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Scripture reading: Hebrews 11:1-6

Faith! You must have faith, but your faith must be in something. In other words, faith is a subsidiary weapon that cannot work by itself. Let me say it again: Faith cannot work by itself! You cannot have wild faith like the “Name It and Claim It” type. That is a wild faith and it does not have substance in anything. So, therefore, you have faith in a word. I am going to give you an example.

God anointed David to be king from when he was a young boy. He told David, “You will be king over Israel.” Now David knows that if God said he would be king then God could not allow him to be killed. So later, young David faced Goliath with impunity knowing that his God will bring Goliath down. He knew this, because God had told him he was supposed to be king down the road.

Have you ever gotten a prophecy? Do you remember in your mind what the prophecy said? Do you know that the devil cannot kill you, because God gave you a prophecy that down the road you are going to be somebody? Now, God does not say you can be presumptuous, go throw yourself over a precipice and say, “Well, God said I am going to be king (or queen), so therefore let me throw myself over this precipice, because God will keep me up.” Presumptuous sin is against God.

So therefore, you have a word from God. If you do not have a word from God, go to God and get yourself a word. Did you hear me? Let every man of God, woman of God, child of God get a word from God that is absolutely, completely yours; and hold that word because there is a song that says, “When the storms of life are raging and you are tossed o’er sea and land, you will find a place of refuge in the hollow of His hand.” 

If you will take refuge under that word that God has given you, it will be “a lamp to your feet, and a light to your path” (Ref. Psalm 119:105). It also says in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”  Glory to God!

If God gives you a word, the word becomes a fortress and a weapon and something to hold on to. And so, you must have faith in something. You must have faith in a word of God and anybody who does not have a word, get one!

I will give you a word. When I was freshly saved, I did not know what salvation was and I did not know who God was. When God came into my room, He gave me a word and He has given me the same word seven times. He said, “As I was with Moses, so will I be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He also said, “No man shall stand before you all the days of your life. Anywhere the soles of your feet tread upon that will I give to you.” That is what He spoke to Joshua, but Jesus came to my room and He said it to me seven times. There is no way or possibility of anybody ever discouraging me—any demon, any devil, any man! Do you hear me? The word of God has become a fortress and a monument in my soul.

Because of the word, the soul of man becomes a bulwark of God! Do you hear me? Your soul becomes a bulwark for God! A walking, talking, conquering soul; not able to be defeated, because you have a word of God.

So then, the faith of God must work with the word of God. If God gives you a word, then you have faith. If God gives you no word, then you have no faith. You cannot have faith without having some foundation to your faith.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997, pg. 18-20)

Thought for today: Stand in faith on the word God has spoken to you. If you have not a word or prophecy from Him, then go to God and let Him give you a personal word so that you can have foundation to your faith.

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Scripture reading: Mark 15:16-26

It is the faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ that releases us from the powers of hell. I began to learn from Jesus about the Blood. First of all, He got me to believe in it; then He put me in a battle wherein it defended me.

It so happened that when we went to India one time, we challenged the spirit of Kali and the ruling spirits of the area. This great Kali is the great enemy of mankind that all India is afraid of. We said to the people, “In the Name of Jesus, we will set you free from Kali.”

That night we went to bed late, sometime after twelve; and no sooner than I closed my eyes, the thing jumped on me and grappled with me. I had no fear. That was one blessing—there was no fear. I think God must have done it; I just had a job to do. I said, “I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus! The Blood of Jesus be upon you!” The moment I said, “The Blood of Jesus,” he disappeared. Thinking that I had won the battle, I turned to go out, but out of the wall the thing came with, “Hhyahh!” He made that sound with his bared teeth and grabbed my hand.

You have to understand the devil. If he cannot frighten you, he cannot beat you. Fear is one of his greatest weapons. If faith is our weapon, fear is his weapon; and you cannot have faith and fear at the same time. If you fear, you do not have faith, but if you have faith, you do not have any fear. 

He jumped right out of the wall. His intention was a sudden attack to bring fear, fright, terror! Again, I was not afraid. He caught the two fingers of my left hand in his mouth and began to apply pressure on my fingers. While I am rebuking him, I took the two fingers and grabbed his tongue. There was a kind of stalemate there, but my rebuke did not stop him. Did you hear me? The word of my mouth needs to be purified so that I can blast the biggest enemy with the word of my mouth. Amen!

