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Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 3:3

Let us talk a little bit more about FEEDING THE FLOCK OF GOD by being examples unto the flock. You feed the flock by example. Let me tell you something: people are hardly hearing what you say, they hear what you do. Oh, yes! They are hardly hearing what you say. You believe me that of what you hear me speak only 20% is going to stay with you, unless the Holy Ghost brings something back to you. But you are addicted to doing what you see me do.

Many times my wife, Mavis, and I will walk into a place and say nothing at all. We go in, we say good night, we go to bed, and the people are blessed and delivered. Oh, yes! We went into a house one time and it was late night. We went to bed, we slept, we got up, and we came out the next morning. By the next morning the telephone rang and the brother, the man of the house, was told what a horrible set of people we are. He said, “No, it is not true! These people came into my house and I had problems in my house. But since they came the problems left and we have been delivered.”

Why? Because there is a spirit that goes with you. If you just finished quarreling at home and beating your wife and go to the church and preach, that whole thing is going to let loose on that congregation without your knowing it. That spirit is going to take charge of them. Do you see what I am saying?

I am saying, brethren, that we preach, WE FEED THE FLOCK BY EXAMPLE. An example is the greatest method of feeding the flock and there is no way you can deceive the flock. The flock tastes the food and it is bitter. They don’t know why it is bitter; you don’t know why it is bitter. The words were right, everything was quite in order, but the flock tasted a little bitterish taste. God is saying that as we begin to be careful one with another so that we feed one another in the Spirit, we are going to find that the very person that you just finished feeding turns around and is a strength to you and feeds you back.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 18-19)

Thought for today: People are hardly hearing what you say, they hear what you do.

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Scripture reading: Genesis 2:18-23

Let us talk today about being an example to the flock of God. You know, my wife and I have been married for over thirty years and we have never had a quarrel. We have had disagreements wherein I said, “This is black,” and she said, “This is white.” When this happens, immediately I want to find out why she should say that it is white when it is black and she is proving to me that it is white. We say, “Okay, let us see whether it is white or black. We will find out soon.” Then we agree to go either white or black. Needless to say, most of the times I am on the losing side. Oh, yes!

So I learned to lose. You see, the image that a man goes into his home with is generally that he is always right. Sometimes you are ashamed that you are wrong, but you shouldn’t be ashamed. You asked God for a helpmeet and here you have another brain just as active as yours, another spirit just as active as yours, another soul connected with God, and this is where your strength lies. But if you dare to overpower this child of God, this son of God in your house, so that you are always on top, you have destroyed your sanctuary. That is just what God said about Satan, “You have destroyed your sanctuaries” (Ezekiel 28:18). In other words God gave you a woman, God gave the woman a man so that between both of them no devil in hell, no nothing can proceed and conquer. Because you see, the two of you are a whole man. One of you is only a piece of a man.

Let me tell you, I thought I had great discernment. Oh man, I could see through a nine inch wall. But I found out that I was absolutely blind in some places. I asked God, “But I can’t understand how can I see in this realm so much and be so blind in this other area?”

Like in the realm of the Word; I will see in the realm of the Word beyond almost any man that I know. The moment God shows me the word, I can see way out there. I can see other things, too; I have discernment of spirits. I am sleeping on one side and a spirit comes through the door on the other side and I see him. I know exactly what he is, what he is in here for, everything like that. Yet, I discovered that I was absolutely blind in some sections and I asked God about it.

God said that is the way He made me. He asked me, “Can you see in the back of your head?”

You haven’t got a good idea of what your head looks like in the back, yet your wife has to put up with it every day. She sees the back of your head all the while and knows it intimately. The moment you discover that you are weak in certain areas, you will give way. You will go to your wife and say, “What do you think about this? How do you feel?”

There is another thing too that men lose out with – spiritual feelings. Did you know that the five senses that you have – smelling, hearing, seeing, feeling, and tasting – are five spiritual senses? God would never have made you with anything natural that isn’t spiritual. The natural senses are only teaching you that there are five spiritual senses and you might be very good at seeing, yet be kind of deaf in the ears. Anything you see or feel, check it out with your wife.

These women, brothers, (women, this is not for you now, I am talking to the men) have got a feeling sense that sometimes is very senseless. You ask her and she says, “I don’t feel right about that.”

You say, “Why don’t you feel right about it? Isn’t it the Word of God? Doesn’t it look right?” And so and so – everything is right.

“But I just don’t feel right about it.”

She can’t explain why she doesn’t feel right; it has no sense, it has no reason. Don’t step over it, brothers! Don’t step over that little funny feeling. There is a thing called, “I have a check.” If you are going to move this chair and you don’t feel 100% right about it, don’t touch it. It is something that the Holy Ghost is putting into you so that you might not move out of spirit. If you don’t pay attention to it, you will always get burned.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 16-18)

Thought for today: God gave the man a woman and God gave the woman a man so that between both of them no devil in hell can proceed and conquer.

