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Scripture reading: 1 John 3:1-10

When you read 1 John 3:1-10, it is interesting to watch the logical development of the thoughts of God. This is God’s thinking that we are talking about now. God is saying, “NOW we are the sons of God.” He is saying that we are not yet what we will be. So, don’t expect yourself to be all glorious with wings and everything NOW, because you are not yet what you will be. But what we do know, we know it for sure, that when He appears, we will be like Him. Whatever He is, that’s how we will be. How simple it is. He is developing. Then he goes on to say further that anyone who sins is under the law, for sin is the transgression of law. If I ask you if you sin, you are going to be baffled, and some will say, “Well, maybe…” and so and so. But the answer is, “No.” You do not sin. If you are born of God, you do not sin. If you are not born of God, you sin.

Verse 5 says, “And ye know that he (Jesus Christ) was manifested to take away (your) sins…” Therefore, if you have Jesus Christ, He has taken away your sin. But let’s go on, because I am sure somebody still doesn’t understand.

Verse 6, “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not (does not sin)…” Whoever abides in Christ does not sin. I will explain that to you. The word “sinneth” is the present continuous tense, like sinning. It is the way that this verse is written in the original Greek text, in the present continuous tense, that means “continues on to sin.” Whosoever continues as a sinner then he, “…hath not seen him (Jesus) – hath not seen Yeshua, hath not seen God – ”…neither known him (he does not know him).

Now, some of you feel that I am condemning you right here with the scripture. But the scripture is right, and we are wrong. So, this is what we decide right now – that the scripture is right.

You notice that it says in verse 7, “Little children…” (“teknion” in Greek). He is not talking about big sons; he is talking about little children. The reason he said little children is because we are struggling with sin. “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth…” You notice the word “doeth.” “Doeth” is another present continuous meaning “he that continues to do.” “…he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he (God) is righteous.” And he that continues to do sin is unrighteous. That’s what it says. Now, let’s go on.

Verse 8, “He that committeth (again, continuous present, “to commit”) sin is of the devil…” You notice how gradually he comes to it. He doesn’t just come right out and say, “You are of the devil if you sin.” But he gives you the whole logical sequence coming down and bringing the thought down. This is God’s thinking. “He that committeth sin (continues to commit sin) is of the devil; for the devil sinneth (continues to sin) from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil (that is, sin). 9 Whosoever is born of God doth (does) not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil (world)…” That’s where the difference comes in.

We are talking about “committeth.” Now, the word “committeth” in the Greek is what we call an active verb. Active verb is, for example, I go. That means I must do some action to go. I go. I hit. I talk. I leap. These are active verbs. When it says an active verb, it means you must actually, deliberately commit sin. Now, those who are born of God don’t actively, deliberately commit sin. They fall INTO sin. They make mistakes. They stumble. That’s why he said, “Little children.” You know, little children go on, they stumble, they fall, and they get up again. So then, God is saying, “My little children,” it is good for you to know that those who go around committing sin are of the devil. It is good for you to know that the sons of God do not go to deliberately commit sin. Now, I didn’t say they don’t sin, because they fall into sin. They didn’t want to do it, but they did it anyhow. They didn’t want to say it, but they said it anyhow. It means that they are careless. But as they grow up and get stronger, they stop stumbling and stop falling. Praise God.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 1-3)

Thought for today: Those who are born of God don’t actively, deliberately commit sin.

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Scripture reading: Psalm 119:11

I want to talk to you today about one part of your soul – the mind. The mind is a vast area before God. Our perception is that we have this little thing that we call the mind, but the mind is not a small thing. In the Spirit, it is a very vast area and this area has deserts in it, barren areas, places where wild beasts dwell. But God wants you to clean up your mind. Do you know why? It is because this is where Jesus Christ is going to be reigning. He wants you to have the mind of Christ.

If you continue to think about your natural business, and do everything natural, you will find that it will prevent you from receiving the fullness of Christ. Christ is preparing us now for His coming. Jesus Christ is coming into the soul first before He comes in the world. How can we be prepared? We have to get guards by the doors of our soul, preventing the old time things from coming in, but allowing the light of God to be coming in, and pushing out the darkness that was in there.

DO NOT CONDONE DARKNESS! If you know that you are a thief, then when you go down to pray, say, “God, I am a thief, and I hate being a thief! I do not want to be a thief, Lord God. Deliver me from stealing.” Do you know what might happen to you the next day? The police may come for you. You ask God to deliver you and He is going to deal with you exactly as you need to be dealt with. Or, maybe the police will not come for you, but He is going to deal with you exactly with the fire that is going to burn the thing out of you. God is going to deal with you with that fire. Do you understand me, brethren?

So, the mind is the most important part of your soul. What you think is what you are. Oh, yes! Whatever you think, that is what you are. We are going to have to begin to understand that God wants this part of our soul to be cleansed before He can come in.

Watch your thinking. Have you ever done it? Take a note of the things that you think about from morning to night, and check up on what causes you to think that way. Now, if the devil can cause you to think certain things contrary to God, then the devil controls you in that area.

The thing I am saying to you is that the mind is the most important part of your soul. The way you think, the things you allow to be bombarding your thoughts—those are the things that are controlling your whole life. You have to begin to think the Word of God. The psalmist says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).

