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Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:10

By Mavis duCille

Let us start with a song:

Flow through me. Flow through me.
Let the lifeblood of Thy Body flow through me.
For Thou art my kinsman redeemer.
Flow through me. Flow through me. Flow through me.

Cover me. Cover me.
Spread the corner of Thy mantle over me.
For Thou art my nearest kinsman.
Cover me. Cover me. Cover me.

Flow through me. Flow through me.
Let the lifeblood of Thy Body flow through me.
For Thou art my kinsman redeemer.
Flow through me. Flow through me. Flow through me.

We do not want to miss this great and wonderful privilege and opportunity that the Lord is giving to us, to allow the lifeblood of His Body to flow through us. We are in a time, we are in an hour when God is bringing His people together. There is a gathering in the heavenlies, and He says that heaven will come down to earth. We are not looking to be lifted up to heaven. Heaven belongs to God. That is His kingdom! He reigns there! He said to Adam, “Have dominion on the earth,” and that is why the lifeblood of His body must flow through us. It is so that we might have that dominion. Amen.

He came to restore all that was lost in Adam, unto a people bought by His blood and sanctified by His spirit! He came to deliver us from all earthly things, and to quicken us by His Spirit, so that He can flow through us and help us to be delivered from the Adamic nature.

The Adamic nature has been the power of the destroyer all through the ages. Every move God makes has been doused and held back and destroyed by the power of the destroyer because we have not gotten rid of the Adamic nature! The Spirit of the Lord is therefore calling upon us, that He can flow through us to heal the land of all the pollution and all that has hindered the Church from moving on into the heavenly places, where Jesus shed His blood and lifted us up to be. Glory to God!

Let us examine ourselves, and let us bow under the mighty hand of God and allow Him to flow through us, so that there will be no space in our hearts and in our lives for all the things, the “Ites” and all the different things that the enemy is using to hinder the Church and to hold the blessings down. There are too many of them for us to go into them all at this moment, but as we examine ourselves, we will see what part we are playing in preventing the blood, the lifeblood, from flowing through us.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, November 1999)

Thought for today: Let us examine ourselves, and let us bow under the mighty hand of God and allow Him to flow through us.

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Scripture reading: Romans 10:13

In our previous devotional we discussed the first step towards being “dead in Christ”. Let us now look at the second step. The second step brings us into warfare or confrontation with the forces, which strive to take over and reign within our mortal bodies. One’s mind must be made up not to submit one’s members to sin regardless of the pressures. This is easier said than done. The constant grind of reality is designed by Satan to wear out the saints and to convince the believer that God has left him because of his unrighteousness. Very often this is the very opposite. If God was not with me when I was a sinner, I would never make it to be saved. I remember the time when God translated me out of a fight, when there was nothing but murder in my heart. It says in Romans 5:6, 8-9: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

If God is with sinners and takes care of sinners, how much more then, “He will never leave nor forsake us.” Satan is constantly telling the believer that God will leave him because he sinned. This is a lie, as is everything which Satan says.

John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

The believer who is struggling to overcome sin must know that he has God for an ally and that the Lord is working every device to bring him from sinfulness to righteousness, even to the very image and likeness of Christ. It is a fact that some of the devices of God are repulsive to us, but then, our thoughts are not like His – all we have to do is to trust Him.

The language in Romans 6 suggests warfare. “Let not sin therefore reign,” suggests that the believer should take away from sin the legal right to his body. Does sin under any circumstance have a legal right to my body, and by what law? Unfortunately, “Yes.” In any war the victor has the right to reign over the vanquished. Romans 6:16 states: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

The same law that works for us through obedience to the Lord, works against us when we yield to Satan. We obey what we know to do in the Lord, then that activates God and He gives us power to become His servants. I could not overcome the sin of anger and violence until I obeyed Him in fasting and prayer and He gave me the strength to do it.

“Let not,” means that you should not allow sin to reign. This means that if sin reigns in our physical members, we are the one who allow it. Some believer complains that God did not give them the power to overcome the sin which overtook him, but in every case of deliverance, the final action belongs to the believer. Jesus said to the man in the Synagogue, “Stretch forth thy hand.” It was not until that man obeyed and made the motion, that he was healed. “Rise up and walk.” – The command is given, the forces of deliverance are activated, but it is up to the believer to do the final act.

In Romans 10:13 the word, “Yield” is again used, “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness.” – Do not surrender! This is the order from the Commander in Chief in Heaven.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, August 1984)

Thought for today: Are you struggling to overcome sin? You must know that you have God for an ally and that the Lord is working every device to bring you from sinfulness to righteousness, even to the very image and likeness of Christ.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 13:18

VICTORY OVER HIS MARK:

The mark of the beast is in the forehead or in the hand. A mark in the forehead speaks of the mind being taken over, and a mark in the hand speaks of committed works. Those who have the mark of the beast cannot be saved, because they have committed the unpardonable sin of blaspheme (rejecting the Holy Ghost for the last time). When the word speaks of the mark of the beast, it is taken by a person; it means that that individual would never accept Christ in time or in eternity. Judas sold Jesus, but he did not go to hell for that. He committed the unpardonable sin. He received the goodness of God, then rejected it and with it he rejected God and His Christ. He had his second chance when Christ preached to the spirits in prison, but Jesus tells us that he was lost, therefore he must be still in hell. The mark of the beast is a permanent disfigurement of the soul into a demon creature which has no desire for God.