It did not stop him; he came back with a greater force. The Spirit of God whispered in my ears and said, “The Blood.” I said, “Jesus Christ, bring down the Blood upon him.” The Blood began to flow from the ceiling and dropped on his head. He began to wobble and I took one hand and pulled my finger out of his mouth. He fell to the floor like a bundle of rags and in the name of Jesus, I finally KICKED him outside!

I went to God and said, “Lord, what is it, then? Why was I able to use the Blood so effectively?” He replied, “Look back on your training. The Blood has built a monument inside of you.”

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

Thought for today: Brethren, sleep on the Blood! Talk about it! Think about it! Build power in God! For the Blood of Jesus not only cleanses the soul, but it gives you power against the power of the enemy!

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Scripture reading: Matthew 27:27-37

The next weapon I am going to deal with is the weapon called the BLOOD. I will tell you the truth and confess to you that I did not know that the Blood was a weapon. I knew the song, “The Blood that cleanses me from day to day shall never lose its power,” but I did not know that I had the greatest weapon in the arsenal of God. In order to operate the Blood weapon effectively, you must have this thing built in you. You have to take the Blood passages from the Bible and you have to read them. You have to memorize them; get them in your heart; get them in your mind. You have to get them so that they will come forth unconsciously and fight for you. 

When I was a young Christian, I used to fast and pray. Sometimes twenty-one days; sometimes ten days or two weeks; one time it was forty days. I was just fasting—continuously fasting. I had to fast, because I had lust, and desires, and evil things that I hated in my body! I do not think you have those things in you and that is probably why you do not fast, but the things that I hated were the things that I had in me. A young man asked me one day, “Do you mean, Brother Ces, that I am going to have to be fighting lust all through my life?” I said, “No. I got rid of lust when I was a young man and you can get rid of it in your youth, too.” What does the Bible say about youthful lusts? “Flee!” That means you must run, for “flee” means to “run away from.” It says, “Flee also youthful lusts” (II Timothy 2:22), and “…abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (I Peter 2:11). Youthful lusts destroy the power of God in your ministry and in your life. I do not know if you know that, but I got rid of it when I was young; God trained me; I did not go to Bible school. That is why I want to train you and set you up now for the biggest battle of your life.

Jesus came to me one day and said to me, “Come with Me. I want to show you Calvary.” I want you to hear what I am saying. Jesus wanted to show me Calvary. He took me from the time they gave Him the first blow (when the centurion slapped Him on His face with the back of his hand) to the crucifixion. After the centurion’s blow, they beat Him with the cat-o’-nine tails. That thing strips your back. That was how the first Blood was drawn. Then they took thorns and twisted them into a crown. I do not know what you call it, but they are thorns that grow on a long string and you can wind the string into a crown. Some people call it “crown of thorns,” some call it “Jerusalem thorn,” or something similar. So, they made a crown of thorns and put it on His head. A man took a rod, hit Him on the head (Matthew 27:29-30), and it fastened down like a pincushion—right through the flesh of the scalp.

I am telling you what He showed me. You need to be able to read the account of Jesus’ crucifixion and understand how the Blood was shed. You need to get it embedded into your mind and into your heart. Christ said that when we come to communion, we are to remember Him and this Blood (I Corinthians 11:24-26). Remember! Remember! These are God-created barriers of memory in your soul. Remember! We are psychological creatures and there is no need to try to get away from that and there are certain things that have to be done to us in our minds in order to get us to be ready to move in God.

The Blood came through the skin at the base of the head. That is the first vision He gave me. He then showed me all the abuse. He showed me how they abused Him on the way with the cross and how He fell beneath the cross. He told me that the worst thing that hurt Him was when one man spat in His face and He could not even wipe the saliva because His hands were bound. Again, another time, one raised a hand and cried, “Crucify him! Crucify Him!” and the hand that was raised was a hand that He had healed.

I am just telling you how I learned the Blood. He showed me all this concerning the time when He went to Calvary and how He was hung on the tree. Brethren, after that got into my mind and I read through the account in the Bible, it became a permanent foundation in my heart.

