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Scripture reading: Matthew 13:3-4

We thank God for bringing us all through so many days of problems, days of suffering, and days of hope. The Spirit of God has brought us from many circumstances that could have been disastrous for us; from accidents that did not happen. Some of us have even been brought through accidents. But we thank God.

I was touched by the prayer of a brother one time where he thanked God for the little things—for the bread that we get to eat, and for the sun that shines. It was kind of a revelation to see that sometimes we take God for granted, and because we have these things so freely, we never seem to realize that we need to thank God for them.

Today, I want you to carefully assess how you have received the word. You see, while the word is going forth, there is an “anointing.”  By “anointing” we mean that the Spirit of God is touching your mind and saying something to you. So remember how you have received the word. Paul spoke of it, that you must remember how you received it, because when you step out, there are some agents that come into play. These are agents of deception, agents of the devil, thieves!

Do you know where the chief thief lives? The chief thief lives inside of you! Upstairs, in your mind! The chief thief of the Word of God is in your mind. It is human reasoning! Logic! Logic says, “Well, if this is this, then this is supposed to be that.” With logic you will come to a logical conclusion, which may turn out to be a lie.

Have you ever heard of a logical conclusion being a lie? You have a person saying, “Jesus Christ is the son of Mary. Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God, and therefore Mary is the mother of God.” The conclusion is a lie, because God was before Mary, and God made Mary, so Mary could not be God’s mother. Nevertheless, logic says, “Yes, she is.”

That which is “true” is not always “truth.” Truth is Christ! It may be true that a brother cheated on his income tax, but publishing the fact does not glorify God. It is not truth.

Matthew 13:3-4 says, “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.”

The word is in the mind, delivered by the messenger, but the black birds come in and take away the seed. I have known some people who act as these black birds. Read Leviticus 11 and you will find out that when it makes mention of predator birds, it is referring to people. Birds defy the forces of gravity and fly above earth, so they are a type of spiritual people. This chapter in Leviticus mentions the hawk, the cuckoo, the eagle, and others, and it says to us concerning these birds, “Do not eat them!” The word “eat” in Scripture means “become one with.” In John 6, Jesus said, “Eat Me, for My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.” When you eat Jesus, you become “one” with Jesus.

So, let us not become one with those who take away the seed of the word from us, but let us eat Jesus so that we would become one with Him.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 1-2)

Thought for today: Remember how you have received the word and don’t let the birds steal it from you.

The Laws of Redemption

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Scripture reading: Romans 8:2

God designed various Laws of Redemption for the deliverance of His people. But laws, when put in the converse, become detrimental to the very people that they were designed to deliver. Thus, we see Satan turning the word of God backwards in order to hurt humanity. Some Satanists even learn to read the Bible backwards; they even walk backwards as part of their training.

For years we were baffled by the vulnerability of Christians to satanic bedevilments even as sinners are. This particularly baffled me, when in our ministry all over the world we found Christians who loved the Lord with all their hearts and who were greatly dedicated to God still having severe satanic oppressions and needing deliverance. As God continued to reveal Himself to us, we gradually began to understand the situation. At the outset, let me say that it does not necessarily mean that a Christian has committed some sin to be bound by the enemy:

1. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as his Savior and submits to the Spirit of God, he comes under the law of Romans 6:16, and becomes a servant of God. The Blood of Jesus Christ redeems him, and all the covenants that he had made with Satan are broken. Nevertheless, his redemption is complete only in the Word of God, but in his soul he remains imperfect. That which he has received now in the Word of Almighty God and in his spirit must work its fulfillment in his soul and body. He becomes a covenant child of God. As a covenant people, we are required to keep our part of the covenant. God now lays claim to us as His property, bought and paid for.

2. The covenant that we had with Satan and sin has been broken by the covenant we now make with the Lord. Romans 8:2 say, “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

The covenants we had with devils were made null and void by our covenant with the Lord. But immediately the devils begin to try to get us to submit again to them, in order to apply Romans 6:16, so as to restrict if not altogether rescind our covenant with the Lord. Because of our imperfection, we find ourselves in constant danger of obeying devils instead of the Lord.

