Bill Winston - Occupy Till I Come
It's called Possessing Your Inheritance, and the subtitle is Occupied Till I Come. Let's go now to Romans over chapter five, verse seventeen. In the King James, "For if by one man offense death reigned by one, much were they, which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by one Jesus Christ. I'll look at it in the amplified, if by because of one man's trespass, lapse offense, death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive god's overflowing grace, a merited favor and the free gift of righteousness, putting them in right standing with himself, reign as kings in life, through the one man Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One".
Luke, chapter nineteen, verse twelve. "And he said therefore, certain nobleman who went into a foreign country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, occupy till I come". Underline that, that's what it'll be called today. Occupy until I come. He said a simple, way of translating occupy till I come, is advance, and hold. Advance, and hold. Alright, let's deal first with the topic we left off with last time, the righteousness of God. The righteousness of God. They, which receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness, shall reign. Shall reign. And that's what God wants us to do. He wants us to reign. Not being reigned on, but to be reigning.
Now what we said is some people are trying to employ faith, but they have no sense of righteousness. And because of it, faith won't rise. Faith won't increase. Faith, you've been born again, you've got a degree of faith. God gives you a certain measure of faith. Now your job is to make that faith grow. But, put something down here about your inheritance, your inheritance, Your rich inheritance comes in proportion to your new identity meaning, that how you see yourself, that's how much land you're going to take. So the possession, of what's going to happen, is not going to be possessing the land outside, it's going to be possessing your mind inside. As much of that as you can possess, is as much land as you have the capacity to own.
And some people are trying to do it, oh you look good in front of people, you know, but wait till the test comes. What we said is that righteousness, consciousness, makes you a master over Satan and everything that he can do. Anybody who understands righteousness and knows what it means, becomes Satan's master. And so what we said is we got to wait this righteousness out, because the righteousness is inside of everybody. You are the righteousness of God. So we said it's not the goody-goody way you act, that's conduct, we call that holiness. But righteousness is in right standing with God, meaning that we have a right relationship with God in terms of our nature, and our life.
So we are the righteousness of God. Say I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Now, this is that thought that you should have, the bible says in Romans, I think it's Roman's chapter twelve, in verse three, He said, "For I say, through the grace given under me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than you ought to think, but to think soberly, as God is given to every man the measure of faith". But notice what he said, don't think more highly, think highly! But don't think more highly. So you should walk around with superiority consciousness. That Satan can't curse you, he can't stop you, he can't touch you with evil, and the scriptures say that. And so what I just ask people to do is get in scripture and find out what the scripture says. What happens sometimes, is people are influenced by their own expiriences, or influenced by their own flesh.
Now let's look, cause I used an illustration last time it showed, I was having you to imagine a bottle, a glass of water, and then a flashlight. So I've got this flashlight and I'm going to shine this flashlight through that water. The light will come out on the other side. And you can do that. What will happen if I take the water, and put mud in it? Stir it up, and now I try to shine the light through? What's going to happen? I got some problems. I got some problems because too much junk's in the water. And I'm saying, when it's more junk in our lives, then the righteousness can't shine through. In other words, that righteousness brings us in contact with a lot of things, it causes us to be able to get revelation, it causes us to have spiritual initiative. Spiritual initiative is just new ideas, it's being able to receive creativity from God, it's being able to think of things, to have the wisdom of God to flow through you. Come up with "Hey I think we should do this, I mean these are good God ideas".
So that spiritual initiative, in other words, it really cuts down on what provision or in my case I mentioned before, what portion you will receive from God regarding your inheritance. Your inheritance, according to God, is wealth. Your inheritance in, health. Am I right about that? Your inheritance is victory. It didn't say you win a few, lose a few. Didn't say that! It says he always causes me to triumph. You win every battle, say I win every battle. So as we look at this, we are talking about this flesh, because the flesh wants to participate. And in Galatians chapter one, He says here in verse fifteen, "But, when it pleased God to separate me from my mothers womb, and call me by his grace, this is the apostle Paul when he got called, to reveal his son in me, that I might preach him among the gentiles. or heathen. Immediately, I conferred not with", what? Flesh and blood.
