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Unless otherwise noted, all scripture quotations are taken from the
King James Version of the Bible.
Imitate God and Get Results
Copyright © 2005 Bill Winston
Bill Winston Ministries
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Oak Park, Illinois 60303-0947
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April 2011 Reprint CONTENTS introduction i chapter one
HOW GOD CREATED YOU – FOR DOMINIONchapter two
LIVING FROM THE INSIDE OUTDeveloping the Right Image of Yourself chapter three
PRACTICING THE GOD-KIND OF FAITHchapter four YES, YOU CAN DO MIRACLES conclusion
INTRODUCTIONDo you realize that we are living in the last days – the days Paul called “perilous times” in his second letter to Timothy?
As believers, God has entrusted us with an awesome responsibility. We are the “harvesting generation” that must reclaim all the wealth of the wicked that has been laid up for the just (Proverbs 13:22), the wealth that’s needed to complete God’s plan of redemption by bringing the Gospel to every nation.
To do this, we have to operate the same way God operates – with His power, with His anointing, with His faith, with His love, and by speaking His Word. We are His children, jointheirs with His Son, Jesus, and we have been given that ability.
i The purpose of this book is to show you how, by God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit within you, you can operate like God, even in the midst of perilous times, and come out on top. Let me show you how to imitate God and get results.
ii chapter one
HOW GOD CREATED YOU FOR DOMINIONThings are happening fast these days. The earth is reeling under a curse, the curse that was brought on by Adam. Ever since Adam fell, sinful man has been sowing to the flesh, and the earth has been reaping corruption. Now judgment is coming on the land.
However, you and I have been chosen by God to live in this time. Like Queen Esther, we were “born for such a time as this.” God not only had us born now, but born again and equipped with what it takes to overcome the world by using our faith.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the imitate god and get results victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
(I John 5:4) We are here to fulfill what I call the Dominion Mandate. It’s the mandate that God gave to Adam way back in Genesis 1. After God had created the earth, light, day and night, etc., He created man.
I want you to notice one thing. What God expected Adam and mankind to do was to have dominion over this earth. Now having dominion means to rule, to govern, to subdue, or to manage.
God made the earth for man. He expected Adam, and those of us who came after him, to exercise stewardship and ownership – to take care of the earth for God. We were meant to be in charge here. That was God’s plan, and He never changes His plan.
Adam was supposed to rule the earth. He was created in God’s image after God’s likeness.
God didn’t say, “Let us have dominion.” He said, “Let them have dominion.” “Them” was Adam and Eve. So, as Adam’s descendants, we’re the ones who are to have dominion.
It’s also important to know that God first created Adam as a spirit. He didn’t form his body until Genesis 2:7. God is a spirit, Adam was a spirit, and you are a spirit, first of all.
You live in your body, but the reason you are in God’s image and His likeness is that you were created as a spirit. Your body is just your house while you’re on the earth.
The reason the Church hasn’t been dominating the earth and our circumstances as we should have, is that most of us haven’t realized who we are. It hasn’t been taught.
Man’s Reconnection to God Before Adam sinned, he had a direct line of communication with God through his spirit. God constantly gave him revelation knowledge. That’s how Adam was able to name all of the animals.
He was connected to God and he was walking in faith and fellowship with God. He perceived what God thought.
Once he sinned, that connection was broken.
He had to go from revelation to information
- what he could receive through his five senses.
Jesus came to restore that God connection for us, so that we could walk in revelation knowledge, as God always had planned.
After you were born again, you became reconnected to God. You learned from the Word
how to walk by faith and you started to receive revelation knowledge, to see things you couldn’t see before.
What you were doing was seeing through the eye of faith. Faith sees the invisible. When you’re walking in the flesh, walking only in sense knowledge, you have to depend on information.
You process information with your natural ability. You reason with your logical mind, and that’s limited, no matter how much education you have.
Not one ounce of faith comes out of your head. Faith comes from the spirit, or the heart, alone. When Adam lost his connection to God’s revelation knowledge, he had to operate in the intellectual realm, on head knowledge.
Let me stress what being made in the image and likeness of God really means – for Adam and for us. It means we are made to act just like God.
We’re Made Like God We are made to walk just like God, by faith and not by sight. We’re made to talk just like God, “calling things that be not as though they were.” We’re made to see just like God, looking not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen.
We also are made to think just like God. In the natural, that just isn’t possible, as it says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” But once we’re born again, God wants us to come on back up and think like He does.
That’s strong stuff, but we’ve got to do it.
You can’t keep thinking, “I’m from Alabama” or “I’m from Iowa.” That’s just your body talking.
Where you are from now is from God!
You were born out of the womb of the Holy Ghost. You were born of God and created in Christ Jesus for good works that He ordained before the foundation of the world – works you can do only with God’s ability.
The world needs to see those good works, for we are in a time when the earth is reeling under some things that have been done, things that bring devastation. You see them in the form of sickness and disease, famine and pestilence. These are things that Jesus said will be indications of the last days.