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Scripture reading: 1 Peter 5:1-3

We know that God is saying that those who are given the oversight of the flock of God, which He hath purchased with His own Blood, must feed the flock (Acts 20:28).

So feed the flock. However, there is a possibility of you feeding the flock and yet you not being fed. You can be a feeder and not an eater; you just take the food and give it, take the food and give it. Yes!

I never forgot the night when God told me, “Appropriate it before you export it.” I thought He was giving me a message to give to you, but He was actually giving me a message for me. Amen. I was burning with fever and Jesus came to me and spoke to me. You know it is always exciting when the Lord comes and speaks to you. I jumped for my pencil. I was going to write down what He was saying so that I wouldn’t forget it and be able to preach it in the service the next morning.

But He said, “No. No. Put that pencil aside. YOU APPROPRIATE IT.”

I began to repeat what He said and repeat what He said, until it began to sink into my heart. The fever, the cold, my throat, everything went immediately. I got up completely well the next morning. It was a lesson that He was giving me, but I was going to export it before I used it. I was thinking it was for you and not for me.

Let us go to 1st Peter 5:1-3, “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.”

You feed the flock by example.

There is no way that a brother should come in the congregation, begin to preach and tell the brethren how to behave at home with their wives, when he is not behaving at home with his wife. Yet, this thing goes on all the while.

There was a man, a Counselor, a Divorce Counselor and in the midst of his counseling he got divorced. Do you see what I mean? He was counseling, yet he had not counseled himself.

We are going to realize that preaching the Word of God is not jumping up and giving a message. Preaching the Word of God is being the example.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 15-16)

Thought for today: Being an example goes further than words or actions.

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Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-22

Do you ever wonder how God tells people what their calling is? He does it in a very simple way. He puts something in your heart for you to do, but then whether you do it or do it not, you are responsible for it.

You may say, “I don’t know my calling. I don’t know what God has called me for?” Do you think God is going to come and tell you, “Oh boy, you are the king around here? You are so and so. You are a teacher. You are this.”

NO, SIR! What God is doing is that He is putting teaching into your heart. He is putting the desire to weep over the flock into your heart. When you are distressed at what is going on in the church, it is God that put it into your heart. If you go to God with your distress, God will use you to help the situation. When you start obeying God and helping the situation, then you know for sure that God is establishing you in that ministry of helping the situation, until one day you find out who you are. God isn’t going to tell you unless you have already discovered who you are.

With some people it works a little bit different though. God tells some people about their calling and I don’t know why. When God told me, I didn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe it. I was so wretched, I just couldn’t believe it. I felt like God was just trying to butter me up to get me going. I said, “All right, God, I’ll move; I’ll do what You want me to do.” But I wouldn’t believe it. In other words, it wasn’t going to puff me up, for I didn’t think much of me and I can tell you that point blank. I just don’t think much of me. I could never believe that I am special like that, because I know me. I know that it is just the mercy of God why I survive, because of the situation of my own humanness. I hate being human. Do you know that? Have you ever hated being human? I mean you are human and some human thoughts come through you and you are ashamed of them. Oh, you’d better believe it. You are still human.

You want to be like Jesus Christ and you wonder, “Why can’t I be like Jesus Christ this evening? Or, even tomorrow morning for sure?” But you know you are still human. So therefore you don’t like being human and because you don’t like being human you kind of understand other human beings. Oh, yes. Whenever a man comes against you and hits you and hurts you and tries to hurt you more, you need to understand him, that he is only being human and that he is only submitting to the same devil that you could have submitted to had God not had mercy on you. So that if there is a man that is against you, you can understand him. “…I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22b).

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 11-12)

Thought for today: Whenever a man comes against you, you need to understand him. He is only being human and submitting to the same devil that you could have submitted to had God not had mercy on you.

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Scripture reading: John 21:17

God has a special message for our souls today. He says that we have a responsibility. This responsibility is to feed the flock of God. It is not the situation that you may do it if you want to, or you may not do it if you don’t want to. This is a command of God. He said, “If you love Me, if you have that “agape” love (Greek word for God’s love) for God, if you even have that “phileo” love that you love your own family with, then you are going to be diligent about feeding the flock of God.

Many of us live beside a neighbor and we don’t even know the neighbor. I am guilty of that a lot of times. You pass by and say, “Howdy do,” and nothing else. That neighbor could die and go to hell and you never stretched a finger, because you were minding your own business. We are going to have to get out of that and begin to suffer. You knock at the neighbor’s door and he slams the door in your face; you begin to suffer to get to him. Do you back off? No, you find another way of getting to him, because this is your job, this is your duty. This is the command of God. It is no longer you may do it or you may not do it.

Jesus said in John 21:16, “Simon (Peter), son of Jonas, lovest thou me?”

Ask your own heart, “Do I ‘agape’ my brother, my sister? Do I ‘agape’ the world?” That is a rough situation to ‘agape’ the world, because they don’t want it. They are kicking it back to you. But I remember in the days when we were out there in sin. If you found a young lady that you wanted to talk to, you found a way to talk to her. I knew one man who was working for the devil and he wanted to get to a certain girl. He pitched off a step right before her, dropped down the bottom row and tore his jacket – to get her attention. He got it. Oh, yes. I smile when I think of some of the tricks that you played in the past. You did what you wanted to do.