Let me tell you a story. There was a day when I told the Lord that I could not find anything wrong with me. In order to prove my unrighteousness, He told me to watch my members that day. When I got to the office there was a piece of chip on the ledge. A suggestion came to my mind to kick the chip off the ledge. Immediately the pride of being a good soccer player with a powerful right foot came into me, and I succumbed to the temptation and kicked the chip like I was placing a ball into the goal. The chip sailed around the corner and slammed into a man’s left eye. In one moment of light banter, I had become the servant of the devil. This was a small act of obedience to the enemy that gave him the right over me. Of course, I repented immediately, and denied Satan any further manipulation. But let me give you a more serious scenario:

Suppose there was someone I know who was worshipping the devil and I reproved him of his devil worship and told him I would have nothing to do with it, but because he is a near kin of mine, I would from time to time give him money to help him along. This money he would use to strengthen himself in his worship of the devil. Would I be guilty of aiding the work of the devil? The answer is yes! The devil is not concerned with what you thought you were doing. He claims his right over you because you participated with one of his servants.

God is in a process of completing our redemption. Yet, this cannot be done without a massive worldwide tribulation. The church will not voluntarily come to that standard of righteousness that God requires. At this time, when we pray for revival, it is actually a prayer for judgment. In Isaiah 26:9 is stated as divine wisdom that people in tribulation learn righteousness. Most men will call on God when they are in trouble, thus trouble is a necessity for some men’s righteousness.

To the watchmen I say, “It is time to sound the alarm.” To the sleeping, I say, “It is time to awake.” To those who are awake, I say, “It is time to trim your lamps.” To the foolish virgins, “It is time to get oil. The bridegroom is on his way.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1993, pg. 10-11, 23, 25)

Thought for today: Let us hold fast to the words of Jesus, “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

The Devil’s Claim

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Scripture reading: Romans 6:16

Scripture states in 1 Corinthians 15:56 that the “strength of sin is the law.” This means that because of sin the law was necessary. Without sin the devil would have no power over humanity. But the Christian though redeemed still sins, thus giving Satan a right over God’s possession. This law of the spirit is clearly stated in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman church:

Romans 6:16, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants (slaves) ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness.”

In the mount of temptation, Satan clearly stated to Jesus that the kingdoms of the world were given to him:

Luke 4:6, “And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it.”

These kingdoms of men were not given to Satan by God, but man relinquished it by the law of war described by Jesus Christ:

Matthew 12:29, “Or else, how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.”

All the laws of God are good for the children of God. Nevertheless, we find the devil using them against the people of God. It is simple to look historically at God’s dealings and to see a pattern of behavior that is not human but absolutely effective. God’s ways are so much higher than man’s ways.

In delivering the Israelites from Egypt, God called out evil angels (Psalms 78:49) to kill all the firstborn in Egypt. In His order to the spirits of death, He did not tell them only to kill Egyptians, but to kill all the firstborn. The Lord then instructed Moses how to defeat the spirits with the blood on the doorposts and lintels. The lamb without spot or blemish, slain in obedience to the Lord, became an acceptable type of Christ. The blood applied to the doors and windows flashed forth the glory of God in the face of the spirits and they could not enter the houses of the Israelites. It did not matter even if many Egyptian firstborn might be within the house; they had to flee from such a house.

Another instance of God’s peculiar dealings can be seen in the story of Herod’s trying to kill the baby Jesus. God did not stop Herod, but gave Joseph a dream to flee into the land of Egypt with the young child until Herod was dead.

In the same way, the Lord told the devil in Genesis 3:14, “…dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.” In verse 19, He said to Adam, “…dust thou art.” It looks at a glance that the Lord is giving us to Satan as his food, but at a closer scrutiny we find that God has actually given us the power to destroy Satan by denying him of his food. We now control the food of the enemy, and as we grow in righteousness, we more and more starve Satan and his hosts in a battle that we are winning more and more every day.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1993, pg. 9-10)

Thought for today: Remember God has given us the power to destroy Satan by denying him of his food. Choose to starve Satan out in your life!

