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Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 13

Can you imagine the following scenario? Somebody went to the store and lifted the store. You know, what we call shoplifting. When he went home, though, his heart smote him and he repented of what he did. He decided to go back into the store and drop back the thing he had stolen. He didn’t tell anybody. But he came to church, and because the gift of God is without repentance, when he came to the congregation, and especially having just repented, the Spirit of God moved upon him and he gave a word. But while he was pilfering, you were around the aisle in the store, and you saw him. “I won’t hear anything from that man,” you said. And you came in the church and told your best friend. But it so happened that your best friend had a best friend, and your best friend told her best friend and her best friend had another best friend and the best friend… until the whole congregation had been told. So when the man got up and the Spirit of God spoke through him, everybody dropped the curtain, refused to hear him. Who lost? You lost, because you listened to the voice of slander.

That is why Paul called the voice of slander diabolos, devils. It is just like the demons that go from one place to another carrying evil. You are ordained of God to carry good tidings. You are not ordained to carry negatives. If the brother stole something and you saw him, go to God and pray to God and say, “Lord, help that brother.” And you take him to one side and say, “You know, I saw you when you stole that thing and pushed it in your pocket.” Then the brother would be able to say, “I am sorry, but I repented and took it back.” But if you never said anything to him and went and scattered it, then you destroyed the work of God by the power of hate! If that brother had been your natural brother, you would not have told anyone.

Hate is a blocker to love. If you find out that you cannot love God’s people as you ought to, it is because you have allowed their wrong deeds to affect you and you hold it in your heart. Can you understand that? Love thinketh no evil. How could love think no evil when there is evil? You say, “But I saw the evil.” Love thinketh no evil. Love rejoiceth not in iniquity (I Corinthians 13:5-6). That is, the person gets hit because he was wrong and you said, “He had it coming to him.” That is not love. He had it coming to him, but you are sorry for him. If it were your child, you would think of him differently. Why do you think that your children do so many wrong things? God is trying to teach you how to deal with children who are rude and do wrong things. God is trying to teach you how to deal with the people of God. You love them just the same. They do a lot of wrong things but you love them just the same and you conquer them by love.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.” (I Corinthians 13:1-2) Don’t you see how God separates the gifts from love? “I have great gifts. I can preach. I can teach. I can do this.” You are nothing. God help you. God help us.

I just want to tell you that love lifts us up out of the darkness into the light. Just begin to love and God will lift you up.

There was a man, Brother Smith, who wrote the last verse of the song, “The Love of God.”

Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth
(all the grass you see around) a quill and every man a scribe by trade.
To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.”

That is not an idle dream. Those are the last words he wrote and died. They found them in his prison cell. Do you know what happened to him? He was a rich man; he had a lot of money and he began to talk about the love of God. His children committed him to the asylum because they wanted his riches, but he loved them just the same. He loved them just the same. Praise be to God. Let us be the children of love.

There is love that we are supposed to have for one another. The scripture translates it as bowels of compassion, that you have a feeling for the person. You feel it way down in your heart. God is talking about love. You can’t be mad with the people you love. If you have love, you don’t get mad with the people. You will get sad when you see them doing wrong things, but you won’t get mad with them. May God help us to be the children of love.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 47-49)

Thought for today: The love lifts us up out of the darkness into the light. Just begin to love and God will lift you up.

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Scripture reading: John 10:27-28

One day, I saw a brother, a prophet of God, moving in God in a meeting. Let me tell you something: hate can bar you from hearing God when God speaks. This brother got up and went over to a sister and put the finger on her. He just let loose the Word of God. Now, when somebody comes and prophesies to me, it would be so stupid for me to sit down and say, “He made that up. He heard somebody talk.” My God, you are killing yourself! You are committing spiritual murder! God spoke to that woman. I knew what he was saying; I knew more of what he was saying than anybody else in that congregation! What is five years or a few years? It is like a snap of the fingers to God. You make a wrong turn, you reject the Word of God, you reject God, you enter into hate, and you leave love behind you the moment you begin to say, “That man, the prophet, is this, and he is that and he is the other.” Don’t you understand that is the word of the devil to destroy the Word of God in the midst of His people?