I am saying to you, “Get yourself a Walkman tape player and put on the Word of God.” Put it around your ears while you are working in the house. Let the Word of God be in your ears. You might miss the telephone call, but let the Word of God be in your ears. It will keep you from missing God.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1995, pg. 4-5, 16-17)

Thought for today: If you continue to think about your natural business, and do everything natural, you will find that it will prevent you from receiving the fullness of Christ.

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Scripture reading: 1 Samuel 17:48-51

1 Samuel 17:48-51 says, “And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.”

Notice in this story that David went down to the brook and chose five stones. These five stones are a type of the five-fold ministry which God has put into the church: the apostle, the prophet, the evangelist, the shepherd, and the teacher. We find in Ephesians 4:11 that God has set this ministry in His church. The peculiar and marvelous thing in this story is that David did not use the five stones. He picked up five stones but he only used one. God knew beforehand that he would only need one yet God made him pick up five because five is the number of the ministry that God is going to use to bring down the Philistine, the Antichrist, the false prophet, and Babylon.

The whole picture of the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in Daniel 2 is in living-action colors. It is depicted in Goliath, the mighty giant, whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. The man was nine to ten feet tall and he was brought down with ONE STONE. Notice that the stone smote him in “HIS FOREHEAD” and sank into his frontal lobe. It was more like a gunshot than a stone. I think the angel of God threw the stone. I do not think it was David’s arm although David did release the stone. The stone was blown by the angel of God right into Goliath’s forehead and smote him dead. The forehead is a type of the soul or the mind. Notice that this thing was DONE BY MAN but actually DONE BY GOD. Man was used of God. After all, the only time man really functions right is when he is used of God.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 211-212)

Thought for today: Let us remember, the only time that we function right is when we are used of God.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 18:10-13

The soul of a man is the very personality of that individual. He has a spirit to lead his soul back to God. He has a body through which he expresses and manifests his soul. However, just like a person who lives in a house and becomes so involved with the house that it becomes his master and begins to drive him towards doing certain things, so also the soul can become the master of the man.

God set a spirit in man, and this spirit should bring man to God. When man receives the salvation of God, his soul is quickened and brought to life and his spirit is enlightened. The spirit begins to show the soul a great dimension of light and glory because the soul is now alive. As the living soul demands life from the spirit, the spirit will continue to pull life from God until the Holy Ghost comes and dwells in the man’s spirit.

Once a believer is baptized with the Holy Spirit, the power that comes forth from his spirit into his soul is great, bringing deliverance. He finds he cannot be discouraged easily because the power of God is so great that the life coming from the Father is enlivening his very soul. His thoughts and emotions are changed. There is an action within his emotions that will enable him to control them.

God has set the spirit over the soul over the body. One of the problems with humanity is that sometimes we get the order of God turned around; the body makes the demands and the soul goes along with it and shuts the spirit out. The Spirit is supposed to be in charge. When a man allows the Spirit of God to take a hold of his emotions and his mind, it means that his emotions begin to respond to God’s emotions. As this begins to happen, then the emotions of the man begin to be controlled and begin to die because he no longer is pleasing his emotions, but he is now pleasing God Himself. There is a control over his emotions that the man of God has, that the average person does not have.

After salvation, some people will give way to God and to His control more than others. Therefore, they will have more of what they need than the others although they are both Christians. It depends on how much you open up to the Spirit. If you can find a way to open up to God, then it means that your soul will be strengthened and enlivened.

In the soul there is another nature that we call the will. This nature is generally like an anchor to a ship. When a ship gets into harbor, the anchor is cast and hooked down onto the floor of the ocean (or the bay) and it holds the ship, so that it cannot be tossed to and fro. The ship will not drift but will remain at the spot where the anchor was cast. The will is an anchor to the soul. However, here lies a potential problem: if the will is anchored in the wrong place, then the soul is held in the wrong position. If the will is anchored in the right place, then the soul is held in a right position.

The next part of the soul is the desires, and the desires of man are something that are never the desires of God. Man always desires something else besides what God desires. When God allows you to receive what you desire, very often, it is only God’s way of allowing you to a point, giving you enough rope in order to bring you around to show you how bad your desires were. If ever we desire the same thing as God desires, then it is God’s desire and not our desire by which we are going, because in man dwelleth no good thing, except when the Holy Ghost comes in. Every good thing in man is of God.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 198-199)

Thought for today: God set a spirit in man, and this spirit should bring man to God.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 12:17

Who is it that “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ?” If you say that He is talking about the Ten Commandments, then you do not really understand the Scriptures, because the Bible tells me that those who “keep the commandments of God” are those who obey Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” The reason I said this verse could not mean the Ten Commandments is because no man could keep the Ten Commandments. If the Ten Commandments could have been kept by even one man of the Old Testament, then Jesus would not have come, for it would not have been necessary for Him to come. Jesus came and gave them a new commandment that they should “love one another.” The Lord said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” “The commandments” then could only mean that Jesus Christ is saying that accepting Jesus as your Saviour and accepting the Blood of Jesus Christ make you love one another and make you “keep the commandments of God.”

The whole commandment of God is embodied in the one commandment, LOVE. When the Pharisees asked Jesus, “Which is the great commandment?” He said, “Thou shalt LOVE the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” and “thou shalt LOVE thy neighbour as thyself.” He said that this is “the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:36-39 says, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” The keeping of God’s law is the accepting of Jesus Christ as your Saviour and walking in truth and “the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 42-43)

Thought for today: We keep the Commandments of God when we obey Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

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