Knowledge of the Kingdom

This message entitled “Knowledge of the Kingdom“ was given by Brother Cecil duCille in December 1984.

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The Travailing Church

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Scripture reading: Revelation 12:2

Revelation 12:2, “And she (the church; see our previous post) being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.”

This church is a pregnant church because she is going to bring forth the final church, the thing which God had in His heart and His mind when He looked upon Adam and saw that it was good. She was going to bring forth the final church that would please God. We read so much about this church and we hear so much about this church, but none of us have ever seen it. It is about to appear in the human realm. It is this great called-out people. This church is called-out from the called-out; the assembly that shall come out of the assembly of saints that God is preparing for this hour. As a matter of fact, the only thing that is going to save the world is the coming forth of THIS CHURCH in great power and authority.

Let us look into “travailing.” Why is she travailing? Should she not have the child easily since she has the glory of God upon her? It is the travail that is going to bring the church into the place where she will please God. Isaiah 13:6-10, “Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.”

This verse is associated with the great tribulation that shall come. It will also be the time of the travail of the church. For if the church does not bring forth that glorious man child church to save the world, then the world would be completely lost. The church will bring forth the man child.

Isaiah 26:17-18, “Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Verse 20, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” We see the travail of this church is going to be at a time of great trouble and a time of destruction and distress. The church, in the midst of this pain and suffering, will receive a glorious coming forth in the likeness of Jesus Christ.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 25-26)

Thought for today: It is the travail that is going to bring the church into the place where she will please God.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 12:1

“There appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet…” If the “woman” is the church, then “the sun” would be Christ and the clothing would be the glory of Christ, or of God, upon this church. This church has the approval of God. Some naive brethren say that this woman is Mary. Revelation 1:1 tells us that we are going to hear of things “which must shortly come to pass.” Therefore, Revelation 12:1 could not be written about Mary as that would be writing about things in the past. Revelation is about the church which is in the future, which future is very much upon us at this time. We see the “woman (the church) clothed with the sun (Christ), and the moon (the church) under her feet.”

We will establish scriptures where the word “WOMAN” refers to church, where “MOON” refers to church, and where “SUN” refers to Christ. I am determined that everything in this study must be backed up by the Word of God.

Psalm 84 speaks of God as the sun. Verse 11, “For the LORD GOD IS A SUN and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Malachi 4:2, “But unto you that fear my name shall the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS arise with healing in HIS wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” This verse refers to Jesus Christ as “the sun of righteousness.” Another beautiful scripture is found in 2 Peter 1:19, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the DAY STAR arise in your hearts.” The DAY STAR in the natural is THE SUN. The SUN arising IN THE HEARTS OF THE BELIEVER IS JESUS CHRIST.

Let us look at the word “WOMAN.” Every reference to every church in the Bible, except one reference to one church, is feminine. There is one scripture we will come to that speaks of a masculine church, the final church. Every other reference to the church is as a woman; every pronoun used is a feminine pronoun.

Let us look at just two of these references. 2 Corinthians 11:2, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” This verse does not need any explanation. Ephesians 5:23-24, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” This verse is as clear as it can be. The church is always feminine, always referred to as a woman.

The next word of consideration is the “MOON.” There is a story found in Genesis 37:9-10, “And he (speaking of Joseph) dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, THE SUN and THE MOON and THE ELEVEN STARS made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?” Jacob interpreted the dream correctly. “Shall I (Jacob, the sun) and thy mother (the moon) and thy brethren (eleven stars)…?” We see this type of analogy all throughout the Scripture. These are basic thoughts of the Bible to bring us into the understanding that “the sun” is God or Christ, “the moon” is the church, and “the stars” are the sons of God.

In Revelation 12 we can put these words in perspective. Here we have the “woman clothed with the sun.” This is the church clothed with the righteousness of God. This church, whomever she is, is the one that is approved of God when this vision is coming to pass. She had “the moon under her feet.” She was a church standing on a church. She had gained ascendancy over the church which might have been her birth. She came out of the moon and is standing on top of the moon church. The glory of God has been moved from one church to another.

