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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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Scripture reading: Jeremiah 4:3

I am constantly reminded about my calling: that God called me and who He sent me to. I was sent to go to a special people of God; not just in the United States, but in the world. You see, there are those who are the “ekklesia” in Greek (the “called out”; the church) but then, there are the “eklektos” (“the elect”). There are the “called out” people, who were called out by God, but there are also a “called out” of the “called out.” All of us are called. All the people in the churches are called people. The ministers are anointed people. I have lived with them, I know that they are God-anointed men.

Sister Mavis said in her book Nuggets for the Needy, “God loves everybody, but He delights in some.” I want to be one of those who God delights in, and there is only one way to be, and it is by being obedient. If you can obey God with whatever He tells you to do, you will be among the “Number One” called of God.

I want everyone who finds himself to be wrong in anything, turn away from it and turn to God. True repentance must have three turns. The first turn is to STOP. The second turn is to TURN AWAY; and the third turn is to TURN TO GOD. I have known men who have repented bitterly over things they have done wrong. Sure, they did repent. They were sorry for it and they turned away from it, but they never TURNED TO GOD to fill the vacancy. They found another way, and therefore they went right back into the same error.

We must be “conscious.” God has made some people conscious: sensitive, able to hear, able to feel and able to see spiritual things. I am talking about spiritual things. There is a man who is as much a man as you are, but he is blind. He lost his eyes, but he is every bit as much a man as you are! He lost his eyes; he is not one hundred percent conscious physically, because those eyes were serving a purpose. There are some people who have been so beaten emotionally that they have lost the right touch, the right feel of God. The Spirit of God will come into the church and move, but it does not move them to the extent that it will move the others. So, there is a losing out with God. You can lose out little by little, and you never know when you lost feeling. You never know when you lost touch. You never know when you lost that spiritual God-given divine emotion. You do not feel as you should feel.

One young man came to me one time. He said, “I notice the brethren are clapping, some of them are dancing; some of the young people seem to be alive, and I do not have that feeling. What is wrong with me?” Do you know what was happening? Sin was in his life.

This brings us to Matthew 13 where it says that some seeds “…fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.” The thorns grew and the seeds grew. They were growing together in God, but the thorns choked the seeds and they brought forth no fruit.

I sometimes used to plant on the hillside. We found out that the places occupied by the thorns were the richest soil. If you see a field of thorns, cut it down and burn it out, and you will get some lovely fruits and vegetables coming up, because the thorns occupy rich soil. The same way, if you see a man with thorns in his life, help him to get the thorns out of his life, and he will be a great Christian. You see, we had to put fire on the thorns. The fire would burn the roots in the ground, and no more thorns would grow there. I want you to remember, you never get the thorns out until you burn them.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 17-18)

Thought for today: Burn the thorns in your life so that the seed of Christ would grow and God would not only love you but also delight in you.

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Scripture reading: Isaiah 30:21

There is a peculiar thought that the Lord spoke to me. The thought is that God is seeing us right now, and He is seeing our “beginning,” and He is seeing our “now,” and He is seeing our “end.” Somehow I suspect that God does not have a set destiny which says that it is your destiny to end up as so and so, that you must end badly or you must end here or there, but that He gives us the ability to change it. THE THING IS IN YOUR HANDS.

God is looking at your end, and He knows if you continue on one road, you will end here, and if you change your course, you will end there. Thus He gives you every encouragement to go a certain way in order to influence your destiny for good. The concept is very simple. Think of yourself being up in an airplane, looking down. You see a man running along the road, and there is a fork in the road. If he turns one way, you see that he is going to end up in the swamp. If he turns the other way, you know that he is going to end up right. So you send a message down to him and you say, “Keep on the straight way. Do not turn.” You do not really tell him the whole detail of the thing, but because you are seeing where he is going to end, you say, “Don’t you turn. Keep on the straight way.” The man says, “All right. I am going to keep on the straight way.”

This is how it is when God looks down on us. But here comes a devil and he whispers in your ears. He says, “Some beautiful truths are on this road. You can enjoy this road, and after all, you can bless God with the money that you make on this road.” He says, “Go this way,” and you are tempted to make the turn.

