Developing Strong Faith | Dr. Bill Winston

Developing Strong Faith | Dr. Bill Winston

September 13, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


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Believers Walk of Faith … BILL: This is the attitude you
have to have to have, watch this, strong faith. Now
you got to have weak faith, you can do that, but if you
going to have strong faith and tell the devil what to
do … It’s in the book. BILL: Hello. I’m Bill
Winston. Welcome to the Believers Walk of Faith, where
we walk by faith and not by sight. Today’s message is
entitled Developing Strong Faith. I’m going to show you
some of the hindrances to faith so that you can remove all of
those kinds of things out of your life. God has planned for
you to have great faith. Now, this teaching is going to teach
you exactly how to develop strong faith. Get your Bibles
and pencils and papers ready. Let’s go into it. It’s called
Developing Strong Faith. BILL: 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. Now, secondly I am not up here for my health. I do
not plan to give you all of this and you do nothing with it. I am
up here so that you can add to your life and be able to fulfill
the destiny that God has for you. 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, and that …
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
…” What? “Unskillful in the word of righteousness for he is
a …” Who? “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 … 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. That’s … 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 …” Your church …
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. BILL: Well I trust that
you were blessed by this message now. Here’s a
couple of points that I want you to remember. Number one, God has
given every believer the measure of faith. What I mean by that is
that there is a faith that once you get born again, that God
injects into your spirit. That’s it and it’s no different for you
than it is for me. Now the difference is, we have to
develop it. You have to get it stronger and stronger. Some
people spend more time developing theirs than others,
so they can do more for the kingdom than other people can
do. But you want to grow your faith. Number two, we don’t
start with strong faith. It has to be developed. Sometimes
people hear me and talk about the things that we believe God
for. An airplane or a shopping mall. I’m a believe God for
me an eighteen bedroom home. Well wait a minute, start with
a bow tie. Start with a pocketbook. Just let God work
with you and develop your faith. You’re going to find that when
you act on the Word of God, and whatever level you’re at right
now, you hear it and act on it, it’s going to develop strong
faith. Well I trust that you enjoyed this broadcast.
We’re going to see you next time, so until then
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