Bill Winston - Restoring The Years
Hello. Bill Winston here, and welcome to another program. The program that you're watching is called The Believer's Walk of Faith, where we walk by faith and not by sight. Praise God. Well, we have an exciting program for you today. We're talking about restoring the years. Now, let me say something about you that maybe you might not know. You have unlimited potential. Praise God. You see, God made all of us after his own image, and when you get born again as a believer, that's where divinity meets humanity, and they team up together. Praise God. And what we are saying here is that when you start striving towards that unlimited ability, you're going to have to put your flesh under and your soul under. You're going to have to be led by the Spirit. Now, this is a powerful teaching, but you can get there. Unlimited potential. Let's go into it. It's called Restoring the Years.
It's not us that God is looking to to make this happen. It's the Christ in us that's going to make this happen. See? Because if you're going to have to try to do it in your own flesh, first of all, it's not enough. But next of all, God doesn't want you to get any credit. Are you with me? So two things. One, let's look up the fact that it's Christ in you that does this. It's the grace of God. Then the next thing, let's look up the fact that Satan does not want you to rise. He does not want you to occupy strategic positions of influence. Okay?
All right, let's look at the first one first. All right? Look what it says here, Zechariah 4:6: "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit", said the Lord. 1 Samuel, Chapter 2 and Verse 9. Put it up, please. 1 Samuel, Chapter 2 and Verse 9. Look what it says here. He says, "And he will keep the feet of his saints and the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength shall no man prevail". In other words, God doesn't want your human strength - He knows you got your PhD. He don't want that. He's going to use what he's going to give you.
Look what it says over in 2 Corinthians, Chapter 3 and Verse 5. "Not that we are sufficient within ourselves to think anything of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God". Let's look at that same scripture, please, in the NIV translation, and see what it says in the NIV. "Not that we are complete in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God". Got it? Our competence comes from God. Let's look at it in the CEV translation, please. "We don't have the right to claim that we have done anything on our own. God gives us what it takes to do all we do".
All we do! All we do! Thank God that you've worked and got degrees, got this and that, but when you're coming to this fight against the devil, he doesn't care if you have 15,000 PhDs. He doesn't care if you have experience up the wazoo. He doesn't care what you have. He knows one thing: without the anointing, you will not defeat him. The anointing is the most feared thing by the devil on the earth, right now, and that anointing is in you and on you. Say "Amen" to that.
Let's go to another one. "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given unto me a thorn in the flesh". Who is this talking now? The apostle Paul. "A messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure". Let's go. "For this thing I besought the Lord", how many times? "...three times, that it might depart from me. But the Lord, he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I would rather glory in my weaknesses or infirmities that the power of", who? What does Christ mean? "Might rest upon me".
So Paul knew that it was Christ that he had to rely on to get him out of every situation. Say "Amen" to that. Let's look at Daniel. Daniel, Chapter 1, please. Daniel, Chapter 1. Mm-mm-mm. This is all good. I said this is all good. In Daniel, Chapter 1, as you know, Daniel and them were taken in captivity. Verse 17, please. "As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning, and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and", what? "And dreams".
All right, now this is kind of interesting because I want you to see something here. Over in 1 John, now, little John. 1 John and Chapter 2. He says here, starting at Verse 20, "But you have an unction from the Holy Ghost and you know all things". So if something comes up and you come to a crossroads, guess what? The anointing, the unction, is going to give you the answer. Look at Verse 27: "But the anointing which you have received of him abides", where? "... in you, and you need not any man teach you but as this same anointing teaches you of all things and is truth. It is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him".
The anointing is truth, and sometimes people don't want the truth. They don't want the truth. You get a funeral and one of the most favorite passages is taken out of Job. "The Lord gives". You've heard it. "And the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord". This is what whoever's doing this does. Now, first of all, that ain't true. The Lord does give but the Lord doesn't take away. Now, we saw that he took that from that man who had buried his talent and put it up there, but he did it because there was nothing being done with it. But if your God's got you on an increase, he's not going to take it away.
Don't be blaming God for that. He didn't do that. The devil did it. Sometimes you can't tell people this because it doesn't make them feel better. Well, we gotta stop functioning out of our feelings. Folks, do you realize that's why a lot of people can't get Mark 11:24 to work? Mark 11:24. Put it up there on the scripture. Now, you can't get any plainer than this right here. "Therefore, I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them".
Now, what they want in this is believe and feel like you receive this and you shall have them. And I'm saying, that's been the church, and that's why we can't stop the violence, because to get God to move, you're going to have to take the feelings out because if your feelings are in there, your belief is not. "The Lord gave" is true. "The Lord took away" is what was written, and the reason why it was written, because it was written for our own understanding that God doesn't take away. The devil took that away. And they go to funerals and we preach that to make people feel better, but Jesus, I like his approach. He just raised them up to show you that God didn't do that. This is what we gotta do pretty soon.
Now, unless you tighten up your spirit like this, then you'll see that increase and dominion are going to be difficult for you to achieve, because all the enemy got to do is shake your feelings. I remember when we used to sing the song, and I remember some sister come down there, passing a note. "We sang some other songs in our church. We used to sing 'Please Don't Pass Me By' and 'Near the Cross'. We stayed there, and also, we"... And that's all right, but God said, "Take them out of feelings because if they're going into Canaan, the enemy is deceiving because of feelings". If you can take them out of feelings, you can get them in there.
Now, I know because some people come and say, "Well, he just teaching the Word". What else you need? Tell me... See, let me say that. Let me say this. If you don't have the Word, you can't develop any faith. And if you can't develop any faith, you can't please God. And if you can't develop any faith, most of what God has for you, you will never see it. I'm here to get you everything God died to provide, Jesus died to provide. Say "Amen". And I'm going to ween you off that bottle because you are no longer a baby. Now, watch this. We're going to start preaching on the anointing of vengeance because God wants you for this to be the last week you're going to go through what you've been going through. And some of you want a king.