All right. What is Paul saying there? He said, "When God gave me a revelation, I didn't ask my flesh what they thought about it". Why? Because the flesh is going to give you another answer. Guaranteed. God reveals to you what to give? Ask your flesh. That's why a lot of people of God are still where they are. Bible says the true witness delivers souls. True witness delivers souls. I'm asking you to understand that if you're still where you are, then something's wrong. Because this righteousness is designed to move you into right standing, to get you into a place where you should be according to the word of God. Your portion is wealth. Your portion is health. Are you with me here?
I know, I'm not trying to come down on anybody, but I want to just cover some things and make sure that we understand this. The bible says over in 1 John, 1 John chapter 5, verse 17, that all unrighteousness is sin. All unrighteousness is sin. So, the devil's job is to get you to think unrighteous. Meaning that he wants you to think about everything you did in your past. He wants you to keep bringing it up, keep rehearsing it, keep it in your spirit. He wants a person to also think of themselves low. I'm humble for God. Now, the devil meantime is whipping them all over town. He wants us to gravitate towards unrighteous songs. Unrighteous songs. Now, what are those? Unrighteous sermons.
Let me let you hear an unrighteous sermon. Are you ready? Numbers chapter 13 verse 31. This is an unrighteous sermon. "We be not able to go up against these people for they are stronger than we and they brought up an evil report in the land which they sent out..". Next verse, please. "In the land that eateth up its inhabitants, therefore and all the people that we saw in it were men of great stature". Now, they're still preaching now. "And there we saw the giants", they're still preaching now, "The son of Anak, Anak. Which come of the giants. And we were in our own sight as grasshoppers and so were we in their sight". Let's just sing one chorus of Please Don't Pass Us By. Praise God.
Now, I'm letting you know this because that's where we came from. See. But none of that's true. It's all unrighteousness and it's what kept us in Egypt. Watch this. Without a desire to get out. That's the tragic thing. Satan had stolen the desire. And so now here, my wife and I, here we come to Chicago, we're starting a church. Now, what do we do? She played the guitar. We both sang. I took up the offering. She did the accounting for the church. But our song, "This is the day, this is the day that the lord... Arise, arise for ever more, for Jesus is alive". Now, some of the people that came to our service there at Lake Pulaski were kind of confused. Because they couldn't hip swing. But we grew like wildfire. Because it was the righteousness of God.
Now, I'm saying that because a lot of songs that have been written have been written with the influence of the flesh. And the more flesh you get in, the more of God's promises you don't get. I'll say that again. The more flesh you allow in, the less of God's promises you will get. That's it. Righteousness. The nature of God. The nature of God is not that. And unfortunately, most of us have come from that environment where that's what we did. We sing songs. I want to cry some. We're not here to do that. We're not here to excite your flesh one iota. Because for you to get them giants, your flesh is going to have to be out of it. Or you're going to find yourself a statistic. God. Okay.
So, if I run an electric line down here or I see a light up there, now suppose all of a sudden in one of those lights, I start seeing sparks. What more than likely is happening at that light juncture? We call it a shortage. It's shorting out power. Pretty soon, the light's going to start flickering. And if it keeps going, it's going to go out. So, it's amazing when I don't see anything or I don't hear anything, it's flowing like it's supposed to. Boy, that... See, people have identified noise with power. That's a human fallen man consciousness. No, no, no, no. The power came with the storm. Pow. And Jesus said to the storm, "Peace. Be still". Immediately, no storm. Because words have more power than anything you can hear. You got to help me with this.
Here's something else. Not only do certain songs give and keep people with a sense of unrighteousness, they also release a spirit of poverty. Poverty is a begging spirit. It's designed to do it. My point is I'm taking you into Canaan. Your flesh has done all the leading it's going to do. You step in here with these giants and try to detect it with the flesh, you have just been had. The only way you going to get it is through the holy ghost. Because nobody can in a natural catch Satan's deception. Nobody. This is the right group I'm talking to. So, if I'm going in here and I'm going to take these giants, I got to understand, wait a minute, I can't be moved by what I see. I'm going to have to be moved by what I say. I'm telling you when somebody starts pulling you off that flesh, that faith, that flesh begins to fight. Why? Because it wants control. And Satan wants to keep it with control because he controls it.
