Bill Winston - The God Factor
The Word of God, the gospel is going to come with its own evidence. It's going to come with its own power, that you don't have any power in this earth that can match the kingdom of God, and you and I have the kingdom within us. I'm not talking about just miracles happening in the church house. I'm talking about miracles happening in the marketplace. I said a miracle happening in your business, a miracle turning that thing around. As you look at this, what I'm talking about pretty much is the God factor.
Turn to Mark, Chapter 10 please. Mark, Chapter 10. Look what he says, and we read this last time. Verse 27. "And Jesus, looking upon them, said this. 'With men, it is impossible, but not with God.'" Come on. Help me, now. With God, all things are possible. I call it the God factor. That what has happened in church a lot is Babylon has crept into it, and when Babylon crept into it, it brought that getting God out of it into the church. Now the church is full of people with what I call mental ascent. They busy saying this. Praise the Lord. Do you believe in the Bible? Oh, yeah. Praise God. I believe it, from Genesis from Revelation. Praise God. I believe it. They can't pay their rent. Got it? Something's wrong with that. I'm exposing this saying now, so you can deal with it.
The next thing is intellectualism. They think they can use enough big words that can cause you to cow cow down, and you not get any results. Come on, now. I'm saying some people, it's because of unbelief. Some it's because of ignorance. They've just never heard it. I'm here to tell you, Babylon has tried to creep in the church. I'm here to say right now that what we need to do is get back to the old fashioned Holy Ghost. I said, don't be ashamed to say the Holy Ghost told me. Don't be ashamed if God tells you to do a little dance, because the Holy Ghost is on you. I'm saying we've got to high minded for God, and we done get God out, but we putting Him back in, that miracles are coming back, signs and wonders are coming back. The time for debating is over. The time for manifestation is here.
Paul, according to the history of Paul, the apostle Paul, was an extremely learned man. He said, "I counted all dung". Dung is manure, for Christ, because one anointing on your life will take you so far above the intellect until it's pathetic. There's nothing wrong with structured learning. I understand that, but you got to add the super to the natural. Can I get a amen, somebody? What is happening? Hasn't been taught. The God factor's been out of it. Throw somebody up against something. Look like all hope is gone. I just don't know what I'm going to do. Why don't you pray? The moment you pray, you cross over into the supernatural. Come on. You got to hear what I'm saying.
See, the enemy wants to keep you strung out, and make you believe that there is no solution to what you just got. Let me tell you something, my friends. There is not a problem on this earth that is a problem for God. God had the answer before you came with the problem. I'm not talking about before you came with the problem physically. Before you got here on Earth, He knew you were going to have that problem, and He's got an answer reserved, come on, for you. He's not talking about an answer after you get beat up, your eye get knocked out, and so forth. He's talking about as soon as you have that problem, He will deliver you speedily, and I'm saying, you got to believe this. Say amen to this.
What am I telling you? With God, come on, all things are possible. All right? Just examine that for just a minute. Say God factor. Somehow, we have taken the supernatural out of our situation, and that's not right, because what you've done is allowed Babylon to come in, and influence you, and talk to you, and tell you some junk about God can't heal this, or He can't save you on this, or He can't provide for you in time on this, or whatever have you. Are you with me here? Folks, this is your hour, and you are spiritual gladiator. Praise God. Whoa, that came out. What did I do? I'm trying to put some things down here, because there are some impossible situations in the Bible, and sometimes you have to build your hope up.
Somebody say, keep hope alive. You have to build your hope up, and in the impossible situations, when we can go back in the Old Testament, here was a man named Abraham. Let's turn to it. Turn to Genesis, Chapter 18. I'm almost done. This is when the angel came, and he told Abraham that his wife is going to have a child. Honest son Abraham is knocking at the door of 100 years old, and his wife Sarah was 90. She had never born children, and Abraham was too old to have them. Verse 9. "And they said unto him," he said, they said, the angel said, "Where is Sarah, thy wife"? He said, "Behold, she's in the tent". He said, "I will certainly return unto thee, according to the time of life, and lo Sarah, thy wife shall have a son".
Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken. That is, again, old. Well stricken in age, and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women, meaning that she couldn't have any more menstrual cycles, whatever have you. Therefore, Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I am wax old shall I have pleasure? My Lord being old also"? Boy, she didn't leave him out, did she? He old. Everybody up in here old. Come on, now. With God, come on, now. Come on, now. I said with God, and Verse 13, and the Lord said unto Abraham, "Abraham, wherefore did Sarah laugh". Goodness, saying, "Shall I of assurity bear a child which I am old"?
Verse 14. Underline it. "Is anything too hard for the Lord"? Glory to God. That's what you got to ask yourself. Wait a minute. I know I can't do this, but is anything, come on, too hard for God? That's all you got to ask yourself, because see, you are up against something, and using your reasoning facilities, but you are not designed to believe with your head. You're designed to believe with your heart, and if I put you in enough scriptures in here, all of a sudden, what's in this book going to get into your heart.
All of a sudden, you're going to see that, wait a minute. I'm with God, and if I'm with God, with Him, all things are possible. Nothing is too hard for Him. He can do anything. Boy, you start acting spry. Your joy comes back. Your peace comes. All that sorrow, all that depression jumps off of you. Next thing you know, you start a little bit of a Holy Ghost dance. Wow. Laughter. There's nothing too hard for Him. You're in the kingdom, where there's righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. That's the benefit package.