This truth is not so strange. We see in history wherein God would move in one church, and when that church failed and became worldly, God would pull some of the people out of that church. Those pulled out would move in the light of God in great revival and God would be with them. When they would fall into complacency and somehow lose their candlestick, God would move on to another church. This has been the way of God through the ages.

The natural phenomenon is that the sun shines on the moon. The moon has no light of its own. Moonlight comes from the sun. The moon reflects the light of the sun. Here the light from the sun has been removed from the moon and is concentrated on the woman.

There is a church amongst us that is not approved of God, and there is a church THAT IS approved of God. The light of God is upon a specific church. I am not talking about a denomination. No! No! I am speaking in regards to the people of God, the Body of Christ, which is not an organization. They are scattered all over the world, but they are the people upon whom the Lord God has put His approval. The approval of God is upon a specific church and these people have been called out, or sometimes kicked out, of other churches.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 22-24)

Thought for today: Let us be amongst the church THAT IS approved by God!

In a Point of Creation

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Scripture reading: Matthew 5:48

Do you know that you can read one passage of Scripture a thousand times and every time you read it, it is new? Some people say, “Oh, we have heard all this before. We do not need to go to conventions because we are just going to hear the same old time thing all over and over again.” But the truth is the Word is new every morning! Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God! Hallelujah!

Let me tell you, brethren, something about Abraham. Abraham was righteous. It was not because he lied. The Bible was careful to tell you how Abraham lied, and the Bible was careful to tell you how Abraham had his maid at the behest of his wife. The Bible is careful to tell you these things to show you that Abraham was not a superman. But, he believed God. He believed God, and God counted it to him for righteousness! How are you going to be righteous? You have to believe God. You have to do what God tells you what to do. You have to move in the way God tells you to move.

We have to know that we are being created. The moment Abraham lifted the knife and decided to drive it down into his son, a new life came into him! God said, “Now, I know.” Do you think there is anything God does not know? Brethren, the things that are happening to you in life are happening because God is tempting you to walk in an area that will create in you SOMETHING NEW! Hallelujah! The Spirit of God, moving upon David, said, “Lord, create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.”

We are being created in the likeness of God. We are being made in the likeness of God. How are we being made? How is it happening? Everything you do, everything you think is part of the creative process. It will either hinder the creation or it will foster it! There is a delicate point in the creation of anything, when it can either turn one way or the other. We are at that point where God is trying to birth Christ within us, and the world is trying to birth Satanism (the devil himself) within us. And the one hinders the other!

May God help us, brethren. May God help us to understand the truth that we are in a point of creation. Everything you see in the movies, everything you see in the world, everything you see in your mind—it has a process. IT IS EITHER ASSISTING OR RESISTING THE PROCESS OF YOUR CREATION IN THE IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST! Amen!

So, we have to be careful. God is saying to you, “Be ye perfect.” Why would God say that to me if I have no power to be perfect? The power is in my hand, either to submit to the perfecting process, or to resist it. Now, how can it be, that I resist the process, and I do not even know what I am doing? It is because, if I submit to the devil, he will cause me to resist it without my even knowing. Therefore, I become a fool! An innocent fool who resists God without knowing that I am resisting God.

God is saying to us as a people, “Rise up, rise up, shake yourself from the dust.” Claim your rightful place in God. Hold on to the good that God has done, the good that He has given you, the way that He has prepared for you to escape out of the dust! Hallelujah! Don’t you see that He wants a lively Body? God looked down and He saw a people rising up in the end of time who will serve the Lord. The Scripture calls it the “generation of the righteous” (Psalm 14:5). In other words, a generation of people who will obey God! Glory to God! God is at this time finding people who He can flow through. If God flows through you, you become righteous because you are doing exactly what God wants you to do. That is righteousness; that is holiness. And when you do it for a time, it becomes a habit and God calls you holy. He said, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” May God help you and bless you.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, November 1999, pg. 15-16)

Thought for today: Let God flow through you so that you may become righteous. The power of your creation in the image of Jesus Christ is in your hand.