Now, you can sit up here and get mad at me if you want to. Put the verse up. Luke chapter 17 verse 1. "Then said he unto the disciples, 'It is impossible but that offenses will come'". Do you know that? Because Satan knew how he controls humanity. 1 John chapter 5 and verse 19, please. "And we know that we are of God and the whole world lieth in wickedness". Let me give you a translation, put it in your bible. The whole world is under control of the evil one. Let's back it up with another scripture. Look over Revelation chapter 12 and verse 9.
Now we talk about occupy till I come, and that's why you see the church on Sunday is the most segregated day in Chicago, because of the flesh. I'm going to help you get over this, because if you can't get over your flesh, you can't get over those giants. He's going to keep your self, even though God has promised you a hotel, he's promised you a big... He's promised you this or promised you... Doesn't make any difference what he's promised you. You're going to have to get it by faith. And the great dragon was cast out. That old serpent called the devil and Satan. He's given you every name that you could possible call him. Only thing I don't see up there is Slue Foot. But which decieveth how much of the world? Because they all walking by the flesh and not by by faith. Jesus walked by faith.
Put it up there, John Chapter 8 please. And he that sent me is with me. The Father has not let me alone, for I always do things that what? Please him. Is that the case? Well, let's look at Hebrews Chapter 11 verse 6. But without faith it is as what? Impossible to please God. Look what Enoch, Genesis Chapter 5. Look what happened to Enoch. Enoch, as you know, was just out walking one day and weren't. Y'all know what I mean by weren't? It means he just left. God took him. Look what it says, "And Enoch walked with God". You can't walk with God without walking by faith. You can't walk by what you see if you walking by faith. Say amen. You're going into the land of deception. You just look at that man and he's 6, 6, 6. Six pack, six figures, and six feet. And you think oooh. Let me try that again. Oooh. And he's the worst thing for you that you could ever get your hands on. You marry him and he'll ring you out. Can't do it. It's got to be by the spirit.
All right. Now, so righteousness and me to understand that I am the righteousness of God. Now, the righteousness makes it so that I don't need to feel anything because it gives me a sense of right standing. First John Chapter 5 verse 14 says, "This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His word, He heareth us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we" what? "Have the petition that we desire of him". Now how do we know we have it? When we make a petition, how do we know we have it? Because of what? Because He heard us. And how do we know He heard us? We prayed His word. Don't be trying to feel anything because you can't feel His word. The only thing you can do is say His word. Release it. Once you release it, you get your faith on what you just said. Say "I release it and I believe He heard it, because He said it. And if He didn't mean it, he shouldn't have put it in His book. So I'm about to act on what I just prayed".
So what did Hezekiah and them do? Hezekiah, verse 35 of Second Kings, chapter 19, verse 35 and he said this. He said, "And it came to pass that night", No, I said that night. "That the angel of the Lord went out and he smote in the capital of the Syrians one hundred, fourscore and five thousand, and when they arose early in the morning, behold they were all dead corpses". Who fought the battle? Didn't the preachers say that we can't go in there because they're going to slaughter us or whatever? Well, who's going to fight the battle? God's going to fight your battles. So he's going to give you something bigger than you can do. Bigger than your education, bigger than your thoughts, bigger than you ever. That's his way. Because he wants the fight? He want, the only thing you'll fight is the good fight of? Faith. You've got to know that when you said it, it has happened. And folks, when it has happened like that, you can go to sleep. Go to sleep, praise God. That's your act of faith.
Say, "I just prayed for this kid and I'm going to sleep". Say amen. The Devil wants you to stay up all time of night and worry and so forth. He wants you to break your body down and get you on diabetes and whatever. Why? Because your body is not designed to carry that kind of load. You supposed to pray and go to sleep. I'm talking to, I'm going to talk over here because there's somebody over here, you've been worried about that money. Pray tonight and go to sleep. Get you a sense of righteousness and you will reign as a king. A king does not give an order and then sit up in his throne and worry whether his orders are being carried out. You know if no man will do it, God will have angels carry that out personally. He will send an angel in the form of a man and go knock on the door of this person and get your needs met.