God has promised that, at the end of time, He will bring forth the apostle, the prophet, the evangelist, the shepherd, and the teacher, and He will bring a five-fold ministry to massage the Body from head to foot to keep the Body, to bring the Body to life. Now, apostles have faults, human faults. Prophets have human faults. Evangelists have human faults. Shepherds have human faults. Teachers have human faults. So what the devil does is that he goes and picks out a fault and magnifies it. Magnifies it! After you finish talking about him, it is impossible to hear the Word of God and you have murdered yourself by the tongue, by talking about it, by unbelief. Now, another prophet comes and says, “Brother, you are blessed. You are wonderful. You are going to ride on high.” He prophesies and you accept that because he didn’t tell you what God was saying. He told you what was nice for him to tell you.

At one point in time, I was in the church, the denominational system. Remember now, we have come out of the church age. The tenure, the time that God gave the church to bring forth something is over. We have come out of that time and so God has given us another time – the Dispensation of the Fullness. He has given us the apostle, the prophet, the evangelist, the shepherd, the teacher and this is to bring the Body into perfection. Now, we have heard that but some of us don’t believe it. If you don’t believe it, you are one of those who are not hearing the voice of God. John 10:27-28 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” My sheep hear my voice. Some of us are not “My sheep.” Some of us are not in the “My sheep” because we won’t hear the voice of the Father.

Listen, brethren, the voice of God speaks in the Body from the smallest person in God to the greatest (whoever you think might be the greatest); the voice of God is speaking through them. You might say, “Howdy-do,” and that is the voice of God. The love of God comes out of that person. You feel a little down and somebody says, “God bless you, sister,” or may hug you and you feel the love of God. Amen. God is speaking in His Body and God’s Body is sending forth life, energy, love and we must get away from hate.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 46-47)

Thought for today: Don’t make any excuses. Hate is everything that falls less than love.

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Scripture reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Love is my life force. It is a power. Somebody believes that love is passive and just says, “Oh, I love you so much, I can allow you do to anything.” Love is not passive. Love is a force. Love is a power.

What about love and the marriage situation? We marry someone and then we say, “Oh, I don’t love him/her anymore.” Or, “Because this person is so annoying, so nagging, so terrible, and makes my life miserable, I don’t love him/her anymore.” Do you know what you are saying? If I tell you what you are saying, you are not going to believe it. You are saying you don’t love God. That is what you are saying. You don’t love God. Let me tell you: no matter how awful the person is, no matter how horrible the person is, the love of God in you should be crying out, “God, have mercy upon him/her.” Amen.

I know there are cases; I have seen cases where somebody captured somebody else. I am not talking about righteousness. I am talking about sin. The man goes out of his way, sets a trap for a woman, captures her, binds her up, marries her and then, of course, she becomes a prisoner and her life is miserable. God has to intervene to deliver her out of his hand. I have seen that happen.

But I am talking about us, Christians. I never believed that I would live to see divorce in our midst because I believed the love of God would stop any divorce; the love of God in you would stop a divorce. You gave yourself to this person and you both decided to spend life together. There was so much love there at the beginning, but afterwards things got sour and the devil walked in. Your power of love should reach out to that person. Now, if that person was totally against everything that God says, everything that God wants, you couldn’t stop him/her from divorcing you, but that has nothing to do with the love of God that is in you which should never turn to hate. It should never, ever, ever turn to hate. Do you understand what I am saying? There is an unseen power beyond what we can conceive within us and that power lies in our capacity to love. If you have a loved one and the loved one is sick or hurt or dying, by that power of love you will be able to command the deliverance for that person and he/she cannot die. Unless it is God’s will that that person should be taken home.

One time, I had an experience with my niece. She was maybe the second convert in my family, the second one that was saved in my family. She was so calm; she was such a peaceful person. Unlike my sister, her mother, who was full of life and words and everything else. I have never heard her raise her voice; she was what I call a good Christian. She had a lump in her breast and felt that she should go to the doctor. So she went. The doctor operated on it and the thing scattered all over her body. Within a month her body was full of cancer. I went to God and said, “God, save Joan.” When I asked God to save her, I felt that Joan was saved, delivered from this. But she got worse and worse and worse. The doctor said, “She can’t live to see the morning.” I said, “Doctor, you are wrong. God is going to save her.” I was in denial. I really believed God was going to save her. They called me at 5:00 a.m. and said that she had died. The most I could say was, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord. This is God’s will.” But I remembered 5 years prior to that; I was woken up by God one morning very early. God gave me an urgent message to tell Joan that she must immediately quit the job she was in. She was the head nurse in some hospital. It was too much of a pressure on her and God said she should quit right away. So I rushed down to Ft. Lauderdale where she lived, called her and her husband, and told her she must quit right away. God Almighty said she must quit right away. She said, “But then, I have bills to pay and then I have…” Listen, brethren, if you love God, you are going to do what God says to do, and it is God’s responsibility to pay your bills! I don’t know how to further express it.

