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Scripture reading: James 4:7

Let us read Hebrews 12:1 and let me explain to you what it is saying. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”

You are in a room; there is Jesus standing on one side of that room, and He has a class with Him. The class is the spirits that He is teaching because the spirits that are in heaven must receive from us the manifold wisdom of God. Do you know why? Why is it that heaven has to learn from us? It is because we are in the battle. We are the weak ones. We are the ones who are susceptible and subject to satanic attack. They are not. So, teaching them directly wouldn’t help.

The only way we are going to overcome is to actually go into the thing and come out victorious. So here is Jesus standing, let’s say, in your bedroom, and He has with Him some spirits of the brothers who have gone on before. He sees a devil who is provoking, tempting your wife and tempting you. The devil starts a little fire between you both and you start to quarrel. Then the devil comes and whispers in your ears, “Are you going to let her do you that and get away with it?” And your antennas go up. The spirit of God says, “The Lord is with you, peace, be quiet.” And the devil comes and says to you, “Get on with it, man. You can’t let her get away with that. She’ll just continue walking over you all the while.” But the Lord continues to talk to you. A scripture comes before you, and the battle goes back and forth. Jesus is standing there with some of the saints who were in the same condition in their life. Remember, they can’t be in that condition anymore, but they are seeing the exact thing that was happening to them. The only difference is that now they are seeing the devils that are doing it, and you are not! While this temptation goes on, the Spirit of God comes to you and says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7b). Your wife starts telling you so and so and so and so… And you resist; you don’t say a word. The devils flee from you and the angels of God shout, “Hallelujah!” You are not hearing anything, you are not seeing anything, you feel like a dog! Don’t you understand? You feel as low as a dog. You feel like you have been crushed; and she feels all upset, and is gone crying. You had a victory, but you didn’t even know it. Next thing that happens is that you have the strength to go put your hands around her. “Oh, take your hands off of me!” she says. “Oh, come on…” You follow her up, and finally she begins to complain to you and weep and you just kiss her. And the love of God overcomes!

But what about the time the love of God didn’t overcome? The little devil jumps and rejoices, “I’ve got him! I’ve got him! I’ll come back again!” You see what I mean? The next time he comes back to you he has more power. Then he says, “Divorce!” Yes. He says, “Divorce.” And you say, “Oh, God. Did God tell us to marry?” Then somebody begins to say, “Well, we didn’t hear from God. We married before we heard from God.” Let me tell you something. Everyone of you who marries, whether you were married before you heard from God or not, God has sanctified your marriage and said that your bed is sanctified, and your marriage is sanctified of God; both of you together (Hebrews 13:4). Don’t you EVER think you can walk out of the Body of Christ, go and divorce and live. You’re a goner! You are a dead man! Anyone who ill-treats the sons of God, the daughters of Jesus Christ, my children in the Lord, those I pray for, they will NEVER prosper, they are finished!

Let that soak in a little, because this is what God showed me. This is not the old time church where you can go and do this and do that and get away with it. You are not going to get away! You are finished! I’ve seen some finished and I know they are done. You see, they are running on compression, but they are shot already. My God! You take a child of God, and murder her, spiritually. What do you think you are doing? You are killing yourself! God is going to slay you! You cannot live! You cannot be happy, ever! You are finished!

I’m saying, brethren, that God is binding us together. There is nothing greater in the heart of God. Now, when I say God, do you know who I’m talking about? I mean Yahweh! Jehovah! You call him Jehovah, I am meaning Yahweh! The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the One who made everything that you see around you as well as what you can’t see! We are in His presence! Let us be afraid! Let us fear Him!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 9-11)

Thought for today: We are not in the old time church anymore where we can do what we please and get away with it. We are in the presence of God so let us fear Him.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

Let us look a little closer at the body of Christ. I am a part of the body and you are a part of the body. For example, you are an eye; then I ask you, “Brother Jim, what have you seen?” Because you are an “eye.” The other one is a “hand,” and I say to him, “Help me to heal my wound. Massage my wound; minister to my wound.” Amen! “You are a hand! Help me here.” Then I am yet another ministry. Maybe some of you are just a “nose.” But the nose was made to “smell.” The great thing about God’s business and what God is saying to us is that a nose cannot “see,” it can only “smell.” A smell is not something that you can see. So if I am in the room and I discern, I call out to my wife, Mavis, “Something is burning!” How do I know? My nose tells me that something is burning in the kitchen. Don’t you hear me? This is the body of Christ! You are different parts of the body of Christ made in order to function, but you will not function if you do not submit to the Head. Amen.

