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Scripture reading: Hebrews 11:8-10

We are now entering into the end of the Great Tribulation, which is the worst part of the tribulation and when many things are going to happen, like losing our houses, our bank accounts, and our present way of life that we know and love so much.  In this time, we must still hold fast to the promises of God and carry on His work for the deliverance of men.  God is strengthening us at this time in our walk with Him.  God is not expecting us to do it by our own will, but He is expecting us to believe Him. 

Somebody was sharing about Abraham and depicted him as an ordinary person, which he was.  But at the same time God testified of him several times in the Scriptures that “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”  Abraham was righteous in his generation, although the requirements in his day were not what God would require of us today.  The Blood of Jesus was not yet shed and the Holy Ghost was not yet given.  How blessed we are! 

In order for us to be found in the same heavenly places were faithful Abraham was, we have to be part of what the Bible calls the Firstfruits company.  Some of us might be saying to ourselves, “I do not know if I am in the Firstfruits Company.  I do not know if I am worthy.  I do not know if I will make it.  I probably am not because I slipped and fell last week, and nobody knows.  The people in church do not suspect that I get mad sometimes, and curse other times, etc., etc.”  All these thoughts are designed by the devil to convince us that we are not of God.  But the truth is that for us to be worthy, we only have to trust God.  God has a different design.  God’s design is that by faith we can lay hold of His promises and that by faith we can enter into His everlasting Kingdom.  If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ; and with the remission of sins comes purity and holiness. 

God is not asking you to do it by your integrity or by your own personal character.  God is asking you to put your character, integrity and abilities aside, by faith lay hold of the promises, and like the publican (Ref. Luke 18:13) to drop on your knees and admit your unworthiness.  Ask God to help you and to save you from the traps and snares of the devil; and say, “Lord, I believe; help Thou my unbelief.” 

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 14-15)

Thought for today: Remember it is by faith that we can lay hold of His promises and by faith we can enter into His everlasting Kingdom.

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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: II Corinthians 1-5

I want to give you a revelation that God has given to me.  Many of you know how we have walked through many dark places and have overcome many evil spirits. But what you do not know is that we had been trained by God step-by-step over these years on how to build a foundation in order to be able to stand in the storm.  I will explain it to you; I am going to share with you about “The Weapons of Our Warfare.” 

Every man who goes to war must be equipped with weaponry and he must be practiced in handling his weapons, or else he has no right in a war.  There are different types of weapons and there are different types of people who use the different types of weapons.  In war, you have men who fire the big guns; then, you have men who fire small guns and men who use explosives.  Each man has his particular department wherein he is an expert.  When you need explosives, you do not go fooling around putting explosives together.  You call in the group of men who are used to handling explosives.  We are talking about the Body of Christ.  You do not go to war without all the people and the equipment you need.  You do not go to war without the explosives men, without the gunners, without the bombardiers, without the airplanes and the pilots that fly the planes, without the ships.  All these are absolutely necessary in a war and no one man is going to handle all that equipment.  Therefore, God is calling a body of people together.  In order to survive and to overcome, this body of people must recognize one another.  When there is a situation where I need bombardment, I must call in the gunners, give them the coordinates of where to drop the shells, because that is where the enemy will be hurt the most.  I must know what kind of a battle it is and I must have a knowledge of my own capabilities. 

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty….”  If these weapons are so mighty, why is it that so many of us are being chewed up by the enemy?  Why is it that so many of us are being knocked down, or hurt, or destroyed by the enemy?  Why is it that so many of us cannot see where we are now in time?  Why is it that so many of us cannot perceive the goodness of God and see what God is doing at this hour?  How come, if our weapons are so powerful, so many of us are going to miss it? 

OUR WEAPONS ARE ONLY POWERFUL WHEN WE BELIEVE IN THEM.  Yes!  You have to trust the man in the bomber to come and drop the bombs in the right places.  You have to trust the man who is firing the missiles over your head.  You have to trust him that he is going to fire over your head and hit the enemy.  You have to trust the other men.  Your life is in the hands of all the others and their lives are in your hands. 

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997, pg. 2-4)

Thought for today: Let us trust our fellow soldiers and pray that they as well as us use the weapons of our warfare effectively.

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Scripture reading: Acts 16:19-34

“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”  (Acts 16:31)

“AND THY HOUSE.”  The jailer had only asked for salvation for himself, but Paul offered him also for his whole household.  Upon what authority was this offer made and was it biblical?  It was upon the authority of Exodus 28.  Of all the apostles of the Lamb, Paul was more versed in the typology of the Law and its meaning in Christ than any other.  In verse 33, he baptized the whole family.  This was no exception—this was the rule.

The jailer was the priest of his family, just as it was in the whole Jewish society that the head of the family was considered the priest of that family and he was spiritually accountable before God for his family.  Upon the authority of this word therefore, Paul and Silas baptized the jailer and his whole family. 

When the jailer knelt before God, the Lord saw his whole family represented and the curse of sin was removed from the family at that moment.  The spiritual principle underlying this is that we are a covenant people.  God has established His covenant with us through His Son as our High Priest so that all those with whom we have covenant, He recognizes them as covenanting with Him by proxy.  When the devil takes a family, he has power over the third and fourth generation of those who are disobedient.  The blood covenant of Jesus Christ with us makes our families blood-covenanted to Christ by proxy.  As it was in the old Levitical covenant, the priest would go into the Holy of Holies once every year with the blood of the lamb and when his sins were forgiven all of Israel’s were also forgiven.

In our experience, we see God moving among our families.  When one gets saved, then there is a domino effect and God begins to move in the whole family, especially and first among those who are obedient and willing, but even the unwilling are moved by the mercies of God.  In the case of my own family, God saved me first, then my brother, then my sister and their families, then another brother’s family, then another brother, then my father and my mother.  In my wife’s family the same thing is occurring and also in our children and their families, and the process still continues.  There are some basic reasons for this, but it must be made clear that before God a covenant is a very serious matter. 

The covenant must be exercised; it cannot be assumed that it will work without exercising it.  I am sure most of us have stories of how God moves in our families.  This is no coincidence.  For those who do not have these stories of salvation of their families, then be assured they are in the making for God will honor his word.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, October 1990, pg. 6-8)

Thought for today: Remember that the promise of salvation is not only to you but also to your house. Do not get discouraged by what you see today with your natural eyes. Exercise this family covenant and take God at His Word. You will NOT be disappointed.

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