Sometimes you come to the meeting and a strong word of prophecy goes out to you. When you hear the word, something happens in your heart. Don’t forget it! Don’t forget it! It was the Word of God to you. But sometimes, after we get the Word of God, we argue. We calculate it out and argue it out and say, “Well, you know, maybe I have to do this and maybe I have to do that.” And then, at that moment, you take a turn. I guarantee you that my niece would be alive today; but there is that big “if.” “If you will hear My voice and if you will do what I say to you, then your life will be prolonged for many days. If not, then I will take you home and you will be just as happy in heaven.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 44-46)

Thought for today: There is an “if” that is on top of all of us. That great big “if.” And God said the key is the love of God.

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Scripture reading: I John 4:16

God wants us to abide in His love. He said, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (I John 4:16). Can you understand what we are talking about? The hate that comes to you, the distress that comes to you when somebody bothers you, when somebody does something wrong, brings sadness, worry, pain. All that is lack of love. Lack of love, because God said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). A person who does not keep God’s commandments does not love God for the Word of God tells you that love is a force that lifts you above the human dimension.

For instance, a person hates you. The Bible says, “Pray for them that hate you” (Matthew 5:44). Now tell me: have you been able to pray for those who hate you? Some people pray, “…let his prayer become sin” (Psalm 109:7). I have seen people actually pray the 109th Psalm for people who hurt them; and they feel like they are doing it righteously. “Let his prayer become sin and let so and so happen to him and his children be destroyed.” You ask this question: why was such a psalm written in the Bible? Let’s see what it says. Verse 7, “When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. 8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. 9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. 10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.” This is one of the reasons why some people say they don’t believe the Bible. Do you know what this is saying? This is a prophecy of what is going to happen to those who hate God’s people. Instead of saying, “Let this be, let this be,” it says, “This is what shall be, and this shall be, and that shall be.” It is laying out the things that come upon those who hate God’s people. It is not saying that you must pray that, “You should do this to them, God. You should kill their children. You should do so and so.” That is not it.

So when you have the love of God in you, you are going to say, “Lord God, have mercy upon those who hate me and upon those who despise me and those who persecute me.” You will be genuinely able to pray for them. God said, “By your phileo love, pull yourself up into agape. I wondered at it. How am I going to turn my phileo into agape? Then, I began to think. You have a child, you have a brother, you have a friend who is bad and does all kinds of wickedness. They catch him and are judging him and you pray, “Lord, have mercy upon him.” Your brother, your child. It is somebody’s brother; it is somebody’s child; and if you can feel bowels of compassion for your own, then take that and look at him and say, “It is another human being. Lord God, have mercy upon him.”

I look at Scott Peterson, who killed his pregnant wife and dump her in the bay, and I see a wretched person. My God, all this judgment coming down upon him! But then, he is a human being, he is a soul. If he were your brother, how would you feel about him? Tell me the truth. Would you say, “Kill him!”? No. You would begin to say, “Lord God, he is guilty. He is wicked, he is vile, he is bad. Save the sinner. Have mercy upon him.” This is where love becomes powerful.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 42-43)

Thought for today: A person who does not keep God’s commandments does not love God for the Word of God tells you that love is a force that lifts you above the human dimension.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 4:4

In every age of humanity at least one man found immortality. We have already talked about Moses in our previous post so today let us go way back to the age of innocence. Enoch. There was a way, there was an opening, there was a door in that dispensation of time that men could have used to walk into God. Adam used to walk with God in the garden (Genesis 3:8), but when he sinned, God set an angel with a sword that turns four ways at the entrance so that no man can re-enter into the garden (Genesis 3:24). We have to think of it as a spiritual realm. There was a spiritual realm that had a barrier that no man could enter, and that realm is in your soul. You cannot go back there except in Christ.

Adam had been teaching the sons of God; he had been teaching them all. The seventh man from Adam saw something in what Adam was saying that was beyond Adam, and he was going to exercise that thing. Do you know what it was? Faith! There was an opening by faith – that God would count you worthy of faith. If you died, you would go to hell because you had sin, but if you had faith in God to believe that you wouldn’t die, you could escape death. That was the only way Enoch could escape, to get out of it without dying. Enoch never died. Enoch believed God and he got God into a corner. “You promise that if I believe You, I will never die.” The power (I am talking about energy), the power and the love of God were in Enoch. He exercised his right before God so that God had to say, “Come up,” and “Take him up.”

