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Scripture reading: Isaiah 55:11

There is a time, a tenure that is given to me. A tenure in which I should attain to what God has ordained for me to be. There is also a tenure that you have, a time. What are you doing in your time to achieve that which God has ordained for you to be? It says in Ecclesiastes 3:2 that there is a time appointed, a time to live, and a time to die. Look at all the beautiful little children – there is a time for them to die. But guess what? They are going to be given enough time to accomplish that which God has ordained for the sons of God to do. Hebrews 11:40 says, “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” They had a tenure, a time, an area of time in which the grace of God would bring man, humanity, to a certain spot in his development. You have a piece. Everybody has his part.

Moses also had his part; he had to bring the Jews, their order, their lives, their suffering, for the sake of all humanity, to a certain point of their development. There were the hosts of hell, demons, devils who were working contrary to this and God would not intervene. God would not intervene! What did God do? God gave Moses the power. God gave us the power. The Bible says, “death reigned from Adam to Moses” (Romans 5:14). My God, how can I understand that? “…death reigned from Adam to Moses.” Why didn’t the Bible say, “Death reigned from Adam to Jesus?” The Bible said, “death reigned from Adam to Moses.” That means that Moses had a time. God gave him 120 years and in his tenure he was to stop death by the power that God had given him. Now, what power did God give Moses? He gave him the power of the law. Amen. Because the Bible said that every word of God is yea and amen and it must accomplish that whereunto God had sent it (II Corinthians 1:20, Isaiah 55:11). So God sent Moses with the law. Now, before the law, sin could not be imputed (Romans 5:13). Did you know that? Nobody could go to hell. That is a hard one to swallow, but none of the wicked men could go into a permanent condition of everlasting torment. But then, nobody could go to heaven, either.

What am I talking about? I am talking about the condition. The Bible said that before the law, sin could not be imputed to man (Romans 5:13). Do you know why? You were born in sin. You were shapen in iniquity (Psalm 51:5). You had nothing to do with it. You were born that way. Can I send you to hell because you were born a sinner? No, sir. I have to give you the power to overthrow sin; you have to become responsible and then you have to fail; only then you become guilty. So without a law, there could be no guilt established.

So then, God gave Moses the law and Moses, now actually being the keeper of the law, found life within the law. He found deliverance within the law. Why? Because it was God’s Word and God’s Word must have deliverance and must have life. Moses found that there was one escape, one loophole from sin in the law. What did Moses do to stop the devil from taking him? Three times a year, every Israelite would take a lamb to the priest. He would offer a sacrifice and his sins were forgiven right there (Leviticus 16:34). God came to Moses and said, “Moses, you are to go up into the mountain and there you shall die” (Deuteronomy 32:48-50). Now Moses, in his law, says that no man must come before the Lord without an offering, so we do know that Moses had a little lamb under his arm. Moses could not face God without an offering. He was going to die when he made that offering. He killed the lamb, died immediately and his sins were forgiven. When the devil came and wanted the body of Moses, the angel rebuked him (Jude 9). So through the blood of the lamb, he was delivered from death and found life.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 36-38, 40-41)

Thought for today: There is a time, a tenure that is given to you. A tenure in which you should attain to what God has ordained for you to be.

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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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Scripture reading: Matthew 12:22-37

Words can carry both life and death. This is so because we are not just dealing with natural things. A person who can get angry and wish another dead will have many evil spirits taking his word and going forth to accomplish that which was spoken. We live in a spiritual realm and no word falls to the ground. The spirits of God will obey every word of Christ that comes out of your mouth or your thoughts, but the spirits of the devil will also obey every evil thought and every evil word. As matured Christians we have learned not to speak any negative words or harbor any negative thoughts. Negative thoughts will come and we will see a thing to be totally negative, but we are the balancing force in the world and we are expected to reprove the darkness wherever we see it.

If you can see a negative thing about a person and not have the love and compassion to earnestly pray for that person, then it is the devil that showed you and not God. God will never show anyone anything about anybody unless he knows your love for that person. If He shows you, it means that you are being recruited to pray for that person.

The battle in the realms of the spirit goes back and forth upon these principles. If a man is guilty, then devils claim him, but another can drive that devil from him by the power that God gives us. Therefore, if we deride the guilty, we encourage the devils that have a claim on him to exercise their claim. Many times we see one continuously oppressed of devils and we might feel in our hearts, “It serves him right.” We have unwittingly joined the forces of the devil which are oppressing him and have failed God in the rescue effort which he needs.

