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Scripture reading: Psalm 15:5

He That Does Not Put Out His Money to Usury

The question that is being asked is, “Is it putting my money out to usury if I deposit it in a bank and receive interest?”

In Matthew 25:27 in the Parable of the Talents, Jesus said to the servant who buried his talent, “Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received usury.” Here Jesus was giving a parable which must show a true picture of the heavenly position. The word for the exchangers could correctly be translated bankers and the word for usury just means interest.

We can see therefore that the Law properly interpreted would refer to the using of money to oppress others with excessive interest, more than saying you should not put your money into the bank and receive interest.

The letter of the law will bring death, it is the spirit of what God is saying that brings life.

Nor Taketh Reward Against the Innocent

This is actually a Word of God against BRIBERY which is also illegal in the United States.

Exodus 23:8, “And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.”

One does not feel the evil force of a bribe until you become the victim of a bribe. As an officer of the courts I was once involved in a case where a man committed murder and was set free because the jury was bribed. In this case those who receive the bribe became murderers after the fact.

When we apply this to the Spirit, the bribe does not have to be money or for that matter anything material, but if we pervert justice through friendship or love of praise, etc., we become guilty equally with the guilty and partake of his judgment, and nobody escapes the judgments of God, no matter how long it takes.

The Conclusion of Psalm 15

Psalm 15:5c, “He that doeth these things shall never be moved.”

The picture this scripture suggests is that one who lives according to Psalm 15 will have God as a firm foundation and will never be moved by the Mover but will stand when others fall.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, October 1983)

Thought for today: Let us live by the instructions laid out in Psalm 15 so that we can make God our firm foundation and stand when others fall.

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Scripture reading: Judges 11:29-40

In the book of Judges, Jephthah, a judge of Israel, swore to God to give as an offering the first thing that met him on his return from a victorious battle. His beloved and only daughter met him and he had to give her to the Lord.

His character was under severe testing. He did not flinch or say. “Lord, I did not mean this.” He just turned her over to God, and since we know that God does not accept human sacrifice, then this scripture could only mean that she was given to God as a bond servant of the temple for the rest of her life.

Numbers 30:2, “If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.”

When one reads a law as the above, the first thought which comes is, “What relationship does this have to us and our time?” The Scripture says that the law was a school-master to bring us unto Christ. When therefore we come to Christ, we do not destroy the Law. Through Christ in me I will not become a Covenant breaker. My vows at Baptism – that I will follow the Lord in death, burial and resurrection – are kept by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Paul describes “Covenant Breakers” as one of the signs of the end-time and in our time we have seen some of the greatest examples of Covenant Breakers – Hitler for instance, signed a non-aggression pact with Russia while he was preparing to attack them. More recently Russia signed a S.A.L.T. treaty with the West and has broken almost every line of it. Nearer to home – husbands and wives make matrimonial vows to one another and break them in record numbers all over the world today.

Let us return unto the Lord, to our vows of salvation, our vows of baptism, and our vows to follow the Lord wherever He goes. Let us recommit ourselves to our families and to the family of God.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, October 1983)

Thought for today: Let us return unto the Lord and keep the covenants we have vowed unto Him.

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Scripture reading: Psalm 15:4

We should not forget to honor those in our midst who fear the Lord. The example we get every day from the brethren is not honor to those who fear the Lord, but honor to those who can put out a “Best seller” no matter how they received their material. Or, honor to those who are the most successful businessmen, honor to those who give the best offering. You can get on the honor roll of most organizations by giving a certain amount of money. I have been excommunicated from many groups and churches for speaking exactly what the Lord told me to say, while the same groups and churches accept preachers who are making up their own sermons but speaking more pleasant words.

Some of our ministers and churches who know the blessing of receiving the Holy Spirit baptism are turning back to Rome and wantonly addressing members of the Roman Catholic Church as “Catholic Brethren.” In turn the Catholic Church is calling those, who once were the accursed Protestants, “Separated Brethren.”

Let us honor the brethren who live clean and give a good example to others. Let us honor true eldership, not those who boss it over us but those who set a good example for us to follow and walk humbly before the Lord. Let us not honor others because God is using them, but let us honor them because they are showing forth Christ in their lives. Let us honor the wives who work faithfully in the home and in the church for the love of Christ.

