Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven

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Scripture reading: Isaiah 35:5-10

Apostle Peter said in Matthew 16:16, “Thou art the Christ...,” and Jesus replied to him in verse 19, “…I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven...” After Jesus said this to Peter, Peter went and opened up the Church at Pentecost to the Jews and to the nations. The Bible said that at Pentecost, Peter got up and used the key! Amen! He used the key to open the kingdom of God to the world of men. It then says that Peter went down to Joppa and used the key again. Every time Peter used the key, they who believed spoke in tongues.

Remember the principle which says that God was not speaking to Peter alone, but He was speaking to every “stone.” God is speaking to every Peter (every living stone in this spiritual house), and as you go forth you will open doors to the kingdom of God.

In Isaiah 35:8, we read, “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it…fools, shall not err therein.”

It says that in the kingdom there is a “highway” and a “way,” and “…no fools shall err therein,” because it is “The way of holiness.” We have become the “way” through Jesus for some little child, for some adult, for some person out there. God has made you a way; a gate; an entering in; a path! You might be rubbing shoulders with them every day; and you might be the way which God has ordained for them to enter into the Kingdom.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 11)

Thought for today: Let us thank the Lord Jesus for the “keys” and use them to open the Kingdom of heaven to those that God has put in our path.

You Are a Stone

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Scripture reading: 1 Peter 2:4-5

Let us read about what God says of a people whom He is calling. Matthew 16:18, “And  I say also unto thee (Peter), That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church… 

I am not Peter and you are not Peter. So, who are you? You are one of those “lively stones” built up into a spiritual household as it says in 1 Peter 2:5.

You are “a stone!” You are “Peter!” So, “Peter – thou stone,” you are part of this magnificent building that God is constructing in the earth; and this building must have a foundation! The foundation must be upon the Rock, Christ Jesus. “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

I know what it is to call upon the name of Jesus Christ – “in spirit and in truth.” The time you call best is when you have ten tons of demons on you. That is the time you really call: “JESUS!” That is the time you cry out best. I am speaking from experience.

Matthew 16:17, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

No matter how I preach, I cannot reveal the “name” of Jesus to you. It must be a part of you! You must imbibe it! You must think about it! You must believe it! You must take it in NIGHT AND DAY! He said, “Put it as frontlets before thine eyes, and let it become a part of you.” I will change this word “name” to “nature,” for that is what it means, and as this name (nature) becomes a part of you, you become a part of Him.

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him …If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto (in) him and make our abode with (within) him” (John 14:21, 23).

When is He going to love you with that kind of a love?

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him.”

“IF you will keep my words,” …and “IF my words abide in you…” Do you understand it? Anything you continuously think about, anything you do, anything you study it becomes a part of you! Glory to God!

This is why I say to the people of God that there is grave danger in studying psychology! We should not allow the world to teach us and our children man’s psychology in their schools. Psychology is destruction to the mind of Christ. God is a Spirit and He created man as a spiritual being and the mind as His dwelling place through which He can communicate with us, Spirit to spirit. Psychology is a science that deals with the mind and the behavior of man from a human point of view. Some of you, my readers, are bound by this spirit. Psychology is a demonic thing when man teaches man about man! You meet a person, and because you studied psychology, you keep looking into his eyes. You ask him a shocking statement, “Did you steal the book?” and you look into his eyes. You want to see his reaction.

Once the children of God studied psychology, it is difficult for them to get away from it and trust the discernment of the Spirit. It is difficult to get away from physiognomy. You look at a person’s face, you see the different marks in his face, and you begin to sum him up from the marks in his face! He might have just gotten saved but all those marks remain there. Their meaning might have been canceled by the Holy Ghost and now they have no meaning, but you are believing a lie because you are trusting what science says about those facial marks.

I now speak the word in the name of Jesus Christ! I loose you from the psychology spirit that is in many of you, that you are learning at school. I command your deliverance in the name of Jesus!

I break your yoke, you lying spirit! Get out of the church of God! Get out of the house of God! Get out of the temple of the living God! There is no place here for you. You have long occupied the people. You have long deceived the nations. Now your time has come. In the name of Jesus Christ, I speak against you, in the mighty name of Jesus, and by the power of God, we break up your organization; that organized spirit that is coming into the people, creeping into the church! That demon of the world, that has crept in among the people of God and into the minds of the people, into the houses of preachers, into churches and Sunday schools; this demonic psychology that is destroying the people – let the people go…!

I am a little stone, but part of the household of God. We are “lively stones fitly joined together,” building up the temple of the living God.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 8-11)

Thought for today: As we remember that we are part of this magnificent building that God is constructing in the earth, let us purge ourselves from all man’s teachings and have the Spirit of God lead us in our daily affairs.

Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

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Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

But, whom say ye that I am?” was the question that Jesus Christ asked the brethren, the apostles in Matthew 16. They told Him what the people were saying. “They say that You are John the Baptist, or that You are Elias, or that You are Jeremiah.” What does that tell you? That tells you that the doctrine the people had was a false doctrine, because they believed in reincarnation. If you are telling me that John the Baptist, or Elias, or any other Christian who has passed on is returning to this life in another body, then you believe in reincarnation. Right away, Jesus and the brethren saw through it, that these people were all wrong. They were not recognizing Jesus Christ – Jesus, the Messiah. They were not recognizing Him as God in human flesh. God said that He will appear again; but they are not really believing it now either! They are not believing that you have Jesus in you. Now, do you believe it? If you do not believe you have Jesus in you, you are in trouble.

The people saw a man. They saw a flesh and bone blood man standing before them. “Who do you think I am?” Jesus asked.

You know, God called me. God sent me. God spoke to me personally and I never doubted who I was from that time until this. I never doubted who I am. So, God allowed various men to come against me. He allowed various organizations to come against me. He allowed all kinds of satanic forces to come against me, but it never fazed me.

Somebody asked me, “How do you survive? How do you function?” I came into a place like the United States, and went right contrary, opposite against the doctrines that were being preached in the churches. I have been kicked out of church, after church, after church. On one occasion, when they kicked me out, a brother was sympathizing with me. I said, “Brother, you are wasting your sympathy. Go and sympathize with the people who missed the opportunity of having the Word of God preached to them.” He said, “No, you can’t be serious! You can’t really mean that!” I said, “That’s exactly how I feel; that’s exactly what I mean and exactly what I know.” Do you know why? Because, I know who I am. I know when Jesus called me and said, “I want you to go and preach the Gospel to My people.”

Black churches have called me. They said, “We want you to work with us. We want you to be our apostle. You do not have to worry about money or anything. We will just make you number-one man.” I said, “I am already called and sent.” They never understood me. I said, “I am already called and sent; and I am sent to God’s people. I am not sent to anybody with any special color! Anywhere God’s people are, those who will hear the word of the Kingdom, there I will go.”

I think God laughs at people who see color and all that sort of things, because we should know that God does not have a color. I understand He does not have a skin. Your color is in your skin, and if He does not have any skin, He cannot have a color. The carnal man will always think of a carnal God to satisfy his own carnal nature.

Let us try to think of God. We asked God to come and flow through us like a river. If God was a man, He could not flow through us like a river. He could not fill us, fill the whole earth, and fill the people in their various lands at the same time, and fill the whole universe! He could not do that. He would be restricted.

I want you to know that God is seeking a people at this time, and He wants volunteers. You are only going to fit the type for God to use if you can volunteer; and when you volunteer you have to volunteer everything – everything you have, everything you own, everything you are, and everything you ever hoped to be. That is what He wants! That is what will qualify you to be part of the Firstfruits company! That will qualify you to stand with Jesus on mount Zion! That will qualify you to receive the name (or nature) called “144,000” (Revelation 14:1).

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 6-8)

Thought for today: Who do you say Jesus is? When you are able to answer this question, consider honestly before the Lord whether you have volunteered everything to God in order to qualify to be part of the Firstfuits company.

Every Knee Shall Bow

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Scripture reading: Daniel 7:27

Let us go back again upon the Word and take some context of Matthew 16. First of all, in Matthew 16:13, Jesus says, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” Actually, who men say Jesus is does not really count! Who YOU believe Jesus is – this is what counts! Amen!

Verses 14-15, “…And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, but whom say ye that I am?

We have not employed the power of Jesus to the extent and with the intensity that we should. We all get in trouble and in the midst of the trouble we sometimes forget to call upon the Name of Jesus. However, I want you to remember that at the name of Jesus, “…every knee shall bow” (Philippians 2:10-11).

What does that mean, “…That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow?” Somebody believes that it means that the people are going to praise God and say, “Oh, Lord God, you are wonderful.” That is one way to bow the knee – that is the way Christians bow the knee. However, when a strong man meets a stronger man, he bows the knee by force. Now, we are talking about spiritual force here and that we do have the power to overthrow Satan and all his works. Do you know why the Church will do it now? It is because this is the hour and our time has come. The time has come. Our time is near at hand! Let me show it to you, because some people do not believe that we are really at the time.

Daniel 7:27, “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Who is the power being given to?  “…the people of the saints of the most high.” They will break Satan! We are not talking about any rapture where we run away and leave things in this condition, but we are talking about beating the devil by the power of the Blood and the Spirit; beating him in this earth, in this life; overcoming him and standing on mount Zion with Jesus Christ! Amen!

We are talking to an overcoming people! Those of you who do not believe in overcoming might as well stop reading now. I am talking to a people who are slated (who are designated; who are mandated) to overcome the devil! The same devil that is striking you in your body; the same devil that is making you sick; the same devil that sends some of us to the hospital; the same devil that sends some of us to every kind of degradation, and sin, and destruction, and distress – that same devil! We are mandated by God to destroy him and we have the power. Oh, yes! We should not bow to the beatings and the slappings of the devil, because if God did not know that we were tough enough, He would not have allowed him to slap us so hard. Some of the things I see some of you going through, I say, “My God, what would I do if I were in that position?”

