Bill Winston - Developing Strong Faith
The idea about strong faith is that the assumption is that you're going into Canaan. In Canaan there are giants. Let's just assume they are not your friends. Yet, they have what belongs to you. You're going to have to take it by faith. The only faith that can take that that belongs to people from that land of Canaan is going to have to be strong faith. When you have strong faith it means you can have it the way you want it. You dictate the terms. You call the shots.
All right, let's look at Romans chapter four. I'll start reading in verse 17. "(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith", underline that, "and giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform".
Over in Ephesians, chapter six we see in verse ten, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might". I want you to be able to connect those two scriptures together, because you can't be strong in the Lord without being strong in faith. I want you to connect these two together. Now, again faith is vital and it's vital for the believer. Here's some of the things that I talked about about faith, that it says that over in Acts chapter 26, in verse 18, that we're sanctified by faith. Over in Hebrews 11:6 you can't please God without faith. It says over in Galatians 3:14 that we receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. In Romans chapter 1:17 he said the just shall live, how? By faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 that we walk by faith. In Romans 3:28 and Romans 5:1 he said that we are justified by faith.
Do you know what justified means? It means made righteous. It means made righteous. Say "I'm made righteous". You can say I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and you can say it by faith. He said also in Romans chapter 12 in verse three that we have the measure of faith. In Romans 10:8 he said we preach the word of faith. In 2 Corinthians 1:24 he said by faith we stand. Glory to God. In Romans 14:23 that whatever is not of faith is sin. In Ephesians chapter 6 in verse 16 he said taking the shield of faith. He said in Colossians 2:7 we are established in the faith. In 1 Peter chapter 1:9 he said you receive the end of your faith. In 1 Peter chapter 5:9 he says that we resist the devil by faith. If you don't have faith you can't resist the devil. That's what he just told me.
Now here I just put an extra one down there for myself. It's called crazy faith. Oh, Lord, crazy faith of people whose minds are no longer governed by what they see. That's a person with some crazy faith. Faith is important. It's important to every believer. In any church that you may go into, the faith must be taught, what faith is, how faith comes and how to make it work. When we look at this, we look at those two verses in Romans chapter four and Ephesians chapter ten that we just went through, that we don't start out with strong faith. It said first, I think it was in Romans chapter... Let's go back to Romans chapter four again. He said in verse, 19, he said, "Being not weak in faith". He wasn't weak in faith. It's possible that somebody could be weak in faith.
Abraham didn't start out being strong in faith, that's my point. My point to you is in 2 Thessalonians, chapter one in verse three Paul talks about the faith. He said, "Thy faith groweth exceedingly". Whatever measure of faith God gives you, he is counting on you to grow that faith. He is not counting on you to have that faith to stay weak. Now, people who have not grown in faith, look at 1 Corinthians chapter three, please, in verse one. He said, "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ". He said, "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as mere men"? That's what it says in Amplified.
Now that's kind of interesting because division, division is nothing but racism. If you're a racist you are carnal. If you are carnal you can never develop strong faith. Can I get an Amen in this house? Now, once you develop strong faith, you go from your flesh to your spirit. I don't know whether you know it or not, but your spirit looks like Jesus. You were born of him. You were born of the seed of the Word of God. You look just like Jesus. The only thing outside different as your pigmentation, your color so forth and so on but that's not the real you. Say amen. But people who think it's the real them are carnal. When they're carnal they're not going to be able to receive certain things. Galatians 4:1, they're not going to be able to receive certain things.
Look what it says. "Now I say that the heir", this is you. "As long as he's a child differs nothing from a servant though he be Lord of all". Let's take that same verse and put it up there in the Amplified translation please. He said, "Now what I mean is this. That as long as the the inheritor, the heir is a child, childish and underage, he does not differ from a slave although he's the master of the whole estate". This earth does not belong to Satan. It belongs to God and his family. Got it? It belongs to God and his family, but I told you something about great faith. I said this. I said this strong faith that we're talking about here, is this faith that it means that you can have it the way you want it.
Nothing is supposed to take place in this earth without your permission. One more time. Nothing is supposed to take place on this planet without your permission. God even told you something. Whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven. Say amen to this. Nothing, not a thing, not a storm, not al-Qaeda, not ISIS, not a nothing without your permission. Now this, I'm going to show you how far the church has been down there, but there's a reason for it. There's a reason for the church has been down there. But how many you know we coming out? I'm coming out.
All right. So what am I saying? What has happened? Most Christians have never grown. Number one, why? Because they were never fed. They were never fed. They were never fed man. Thank God for the big choir. But it won't grow you. I mean sure enough, that's why in terms of praise and worship, I like to speak the Word. I like to speak the Word. I like you to sing the Word. You know, some of them songs, we need to remix those things because that... I run through the river and down on the wall, great is the army that carries out God's...
I mean some, they may sound like they're kind of corny or something but they're faith builders. I am an example. That's all I knew. That's all I grew up on. But sometimes today we have some shows. The Christian meanwhile still broke, still in debate, and fussing at one another and fussing over a seat. When they ought to buy the whole place. No. It's what they've been taught. Been taught nothing. I'm telling you I can get you going and never have a scripture. Mama went home that night... I can get you going and somebody will shout. And ain't mention one scripture.