You need a permanent foundation of the Blood in you! Do you know why? The Blood is your life! The Blood is your life! God said that we in the last days are going to fight the last fight. He said that you are going to fight. Did you hear that? The last fight—which God is ordaining a church to fight—He said that it is “…by the Blood” that you are going to overcome the enemy! And it is not just the Blood alone, but He said, “…and by the word of their (your) testimony” (Revelation 12:11).

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997, pg. 13-15)

Thought for today: Read about the Blood of Jesus Christ in the Word and meditate on it until it becomes a permanent foundation in your heart. Only then you can face the greatest battle of mankind that is right ahead of us and be an overcomer.

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Scripture reading: Acts 13:1-12

For every word that God has given you, there is a word that the devil gives to stop it. Consider why you do not function according to the Word of God as you ought to. The reason is that the devil always gives a counter word, which disturbs the faith that you should have in the Word of God.

The Word that God gives you is spirit and life and that spirit and life must come through you to work power and deliverance out there. Spirit and life! Power and deliverance! Every Word of God is powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, bringing down the kingdoms of the devil and the imaginations of man. This is the power of the Word of God! If you allow the other word to counteract you, then you have allowed a barrier to stop the Word of God from going through you. Therefore, your first weapon is “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ref. Ephesians 6:17).

Let me tell you a little story. Gideon went out to fight the Midianites, because God told him, “You are a mighty man of valor—you can do it” (Judges 6:12).  Gideon did not believe he was any man of valor (his knees were knocking), but God said, “…thou mighty man of valor.” So he went and called up all his men. Thirty thousand men came to follow him and yet, he was so afraid. Remember now, God gives you a word (“Go out and fight!”), but the devil brings fear upon you so that you are so afraid that God has to give you another word just to bolster you.

We see this when God sent Gideon down to listen to what the Midianites were saying (Judges 7:9-15). God gave one of the Midianites a dream and Gideon overheard the man telling another man his dream of how this little barley cake rolled down off the hill and smashed their tent. When he heard that, another man said, “You know who that barley cake is? It is Gideon. It is that Gideon!”

In other words, God had to set a trap to make Gideon believe. Brethren, if you do not believe God, who are you going to believe? If you believe God, no power on earth can stop you—because faith creates the spirit of power! 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). When you feel the faith of God, it lifts you off the floor; it energizes your body and your soul; and you know you have won. It is the amount of God’s energy and power that you will allow to flow through you. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” 

It is saying, “Forgive one another…for Christ’s sake.” Why does it say,  “…for Christ’s sake?” It is because Christ cannot move through you if you have unforgiveness in you. Unforgiveness blocks the flow of the power of Christ. 

In Luke 8, the woman came and grabbed the hem of Jesus’ garment. He said, “Hey! Energy came out of Me.” Yes! He said, “I feel virtue (“dunamis” in the Greek; power) drawn out of Me.” Do you understand? We are talking about the raw power of God. It can only work through you if your passages are clean. Without this, you can speak the Word of God from now until next year at this time and not a straw will move! It says in Acts 19 that the sons of Sceva tried to help a man who needed deliverance. They said, “In the Name of Jesus I rebuke you.” It says that the demons jumped on them, tore them, and they fled naked. Paul said, “I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus,” and it says in Acts 13:11 that the sorcerer Elymas went blind “immediately.” The deaf heard! The sick were healed! Immediately! It was because Paul had kept his gun clean.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997, pg. 10-13)

Thought for today: Do not listen to the word that the devil brings you. Believe the Word that God has spoken to you so that you can function in God as you ought to.

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Scripture reading: Mark 5:1-15

The first weapon of our warfare is the WORD. Jesus Christ said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!” (John 6:63b).

You speak a spirit into life. In Mark 5:8 Jesus said, “Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.” A Spirit came out from Jesus and drove the devil out of the man. It says that the man was “…clothed, and in his right mind” (verse 15). If Jesus did not have the necessary force in Him to issue this power out of him, then nothing would happen; but when He spoke the Word, the Word came with force of Spirit—Spirit force! Spirit was created, came out and did the job! Now what gave Jesus that power? The power came from the Father. The power came through the Father, through Jesus’ spirit, through His soul, and through His body.

I always liked to go out hunting, but I could never shoot the poor little birds. I would go out with the gun and catch myself just admiring the birds and not shooting. One day, I made up my mind that I was going to shoot this time, because I just couldn’t go home without getting something. So I saw some doves and crept on my belly with the gun. Then I made my aim. When I fired, the gun went, “Psshh!” just a big puff of smoke. The bird looked at me and took off.