Some noses have a cold, and they cannot smell. In order to smell, you must be healed of the cold. So sometimes the hand has to take some smelling salts (or whatever heals colds) to give it to you to heal the cold, so that your nose might smell. So then, for God’s sake, for Christ’s sake, let the body function, IN YOU! Amen! Praise God!

The thing is now coming together. But, guess what? We have to rise up into the cloud. The more you submit your mind to Jesus, the more you will go up into the cloud and begin to see the will of God for your life. Don’t you understand? Let us rise up by thinking on the Word of God! “By the Word of the Lord, we are made overcomers.”

I wish that I could tell you all that is in my heart. There is a quickening, and the quickening lifts the frequency of your mind, and your mind lifts the frequency of your soul (your feelings, your desires, your will). The more you think on the things of the Lord, the more the frequency lifts, and all of a sudden you find yourself in a heavenly place where you are seeing things of heaven. Paul said that he saw (in the heavenlies) things that could not be uttered (2 Corinthians 12:4). Don’t you understand?

Let me close with this: When it comes to your healing, you need to learn how to submit to the Spirit of God so that He might flow through you. For I cannot see the Spirit of God flowing through a sick body without healing that body. The moment you submit it to God, He is going to heal the body of the sickness. Praise God! Thank you, Jesus.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 20)

Thought for today: Submit to the Head in your daily operations, let Him flow through you in all you do and the body will function in you.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:9-10

Do you understand what the verses in Ephesians 1:9-10 are saying? It is speaking of every person who is in the body of Christ (every person who is under the head, which is Christ). I am not talking about what people call “the body of Christ.” I am talking about what Christ called “the body of Christ.” Christ calls you “the body of Christ” when you obey the head of Christ. If you are under the Head (Jesus Christ), then you are in the body of Christ. Then, I have no problem with you. For if you say that you have to go to Timbuktu, then I say, “Let me help you! I do not care. It is the Head that said it, so let’s go!” Amen! THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST ARE ONE!

Brethren, listen! If you are in Christ, you are going to do what Christ said and not what you hear from all those demon spirits that are talking to the church. Do you hear me? There are tons of demon spirits just crowded around the church people, talking to them and telling them lies! We must be delivered from that! DO NOT LISTEN TO DEMONS!

I say this one thing again and again and again. In every tape you can hear me say, “If you have never heard the devil, you have never heard God!” Do you hear me? If you never heard the devil, how will you know that it is God talking to you when He talks to you? You have heard me often tell the story of the time when the devil came to me early one morning in my prayer time and how he began to talk to me; and how I did not know that it was the devil and accepted it as the voice of God. Then when God rebuked him and came to me, I said, “God, why did You do this to me? Why did You let this happen?” Do you know what God said? He said, “Why did you sit down for a half an hour talking to the devil and did not know that it was the devil?” Can you tell me why? It was because there was something of the devil in me. Yes! For when the voice of God speaks to you, it is the voice of God within you. It is Christ speaking to Christ!

When Adam failed, there was nothing for God to relate to anymore; nothing for God to walk in the evenings with him and talk with him. There was nothing in him for God to relate to. Adam had fallen into a different realm. When the devil speaks to you, you feel disturbed. The reason that there is a disturbance in you is because the Holy Spirit is in you. So if the devil is talking to someone who has the Holy Spirit, the individual must feel pretty bad. There must be some trembling, some distress, some trouble within! Then you know it is the devil. Hallelujah!

We see in Ephesians 1:10 that the Word says that “in the dispensation of the fullness of times” (in this time, in the seventh millennium) God is gathering together everything that is in Christ. But, there is something else mentioned at the end of this verse. Let me read it:

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.