LET US HONOR all men and women who fear God not usurping Christ in the congregations of the saints. Let us honor them for they are few who do not seek their own honor, and command men to call them by unscriptural titles which God calls names of Blaspheme.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, October 1983)

Thought for today: Let us honor those in our midst who fear the Lord

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Scripture reading: Isaiah 7:15 & 22

The world has almost completely reversed the human concept of right and wrong. The only true basis of what is right and what is wrong is the accepting of God as the paragon and Jesus Christ as the “Plumbline”.

Isaiah 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

Darkness is covering the land and gross darkness is taking hold upon the people.

The meaning of the word “contemned” is to disdain or to be contemptible. The Word of God is saying here that we should not esteem those who are evil. The Christian conscience that has been washed by the blood of Jesus Christ abhors evil and does not allow us any kind of pleasure in those who are evil both by their actions and by their life style. On the other hand we find an increasing number of those who profess to be “born again”, freely fraternize with those who are living and fostering an evil and ungodly way of life.

If I should ask my readers, “What is the greatest evil of today that is called good?” I am sure I would receive a multitude of good answers, but most of us would either be afraid to even think of the truth, or if we do, we would shy from the expression of it. The greatest force for good in the world is the CHURCH. There is no doubt about it that God called out a people in Jesus Christ to come out of the world and the things of the world and to be part of His kingdom on the earth. This people are to eventually deliver the earth from all its evil and in the end the “earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea….” BUT if this people, who are the called out of God, who accept the name and the right to be called CHURCH, but refuse to come out of the ways, deeds and thinking of the world, thus looking like the kingdom of God on the outward, but speaking like the world from the inward, then this people would be evil parading as good, darkness parading as light, and bitter showing itself as sweet. There is such a mixture in our present day church system that unless one sees from the eyes of God, it would be almost impossible to discern good from evil.

Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind THAT ye may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

In conclusion let me quote from Isaiah 7:15 & 22:

7:15, “And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give, he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall everyone eat that is left in the land.”

7:22, “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the EVIL, and choose the GOOD.”

Butter and honey represent the pure unadulterated WORD of GOD. The people’s taste is being confused between bitter and sweet, but God has promised that those who desire to know the truth will know it by divine intervention.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, October 1983)

Thought for today: Let us eat butter and honey, the unadulterated Word of God, so that we may be able to refuse the evil and choose the good.

 

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Scripture reading: Luke 10:30-37

So many times there are so many things said against brethren which are artfully contrived by Satan and his agents to discredit them, and the child of God who is naïve and gullible will believe them or some part of them, thus become a recruit of evil forces. The question is: How do I become a part of evil forces when I am not evil and do not desire to be? Anyone who becomes an accessory to any action before or after it is committed, legally is as guilty as the one committing the act. In some cases the act could not have been carried out without the help of the passive person who merely acquiesced.

Evil spirits cannot of their own accord hurt any human being, but when we give them the authority, then they can in our name do so. To hear a story about a person and to believe it and sometimes be hurt about it, and be upset with the person because of it, without any investigation or approaching the person, is indeed taking up a reproach against our neighbor.

The word of God declares that we should “Love thy neighbour as yourself.” The Apostles asked Jesus to explain who is classified as a ‘neighbour’. In reply Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan: Two people passed the wounded man without rendering assistance, but the Samaritan helped him and bound up his wounds. This definition of ‘neighbour’ adds a new understanding to the word – not to take up a reproach against one’s neighbour. It is saying in effect, beware of how you take up a reproach against those who do you good. It is a common experience that those you seek to do the greatest good are sometimes the ones who level the most criticism at you. Out of the abundance of a good heart many times we over-extend ourselves to do good to others. Sometimes our efforts backfire leaving us looking not so good. God is saying to us, “Look carefully at those who are trying to do you good, and whether they succeed or not, do not criticize them because in so doing you will displease the Lord very much.”

Those of us who read this message and can recognize this spirit in our selves are indeed blessed of the Lord, for this will be the beginning of the casting out of that spirit. The people of God must be completely free of all evil spirit activity soon and very soon. The evil spirits are PREACHING through some of our brothers and sisters that there is NO EVIL SPIRIT and no DEVIL. They say the devil is just the Adamic nature in man. Those who subscribe to this doctrine are not hearing from God, and we must pray that the Holy Spirit will quickly deal with them to deliver them from the clutches of the enemy before it becomes too late.