VICTORY OVER THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME:

In Revelation 13:18 we are told that the number of the name of the beast is 666. In Scripture all figures are symbolic and this one is no exception. From ancient times man had come to regard numbers as having specific meanings. It is God who first applied meanings to figures and numbers to letters. For instance, the Hebrew “Alpha” is not only the first letter “A” but the figure 1. It became to be a symbol of God who is One God, the First and the Last. The number six in the same way is the number for man. Everything that began in Genesis must come to its full measure in Revelation. In Genesis the devil was shown as a serpent with one head. In Revelation he is a dragon with seven heads – his fullness – he and his kingdom. The fallen man is shown in Genesis and the completed man is shown in Revelation 12, also the fallen woman and the completed woman. Symbolically when a number is repeated three times it shows that that number has come to its fullness. The number 666 therefore, is the fullness of 6. Now in the end of time everything must come to its fullness and must have its full manifestation.

God is helping us today to have the victory within, for without this we are losers.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, May 1986)

Thought for today: Let us press into God and submit to His guidance so that we may have the victory within and not be losers.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 15:2

The word “Image” as mentioned in Revelation 15:2 has to be explained so that we can understand what the passage really means to us today: God created man in His IMAGE to look like Him – intellect, love, will, etc. He gave us free will so that we could become like Him (in His likeness). When man fell, he became like Satan, the beast that was wounded by a sword. The wound of the sword of Calvary was fatal and deadly and he could not have survived but for the fact that the church gave him life which was given to them, even as Adam did in his fall.

The image has three parts to it: (1) The image in our minds, (2) The image in the world, and (3) The image of a man to be yet manifested. I will explain simply: The picture of Jesus Christ which most of us have hanging on our walls is, for the most part, the image of the antichrist (Ninus). This was conjured up long ago in ancient Babylon and handed down to us via the Roman and Eastern churches. For this cause God told us in the word not to make any graven image of God. Again he told us that when he appears, we shall be changed to be like Him, therefore we should not believe if any one tells us that “here is Christ, or there.” In spite of the word which is clear and simple, there are those who are looking for Christ to appear before us one day. When the antichrist manifests in person therefore, he will not have much trouble with convincing Christians, if he had a miraculous appearance in the form which they already conceive in their minds. For the Buddhists he would appear as Buddha; for Islam as Muhammad; for the Africans as some god like the Maami spirit (mermaid), for India some Guru or Kamaswari or other popular one of their millions of gods.

In the light of what modern technology can do I would not be surprised is Satan is not planning to project some three dimensional laser figure to convince the religionists of an image that will speak and punish unbelievers.

We must remember: The victory over the image is in the heart of the believer.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, May 1986)

Thought for today: Let us gain the victory over the image of the beast so that we would be true overcomers.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 15:2

Revelation 15:2, “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the VICTORY over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

As we can see in Revelation 15:2, those who had gotten the victory over the four areas of satanic influence were seen standing on the “sea of glass having the harps of God.” This means that by their victory over the most powerful weapons of Satan, they had earned for themselves a place in that realm of transparency where nothing is hid, a city of pure golden glass.

Let us look at the first of the four areas of overcoming mentioned above – victory over the beast:

God made man spirit, soul, and body. The spirit in man was devised of God to lead man back to God. The spirit of man therefore is the connecting link between God and man, and the main difference between man and beast. When man began to depart from God the divine order was broken, and in some cases man became body, soul, and spirit. This happens when man is basically led by his feelings and the natural world around him. Instead of the body and the soul being the servant of the spirit, the spirit is entirely excluded and an evil spirit takes the place so that the man does not reason or think human any more, but diabolical. Of this order of persons are some of the scientists of our time and men who worship the intellect and other things rather than God.

I was once invited to a school to speak to the science class where there presided a teacher who invited ministers to his class to prove how stupid they were to believe God. Upon his first sortie he was knocked cold by the scientific evidence of the existence of God. Science wants proof, and since the Ford car by which we traveled to the school was conclusive proof of a Ford factory somewhere, then his very presence there was conclusive and scientific proof of a higher Being Who made such magnificent symmetry.

The soul of FALLEN MAN with its Mind (intellect), Emotion, Will, and Desire is a beast – or, to be exact, four beasts in one. He who is led by his mind is led by a beastlike fallen nature and cannot please God.

In national and world affairs you will notice the flawed reason of those who do not believe in God. In reasoning with them one gets the feeling of speaking to a demon that has no specific basis of right and wrong.

One who has the victory over the beast therefore, is (a) One who first conquers the beast nature within himself, (b) One who does not submit to the beast nature of the world, and (c) One who does not submit to the beast nature of Satan, the adversary and tempter. One who has the victory over that beast nature cannot divorce his wife and marry another because she disagrees with him, and because others are doing it and it is legal. Many of the preachers are setting this example, but regardless of how many miracles they are having and regardless of their financial success, and regardless of how many millions of people are following them, they are not overcomers of the nature of the beast.

This beast nature will be personified one day in a mighty world leader and all those who have not overcome the beast will submit to him and to Satan.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, May 1986)

Thought for today: The overcomers, by their victory over the most powerful weapons of Satan, had earned for themselves a place in the realm of transparency where nothing is hid.

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