Those who are in Christ in “heaven,” and those who are in Christ on “earth,” will come together in one. The cloud of witnesses will be a part of us when we become a part of the cloud. We are no longer “crowd.” We are joined into the “cloud” (Hebrews 12:1). We are part of the “cloud” and the “cloud” will be part of us! Like the water in the bottle and the bottle in the water. I expect to see Peter, Paul, James and John in our congregation, in our midst, giving us a word. But then they say, “Oh! Cecil is a spiritist because he is dealing with the dead!” But my God is not a God of the dead. He is a God of the living! And when He sends living spirits to me, I feel one with them.

God is saying that at this time, He is bringing a body into a realm that is HIGHER than the church order realm. Now, if you remain in the realm where you are, if you continue to think “church,” you are in trouble. Somebody thinks “church,” and when they do, they think “elders,” and they think “Brother Cecil,” or “Brother Campbell,” or “Brother Burt.” CHURCH! You begin to put us into the realm and thinking that this is “church.” And you have it as something engraved in your mind. BREAK IT! STOP THINKING “CHURCH!” Do not think “church” anymore! Think the “body of Christ.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 18-19)

Thought for today: Can you tell the difference between the voice of God and the voice of the devil? If you can’t, ask God to set you up and teach you so that His voice in your heart would become clear and unshakable.

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Scripture reading: Hebrews 12:1-2

I have noticed that some of us go to God in prayer and say, “Oh, God, I’m so poor and needy. Lord, God, such and such a person did me so and so. Oh, God, they talk about me. They do this and that and the other.” You are complaining to God everything that God knows already! What God wants to know is what you want to do about that!

So you go to God and say, “Father, You and I have a blood covenant and I want to see righteousness come forth in me!” Oh, God is so glad to hear that! He is going to give you every opportunity to be righteous. That means He will let the trouble come down on you. He will let the devil loose on you. Yes! He said, “All right, you are strong enough.” Let the devil loose on you, sit down and watch how you handle the devil. Amen.

Hebrews 12:1 says that the brethren who have gone on before are a cloud of witnesses watching us and seeing how we run the race. What does that mean? That means that there are certain things happening to you because God wants to find somebody who He can let those things happen to in order to give an object lesson to those who have gone on before who did not overcome! Let me give you an example: you have a temptation to drink. Some of you hide it, of course. You have a temptation to drink and every now and then you go take a little sip. The angel of God is watching you. He wants you to overcome that spirit because it is a spirit that is coming and taking you. Yes. He wants you to overcome that spirit because Tom Stokes (or whoever) who is in heaven did not overcome the spirit. I know mighty men of God, who never overcame the spirit of drinking. For example, Brother Allen. I knew him personally. I worked with him, and he couldn’t stop drinking. The man was one of the most powerful men you have ever seen. He would come in and command the devils out of people! They brought to him a mad man, chained, and he just commanded the devil out of him. It was because God gave him the gift and he practiced, he knew what he was doing. God would not take the gift away from him. He had the faith yet; God gave him the faith. He should have used it on his own behalf.

Brethren, use the faith you have been given to overcome the spirits in your life. You see, first, you have to believe. But then, you have to go forward. You say, “I am going to do it. I am going to let God have His way.”

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, September 8, 2002, pg. 11)

Thought for today: Go to God and say, “Father, You and I have a blood covenant and I want to see righteousness come forth in me!”

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Scripture reading: James 4:7

Let us read Hebrews 12:1 and let me explain to you what it is saying. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”

You are in a room; there is Jesus standing on one side of that room, and He has a class with Him. The class is the spirits that He is teaching because the spirits that are in heaven must receive from us the manifold wisdom of God. Do you know why? Why is it that heaven has to learn from us? It is because we are in the battle. We are the weak ones. We are the ones who are susceptible and subject to satanic attack. They are not. So, teaching them directly wouldn’t help.