There are dozens of scriptures which can prove this evil doctrine to be evil, but I must only give you one and I am sure the Holy Spirit will do the rest. When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden, there was no Adamic nature; the Adamic nature only came about after man had sinned, nevertheless, the Scripture records that the devil was in the Garden before the Adamic nature.

Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord had made. And he (Satan) said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

The first step of being free of evil spirit manifestations is to know and acknowledge that there are such manifestations in us.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, August 1983)

Thought for today: To take up a reproach against one’s neighbor is an evil spirit manifestation.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 5:43-44

This title does not suggest that we could do evil to our enemies but not to our neighbours; what it does suggest is that we should do no evil at all.

Matthew 5:43-44, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Evil is continuously attacking the believer, and the idea is not so much to punish him or her, but it is to get the Christian to do evil in retaliation. There is no right about revenge. A blow struck in anger cannot be of God or righteousness. The child of God therefore is in a constant battle to keep himself from participating in evil. Devils will see to it that the word gets to you of what someone is saying about you, in order that you may say something against him. We see therefore, that evil is ever present with us and we must be on our double watch in order to overcome in this area.

God gives us a great deal of instructions pertaining to dealing with each other. Of course LOVE is the main ingredient in our human relationship one with another. Nevertheless, sometimes we do hurt those we love, sometimes inadvertently.

On this score, God placed four ordinances in the church (one is controversial). Each of these ordinances is a covenant with one another and with God. It is very important that we have the right relationships first at home and then with our neighbours (Christian brethren as well as sinners), then by these we learn to have right relationships with the world at large.

The ordinance of communion is directly aimed at us making a covenant with each other by the Blood and Body of Jesus Christ. The Blood is the Life which we share and the Body we are. Baptism is a covenant to follow Jesus in His ministry through His Body; marriage is a covenant with your partner to be one in Him; and washing of the saint’s feet, though controversial it may be, does serve to bring the brethren together in love.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, August 1983)

Thought for today: Evil is ever present with us and we must be on our double watch in order to overcome.

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Scripture reading: James 3:5-6

In order to become overcomers, we need the “Truth in the inward parts.” Open up and let the light of God shine in. We have been duped by Satan too long, and this is the time when Michael the archangel is casting him out of the temple of God. In Leviticus 11 we read of the “Abominable Fowls”. The first category speaks of the “predators”.  There are predator spirits that are using men in the church, and before we can deal with this in the church at large we must deal with it in ourselves. “Speak the Truth in Our Hearts.”

Matthew 12:34-35, “O generation of vipers, how can ye being evil speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; And an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”

Sometimes we wonder why the gift of the Spirit does not work as it ought to. The wrong use of the tongue can be a hindrance to the gift of the Spirit, especially when it is a gift which uses the tongue – prophecy, interpretation of tongues, tongues, teaching, preaching, etc. The following scripture bears this point out:

James 3:11-12, “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.”

I have seen good beautiful ministry gifts corrupted by evil thoughts and evil speaking. In my many years of ministry I have seen many ministries destroyed by listening to the wrong people and talking when they should have been praying. The worst thing that could be done to a preacher is to tell him or her the business of the congregation he visits. In one memorable instance I saw a messenger sent of God to a congregation with a true message: “There is a house dog in this congregation,” said he, “that will bring havoc among you.” After the meeting, the very person who should have been corrected by the prophecy, took the prophet aside and showed him someone else as the “house dog”.

Like the story of the young prophet and the old prophet; the young prophet was completely deceived. This is the reason why a prophet is not just one who prophesies; a teacher is not just one who teaches; a preacher is not just one who preaches; BUT the prophet is one who attained a certain degree of excellence in God and has been called, trained, tried, commissioned and sent of God; so also in a lesser degree is the teacher and every other God anointed ministry. Men want to go before they are sent. What is the REWARD? Nothing but hay, wood, and stubble. Men are trading eternal things for trash. What does it profit a man if he should gain all the gold in the world and be a loser with God?

James 3:5-6, “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: So is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”

Colossians 3:5, “Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth…”

Romans 8:13, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, August 1983)

Thought for today: When a man is saved, his tongue should also be saved, for that matter every member of his body should be saved.

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