Now, let's just finish. Notice Abraham and Sarah had a baby. The Bible says in Romans, Chapter 4, Verse 17 through 21, "He considered not his own body". You got to stop looking at your own body. You got to look into the promise of God, because the circumstances won't let you render faith that you need. Say amen to that. Here they are. That was Abraham, but how about in Exodus 14? He was a man named Moses. He ran all the way up with three million people to the shores of the Red Sea. He couldn't get across. He looked behind him, and there wasn't nothing but dust. Pharaoh was coming after him. What he could do? The Lord said, "Stop crying to Me. Take that rod and stretch it out," and the Red Sea split.
I'm saying you might be up against a Red Sea right now in your life. Got news for you. Stretch out the rod. The rod is in your mouth. It's the Word of God. Stretch that thing out. Speak it right now. Speak it, I said. Speak it. Speak it. I'm telling you the enemy had me cornered this week, but this is what I said. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver them out of them all. Praise God, and I kept that thing going. All of a sudden, my peace came back. All of a sudden, I begin to kind of sing in my study up there. I'm by myself. I'm saying, you get that thing back in your life, and once joy comes back, the Bible says, now you can draw water out of the well of salvation? You know what that means? It means you start getting revelation. Revelation will start popping into you. Come on, because you believe in God.
Daniel, Chapter 3. The three Hebrews. Impossible situation. Why? Because they stood for their God. They stood for what was right, but the king going to throw them in the fire. How many of you know the fire wouldn't burn them? It wouldn't burn them because it wasn't fire. It wouldn't burn them because of what they said. They said the God that we serve, He will deliver us. When you're in a tight spot, get your mouths a working. You don't need no more money. You need your mouth. You need to speak what God said, and watch Him deliver. Oh, yeah.
Numbers, Chapter 11. Children of Israel in the wilderness. They have no food. They wanted some meat, in the middle of nowhere. God said, "I'll give them meat, but I'm not gonna give them meat for one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days. I'm gonna give them meat for a whole month, until it'd run out of their nose". What did He do? Moses asked him, said, "Wait a minute. What are you gonna do? I mean, are there that many fish in the sea, or are that many quails, or whatever"? God said, "Wait a minute, is the Lord's hand waxed short"?
See, we got to believe God can do what He said He can do. God fed them so much meat, until the meat was piled up three feet high, for as far as they could walk in a day. Folks, don't tell me He can't pay your rent. Come on. Your problem is the God factor. You got to get Babylon out of you, and get God back in. All right. Just a couple more, and I'm out. Are you all with me?
Luke, Chapter 1. Woo, I preached hard today. Luke, Chapter 1. This is when angels came to a woman named Mary. The angels said, "Hail Mary". Say it three times. No, don't you do that. Don't you do that. Said, "Thou art highly favored among women". Somebody say favored. See, favor. Wait a minute, now. Favor is something that God grants you out of His good will, rather than you earning it. You can't buy it, or you can't be so good. You see, favor ain't fair. Praise God. I've got a whole teaching here on favor, and I'm not going to go through it, but remember in the kingdom, you get exactly what you expect, and you got to expect favor from God in these last days. Say amen to that.
Expect doors to open for you. Expect policies to be changed for you. Expect preferential treatment, like Esther got. Expect God to fight battles for you that you didn't have to fight. Expect somebody to recognize you and give you a prominent position for no reason at all. Expect honor in the midst of your adversaries. Expect restoration of everything that's been stolen. Lord, have mercy. You are entitled to divine favor as a covenant child of God. One of your covenant rights is favor. What'd the angel do? Said, "Mary, you gonna have a child". She said, "Now how is this gonna happen to me? I don't know a man". In other words, this is impossible. The angel said, "Well, the Holy Ghost will come over you," and I believe right there is where she did a dance. Verse 37. "For with God, nothing shall be impossible". Verse 37. Nothing shall be impossible.
How about Peter in jail? The next day, they're going to cut his head off. The Bible said the church prayed. God sent angels into jail, put every guard to sleep, and brought Peter out. What He did then, he's going to do now. He can do it now. Last place. Acts 27. Acts 27, and look what it said in Verse 18. "And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship, and the third day, we cast out our own hands, the tackling of the ship with our own hands," pardon me, "the tackling of the ship". In other words, they threw out the cargo, and now they're throwing out the food and everything else. Wow, trying to keep this ship afloat.
Verse 20. "And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away". No more hope. No more hope that you're business is going to make it. No more hope that this disease can be healed. No more hope that this thing will turn around itself in my household. No hope. That's when you haven't heard from God. The Bible says when Abraham had no hope, he believed in hope. What does it mean? This Bible is designed to get your hopes up again. What happened? Verse 22. "And now I exalt you to be of good cheer".
This is Paul talking. In the midst of this mess, he's saying, "Be of good cheer, for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship". "For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve". Saying, what? Fear not. Underline it. Paul. "Thou must be brought before Caesar". You will make it to your destiny. I said your business will survive, and thrive. I'm talking about, yep, whatever is going on in your body, you will overcome. "God has given thee all them that sail with thee, wherefore serves. Be of good cheer, for I believe God". Stop right there. Do you believe God? I know what the newspaper said. I know what the daily said, the tribune, and whatever. I know what the CNN said. I know what the physician said. I know what the economists have said, but did you get what God said? One word from God will change your life forever. Say this with me. I believe God.