But God sends another message to you and says, “Remember, I said to you to go that way. Go straight!” There is this battle then that is continuing in the mind; and you make the wrong turn. Nevertheless, God has a way for you to get back on the right road if you will only listen, and He says, “When you reach to the next turn, turn left.” But when you look at that turn, you say, “Oh my!” It is rocky. It is dreadful. It is terrible. It is problematic. You say, “God says to turn this way, but I think I had better go for the next turn.” However, there is an end to it. There is a time when you cannot turn back—a time when you have gone too far; and this is what we do not want. We would like to see everybody turn right.

And that is my hope that you, my readers, will make the right decision and turn to the right path which leads to the fullness of your calling in Christ Jesus.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 17-18)

Thought for today: Remember, God gives you the ability to change your destiny. The thing is in your hands.

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Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 5:6

We read in 1 Timothy 5:6, “But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” I want you to understand that there are some people who are dead and yet they live. Let me tell you a story about this subject that you know very well.

There was a man who was king over Israel named Saul. Remember that man? God called him, anointed him and gave him power to overcome the enemies of God, but the man began to be disobedient. The prophet went to him, but he never submitted.

When David sinned with Bathsheba, the prophet went to him (in 2 Samuel 12) and told him the story about the rich man having a big fold of sheep, and the poor man having just one little sheep, which was taken by the rich man to feed his visiting friends. When David heard this, he was incensed and ready to punish this man right away. Then the prophet said, “Thou art the man!” David fell down before him and said, “Oh God, forgive me!” He did not resist, but confessed his guilt.

Saul, on the other hand (in 1 Samuel 15), when confronted by Samuel the prophet, at first insisted that he had done what God told him to do (to destroy all the Amalekites and their cattle), and then that it was because of the people that he saved the King Agag and the fattest cattle. The prophet said to him, “You are finished! The kingdom is taken away from you and will be given to another. You are no longer King.”

It is amazing, however, that for many years after that Saul still reigned! He was a “DEAD MAN WALKING.” He was dead! HE WAS FINISHED, BUT HE CONTINUED TO GO ON; AND GOD SAID THAT THERE ARE SOME IN OUR MIDST WHO ARE WALKING AMONG THE LIVING, BUT THEY ARE DEAD. We need to get dead serious with God, because there are the seeds of death in the midst of God’s people!

Let us read some more Scriptures. Proverbs 21:16, “The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the CONGREGATION OF THE DEAD.”

There is a congregation that is called “the congregation of the dead.” The Word says, he shall remain…” That means that he was there before, and that there is both a “congregation of the living” and a “congregation of the dead.” And God said that the congregation of the living should not fellowship with the congregation of the dead.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 5-6)

Thought for today: Let us make sure we walk in obedience to God submitting to His Word and correction so that we would be part of the “congregation of the living.”

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Scripture reading: Isaiah 35:8-9

Isaiah 35:8-9 talks about a “way” where fools “…shall not err therein” (Isaiah 35:8). Do you know what that means? Have you ever been lost, and kept wandering around, and suddenly you found yourself on the right road? God said that that will not happen in this business. When you are stumbling, you are not going to find the way of God. No fools shall err therein.

“The fool hath said in his heart there is no God” (Psalm 14:1, 53:1).

This is the Biblical description of a “fool.” For fear you are thinking that I am calling anybody a fool that the Bible did not call a fool, let me just straighten it out right now: THE PERSON WHO SAYS IN HIS HEART THAT THERE IS NO GOD IS A FOOL!

A man told a story. He said he was praying for his cousin. His cousin was a Christian, but he was being tempted severely. So he was praying for him, and one day while he was praying, Jesus came to him and said, “Come with me.” When he went with Jesus, he found himself in his cousin’s bedroom, with Jesus standing beside him and angels standing around. He also saw demonic angels who were tempting this man to commit a sin, and the man was resisting. Sometimes, the angels of God would whisper in his ears and he would get strength and resist; other times the devil came and tempted him; and the man fell into the sin. The angels covered their faces, but Jesus was standing right there! If you think you can make any plan, do anything, talk about anybody—and do it in secret—you are crazy! You do not believe God! God is standing right there looking at you!