The only way we are going to overcome is to actually go into the thing and come out victorious. So here is Jesus standing, let’s say, in your bedroom, and He has with Him some spirits of the brothers who have gone on before. He sees a devil who is provoking, tempting your wife and tempting you. The devil starts a little fire between you both and you start to quarrel. Then the devil comes and whispers in your ears, “Are you going to let her do you that and get away with it?” And your antennas go up. The spirit of God says, “The Lord is with you, peace, be quiet.” And the devil comes and says to you, “Get on with it, man. You can’t let her get away with that. She’ll just continue walking over you all the while.” But the Lord continues to talk to you. A scripture comes before you, and the battle goes back and forth. Jesus is standing there with some of the saints who were in the same condition in their life. Remember, they can’t be in that condition anymore, but they are seeing the exact thing that was happening to them. The only difference is that now they are seeing the devils that are doing it, and you are not! While this temptation goes on, the Spirit of God comes to you and says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7b). Your wife starts telling you so and so and so and so… And you resist; you don’t say a word. The devils flee from you and the angels of God shout, “Hallelujah!” You are not hearing anything, you are not seeing anything, you feel like a dog! Don’t you understand? You feel as low as a dog. You feel like you have been crushed; and she feels all upset, and is gone crying. You had a victory, but you didn’t even know it. Next thing that happens is that you have the strength to go put your hands around her. “Oh, take your hands off of me!” she says. “Oh, come on…” You follow her up, and finally she begins to complain to you and weep and you just kiss her. And the love of God overcomes!

But what about the time the love of God didn’t overcome? The little devil jumps and rejoices, “I’ve got him! I’ve got him! I’ll come back again!” You see what I mean? The next time he comes back to you he has more power. Then he says, “Divorce!” Yes. He says, “Divorce.” And you say, “Oh, God. Did God tell us to marry?” Then somebody begins to say, “Well, we didn’t hear from God. We married before we heard from God.” Let me tell you something. Everyone of you who marries, whether you were married before you heard from God or not, God has sanctified your marriage and said that your bed is sanctified, and your marriage is sanctified of God; both of you together (Hebrews 13:4). Don’t you EVER think you can walk out of the Body of Christ, go and divorce and live. You’re a goner! You are a dead man! Anyone who ill-treats the sons of God, the daughters of Jesus Christ, my children in the Lord, those I pray for, they will NEVER prosper, they are finished!

Let that soak in a little, because this is what God showed me. This is not the old time church where you can go and do this and do that and get away with it. You are not going to get away! You are finished! I’ve seen some finished and I know they are done. You see, they are running on compression, but they are shot already. My God! You take a child of God, and murder her, spiritually. What do you think you are doing? You are killing yourself! God is going to slay you! You cannot live! You cannot be happy, ever! You are finished!

I’m saying, brethren, that God is binding us together. There is nothing greater in the heart of God. Now, when I say God, do you know who I’m talking about? I mean Yahweh! Jehovah! You call him Jehovah, I am meaning Yahweh! The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the One who made everything that you see around you as well as what you can’t see! We are in His presence! Let us be afraid! Let us fear Him!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 9-11)

Thought for today: We are not in the old time church anymore where we can do what we please and get away with it. We are in the presence of God so let us fear Him.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

Let us look a little closer at the body of Christ. I am a part of the body and you are a part of the body. For example, you are an eye; then I ask you, “Brother Jim, what have you seen?” Because you are an “eye.” The other one is a “hand,” and I say to him, “Help me to heal my wound. Massage my wound; minister to my wound.” Amen! “You are a hand! Help me here.” Then I am yet another ministry. Maybe some of you are just a “nose.” But the nose was made to “smell.” The great thing about God’s business and what God is saying to us is that a nose cannot “see,” it can only “smell.” A smell is not something that you can see. So if I am in the room and I discern, I call out to my wife, Mavis, “Something is burning!” How do I know? My nose tells me that something is burning in the kitchen. Don’t you hear me? This is the body of Christ! You are different parts of the body of Christ made in order to function, but you will not function if you do not submit to the Head. Amen.

Some noses have a cold, and they cannot smell. In order to smell, you must be healed of the cold. So sometimes the hand has to take some smelling salts (or whatever heals colds) to give it to you to heal the cold, so that your nose might smell. So then, for God’s sake, for Christ’s sake, let the body function, IN YOU! Amen! Praise God!

The thing is now coming together. But, guess what? We have to rise up into the cloud. The more you submit your mind to Jesus, the more you will go up into the cloud and begin to see the will of God for your life. Don’t you understand? Let us rise up by thinking on the Word of God! “By the Word of the Lord, we are made overcomers.”