This lady was behind in her rent and everything and they was going to put her out and she prayed. She said, "Lord, I'm going to take you at your word". She prayed and whatever the amount was, $1,000.00 or whatever it was, this man came from the upstairs apartment late at night, knocked on the door. She said, "Who is it"? She said, "It's your neighbor from upstairs". And he wasn't saved. She said she opened the door and he's pulled out an envelope and gave her some money, watch this, this is what he said. He said, "Tell your God to leave me alone". And that is a fact. That is a fact. Somebody need to believe that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and you're going to reign like a king.
Now, why am I preaching this? Because we going to believe this. We going into a place now that we going to believe everything in this book. Say amen. And we're not going to try to make it religious. Try to make it something that we can feel, touch and taste and so forth. No we going to take God at his word. And I guarantee you when you do that, it's a new place for you. The first thing you going to say is, "Well, I don't feel the spirit". You'll feel the spirit. You wait til a manifestation comes. Now, I'm saying the anointing will be present. But I'm saying we've been putting too much emphasis on the flesh. Let's go to John chapter five. Okay in john, chapter five, verse three, "He came by the pool of Bethesda".
Bethesda means house of grace. "And he said, and these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water where an angel went down at a certain season into the pool and he troubled the water and whosoever then first after the troubling of the water, stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity". How long? 38 years. 38 years. Let me say that again. 38 years.
Next verse. "When Jesus saw him, he knew that he had been lost... Saw him lie. He knew that he had been a long time in that case. And he said unto him, 'Will thou be made whole.' The impotent man answered and said to him, 'Sir, I have no man when the water is troubled to put me in the pool. But while I'm coming, another stepped down before me.' And Jesus said to the man, 'Rise, come on, take up that bed and walk.' And immediately the man was made whole, took up his bed and walked. And on the same day was the Sabbath". "The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured. 'It is the Sabbath day and it is not lawful for thee to carry your bed.' And he answered and said, 'He that made me whole the same said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.'"
Now, I want to say some stuff here. Are you with me? There is quite a bit of manipulation happening out here in this world system. And with it, Satan is not after the heathen, because he's got them. He knows what group can make the change and it's the? Church. He's after you. And what he wants to get the church to do is think like the world. That's what he's after. Because he knows you can't transform someplace that you're not transformed from. In other words, unless you think differently, you can't change that place. They're trying to get you to change there. Now I mentioned Daniel and the forging that we talked about. So this man, Jesus came to him and he's trying to wake up the man's desire. He said, "Now do you want to be made whole"? The man begin to cry victim.
Now you can't be a victim and victorious at the same time. God said in Joshua 1:5, "No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life". Does that sound like a victim to you? Now I'm saying all of this, especially for you black Christians. The day of you crying victim in the church is over. You are victorious. Now this is for all of us. But it takes BW to preach it. Because they came back and said, "We can't take it because we are victims. He's brought us out of here to get us killed and so forth". You are not a victim. And that television will try to make you think you are a victim. But anybody that's got enough power to go into a neighborhood and shift it is not a victim. Anybody that can feed 5,000, plus women and children is not a victim. Anybody that can stop a storm is not a victim. Jesus said, what I did, you can do too, but if you think you're a victim, you can't do nothing. You can't do nothing but complain about what the man is doing to me. You need to get off that horse. It won't ride.
They told me told me you cannot have this mall because you are a black man. But what do you think I knew? I knew the word of God. Every place of my seat shall tread upon was mine. And you need to get off that horse, because it's got your mind tied down like a donkey. They've got you on victim drugs and trying to keep you there. You are not a victim. This stuff belongs to you. I said, it belongs to you and it's going to be up to you to take it, because there ain't nobody given you nothing today. You going to have to use your faith and let God shift that stuff right into your hands. Say amen. Now, I don't care what you think about me, when you leave this place. "Well, he this, he that". I got the mall.