However, we are to “be of good cheer” for Jesus has overcome the world, and so have we, when we operate in faith. “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Faith Dominates the Enemy Our faith is the first thing the enemy wants to steal from us. Satan is coming after your faith because he knows that without it, you can only go as far as your natural ability can take you. And that’s not far enough.
Without our faith working for us, we’re limited to Satan’s arena, “such as is common to man.” And we cannot dominate him with information; he has access to all there is. We must have revelation.
Satan has to operate in the natural. Though he’s a fallen spirit, he no longer can operate in the spirit realm. He cannot go up into that upper level where you can live. You can put him under your feet and keep him there. You have authority over him and over all his demon hosts as well.
Faith Dominates Fear You need to develop your faith because the times are only getting harder. People, including a lot of church people, are filled with fear - fear of terrorists, fear of disease, fear of the weather.
When the hurricanes hit Florida, lines of cars were scrambling to get out, almost bumper-to-bumper, and people were panicking. They couldn’t get off the islands fast enough.
However, we’re supposed to operate in faith, not fear. We have been made for such a time as this. God knew these would be hard times, and He knew that we could handle them.
To exercise our faith, we’re going to have to start speaking some stuff. It’s the only way to dominate. The world may not understand what you’re saying because you’re from another planet.
You were born from above. And God wants to use you to show people that His Kingdom rules over everything.
We have to get back to where Adam was before he fell. Even though he was made in the image and likeness of God, when Adam sinned, his faith turned to fear, and his righteousness to unrighteousness. God’s plan is to restore us;
He wants us to take back everything the devil has stolen from the body of Christ. It’s our inheritance, and we have to learn how to receive it.
Something to Meditate. God’s plan was always for man to have dominion in the earth.
We are to operate the same way He does – by speaking what we want into existence, by saying exactly what the Word of God says.
Faith Gets Your Needs Met from the Inside Out While your inheritance and your provisions come from God, they come by faith, from the inside out. Though they come from God, they come through your spirit.
You were designed to operate just like God.
And how does God operate? How did He create the earth, light, day and night, etc.? He spoke them into being! Where were they before they manifested? They were in God.
And that’s how God wants you to operate.
You never were meant to operate from the outside in. You always were meant to live from the inside out.
Just think about that. It changes everything, especially how you’re thinking. If you’re meant to live from the inside out, your provisions don’t come from the outside, they come from the inside. That changes everything around you.
There is nothing around you that can keep you down or hold you back. Because if you want some more, all you have to do is speak some more.
Faith Operates from the Heart, not the Head Jesus said to the father of the demonpossessed boy in Mark 9:23, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” And how do you believe? With your heart.
You don’t believe with your head. The head, the mind, only believes what it can see. It’s designed that way. The head is not designed to see the invisible; the heart is.
Your head feeds off the senses – what it can see or feel. But your heart feeds off the Word.
Whatever the Word says, your heart receives.
Many times when you speak something in the
Word your head will go, “Tilt!” It won’t receive it because to your head it’s impossible.
Remember when Jesus came to the gravesite of Lazarus? Martha came up to Him first and said, (I’m paraphrasing) “Master, if you had been here earlier, my brother wouldn’t have died.” And Jesus answered her, “Thy brother shall rise again.” She thought Jesus was speaking of the Last Day Resurrection. She couldn’t get her mind around the idea that Jesus was going to raise up Lazarus then and there. And, let’s be honest, you probably couldn’t have either, if you’d been there.
Martha had heard Jesus preach about the resurrection and she believed in that. But she was looking at the current situation in the natural.
There was a disconnect from her spirit. Her natural mind was thinking that Lazarus had been dead for four days and his body was starting to stink.
But, what Jesus really was saying to Martha was what God said to Moses way back in Exodus, “I AM.” God has no future and no past. He’s outside of time.
Faith Overrides Time Delays When you’re dealing with faith, you come out of time zones and go into the eternal. Martha was looking at time, but when you walk by faith, you can have dominion over time.
The Syrophenician woman who came to Jesus in Mark 7:26 had faith that moved Jesus out of time. Her daughter was sick at home and she wanted Jesus to heal her. But because she wasn’t a Jew, she didn’t have a covenant. Still, she persisted with her faith.
When Jesus told her He was sent only to the Jews (at that time), and not to the Gentiles, whom the Jews considered the same as dogs, the woman called Jesus “Lord” and said that even the dogs get the crumbs that fall under the table.
Seeing her great faith, Jesus stepped out of time and healed her daughter. What He did was give her the same blessing we have as Gentiles after the cross. He was responding to her and her faith as if she were under the New Covenant.
When you really have faith in God and His Word, all things become possible for you. It means that your heart is convinced. What you believe has changed you, glory to God!
Faith Draws from Heaven’s Provisions You know in your heart, in your spirit man, that God has a heavenly reservoir, or treasury, for you. Peter describes it this way, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). God has already given us all things, and all things means that nothing is left out.