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Scripture reading: Matthew 13:3-4

We thank God for bringing us all through so many days of problems, days of suffering, and days of hope. The Spirit of God has brought us from many circumstances that could have been disastrous for us; from accidents that did not happen. Some of us have even been brought through accidents. But we thank God.

I was touched by the prayer of a brother one time where he thanked God for the little things—for the bread that we get to eat, and for the sun that shines. It was kind of a revelation to see that sometimes we take God for granted, and because we have these things so freely, we never seem to realize that we need to thank God for them.

Today, I want you to carefully assess how you have received the word. You see, while the word is going forth, there is an “anointing.”  By “anointing” we mean that the Spirit of God is touching your mind and saying something to you. So remember how you have received the word. Paul spoke of it, that you must remember how you received it, because when you step out, there are some agents that come into play. These are agents of deception, agents of the devil, thieves!

Do you know where the chief thief lives? The chief thief lives inside of you! Upstairs, in your mind! The chief thief of the Word of God is in your mind. It is human reasoning! Logic! Logic says, “Well, if this is this, then this is supposed to be that.” With logic you will come to a logical conclusion, which may turn out to be a lie.

Have you ever heard of a logical conclusion being a lie? You have a person saying, “Jesus Christ is the son of Mary. Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God, and therefore Mary is the mother of God.” The conclusion is a lie, because God was before Mary, and God made Mary, so Mary could not be God’s mother. Nevertheless, logic says, “Yes, she is.”

That which is “true” is not always “truth.” Truth is Christ! It may be true that a brother cheated on his income tax, but publishing the fact does not glorify God. It is not truth.

Matthew 13:3-4 says, “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.”

The word is in the mind, delivered by the messenger, but the black birds come in and take away the seed. I have known some people who act as these black birds. Read Leviticus 11 and you will find out that when it makes mention of predator birds, it is referring to people. Birds defy the forces of gravity and fly above earth, so they are a type of spiritual people. This chapter in Leviticus mentions the hawk, the cuckoo, the eagle, and others, and it says to us concerning these birds, “Do not eat them!” The word “eat” in Scripture means “become one with.” In John 6, Jesus said, “Eat Me, for My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.” When you eat Jesus, you become “one” with Jesus.

So, let us not become one with those who take away the seed of the word from us, but let us eat Jesus so that we would become one with Him.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 1-2)

Thought for today: Remember how you have received the word and don’t let the birds steal it from you.

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Scripture reading: Luke 10:19; Zechariah 4:6

Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” This says something. It says that the Church is in an attacking position! Gates are not used for attacking, but for defending. The Bible says that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, which means that the Church will be anointed of God to tear down the gates of hell.

God divinely put in the Scriptures the story of a man called Samson in a harlot’s house. He awoke at midnight; he was touched and anointed by the Spirit of God, and transformed into a mighty wrecking machine. This terrible anointed wrecking machine took hold of the gate. Mighty men of valor were standing behind the walls with their swords ready to pierce him through.

You see, no man can stand against the anointing of God. There are many among us who are coming against the basic gospel of Jesus Christ. Some are coming against the Blood; some are coming against the baptism of the Holy Ghost; and others, against the speaking in tongues, etc. However, it is God they are really fighting against.

These men were ready to tear down the man Samson. Their covenant with the demons and devils that motivated them was destroyed by the anointing of the Lord upon Samson. They were sure they had Samson all cornered now, but God Almighty touched him and he became a mighty wrecking machine. Only the anointing of God could make an ordinary man be able to lay hold of and lift the gate of a city. It probably weighed a hundred tons. He shook the gate, and the walls were torn asunder; he rooted the gate out of the sockets as he backed off with it. The gates of Gaza could not stand against Samson, so the gates of hell will not stand against the church (God’s anointed people)! Jesus said, “Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).

Remember – it is by faith! “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord (God) of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). By faith, the anointing will break the powers of hell and set the people of God free.

Start at your doorstep. Start in your home. Start in your area. Spot a man, spot a woman, target someone for Jesus. Start praying for them and the forces of hell will let them loose, because you believe God and because you are one of the “lively stones (Peter).” Hell will not be able to stand before the Church when she moves, for Jesus said, “…and whatsoever you bind on earth is bound in heaven! And whatsoever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven!

What is Jesus talking about? Look at the Church. I am talking about all the people of God who have been washed by the Blood of Jesus. They do not have to belong to our group. They do not have to believe what we believe. They do not have to have the same sensibility towards God that we have, but just look at the Church on the whole, big and small, and tell me if you see a free people. Or, do you see a people who are bound?