Come on. All my debts are paid. My houses are paid, my cars are paid. That ain't no victim. But I had to make up my mind, the man ain't going to tell me who I am. God's going to tell me who I am. I am tired of this mess and the black people being manipulated by the television and they're trying to tell you who you are. Folks, I don't care. Put up verse five again of Joshua chapter one. Put it up one more time. Here's what he said. "There shall not be any man be able to stand before you". From the White House to the outhouse. Nobody. Nobody. Billionaire, no heir. Nobody, nobody can stop me. stop this mess. You are the ones God's been waiting for. You can't tell me what I can't have. I don't care if you own it. You still can't tell me what I can. My father owns it. No longer are you going to be manipulated. You've been manipulated. It's almost like a slave and soon as one tried to escape, they'll catch him and make an example out of him, so the others won't move.
I ask God, God, what is Chicago? I asked my wife, when I first got here, God spoke to me clearly. He said it's a big plantation. I need to read you some of the stats of African Americans in this city, how many businesses they got and I'm looking at the revenue that comes in from their businesses. Their total revenue is about 389, $390 billion dollars coming in from the business community. How much do you think, there are all these black businesses out there, how much you think of that 300 and almost $400 billion coming in is a part from the African American community? Less than 1%. Less don't own nothing.
And I'm tired of it and I'm tired of preachers preaching some mess to have you go back to Egypt and have you dislike him or dislike her. My friends, if you hate, you're out of the race. You are out of the race. You've got to love your neighbors. Love your enemies. Did I put Luke chapter 17 up there yet? "Then said he unto the disciples, 'It is impossible but that offenses are going to come'". Now, it's up to you to receive the offense. "Well, I got offended". Well, get your feelings out of the way and get off of that. If you know can't nobody stop you while you're getting offended. If you know they can't break you, why are you getting mad at him?
Come on now. I'm going to meet you are. I'm not fussing. I'm just telling you what the deal is. Because we're going to destroy this plantation. We're getting off of this thing. I'm telling you, he sent a man that says we as a people are going to get to the promised land. I'm the one to take you in. And that's my job and I'm going to take you in. You're going to own some of this. You start listening to people that are making you mad and angry and all of that, stop listening to that mess. Go back into the word of God. They took Daniel, treated him bad, put him in the lion's den. Hated him. Put him in there. But could the lions bite him? No. The people that threw him in there, got thrown in there themselves.
And watch it, Daniel came out, watch this, and changed the law. Come on, God's gonna use you to change the law. Red lining laws going to change. Because I ain't scared of no man. I ain't scared of no devil and I aint scared of no disease. You can't kill me, you can't stop me, and you can't curse me. Now, I'm going to take you in. And I'm telling you, it's our time, folks. I said it's our time. Now, one more place, turn to Psalm 62. Whoo, Lord Jesus. Look at Psalm 62. God has spoken once, twice, ever heard this? What does Satan fear? He fears power. How's the power come? By faith. How does the faith come? By hearing. By revelation. Hear it once, that's information. Hear it twice? That's revelation.
Deuteronomy 29:29. "The secret things belong to the lord our God, but those things which are revealed", come on, "belong to us and to our children". How long? Forever. What Satan doesn't want you to have is revelation. That's what God's got to give you. For you to get him to transfer it, you'll have to have revelation. Genesis, please. Chapter 13 and verse 14. You're going to have to have revelation. Watch this, check it out. "And the Lord said unto Abram, after that, Lot was separated from him", why? Because Lot was all that strife. "'Lift up now your eyes and look from the place where you are, northern, south, eastern, and western, all the land which you see to thee will I give it and to thy seed.'" How long? Forever.
And look how he's going to give it to you. 1 Corinthians chapter two and verse 12. Check this out. This is really going to make the devil made. "Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God that we might know things that we have to pay for from God". Come on, saints. That's what the devil has found out, that you're going to have a revelation that is already yours. Now, somebody said, "Well, you don't mean I have to pay for it"? God may have you pay for it, but he's going to give you the money to do it.