What do you think happened? You can see that I never learned to crawl with a gun. While crawling, I got the muzzle full of dirt and when I fired it just went, “Psshh!” Some of our muzzles are full of dirt. This is why we cannot shoot the enemy! The hindrance is in the soul! Oh God, help us!

If you have something against someone, it is a hindrance to your soul! Wife and husband, try your best not to go to bed with anything against each other. You must clear up anything that is wrong. If you have a thought that is not right on the level, then get it cleared up. You thought your wife tricked you; you thought she said something that was not right. Get it cleared up before you go to bed! If you don’t, your muzzle will be full of dirt. You will not be able to fight.

God wants your word to be so powerful that the energy that comes out of you will break the backs of the enemies! Because of this, the first thing the devil does is to try to get one brother against another, or one sister against another. Somebody says something; they did not mean anything harmful, but it was repeated to that one, and it got over to that one, and it got bigger, and bigger, and bigger—until a mountain comes between you! Brethren, let us get wise! Matured people do not allow it. If you hear that your brother said something against you, then ask him, “Why did you say so and so against me? I heard that you said so and so.” He replies, “Who told you that?” “Oh, it was John that told me.” Do you know what that does if you tell him who told you? Nobody is going to tell you anything anymore unless they want you to fix it, because you are not going to hide them. By going to the one who you heard has spoken against you, you will keep yourself clean! Whether the other person wants to have something against you or not, you clear yourself! “I have nothing against you. I have no bad feelings. I never said a wrong thought against you,” or “I did say one wrong thought against you, for which I am sorry.”

Have you ever heard about something we call “The trap of fools”? Let me tell you about this trap of fools. It goes like this: I come to you and say, “Brother, that brother said that you have a bald head,” and you say, “But how could that brother say I have a bald head? Look at his head! Doesn’t he know that in a few years’ time he will be bald like I am?” Then I leave you, go to the other brother and say, “Hey buddy, watch that brother over there. He said that you are soon going to be bald.”

Now the brother does not know what caused you to say that and he says, “But why should he say that? Look at him! Look at him!” So he gets mad over you and really upset and then he says something against you! The person comes back and says, “Brother, Pete is against you. Watch yourself with Pete because Pete said that you cannot even walk straight,” and so on.

This is the work of a demon, but some people do it! Some people do the work of demons. This is called “The trap of fools.” The first thing when something like this happens to you it to obey the Word of God and go to the brother, and say, “Why did you say that I would soon be bald?” Then, when he explains it to you and you realize why it was said, forgive the brother and stop the trap of fools. It is a trap that is set for anybody who is naive!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997, pg. 9-10)

Thought for today: Let us be wise and follow the ordinances of the Word of God so that we do not fall into the trap of fools but keep our gun clean.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 16:13-20

The Bible records in Matthew 16:16-17 that when Peter said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Jesus answered him and said, “Blessed art thou…for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Then, it says that Jesus went on to say in verse 18, “…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” 

What He said is very peculiar, for He did not say the “armies of hell,” but He said the “gates of hell.” You do not attack people with your gate. You do not do that unless you are in a defensive position and the people are attacking your gate. What Jesus actually said was that when the Christians move to attack, hell’s gates will not stand! Amen!

We saw the example of it with Samson. We read in Judges 16 that Samson got up at midnight while there were men behind the wall waiting for him. They were ready to jump him as he came through the gate. But by the time he got to the gate, the Spirit of God fell on him and he rushed upon the gate and took it off. It was nothing short of an earthquake for the men who were behind the gate. Samson shook the whole gate, pulled it backwards and out at the roots.

He was not that tall. You might be thinking that Samson was a man-mountain and that he lifted up the gate off its hinges. No! No! He pulled the gate out at the root, going backwards, and the men who were lying in ambush behind the wall fled for their lives.

Now Samson, in that section of the story, is a type of the Body of Christ that will rise at midnight out of the harlot’s house, out of the place of spiritual harlotry! Out of the place of mixture! Mixture! Mixing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the works of the devil. Mixing it with the words of the devil: half right/half wrong! Three-quarters right/one quarter wrong! You know what I am saying! God is going to redeem us from the harlot’s house by the Spirit of God falling on the Church at midnight.