The Bible says in Matthew 4:4, it says "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word the proceedth out of the mouth of God". When you preach it you got to preach the whole counsel of God. The whole, a balanced word. You've got to preach from Genesis to Revelation. You got to preach the whole thing. Because if you don't and just preach all the Twinkies and goodies then what you got over there is a lot of goodies and a lot of sin. Ain't no holiness. Is this the right bunch I'm talking to? Now this is the biggest reason. Now he said that they, you know when they're babies when they're not still on milk and having little faith and so forth like that, they can't go in there and take their stuff back. You can't go in there. The idea about it is you have got to take stuff.
Look at Matthew 11:12, he talking about that up from the days of John the Baptist, even til now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence. The violence going to have to do what? You're going to have to take it man. You're going to have to take it. The devil is not giving up your healing. You have to take that thing. You're going to have to say it right there in the midst of that report, in the midst of that x-ray you're going to have to say something about your healing and if you are weak in faith, you will not say that because you'll feel intimidated. Y'all came for the Word didn't you? Say it's in the Word. Oh we can do these things. You just got to get something to eat. Dang. Little Twinkies, you can't run the marathon on Twinkies? Are you following what I'm saying? You need some beans, butter beans, squash, turnip greens, cornbread.
See there, you about to go now ain't you. Amen. Praise God. Praise God pastor. Amen. I was jut putting a little humor in there but you follow what I'm saying, that every time he change their location from Egypt to the wilderness to Canaan he change their diet. He change their diet. You can't be in Canaan eating manna. It won't work folks. All right. Most Christians never grow because most Christians have never been fed. All right? Now, 1 Peter 2:2 says for us to desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow thereby. God plans on you to grow. You can't be a 40 year old Christian coming in here with a diaper on talking about bah bah. Okay? That's, we're not going to do that anymore, okay?
Now but there's another reason why people don't grow. Because they've never acted on the Word. They've never acted on the Word. Now that's very important. That we not only hear this but act on it. I think that is a piece that in my life I was determined to do. I was determined that this, I'm going to act on this. You know I may not be totally convinced of this but I'm going to do something. I just cannot fathom being in this kingdom, having a faith that can move a mountain and I'm never going to try it. It takes, like I said crazy faith. You got to be able to point at your wallet on the table. You feel what I'm saying? You got to take that checkbook and point at that check book and tell that bank account what to do.
Let's look at Hebrews, and Hebrews chapter 5. Look at Hebrews 5:12 please. There? These are some scriptures there. He said, "For when the time you ought to be teachers. You have need of one teach you again which be of the first principles of the oracles of God and are become such as have need of milk and not of strong meat. For everyone that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness for he is a baby. But strong meat belongs to them that are full aged. Even those who by reason of use have their senses exorcized to deserve both good and evil". Say amen to that.
James 1:22. I'm giving you all of this because I'm giving you the reason that we need to teach this. We need to go into it. Why? Because the church instead of being the place of influence, a lot of time the church has been the place of ridicule. We've been laughed at. They don't come by here except when the election time comes. So what you have do is well wait a minute. You're supposed to come to me all the time. Matter of fact, I'm supposed to be leading this parade. Because I have the wisdom of God in me. Say amen to that.
Now you're not trying to put anybody down, but you are trying to lift Jesus up. "But be ye doers of the word and not hearing owners, deceiving your own selves. Watch this. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer he's like unto a man beholding his natural face in glass. Where he beholdeth himself and goeth his way and straight way forgets what manner of man he was. But who so looketh unto the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein. Being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be", what? "Blessed indeed". He promises you that. He said "If you act on my word you will not be ashamed". Say amen to that. Belief means unqualified committal. It's unqualified. It's unqualified. It doesn't care what extent I have to believe, but it's unqualified. I'm going to believe it anyway. Suppose it don't work? I'm going to believe it anyway. It's unqualified. When you really believe, you'll act. You will act. You can not sit there. You will do something.
So what do you do? How do you do this? Let's just take an example, so a headache comes. "Honey, excuse me. Do you have any Tylenol"? Okay, instead of asking for that first, ask do you have a Bible first. "Do you have Bible"? Are you following what I'm saying? Then go through a few scriptures on you know, healing and how God took your pain and so forth like that. Just start trying to work your faith. Because you have it. A lot of times people have it, but they're just sitting on it. They won't act on it. It's not meant that you hear this much Word with no action. It's not meant folks. Somebody says, "Well that runs in my family". Get it out! Change families. Just get it out and the devil will tell you in a minute he going to kill you, so you just may as well get over that.
This Word is not true because it worked for you. It's true anyhow. Whether you never work it. This thing is true man. I ain't putting my faith in what Joe-doe did. Am I right about it? I'm doing this now because I'm tearing down all these sacred cows. People come in here with all that, "Well my church said"... If it's not in this book, tell your church... This is the attitude you have to have to have, watch this, strong faith. Now if you're going to have weak faith you can do that, but if you're going to have strong faith and tell the devil what to do, it's in the book. Get the book. Open the book. Isn't this good? Now to develop strong faith. But was strong in faith, giving glory to God.