We have a word that is like a flashing sword of light when it strikes evil spirits. This means that Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is Himself the Logos, has given us the rhema (or, the word of command) to use as one uses a gun or a sword.

Once I was attacked by what seemed to be a prince of darkness. His power was so great that when he held me, I could not physically move my hands, head, or tongue. At that moment, Jesus appeared to me and gave me instructions. I obeyed and my tongue was released to speak the word of rebuke. When I did so, the thing was thrown from me by the power of God. The rhema, therefore, was the command I spoke, but without Christ, the Logos, my words would be ineffective. Jesus Christ said, …the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63). This simply means that when Jesus speaks, spirits go forth from Him to do His bidding and from what we have learned, we are being brought into that same realm where we speak with the voice and authority of God.

The power of the spoken word should, however, be understood by the believer. When we abide in the Spirit, a certain authority goes along with the words we speak. We have seen it in action and the only way we can describe it is that it comes like a ray of light flashing from the believer to the enemy. In the case of the creative force, it is like a spirit that goes forth and creates the object spoken into being. This same force from God works in the preaching of the Word. If the person who delivers the Word is speaking with the authority of the Spirit, then the hearers must be blessed and lifted up towards Christ. All of God’s activity in the Church moves the believer towards becoming more and more like Christ; the spoken word is a creative force which not only attracts the spirits of heaven to us, but buoys us up into the heavenlies. The spoken word drives away the spiritual forces of the enemy and not even evil men can stand being around anyone who speaks the Word of God. Yes, we do overcome the enemy by the word of our mouth and the Blood of the Lamb.

There is, however, what I would call, a backup, provided of God in the person of the angels that are constantly guarding us:

“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”  (Hebrews 1:14)

Angels of God are appointed around every believer to minister for him. We are partners with God, but can only do a certain part of the work (that which pertains to the physical). The angels, however, are appointed of God to do the spiritual. Therefore, when we speak that which pleases God, His spirits act on our behalf. The place of function between man and God as one unit is described in the Word as the lampstand in the Tabernacle of Moses. It is depicted as one of the seven churches as well as one of the seven works of grace that will bring us into perfection (the Man Child Church). In Solomon’s Temple the lampstand was multiplied to ten and was made much larger than the one in Moses’ tabernacle. This shows that there would be a mighty increase in the ministry of God and man working together as well as that the magnitude of light in the Holy Place would be increased ten-fold.

The power of God in the Church has increased immensely, but because of the overspreading of iniquity and abominations, it is not very apparent to us. Nevertheless, we should understand that without this great power it would be impossible for us to even survive the present onslaught of Satan and his hosts.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1993, pg. 11-13)

Thought for today: The spiritual world is waiting to hear our words and thoughts so that they can carry out their purposes – whether good or bad.

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Scripture reading: Isaiah 55:11

There is a time, a tenure that is given to me. A tenure in which I should attain to what God has ordained for me to be. There is also a tenure that you have, a time. What are you doing in your time to achieve that which God has ordained for you to be? It says in Ecclesiastes 3:2 that there is a time appointed, a time to live, and a time to die. Look at all the beautiful little children – there is a time for them to die. But guess what? They are going to be given enough time to accomplish that which God has ordained for the sons of God to do. Hebrews 11:40 says, “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” They had a tenure, a time, an area of time in which the grace of God would bring man, humanity, to a certain spot in his development. You have a piece. Everybody has his part.

Moses also had his part; he had to bring the Jews, their order, their lives, their suffering, for the sake of all humanity, to a certain point of their development. There were the hosts of hell, demons, devils who were working contrary to this and God would not intervene. God would not intervene! What did God do? God gave Moses the power. God gave us the power. The Bible says, “death reigned from Adam to Moses” (Romans 5:14). My God, how can I understand that? “…death reigned from Adam to Moses.” Why didn’t the Bible say, “Death reigned from Adam to Jesus?” The Bible said, “death reigned from Adam to Moses.” That means that Moses had a time. God gave him 120 years and in his tenure he was to stop death by the power that God had given him. Now, what power did God give Moses? He gave him the power of the law. Amen. Because the Bible said that every word of God is yea and amen and it must accomplish that whereunto God had sent it (II Corinthians 1:20, Isaiah 55:11). So God sent Moses with the law. Now, before the law, sin could not be imputed (Romans 5:13). Did you know that? Nobody could go to hell. That is a hard one to swallow, but none of the wicked men could go into a permanent condition of everlasting torment. But then, nobody could go to heaven, either.