I will tell you the secret. You cannot, overnight, get up and get the power of God to bring down the kingdom of the devil. Do you hear me? You cannot overnight just get up and say, “I am going to bring down the kingdom of Satan.” God did say you are going to bring it down, but it is not an overnight action. To understand what God is saying, look at the example when you take a gun in your hands. Let us say that you take a nine-millimeter gun and fire it. What happens inside of that gun? The first thing that gets the shock is the gun! The gun gets the shock (the recoil) of the bullet before the bullet can go forward to hit the enemy. If you do not have the fortitude in you, then how do you expect to overcome a devil with your words? Do you understand what I am saying, brethren? We will get help from God, but God wants us to be in a position to fight back.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997, pg. 7-9)

Thought for today: Let us use the circumstances we find ourselves in to gain our strength in God and rise into a position where we will be able to attack the gates of hell and they shall not prevail against us.

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Scripture reading: II Thessalonians 2:1-10

God is bringing forth an army and this army is going to face some things that the men of old did not face. Paul said in I Corinthians 15:32 that he fought “with beasts at Ephesus…after the manner (similitude) of men.” Paul, however, never faced some of the things and the kind and the quality of man beasts that we are going to have to face in our time and in this end of the age. God put it in the Word that it is at the end of the age that “the beast” is formed.  It is “THE” beast, not “a” beast. Not “one of” the beasts, but the epitome of all the beasts—the beast of beasts. The “666” is going to be formed before you come forth in Christ. That means we have to face him before we get the deliverance. We are asking God, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done…” in this earth, Lord God, “…as it is in heaven.” We are going to have to face the beast before we get that deliverance!

Now what are we talking about? We are talking about “666”—the fullness of man—all that man can be. This will be the greatest man that ever walked the face of the earth. This will be the man that is scientifically wise. That is, he will be physically, mentally, and psychologically wise; powerful, and strong. This man that is being created is the man who will have the fullness of all that man can be. This is the man we face.

We are facing this man in the people and in the very minds of the children. The government now is fighting for the minds of the children. If they can, they are going to make laws to get your children. Homeschooling is a bother to the government and to the plans of the One World Government. Soon there will be no homeschooling. Soon they will take your children from you and teach them what they must know and your children will have such scientific knowledge that they will be so high above you that you will not be even able to cope with what they teach them. Look at what the kids can do with computers. When you were kids, you did not know anything about that, but the thing is coming to a head. Therefore, God told me some secrets concerning the man He wants us to be, in order to be able to combat the “man of sin” (Ref. II Thessalonians 2:3-4) and to combat everything that is coming forth in the world to overtake and overcome us.

They do not believe they are going to be overcome by us. They believe they are going to overcome us! We, therefore, must know that we were born to be the dwelling place of God! We were born to be the home of the Spirit of God. We must know that no man can cope with a man who is filled with the Spirit. A man who is filled with the Spirit is absolutely not even man. He is beyond man! He will perceive what man cannot perceive. He will rise to any occasion.

We think of Daniel. They were going to kill him, because the order went out to kill all the wise men (the magicians and soothsayers) and they had classified Daniel among these. They said, “Kill them!” The man who was to kill him came to him to tell him what his fate was. Daniel said, “Tell the king not to be so hasty, but to give me a little time.” Daniel believed in his God. I want you to hear what Daniel said. He said, “Give me a little time and I will tell him what his dream was.” Daniel had no doubt that his God was going to tell him so he went down into prayer and fasting and God came to him in the night and told him and showed him the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was immediately exalted above humans. He was exalted above the scientists. He was exalted above the great soothsayers.

Did I talk about different guns? Different weapons of warfare? Different men who handle different weapons? If tanks are coming against you, do you grab your rifle and shoot the tanks? No! You had better get out of the way and get something heavier. You had better get somebody who handles a heavier thing like a bazooka or something similar to it in order to hit those tanks. You do not stand up and shoot a tank with your little gun. This is the reason why God is telling us now the secrets of how to get our guns to be bigger and how to fight the warfare that He is preparing for us. 

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997, pg. 4-6)

Thought for today: We cannot fight our enemy in these last days with the small weapons we have been using so far. Let us go before God and have Him increase the power of our guns so that we will overcome the enemy and not be overcome by him.

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