Did you know that Enoch lived 365 years? Three hundred sixty-five and ¼ days make a solar year. I believe Enoch even had the quarter in it and that is when he left. His wife said, “Enoch walked with God and Enoch is no more for God took him away” (Genesis 5:24). So Enoch got into heaven without dying. I don’t know what he did with his clothes. I know Elijah dropped off his. But Enoch is in heaven as a physical man, flesh and bone. Maybe the blood is gone, but the bone is there and Enoch is with God. By the power of the love of God that was in him, he was able to cheat death. So was Elijah; and we do believe the Bible confirms that many more went that way. Probably millions and millions and millions of people are in heaven with their natural bodies, like your natural body.

You see, the natural body you have can feed on two different types of energy. The energy we are getting from the earth is very low; it is low energy. That is the reason we have to eat three times a day. Although you might have eaten twice by the time of the evening, I am sure before you go to bed, you are going to nibble something again. Why are you doing that? Because you lack energy. You want more. You are getting your energy from the earth, but Jesus said, “I have food that no man knows of.” He said that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

It so happened in Elijah’s time that God made a bread, a cake for Elijah. I notice He said, “cake,” not bread. That means to say that He must have put something sweet in it. The man, Elijah, ate the cake and after he ate it, he went to sleep. Then the angel woke him up and said, “Come, eat again.” He ate again and the food he ate that day lasted him 40 days (I Kings 19:8). He wasn’t hungry for 40 days! (I would like to find that food.) We are talking about life. God is light. God is life. God is energy. God is power. All that says that God is love; and that is what love means. Elijah ate this love or this life and it lasted him 40 days. He wasn’t hungry for 40 days.

I just want to show you what we are looking at. We are trying to look at the thing on a higher level. The love of God in you will deliver you from everything that is natural and carnal and physical. The love of God IN you. If you hate, you are going to get trouble. Do you know that to worry is part of hate? Have you ever heard that some people get cancer because of worry, because or stress? If you, by the power of God, overcome stress, you will save your life. “If” is such a powerful word. You have two ways to go. You can go one way and get trouble, distress, worry, pain and suffering. Or, you can go the other way and get life. The same trouble will be there but it won’t affect you.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 41-42)

Thought for today: The love of God in you will deliver you from everything that is natural and carnal and physical.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 5:44-45

Let us look today at the love that you have for your family. God said that by this love you can learn a little of His love. He said, “Unto your natural love, add God’s love” (II Peter 1:7). The love of God, therefore, is above our natural love. What is the height of our natural love? A woman has a child and her very soul is knit to that child. If you are going to hurt that child, you are going to hurt the mother’s innermost being, because that child is not just a part of her, but somehow her whole being is involved in the being of the child. God said, “Can a mother’s tender care cease toward the child she bear? Is it possible?” He said, “Yes. She may be forgetful, but I will never forget you” (Isaiah 49:15). When we move in love, we are moving in the highest form of holiness that is revealed to man. That is, He gave us an idea. He said, “Love thinketh no evil” (I Corinthians 13:5). Love thinketh no evil. That is, this child is evil. This man is evil. He is doing wrong. He is doing everything that is contrary to God and to us. He is hurting you. He is killing you. He wishes you dead. You cannot think him evil. You cannot think, “Man, he needs a good wallop.” Isn’t that the way we sometimes feel? Yes. “That guy needs a good wallop to set him straight.” What he needs is love. Now, if we get to the stage where we can impart the love of God to someone who is not lovely, who is away from love, who is cruel, who is doing harm, then we will have risen above the human realm. Remember, He said “pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father…” children of love (Matthew 5:44-45). That is what He is talking about. If you can pray for someone who is hurting you, then you have attained unto a higher level of human behavior than what is natural.

I went to God one time and I was honest. I said, “God, you know I cannot love this man. I just cannot love him.” I didn’t want to say, “I hate him.” I just couldn’t love him. But there is nothing between love and hate. Anything outside of love is hate. You know something? Even indifference is hate. You don’t care whether he lives or dies. You don’t care. People around you are dying and you don’t care. It means you are not walking in love. That is terrible, isn’t it? All of us would be guilty. Oh, yes. Some of us are so busy with our own business that we don’t care – people, neighbors, going to hell. You don’t care. How often have you gone out and seen a person that is bad, bad, bad and you feel compassion and start praying for him, “Have mercy on him”?

