cross and the blood, the blood of Jesus, and it comes also through the anointing. Alright, that's part of what that anointing is for, to restore you. Alright, look what it says here in Matthew 14:26. "Now, when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea," this is Jesus now, "they were troubled, saying, 'It is a'" who? "'Spirit' and they cried out for" what? "Fear". See what fear does, now. Fear keeps you in this one dimension. It locks you in. It won't let you escape it because to escape this dimension, you must escape time. Fear won't let you escape time.
When I was putting up the Joseph Business School, I told Dolores and Ray, who helped me start it, I said, "Hey, help me start this school. You come from University of Chicago, you come from Harvard, y'all got some of the finest MBAs and so forth, not that others are not, but help me start this". Hey, okay, alright. I said, "Now, go and do some studying and come back and tell me how long it'll take to start it". I gave them the criteria and so forth. They go and check it out and they come back and said it'll take one to two years. I said, "Let me pray about it". I prayed about it. Now, I'm getting in another frequency. I said I'm getting into another frequency and you have the mind of who? Christ. I'm getting into Christ's frequency.
All of a sudden, He told me to take two months. Woah. I go back to them and say, "Hey, it's gonna take two months to get it done". Oh, two months? Now, they obeyed. They took it 'cause I'm the pastor and they took it. But my point to you is how much are we doing that we're doing without God, watch this, and the enemy ends up delaying us, delaying us, delaying us, come on, delaying us? Why? 'Cause he's in that realm. Fear is what he's built his dominion on, along with money, but fear is that. If I can get out of fear and get back over into faith, the first thing I discover about faith is faith is always now. Now. It has no time. When I walk in the consciousness of that I am a spirit, then all of a sudden time, space, and matter limitations go away. Boy, I'm preaching better than you saying amen. All those limitations go away. They're gone.
I remember a lady. I was in Virginia preaching and as I finished preaching, God said, "Now, call for souls". People came and this one lady had her arm in a cast. I said after I finished the Sinner's Prayer, "Now, you're born again. Now, what's wrong with your arm"? She said, "Well, I broke it. Broke my wrist". I said, "You've been redeemed from the curse" and so forth. I said, "Do you mind if I pray for your wrist"? She said, "No, I don't". I put it on the cast and just prayed a simple prayer, now, prayed. I took it off and said, "Okay, now, move your fingers". She started moving her fingers. She couldn't do that at first, then she started crying. I said, "How long did the doctor tell you that you have to have that on before it could be healed"? She said, "Six weeks, eight weeks," whatever it was. I said, "Well, God took eight seconds".
You see, once you start operating in your spirit, you start walking on water. You can just step right out on it because that's where Adam was in the beginning, but he wasn't there. When he sinned, he lost his mind. Most scientific study says man is only now using about 10% of his mental ability. What happened to the rest? See? My point to you is now in these last days, something's gonna open that thing up. Boy, I'm telling you, I'm preaching better than you're saying amen. See, this is gonna be a part of the church becoming an attraction to the world. Is it making sense to you?
Alright, look at the Scripture that we just started here. It was Matthew 14. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled saying, "It is a spirit". And they cried out for fear. But straightaway Jesus spake unto them them saying, "Be of good cheer. It is I, be not afraid". Now, didn't Jesus say the things that he did shall we do also? That's John Chapter 14, verse 12. Got it? And look at the next verse. And Peter answered and said, "Lord, if it be you, bid me to come to thee on the water". That is not a normal thought. See? It's not a normal thought. Why? Because he was tuned into another frequency, and the church should be there. We should be inventing all the time. We should come up with thoughts that the world has not thought. And as a result of that, well, look at the next verse, he said, "Bid me to come to thee on the water". And he said, "Come".
Now if it wasn't God's will for Peter to walk on the water, Jesus never would have said, come on, come. Am I right about it? And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried saying, "Lord, save me". Now, the Lord saved him. But here's the deal. Did he walk? Yes. See, people be talking about, "You know Peter sank". But he did walk. You have walked. I'm saying if you know Christ in you, you will live an extraordinary life because you'll be on the level of God. There's nothing that could stop you. The only reason why Satan could shoot a fiery dart in our minds and to keep us from our inheritance, keep us from what we desire, and keep us from whatever healing, so forth is because of our mind.
The Bible says in third John two, beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health... Come on. Even as your what? Soul prospers. When you're out to take the promised land, the promised land first has to be taken on the land of your soul. You have got to take it inside before you take it outside. And a lot of God's people don't work on the inside. They want a car, they want to get out of debt and so forth. Well, work on the inside. Get you the word of God that promises you you'll be the lender and not the borrower that says come... And then once you do that, get that thing taken on the inside and then step out on the water.
Now, wasn't that an encouraging message? Now, here's a point you wanna remember, that people mention sanctified and sanctification. Well, sanctification is both an event and a process. In other words, once you get born again, immediately your spirit is sanctified. It's set apart for God. But the mind takes work. It takes renewing on a daily event. You grow from a baby until one that now is an adult of full age and on strong meat and so forth like that, but that's that sanctification process. You're born again, but still making some same mistakes. Then all of a sudden, get more Word in you and then you get more separated from the world. That's that process that you need. That's that whole act of being born again.