What am I talking about? I am talking about the condition. The Bible said that before the law, sin could not be imputed to man (Romans 5:13). Do you know why? You were born in sin. You were shapen in iniquity (Psalm 51:5). You had nothing to do with it. You were born that way. Can I send you to hell because you were born a sinner? No, sir. I have to give you the power to overthrow sin; you have to become responsible and then you have to fail; only then you become guilty. So without a law, there could be no guilt established.

So then, God gave Moses the law and Moses, now actually being the keeper of the law, found life within the law. He found deliverance within the law. Why? Because it was God’s Word and God’s Word must have deliverance and must have life. Moses found that there was one escape, one loophole from sin in the law. What did Moses do to stop the devil from taking him? Three times a year, every Israelite would take a lamb to the priest. He would offer a sacrifice and his sins were forgiven right there (Leviticus 16:34). God came to Moses and said, “Moses, you are to go up into the mountain and there you shall die” (Deuteronomy 32:48-50). Now Moses, in his law, says that no man must come before the Lord without an offering, so we do know that Moses had a little lamb under his arm. Moses could not face God without an offering. He was going to die when he made that offering. He killed the lamb, died immediately and his sins were forgiven. When the devil came and wanted the body of Moses, the angel rebuked him (Jude 9). So through the blood of the lamb, he was delivered from death and found life.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 36-38, 40-41)

Thought for today: There is a time, a tenure that is given to you. A tenure in which you should attain to what God has ordained for you to be.

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

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.

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

Scripture reading: Matthew 12:22-37

Words can carry both life and death. This is so because we are not just dealing with natural things. A person who can get angry and wish another dead will have many evil spirits taking his word and going forth to accomplish that which was spoken. We live in a spiritual realm and no word falls to the ground. The spirits of God will obey every word of Christ that comes out of your mouth or your thoughts, but the spirits of the devil will also obey every evil thought and every evil word. As matured Christians we have learned not to speak any negative words or harbor any negative thoughts. Negative thoughts will come and we will see a thing to be totally negative, but we are the balancing force in the world and we are expected to reprove the darkness wherever we see it.

If you can see a negative thing about a person and not have the love and compassion to earnestly pray for that person, then it is the devil that showed you and not God. God will never show anyone anything about anybody unless he knows your love for that person. If He shows you, it means that you are being recruited to pray for that person.

The battle in the realms of the spirit goes back and forth upon these principles. If a man is guilty, then devils claim him, but another can drive that devil from him by the power that God gives us. Therefore, if we deride the guilty, we encourage the devils that have a claim on him to exercise their claim. Many times we see one continuously oppressed of devils and we might feel in our hearts, “It serves him right.” We have unwittingly joined the forces of the devil which are oppressing him and have failed God in the rescue effort which he needs.

We have a word that is like a flashing sword of light when it strikes evil spirits. This means that Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is Himself the Logos, has given us the rhema (or, the word of command) to use as one uses a gun or a sword.

Once I was attacked by what seemed to be a prince of darkness. His power was so great that when he held me, I could not physically move my hands, head, or tongue. At that moment, Jesus appeared to me and gave me instructions. I obeyed and my tongue was released to speak the word of rebuke. When I did so, the thing was thrown from me by the power of God. The rhema, therefore, was the command I spoke, but without Christ, the Logos, my words would be ineffective. Jesus Christ said, …the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63). This simply means that when Jesus speaks, spirits go forth from Him to do His bidding and from what we have learned, we are being brought into that same realm where we speak with the voice and authority of God.

The power of the spoken word should, however, be understood by the believer. When we abide in the Spirit, a certain authority goes along with the words we speak. We have seen it in action and the only way we can describe it is that it comes like a ray of light flashing from the believer to the enemy. In the case of the creative force, it is like a spirit that goes forth and creates the object spoken into being. This same force from God works in the preaching of the Word. If the person who delivers the Word is speaking with the authority of the Spirit, then the hearers must be blessed and lifted up towards Christ. All of God’s activity in the Church moves the believer towards becoming more and more like Christ; the spoken word is a creative force which not only attracts the spirits of heaven to us, but buoys us up into the heavenlies. The spoken word drives away the spiritual forces of the enemy and not even evil men can stand being around anyone who speaks the Word of God. Yes, we do overcome the enemy by the word of our mouth and the Blood of the Lamb.