The people of God are bound everywhere and God is rising up a people and giving them the power to lose them. Those who have received the Word of the Kingdom have become responsible. The church that has eyes to see, the church that has the Holy Spirit, the church that has the river of God flowing through them, the church that has the firstfruits of God – those who believe, those who speak of having the firstfruits of God, those who desire the fullness of Jesus Christ – you have now become responsible! Every single one of you, from the youngest to the oldest, has become responsible for the condition of the Church at large.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 12-13)

Thought for today: Take the power that has been given to you, start praying for the people of God, and the forces of hell will let them loose.

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Scripture reading: Psalm 23:1-5

God is a provider. There is provision in Him to cover all our weaknesses and to heal all our diseases.

Some who read these lines may be in grave physical danger as war and revolution sweep the earth; but remember, David faced danger every day of his life, and the Holy Spirit spoke through him more than any recorded writer, of the deliverance of God from the enemy.

Psalm 23:1-5, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me; Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.”

This and more represents the response of overshadowing which God gives to the church, as she moves in the Spirit. The embroidery covering in the structure of the Tabernacle of Moses is symbolic of all this.

(Excerpt from The Pattern, pg. 87)

Thought for today: We have provision in God to cover all our weaknesses and to heal all our diseases.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 21:22

The Word that I am seeing before me is the church functioning in its place. However, there is a bad habit among us: Everybody wants to do something else besides what God wants us to do.

I never forgot the musician, the pianist in Gatlinburg that came to me when I was out there preaching. He said to me, “What can I do? What can I do to really please God?” I said, “Son, fast tomorrow, and come into the meeting. Pray to God that He would use you as a musician.” I had never seen anything like that. The young man was so energetic and wanted to see God use him. He got in the church building as the first one. It was about six o’clock in the evening and the meeting was supposed to start at seven. He got in, jumped on that piano, and began to play; he just played from his soul. People came into the door, but they didn’t go to their seats. Nobody passed that door. They came and fell at the altar. The service started with an altar call. Everybody was weeping. The man was just playing; nobody was even singing!

You must believe in divine power. I see some of us don’t believe in power. You see, God taught me how to believe in power, how to pray before coming to service. My wife, Mavis, and I prayed for six souls one night and we came in to the church building and it was empty. Nobody came that night! But we started to sing and to praise God and somebody came in and went to the altar. Another one came in – six people came in to the altar and were saved that night. Divine power! DIVINE POWER! Begin to use this power, brethren. Begin to use this power! God has anointed some of you to pray; you have the greatest power in the church, and nobody notices you. You have the power to pray and ask God to move according to your prayer.

I remember when I used to love to see people get knocked down on the floor. You know, we go through all these stages. I was a young man. The first day that God called me, I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, went into a Holy Quietness Church, and the whole church fell down flat on the floor and couldn’t get up. After that, I kind of felt that everywhere I went, people must fall down on the floor. You know, when you touch the person and the person doesn’t fall down, you have the tendency to give him a little “help,” (you push a bit). In fighting, there is a hold that you use in which you touch a person on his forehead. Anybody that you touch on his head like that has to go back and falls. I see them doing it in churches, putting their hands on the people, on their foreheads. It used to be Jujitsu in those days (note: Jujitsu is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat). I would touch you on your forehead and you fell down. But you know, one day God came to me and said, “What do you really want? Do you want to humble the people so they fall down? Or do you want to bless them?” I said, “I want to bless them.” From that day on, rarely anybody fell down in my service because I wanted to bless them. I don’t especially want them to fall down. That doesn’t gratify me anymore. I just want to BLESS them. And that should be the desire of all of us – to bless the people of God.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, December 2006, pg. 9-10)

Thought for today: You have the power to pray and ask God to move according to your prayer. Begin to use this power!

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Scripture reading: Matthew 13:3-4

We thank God for bringing us all through so many days of problems, days of suffering, and days of hope. The Spirit of God has brought us from many circumstances that could have been disastrous for us; from accidents that did not happen. Some of us have even been brought through accidents. But we thank God.

I was touched by the prayer of a brother one time where he thanked God for the little things—for the bread that we get to eat, and for the sun that shines. It was kind of a revelation to see that sometimes we take God for granted, and because we have these things so freely, we never seem to realize that we need to thank God for them.

Today, I want you to carefully assess how you have received the word. You see, while the word is going forth, there is an “anointing.”  By “anointing” we mean that the Spirit of God is touching your mind and saying something to you. So remember how you have received the word. Paul spoke of it, that you must remember how you received it, because when you step out, there are some agents that come into play. These are agents of deception, agents of the devil, thieves!

Do you know where the chief thief lives? The chief thief lives inside of you! Upstairs, in your mind! The chief thief of the Word of God is in your mind. It is human reasoning! Logic! Logic says, “Well, if this is this, then this is supposed to be that.” With logic you will come to a logical conclusion, which may turn out to be a lie.