See, that's what's wrong with the election right now. You want a king, so you want this and you want that, or you want him, or you want her and so forth and so on. But God wants you to want him because if you can want him, it don't matter who is there. You see, the man ain't your king. The man in there now is not your king. Jesus is your king and he's the one that's going to empower you to stop the crying. Don't make me preach. I don't know who you are. But I know this: if I'm talking the truth and you still want a king, you're not going to like what I say because you are an idol worshiper, and I'm going to tell you, if there's one thing that stopped the children of Israel in the wilderness, that made God angry, it's when Moses came down and he saw they had made a cast.
You have made an image and you want somebody tall, dark, and handsome that look like God, and I'm going to tell you something. I don't care who it is, stop looking at the person. Whether it's a man or whether it's a woman. Start looking at Jesus. He is the one that's going to save you. He is the one that's going to heal you. This country has gone far enough. When you don't know what bathroom to go in, you are in trouble. Now, watch this. They made laws to keep it in place.
Now, this is what happened to Daniel. So Daniel now is being raised up. Put it up there, real quick. Praise God. Can I have a couple more minutes of your time? Listen, I don't care if you don't like BW. I want you to like Jesus. I want you to like him. I'm not trying to make a name for myself. I'm here on assignment, and I'm going to break it down to you, and I'm going to tell you everywhere where you are wrong. "It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom a hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom, and over these, three presidents, of whom Daniel was first, that the princes might give account into them and a king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes because that excellent spirit was in him".
Excellent spirit. Where did he get the excellent spirit from? He got it from the anointing. See, the anointing will quicken your mind. The anointing will give you thoughts that you can't think. Come on. Not only can you get a quickening of your mind, you can get quickening of your body. So the anointing will give you strength or give you healing that you normally won't have, but to do this, you got to back off of that world and come back to God. I'm telling you, God is not sharing stuff with the world. God is only going to send you into the world.
Look what it said: "Then Daniel was preferred above all princes because that excellent spirit was in him, and the king should set him over the whole realm". Watch this. "Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could not find occasion or fault for as much as he was faithful. Neither was there any error of fault found in him". So I'm just saying, if people who didn't know God before cheated on your income tax, now that you say the devil going to point you out. He going to try to find something that he can report to the IRS... so that he can come and get some loss in your life. Say "Amen".
So you're going to take care of income taxes. Say "Amen". There's nothing wrong with trying to find ways to save on taxes. Say "Amen". But I'm saying that render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God, the things that are God. You need some more taxes, money? You need come up a little short? Believe God for it. So I see and watch God do it. "And he said these men, and we shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning his God". Watch this. "Then the presidents and princes assemble together, to the king and said unto the king, live forever".
See, they're pumping him up now. "And the presidents of the kingdom and the governors and the princes and the counselors and the captains have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask petition of any God or man for 30 days, save thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now the king established the decree, signed in writing, that it be not changed according to the law, the Medes and the Persians, which author is not".
Now, notice what they did. They have framed Daniel. They have got him in a place right now where they are trying to eliminate him. Why? Because Satan is trying to keep you from being promoted, but what the good news is, is that in Psalms, Chapter 75 and Verse 6, your promotion does not come from a man. Say "Amen" to that. "Your promotion cometh neither from the east or from the west or from the south". Come on, but it... "God is the judge, and he puts out one and he'll set up another". So you don't need to be all bent over when the boss won't recognize you and so forth. All you do is take it to the judge. Let the judge adjudicate your case. The Lord... All right, you with me?
So what did they do with Daniel? They threw him in the lion's den. Am I right about that? Look at Joseph. He was rising, and notice Mrs. Potiphar came to him. "Hey Joseph. Hey. Mm, Joseph. Hey Joseph". And notice Joseph didn't go for it. "What you want, woman"? He didn't go for it. Kinda pushed her back. Come on now. Don't hate. He pushed her back, and notice she went and told the Lord it. If he'd of sat with her, she'd have told it, and now he didn't sleep with her and she didn't told that too.
Come on now. If you do it, you're going to be told off. If you don't, don't even trust the system at all. That system is not your source. You are in the kingdom, and you're a kingdom citizen, and God's got you covered. He got your back and your front. God's got your paycheck. If they short you, come to God. They threw in a lion's den, threw him in a lion's den. What happened to him? The lions wouldn't bite him. Why wouldn't the lions bite him? Come on. Come on. Why wouldn't the lions bite him? Amen. Same reason they won't bite you. Same reason they won't bite you, because they can't even think it. They can't even think it. God can take the thinking out of a man's mind. He's a heart-fixer and a mind-regulator, and I'm telling you right now, Pharaoh couldn't even think about killing Moses because God can control a man's mind.
What happened next? The lions wouldn't bite him. Nebuchadnezzar came in the morning, "Daniel, is your God able to save you"? He said, "Long live the king"! He ain't mad about nothing. Long live the king! Stop poking your lip out. Long live the king! Pulled him out of there. And everybody that framed him, he took them, their wives, their children... the dog, cat, and the rat, and put them all in that den. The Bible says the lion bit the bones in half before they hit the ground. Don't tell me them lions wasn't hungry.
My point to you is, I don't care what they're trying to do to you, or what you've been going through, this is the last week you're going through it. I said this is... Come on. Give God some praise. We gotta get out. I said, come on. God's going to heal bodies. Come on, three weeks. God's going to be healing bodies. God's going to be restoring people's lives. Come on! God's going to bring money back that's been stolen. Come on! Three weeks! There's going to be miracles in three weeks! Three weeks of miracles!