Suppose you make a secret plan—you have what we call a “conspiracy”: “Let us do so and so; and let us do so and so…” Sometimes it is just something you are thinking out in your mind. Jesus is standing there looking at you, hearing you—and you think it is a secret plan! YOU DO NOT BELIEVE GOD!

Brethren, I am asking you to believe God: to believe that God sees your innermost being, every particle of your being, every concept that you have; and that you should go before God in sackcloth and repentance, and every time you go to pray, say, “Lord God, forgive me of all my secret thoughts,” because God knows what they are and He knows who you are.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 4)

Thought for today: Let this be our prayer today: “Lord God, forgive me of all my secret thoughts and make me holy as You are holy. I choose to believe You.”

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Scripture reading: Matthew 13:5-9

Let us look at Matthew 13:5-6 today. Jesus says here that the Word (the seed) will fall on a certain soil, and it will spring up strong and powerful but when the sun comes up, it withers and dies. Why? It was because it was on “stony” ground. We have to understand that Jesus is talking about the heart condition. If your heart is a stony place and it does not have any depth of earth, you will not be able to bring forth fruit. What do we mean when we speak of “fruit” coming from the Word? “Fruit” is when you hear the Word of God, and the Word of God changes you inside! If the Word of God does not change you, it is wasted word.

Now, the Word says further in Matthew 13:7-8 that there is another seed that “fell among thorns.” Presently it grew strong and beautiful, but the thorns were also growing; and then the thorns grew up and “choked” the Word. It brought forth no fruit. What does it mean? Do you have a thorny heart? You come to the meeting to get a blessing, and as the word goes forth, you receive it with gladness. Your heart witnesses that it is the truth, but you have some unfulfilled business with somebody who you have hated bitterly. You just cannot love that person. That is a “thorn.” It will grow up and choke the word, and you will not be able to live a Christian life and grow in the Spirit; and you will wonder, “Why am I not growing in the Spirit?” It is because there is a thorn bush growing in your life.

The thorn might be something else. It might be a “love” affair. I hate to call it love. It is not really love at all. It is an “emotional dysfunction.” You have an emotional dysfunction wherein you think you are in love with somebody, and it continues and disrupts your life. It disrupts the life of God inside of you, so that when you receive the Word of God you cannot bring forth fruit. There is something wrong in the emotions.

Another thing I have noticed is that the young people do not seem to have the “will” to serve God. It blesses me when we sing the song, “Thou lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness….” Do you hate wickedness? Do you really, really hate wickedness? Do you hate wickedness so much that you say, “God I do not want to have anything to do with wickedness! If this thing is wickedness, I will not do it!”

A “little white lie”—this is what we call it. WICKEDNESS! A yellow lie, a pink lie, a blue lie (whatever we would call it)—it is wickedness! We give it all kinds of names, but it is wickedness! Just a little bit of dishonesty here, just a little deception there. You say a word that is meant to deceive the other person to make him think so and so, but it is not what you meant; and you say, “I spoke the truth!” Sure, you did speak the truth, but you fixed it in such a way that it deceives the other person. It is wickedness!

“Thou lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness” (Psalm 45:7).

I say, “My God, I LOVE righteousness! I HATE wickedness! Let me hate it more! Let me hate it! Let me so despise it, that if I am touched by it, I must get cleansed immediately!”

If you take up a sheep and throw him into the mud, he gets up and is uncomfortable. He is rubbing himself everywhere, trying to find some way to get the mud off of him. He is not a mud creature. But if you take a pig and throw him in the mud, he rolls over and says, “Thank you.” He loves it! He could stay there all day. He has a different nature. But we have to remember: God loves righteousness and hates wickedness!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 3-4)

Thought for today: Let this be our prayer today: “My God, I LOVE righteousness! I HATE wickedness! Let me hate it more! Let me hate it! Let me so despise it, that if I am touched by it, I must get cleansed immediately!”

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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.

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