Have you ever heard of a logical conclusion being a lie? You have a person saying, “Jesus Christ is the son of Mary. Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God, and therefore Mary is the mother of God.” The conclusion is a lie, because God was before Mary, and God made Mary, so Mary could not be God’s mother. Nevertheless, logic says, “Yes, she is.”

That which is “true” is not always “truth.” Truth is Christ! It may be true that a brother cheated on his income tax, but publishing the fact does not glorify God. It is not truth.

Matthew 13:3-4 says, “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.”

The word is in the mind, delivered by the messenger, but the black birds come in and take away the seed. I have known some people who act as these black birds. Read Leviticus 11 and you will find out that when it makes mention of predator birds, it is referring to people. Birds defy the forces of gravity and fly above earth, so they are a type of spiritual people. This chapter in Leviticus mentions the hawk, the cuckoo, the eagle, and others, and it says to us concerning these birds, “Do not eat them!” The word “eat” in Scripture means “become one with.” In John 6, Jesus said, “Eat Me, for My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.” When you eat Jesus, you become “one” with Jesus.

So, let us not become one with those who take away the seed of the word from us, but let us eat Jesus so that we would become one with Him.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 1-2)

Thought for today: Remember how you have received the word and don’t let the birds steal it from you.

Read Full Post »

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Scripture reading: Luke 10:19; Zechariah 4:6

Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” This says something. It says that the Church is in an attacking position! Gates are not used for attacking, but for defending. The Bible says that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, which means that the Church will be anointed of God to tear down the gates of hell.

God divinely put in the Scriptures the story of a man called Samson in a harlot’s house. He awoke at midnight; he was touched and anointed by the Spirit of God, and transformed into a mighty wrecking machine. This terrible anointed wrecking machine took hold of the gate. Mighty men of valor were standing behind the walls with their swords ready to pierce him through.

You see, no man can stand against the anointing of God. There are many among us who are coming against the basic gospel of Jesus Christ. Some are coming against the Blood; some are coming against the baptism of the Holy Ghost; and others, against the speaking in tongues, etc. However, it is God they are really fighting against.

These men were ready to tear down the man Samson. Their covenant with the demons and devils that motivated them was destroyed by the anointing of the Lord upon Samson. They were sure they had Samson all cornered now, but God Almighty touched him and he became a mighty wrecking machine. Only the anointing of God could make an ordinary man be able to lay hold of and lift the gate of a city. It probably weighed a hundred tons. He shook the gate, and the walls were torn asunder; he rooted the gate out of the sockets as he backed off with it. The gates of Gaza could not stand against Samson, so the gates of hell will not stand against the church (God’s anointed people)! Jesus said, “Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).

Remember – it is by faith! “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord (God) of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). By faith, the anointing will break the powers of hell and set the people of God free.

Start at your doorstep. Start in your home. Start in your area. Spot a man, spot a woman, target someone for Jesus. Start praying for them and the forces of hell will let them loose, because you believe God and because you are one of the “lively stones (Peter).” Hell will not be able to stand before the Church when she moves, for Jesus said, “…and whatsoever you bind on earth is bound in heaven! And whatsoever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven!

What is Jesus talking about? Look at the Church. I am talking about all the people of God who have been washed by the Blood of Jesus. They do not have to belong to our group. They do not have to believe what we believe. They do not have to have the same sensibility towards God that we have, but just look at the Church on the whole, big and small, and tell me if you see a free people. Or, do you see a people who are bound?

The people of God are bound everywhere and God is rising up a people and giving them the power to lose them. Those who have received the Word of the Kingdom have become responsible. The church that has eyes to see, the church that has the Holy Spirit, the church that has the river of God flowing through them, the church that has the firstfruits of God – those who believe, those who speak of having the firstfruits of God, those who desire the fullness of Jesus Christ – you have now become responsible! Every single one of you, from the youngest to the oldest, has become responsible for the condition of the Church at large.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 12-13)

Thought for today: Take the power that has been given to you, start praying for the people of God, and the forces of hell will let them loose.

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

Scripture reading: Psalm 23:1-5

God is a provider. There is provision in Him to cover all our weaknesses and to heal all our diseases.

Some who read these lines may be in grave physical danger as war and revolution sweep the earth; but remember, David faced danger every day of his life, and the Holy Spirit spoke through him more than any recorded writer, of the deliverance of God from the enemy.

Psalm 23:1-5, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me; Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.”

This and more represents the response of overshadowing which God gives to the church, as she moves in the Spirit. The embroidery covering in the structure of the Tabernacle of Moses is symbolic of all this.

(Excerpt from The Pattern, pg. 87)

Thought for today: We have provision in God to cover all our weaknesses and to heal all our diseases.

Read Full Post »

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