Love will cancel hate. Do you hear me? It will cancel out hate. There is somebody that hates you. He hates the very ground you walk on. He wishes you dead, but you get before him and the radiation of the love of God out of you cancels his hate. When he gets away from you, he feels a little different about you. Instead, what has really been happening is that hate is canceling our love. When you think of what God did for you… “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son” and His Son had to pay the price for sin which was horrible (John 3:16). I heard someone say the other day that He must have had every disease that you can think of that oppresses humanity. Jesus Christ must have been attacked by these diseases and He was able to overcome them. But He had to go through all this, and the worst part of it is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Life of God, the Light, the Glory of God had to allow Himself to be put down by evil demons. You cannot imagine how hard that was for Him. When Jesus Christ called in the garden, “Let this cup pass from Me” (Matthew 26:39), He wasn’t saying that He didn’t want to save humanity any more. That is not what He was saying. He was saying, “Do I have to go through all this? Do I have to allow Myself to be taken by demons, by devils? Do I have to be taken down to hell?” The Bible says hell was made for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Hell was not made for man; but Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be taken by the very opposite of everything that He was, and we will call that death, and He was allowed to do that until God judged Him guiltless and He was redeemed from out of hell.

So, I am saying, brethren, that, when the Bible says, “God is love,” those three words, we will never be able to fully understand the immensity of the understanding of what it is that God is. He is therefore everything that is contrary to what we are. We are flesh and blood, darkness, sin, everything that is contrary to light, glory, power, strength, uplifting, and God says that He is going to make you love. God breathed into Adam and Adam became a living soul (Genesis 2:7) and then Adam died, so God is again breathing into us so that we might become living souls.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 35-36)

Thought for today: If you can pray for someone who is hurting you, then you have attained unto a higher level of human behavior than what is natural.

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Scripture reading: I John 4:16

Let us turn our Bibles to I John today and let us look at chapter 4 and verse 16, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

“God is love.” That is just what I want to talk to you about a little bit and pray that His Spirit might help us to really see above the natural.

God made man in His own image and man is the only creature that can love. Yes. You know, love is much more than what we can see or what we believe. We believe in a love that is on such a low plane. It is on a very low plane and we heard that they have carried it even lower by saying, “Men love women.” They even say, “I love this and I love that.” “I love to drink coffee,” and, “I love so and so.” It is the lowest area that we could even consider of love.

“God is love.” Someone asks you, “Who is this God? This great God that made the heavens; this God that reigns and rules within the universe. Who is He?” The best answer you can give is, “He is love.”

But then, what is love? If we start to think about love, we are going to be judging it from ourselves. Yet, the Word says God loves us and anyone that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God. Now, we know then that God is life and God is light (I John 1:5). So, we are talking about energy. We are talking about something that is so vibrant, something that is far beyond what we can think. A life that, when it comes into you, drives away all of death. That is why I believe we should get to the stage where, when our bodies are sick, we just put it before God and let His life come into us and we will be healed. Personally, I have experienced it, I believe it and I would like to see us get there. But that is just the edge of love and life, for when you allow God’s life to heal your bodies, it is basic. Yes, it is basic. It is down to earth, because there is something more. I mean, that is not all. God, this great energy, is Love.

Now, to understand love, let us look at the opposite of love – hate. That is on the other side, far out there. But between love and hate there are shadows. Everything that departs from the light is a shadow and it is hate. So, when we say we love so and so or we love this and that person, we are speaking relatively, consequent upon our capacity to love. We are not saying that we have attained unto agape love (the true love of God), for agape is so much higher than what we have that we can only imagine what it is like.

The Bible said that God so loved the world that He gave Himself (John 3:16). When the scriptures say that he gave “His only begotten Son,” it is only another way of saying that God took out part of Himself and gave it to us. In other words, God has to speak a language that we understand. When God talks about His Son, He is talking about God. He is talking about God coming out of God to enter into you. You cannot understand how hard it was for God to do that; how horrible it was for Jesus Christ to allow demons to take hold of Him and take Him down into hell when He had the power to destroy them all! It is terrible. It is hard to think of. He had the power. If He had spoken one word, He could have destroyed them all. Then the devil sent the people to tempt Him. “We will believe that you are God, if You just come right down off the cross right now” (Matthew 27:42). He was tempted to come down and even to go back up, but that was a temptation and Jesus would not fall for that. Under the pressure of hate, that is the time that love shows forth itself the greatest.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 33-35)

Thought for today: Someone asks you, “Who is this God? This great God that made the heavens; this God that reigns and rules within the universe. Who is He?” The best answer you can give is, “He is love.”

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