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Scripture reading: Matthew 16:13-19

Let us see if we can understand this passage in Matthew 16 as I believe that having this understanding is very important for every one of us. In the dialogue between Jesus and Peter, it is not something that God was saying just to Peter. Jesus was not saying to Peter that he was the only one who had the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, but that all of you who get this revelation are building on the rock and this rock is Christ Jesus. The word “Peter” means “a little stone.” Moreover, He punned upon the word “stone,” and said “rock.” Jesus is the “rock!” “…And upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The relationship between the stone and the rock is that a stone is a little piece of the rock.

Jesus went a little further and said, “…and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

Jesus gave a people a mandate to bind the devil, thus giving us a mandate to bind devils. We have not been using it as much as we ought. We need to use it more effectively, for I have discovered that we can “overload” Satan’s circuits (if you understand what I am saying). Have you ever had a circuit overload? You turn on your stove on high yet you are getting low heat because your circuits are “overloaded.” There are too many things pulling power on the same circuit! Overloading Satan’s circuits might sound preposterous, but do you know why this is possible? It is because Satan is limited. He has limits to his ability and scope while God is unlimited! Therefore, we are dealing with a limited Satan and an unlimited God! Hallelujah!

Now, if you press Satan to his limits, he does all kinds of foolishness. Like one time he got some unfortunate brother and sister to write me a letter that was against the Blood of Jesus Christ. Satan had lost his marbles! Aren’t you glad that he is losing his marbles? He’s getting wild and desperate! When Satan writes to the church a letter going against the Blood of Jesus Christ as a weapon, he must be pretty desperate. The Blood of Jesus Christ is given to sanctify, save our souls, deliver us from evil, bring down the kingdoms of darkness, and destroy devils. He is really running out of ammunition and cannot seem to find anything else to attack us with. He is in trouble! Revelation 12:12b says, “…For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Let us look into a few pointers on how to overload the circuits of the devil and at the outset let me ask you to do it every morning, and every day at midday, and every night! So that, while the brethren in America are sleeping, the brethren in Germany will be doing it. Then we will call to the brethren in Africa, and then we will go further to the brethren in India (who are nine hours different in time from us), and so on, so that we will have an around the clock bombardment of the devil. We will break the enemy down and will destroy him from our midst. Hallelujah!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 1-4)

Thought for today: Take hold of the mandate that God has given to us to bind devils. As we do so, we will overload his circuits and cast him out of our midst.

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Scripture reading: I Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18

Some of us are throwing bombs at one another and we do not even know that we are doing it. It is like children playing with hand grenades. If you see a Christian robbing the pockets of other people, it is not your duty in the Spirit to speak evil or pronounce evil on him, but you should pray for him, and rebuke the evil spirit that is motivating him to the intent that he should be set free, so that the spirit will be smitten and not the man. Let us realize that the weaker Christian will always fall prey to the devil, and will do things that are really bad.

I John 3:9a says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” Therefore, when you see a Christian do wrong things, curse the devil, for there is no will in the child of God to do sin. Committing sin is a deliberate act. When you see children of God doing wrong, look right behind them and you will see the devil; for he is using the individual in such a way as to make you come against the individual. The brother (or sister) is made to look so bad that we have the tendency to strike at him instead of at the spirit that is motivating him. We should begin now to strike at the kingdom of Satan and at the rulers of darkness.

I remember there were a few things that have come that have caused us to bombard the kingdom of Satan as a Body united together. The first occasion on which this occurred was when a force had come from outside of our ranks and divided the flock. We were bombarded with evil prayers (sorcery) from this source. God would awaken us at three every morning, and some of us in other parts of the country could not sleep during other hours. We continued binding the spirits of the kingdom of Satan, from the principalities that rule in the different areas, to the lowly human vessels that were submitting to them. This went on until there was a loosing and a deliverance for the brethren.

I will give you a secret – the kingdom of darkness cannot stand the bombardment of the kingdom of light. It has been proven time and time again. If you want to see the devil confused and do foolishness, just start to bombard him in every area. Every morning when you get awake, bombard him! Speak against the ruling spirit that rules in your area. Command them to lose their hold on the children of God, that God’s people might be set free; and command that he be bound this day, that he cannot deceive the people of God. Then you will see the churches around you begin to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to be free in their services.

Some of you have problems with sleeping. Every time you get awake, bombard the devil! When you cannot sleep, call upon the name of the Lord; break the strongholds of Satan! Command the deliverance for the people! Some of our groups are almost covered with demons. Everybody seems to be possessed and oppressed by his or her own business. There is a secret that can deliver the people. Let somebody begin to tear down the walls of hell, and you will see people running to church, to assemble themselves together with the Body of Christ. It is God’s will that we should meet together. When we meet together, there are prophecies and the working of the Spirit in our midst, which is a special manifestation of the Spirit that does not happen when we are alone! It is happening, because we are together. And so, bombard hell and command the deliverance for the people of God.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 6-7)

Thought for today: Are you in a business of bombarding the devil? Don’t let him rest but bring the light upon him so that he is confused and the people of God are made free.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 16:13-19

There is something I want to show to you, which I trust will give you a new perspective in the Spirit. The church is at war against the principalities and powers of darkness, so when the enemy touches one, he touches all. This stirs the hearts of the people of God unto prayer and fasting. The Lord has been revealing to us that we should not anymore wait for the enemy to attack us, but that we should attack him, and through the Blood of Jesus Christ bind the principalities and powers and rulers of darkness of this world, in every one of our areas where we live and work. This attack should be continuous as an offensive action. Every time we pray, we should bind the ruling spirits in our area, so that they should take their hands off the lives of the people, in their homes, in their families, in their churches. The Scriptures say in Matthew 16:18 that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. This means that the church should attack hell and break down its gates and set the captives free.

Isaiah 49:24, “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.”

The battle is the Lord’s.

When a brother and a sister we know were hospitalized after a terrible accident, there was a night and day prayer going up to God on their behalf. There was a continuous 24 hour a day prayer, as brethren all over the world joined us. They were constantly on our mind. We began to tell the brethren to pray differently from the way they were used to; that they should COMMAND the deliverance through the anointing of the Spirit, because healing is the “children’s bread” (Matthew 15:26). Speak the word! The centurion asked of Jesus that if He would just “speak the word,” he knew that his servant would be healed (Matthew 8:8). The power of the spoken word accomplishes much. Many times, we are begging and pleading with God for that which He has already given.

I remember the time when Jesus asked me, “What do you want? Whatever you desire, ask and it shall be given.” I said, “Lord, I want to see someone healed.” He gave me the gift of healing. I ran through the door out into the street searching for a sick person. I found a sick woman, spoke the word, and she got up out of her sick bed, healed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

People of God, stop crying and doubting. Begin to move in the Spirit and power of God. When you start doing this, you will find out how willing the Spirit of God is to work through you. He only needs clean, submitted vessels. You will never know whether you have a gift or not until you begin to be exercised in it.

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

Thought for today: Will you take up the challenge and command the deliverance to your life and the lives of God’s people? You will be surprised how willing the Spirit of God is to work through you.

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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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