I wish that I could tell you all that is in my heart. There is a quickening, and the quickening lifts the frequency of your mind, and your mind lifts the frequency of your soul (your feelings, your desires, your will). The more you think on the things of the Lord, the more the frequency lifts, and all of a sudden you find yourself in a heavenly place where you are seeing things of heaven. Paul said that he saw (in the heavenlies) things that could not be uttered (2 Corinthians 12:4). Don’t you understand?

Let me close with this: When it comes to your healing, you need to learn how to submit to the Spirit of God so that He might flow through you. For I cannot see the Spirit of God flowing through a sick body without healing that body. The moment you submit it to God, He is going to heal the body of the sickness. Praise God! Thank you, Jesus.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 20)

Thought for today: Submit to the Head in your daily operations, let Him flow through you in all you do and the body will function in you.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:9-10

Do you understand what the verses in Ephesians 1:9-10 are saying? It is speaking of every person who is in the body of Christ (every person who is under the head, which is Christ). I am not talking about what people call “the body of Christ.” I am talking about what Christ called “the body of Christ.” Christ calls you “the body of Christ” when you obey the head of Christ. If you are under the Head (Jesus Christ), then you are in the body of Christ. Then, I have no problem with you. For if you say that you have to go to Timbuktu, then I say, “Let me help you! I do not care. It is the Head that said it, so let’s go!” Amen! THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST ARE ONE!

Brethren, listen! If you are in Christ, you are going to do what Christ said and not what you hear from all those demon spirits that are talking to the church. Do you hear me? There are tons of demon spirits just crowded around the church people, talking to them and telling them lies! We must be delivered from that! DO NOT LISTEN TO DEMONS!

I say this one thing again and again and again. In every tape you can hear me say, “If you have never heard the devil, you have never heard God!” Do you hear me? If you never heard the devil, how will you know that it is God talking to you when He talks to you? You have heard me often tell the story of the time when the devil came to me early one morning in my prayer time and how he began to talk to me; and how I did not know that it was the devil and accepted it as the voice of God. Then when God rebuked him and came to me, I said, “God, why did You do this to me? Why did You let this happen?” Do you know what God said? He said, “Why did you sit down for a half an hour talking to the devil and did not know that it was the devil?” Can you tell me why? It was because there was something of the devil in me. Yes! For when the voice of God speaks to you, it is the voice of God within you. It is Christ speaking to Christ!

When Adam failed, there was nothing for God to relate to anymore; nothing for God to walk in the evenings with him and talk with him. There was nothing in him for God to relate to. Adam had fallen into a different realm. When the devil speaks to you, you feel disturbed. The reason that there is a disturbance in you is because the Holy Spirit is in you. So if the devil is talking to someone who has the Holy Spirit, the individual must feel pretty bad. There must be some trembling, some distress, some trouble within! Then you know it is the devil. Hallelujah!

We see in Ephesians 1:10 that the Word says that “in the dispensation of the fullness of times” (in this time, in the seventh millennium) God is gathering together everything that is in Christ. But, there is something else mentioned at the end of this verse. Let me read it:

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.

Those who are in Christ in “heaven,” and those who are in Christ on “earth,” will come together in one. The cloud of witnesses will be a part of us when we become a part of the cloud. We are no longer “crowd.” We are joined into the “cloud” (Hebrews 12:1). We are part of the “cloud” and the “cloud” will be part of us! Like the water in the bottle and the bottle in the water. I expect to see Peter, Paul, James and John in our congregation, in our midst, giving us a word. But then they say, “Oh! Cecil is a spiritist because he is dealing with the dead!” But my God is not a God of the dead. He is a God of the living! And when He sends living spirits to me, I feel one with them.

God is saying that at this time, He is bringing a body into a realm that is HIGHER than the church order realm. Now, if you remain in the realm where you are, if you continue to think “church,” you are in trouble. Somebody thinks “church,” and when they do, they think “elders,” and they think “Brother Cecil,” or “Brother Campbell,” or “Brother Burt.” CHURCH! You begin to put us into the realm and thinking that this is “church.” And you have it as something engraved in your mind. BREAK IT! STOP THINKING “CHURCH!” Do not think “church” anymore! Think the “body of Christ.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 18-19)

Thought for today: Can you tell the difference between the voice of God and the voice of the devil? If you can’t, ask God to set you up and teach you so that His voice in your heart would become clear and unshakable.

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