There is, however, what I would call, a backup, provided of God in the person of the angels that are constantly guarding us:

“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”  (Hebrews 1:14)

Angels of God are appointed around every believer to minister for him. We are partners with God, but can only do a certain part of the work (that which pertains to the physical). The angels, however, are appointed of God to do the spiritual. Therefore, when we speak that which pleases God, His spirits act on our behalf. The place of function between man and God as one unit is described in the Word as the lampstand in the Tabernacle of Moses. It is depicted as one of the seven churches as well as one of the seven works of grace that will bring us into perfection (the Man Child Church). In Solomon’s Temple the lampstand was multiplied to ten and was made much larger than the one in Moses’ tabernacle. This shows that there would be a mighty increase in the ministry of God and man working together as well as that the magnitude of light in the Holy Place would be increased ten-fold.

The power of God in the Church has increased immensely, but because of the overspreading of iniquity and abominations, it is not very apparent to us. Nevertheless, we should understand that without this great power it would be impossible for us to even survive the present onslaught of Satan and his hosts.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1993, pg. 11-13)

Thought for today: The spiritual world is waiting to hear our words and thoughts so that they can carry out their purposes – whether good or bad.

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

Scripture reading: Isaiah 55:11

There is a time, a tenure that is given to me. A tenure in which I should attain to what God has ordained for me to be. There is also a tenure that you have, a time. What are you doing in your time to achieve that which God has ordained for you to be? It says in Ecclesiastes 3:2 that there is a time appointed, a time to live, and a time to die. Look at all the beautiful little children – there is a time for them to die. But guess what? They are going to be given enough time to accomplish that which God has ordained for the sons of God to do. Hebrews 11:40 says, “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” They had a tenure, a time, an area of time in which the grace of God would bring man, humanity, to a certain spot in his development. You have a piece. Everybody has his part.

Moses also had his part; he had to bring the Jews, their order, their lives, their suffering, for the sake of all humanity, to a certain point of their development. There were the hosts of hell, demons, devils who were working contrary to this and God would not intervene. God would not intervene! What did God do? God gave Moses the power. God gave us the power. The Bible says, “death reigned from Adam to Moses” (Romans 5:14). My God, how can I understand that? “…death reigned from Adam to Moses.” Why didn’t the Bible say, “Death reigned from Adam to Jesus?” The Bible said, “death reigned from Adam to Moses.” That means that Moses had a time. God gave him 120 years and in his tenure he was to stop death by the power that God had given him. Now, what power did God give Moses? He gave him the power of the law. Amen. Because the Bible said that every word of God is yea and amen and it must accomplish that whereunto God had sent it (II Corinthians 1:20, Isaiah 55:11). So God sent Moses with the law. Now, before the law, sin could not be imputed (Romans 5:13). Did you know that? Nobody could go to hell. That is a hard one to swallow, but none of the wicked men could go into a permanent condition of everlasting torment. But then, nobody could go to heaven, either.

What am I talking about? I am talking about the condition. The Bible said that before the law, sin could not be imputed to man (Romans 5:13). Do you know why? You were born in sin. You were shapen in iniquity (Psalm 51:5). You had nothing to do with it. You were born that way. Can I send you to hell because you were born a sinner? No, sir. I have to give you the power to overthrow sin; you have to become responsible and then you have to fail; only then you become guilty. So without a law, there could be no guilt established.

So then, God gave Moses the law and Moses, now actually being the keeper of the law, found life within the law. He found deliverance within the law. Why? Because it was God’s Word and God’s Word must have deliverance and must have life. Moses found that there was one escape, one loophole from sin in the law. What did Moses do to stop the devil from taking him? Three times a year, every Israelite would take a lamb to the priest. He would offer a sacrifice and his sins were forgiven right there (Leviticus 16:34). God came to Moses and said, “Moses, you are to go up into the mountain and there you shall die” (Deuteronomy 32:48-50). Now Moses, in his law, says that no man must come before the Lord without an offering, so we do know that Moses had a little lamb under his arm. Moses could not face God without an offering. He was going to die when he made that offering. He killed the lamb, died immediately and his sins were forgiven. When the devil came and wanted the body of Moses, the angel rebuked him (Jude 9). So through the blood of the lamb, he was delivered from death and found life.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 36-38, 40-41)

Thought for today: There is a time, a tenure that is given to you. A tenure in which you should attain to what God has ordained for you to be.

Read Full Post »

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