Now God is saying, “Now in Christ Jesus are you less diligent about doing the things that God wants you to do?”

When I first got saved, being kind of crazy, I rushed down the street and this time it was no playing, no going around. I would go right up to an individual and say, “You are going to hell.” Hallelujah. You know what I mean. Before the person could catch their composure, you begin to talk fast because you want that soul. Oh, yes. I would look at a soul out there and say, “Jesus Christ I want that one for you!” I would go inside and pray to God and God would bring the person flying in. Oh, yes!

You have to have something inside of you saying, “Lord Jesus, if you can just use me to save that one, let me have him/her.” You have to have a care for them. You know, this is your department, this is your world. Amen.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 5-7)

Thought for today: If you love God, you are going to lay down your life to get the sheep and the lambs fed.

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Scripture reading: John 21:15-17

Let us turn our Bibles to John 21. This chapter is written after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We see Jesus appearing unto the brethren. Let’s read from verse 15, So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved (If I came and did that to you, you would want to know what is going on.) because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Today we want to talk about the feeding of the sheep and the lambs. But we have to get into the background of what was said, because the English does not carry out what Jesus and Peter really said. There are two words here that are used for love: the word “phileo” and the word “agapao.”

Jesus Christ asked Peter, “Do you agape me?” and Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, I phileo You.”

In other words Jesus was asking, “Do you love me with the love of God?” and Peter was saying, “I love you just as much as I can love you; as much as I love my own brother. I love you like my own mother or like my own family.”

Peter was going to his limit but Jesus was trying to force him beyond the man’s limit, “Do you agape me?” Finally, the third time Jesus said, “All right, do you phileo me?” Peter responded, “You know that I phileo You.” Then Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”

You cannot feed God’s people without God’s love. Love for your family is not enough to give you the incentive to feed God’s people, because feeding God’s people takes suffering. Every mother knows what it takes to bring up a child and when the child rebels against you, you don’t throw him out because he is rebellious. Instead you do everything to throw the rebellion out of him. But then in the process of trying to get the rebellion out of him, you have to get the rebellion out of you, because generally the rebellion that is in the child came from the parents. So the child becomes the teacher of the adult, because you are here trying to get rebellion out of a child while you have rebellion in you. You will find that unless you can put down your own rebellion and begin to deal with the situation in the child, you will be feeding the child with more rebellion rather than deliverance from rebellion as rebellion is a spirit. It is a spirit. So we have hindering spirits that hinder our feeding one another.

Now the peculiar part about this whole chapter of John is that God told Peter to feed the flock of God and God tells the ministry to feed the flock of God. But today God is calling to the flock of God to feed the flock of God. It has come to the place where the body is the feeder.

Let me explain it to you: You take the hand and you pick up the food and you put it to the mouth, but the moment that the food gets to the mouth and begins to go down into the alimentary canal, the body begins to work on it; it begins to send out food to the different parts of the body. So it is the body that feeds the body, although the food originally went to the mouth from the hand. But if the body doesn’t strengthen the hand, the hand will never be able to lift the food to the mouth. I trust you understand what I am saying.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 3-4)

Thought for today: Love for your family is not enough to give you the incentive to feed God’s people. You need the “agapao” love of God, because feeding God’s people takes suffering.

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Scripture reading: Colossians 1:13-16

Today, I want you to understand one important thing: God is Almighty for me, but He is not Almighty for the enemy that is coming against me. The enemy still looks down on you and says, “I can beat that thing called man.” You see, God has to use you to teach the principalities and powers of hell Who God is.

Colossians 1:13-16 says, Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

We see that this scripture tells us about principalities and powers being created by Him. Yes. Let us read in Ephesians 3:9-10, And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.

The word “church” in this passage signifies the church militant. In other words, we as living people are teaching their princes and all of their areas of influence the manifold wisdom of God. Let’s see if we can analyze that a little bit. For instance, when we gather together in His name, the place is more than full because there are more gathered with us than what we see in the natural. They have ways of seeing us and hearing us, although they can’t be contained in this little building. So then all the people who have passed on and gone to the heavenlies are listening to the revelation that God gives us here now in the church. Those who are in hell are studying us to see how they can get at us. So the people to whom God is giving revelation and who are walking in truth become a target for hell and become a school for those who are in the heavenlies. Can you imagine a man who never knew God and died but on his deathbed he called upon the Lord and was saved? Where do you think he is going to learn about God? The Bible says, “from the church” and “the angels desire also to look into it” (Ephesians 3:10, I Peter 1:12). The angels are learning from us. Paul, in speaking to the brethren, said that you must be careful how you walk and how you talk and how you live, because the heavenly host is watching you.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2011, pg. 15-16)

Thought for today: Remember, in every situation you find yourself in, you are teaching the princes and all of their areas of influence the manifold wisdom of God.

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