But the point is that God says of the Sons of God, “…they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11b). God is making soldiers out of us. People who will not give up because the storm is raging. People who will not give up because things are going against them. People who will not give up because they are weary!

Sometimes you feel like you cannot go another minute. You are weary, you are tired, you are distressed, you are embattled on every hand – that is the time to fight! Hallelujah! Amen! For the victory is just ahead!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 4-6)

Thought for today: Will you take up the challenge and be one of those overcoming people who do not bow to the beatings of the devil? Keep fighting for the victory is at hand!

The Deeds of the Nicolaitans

This message entitled “The Deeds of the Nicolaitans“ was given by Brother Cecil duCille in Schuyler, Nebraska, in September 1983.

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Whatsoever Thou Shalt Bind…

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Scripture reading: Matthew 16:13-19

Let us see if we can understand this passage in Matthew 16 as I believe that having this understanding is very important for every one of us. In the dialogue between Jesus and Peter, it is not something that God was saying just to Peter. Jesus was not saying to Peter that he was the only one who had the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, but that all of you who get this revelation are building on the rock and this rock is Christ Jesus. The word “Peter” means “a little stone.” Moreover, He punned upon the word “stone,” and said “rock.” Jesus is the “rock!” “…And upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The relationship between the stone and the rock is that a stone is a little piece of the rock.

Jesus went a little further and said, “…and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

Jesus gave a people a mandate to bind the devil, thus giving us a mandate to bind devils. We have not been using it as much as we ought. We need to use it more effectively, for I have discovered that we can “overload” Satan’s circuits (if you understand what I am saying). Have you ever had a circuit overload? You turn on your stove on high yet you are getting low heat because your circuits are “overloaded.” There are too many things pulling power on the same circuit! Overloading Satan’s circuits might sound preposterous, but do you know why this is possible? It is because Satan is limited. He has limits to his ability and scope while God is unlimited! Therefore, we are dealing with a limited Satan and an unlimited God! Hallelujah!

Now, if you press Satan to his limits, he does all kinds of foolishness. Like one time he got some unfortunate brother and sister to write me a letter that was against the Blood of Jesus Christ. Satan had lost his marbles! Aren’t you glad that he is losing his marbles? He’s getting wild and desperate! When Satan writes to the church a letter going against the Blood of Jesus Christ as a weapon, he must be pretty desperate. The Blood of Jesus Christ is given to sanctify, save our souls, deliver us from evil, bring down the kingdoms of darkness, and destroy devils. He is really running out of ammunition and cannot seem to find anything else to attack us with. He is in trouble! Revelation 12:12b says, “…For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Let us look into a few pointers on how to overload the circuits of the devil and at the outset let me ask you to do it every morning, and every day at midday, and every night! So that, while the brethren in America are sleeping, the brethren in Germany will be doing it. Then we will call to the brethren in Africa, and then we will go further to the brethren in India (who are nine hours different in time from us), and so on, so that we will have an around the clock bombardment of the devil. We will break the enemy down and will destroy him from our midst. Hallelujah!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 1-4)

Thought for today: Take hold of the mandate that God has given to us to bind devils. As we do so, we will overload his circuits and cast him out of our midst.

The Great Prize

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Scripture reading: Luke 22:42

The soul of man is the prize of God. This is the one earthly item which we definitely know that God desires more than all others. Gold, silver, lands, cattle, angels? No! The soul of man is the great prize. When this is won, then all creation is won. God DESIRES SONS, not robots, not beings compelled to worship Him, but sons who willingly lay at His feet all the goodness He gave to them.

Luke 22:42 says, “Not my will, but thine, be done.”

Gifts from the Spirit of God are to be given back to God. God is not making man independent of Himself, but by His goodness being poured out upon us, He is drawing us to Himself. There is nowhere else where the goodness of God can be MAXIMUM EFFECTIVE, but in the hand of God. Do you use God or does God use you? God is His own administrator and when man acquires the attributes of God and uses them for self, he is usurping authority.

There is another classic example in the Bible in Revelation 4:10 and 11, “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Here the beasts represent the souls of men changed from the beast nature to the nature of the Christ. They took off their crowns, came off their thrones, fell down before Jesus Christ, and worshipped Him.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power.”

This is what they say surrendering to Him all the power and glory He gave them by His Blood and sacrifice. This loudly suggests that they will not be their own, but forever be His and part of Him who redeemed them.

According to the promises of the Lord, we are to be made priests and kings. Revelation 4 shows this situation, when man is at last made priest and the soul is inhabited by the King Jesus Christ, thus, we also become kings. Even as Jesus surrendered all power and authority to the Father, and submitted Himself to the ignominy of the cross, so also the sons of God, true to pattern, surrender their crowns and their priesthood to Him who redeemed them. A very beautiful picture indeed.

(Excerpt from The Pattern, pg. 127-128)

Thought for today: The Great God and Creator of all is asking such a small thing of us – to give ourselves to Him. In return we get all of God! Do not let this life and the cares of this world rob you, but submit to God and trust Him today so that you may receive joy that is unsurpassed!