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Scripture reading: Acts 1:8

God is saying to us that His flock is wandering up on the mountain like sheep without a shepherd, yet there is a body of Christ in our midst. I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

Do you see what I mean? We have lost the spirit of evangelizing. Do you ever feel like an angel of God at your workplace? Or dealing with people out on the street? This is what God is saying: ev-angel; ev-angel is angel. You see, you are sent of God. As the body of Christ you are sent of God in the world to do a job. ARE YOU DOING IT? You have to start doing it in your midst, then you start doing it outside there. Jesus said, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Let us look at Ephesians 4 and we go back to that very, very hackneyed [often repeated] verse which has been so used in my Bible that the leaf comes out. Beginning at verse 11, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors shepherds, and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The work of the ministry is not going to be done by the apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers. But it is the saints that are going to do the work of the ministry. It is the church that must function. You are a living body. You must walk and talk and function in the world and bring forth fruit and you need to bring forth fruit after your own kind.

Do you realize that you are not doing the work that you could be doing among the kids in your area? Do you know what you could be doing? You could have the brethren picking up kids all over and teaching them about Jesus. Sometimes parents are too happy to get rid of their kids for a couple of hours.

I know a brother that went as far as building a swimming pool and having lifeguards. He got one of those old city busses and fixed it up. He began to pick up the kids on the bus routes all over and bring them in. When he brought in one load of kids, he didn’t give them the fun first. He gave them the songs and the Sunday school lesson and they played music and sang and so and so. When they were through, he put some in the pool and some on the swings in his back yard and they had a good time. Mothers were happy to get rid of them for three hours. Then, he was gone for another group of children and by the time he came in with the other group, the first group was ready to go home and home they went.

What is wrong with us? What is wrong with us? Don’t you see that the time is late and we need to get hold of the people? Let God work in your midst. Volunteer, get some of the people out there, those that don’t belong to us to volunteer to come and help. The next thing that happens is that they get saved too. Do you see what I mean?

We need an outreach of God because He says, “FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 23-25)

Thought for today: I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

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Scripture reading: Acts 20:28-29

Let us look today into Acts 20:28-29, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” Praise God. Can you imagine Paul about to depart and saying that grievous wolves would come into the flock, tearing the flock? But somehow a flock that is well fed will not be caught by a wolf.

If you notice, the balance of nature is so ordained that when a lion comes to a flock to catch his prey, he generally will go after the weakest ones. He will either catch a weak one or he will catch an older one that is staggering at the back of the flock. So the prime of the flock is always saved because they have the strength to run and to get away. This same principle works in the spiritual realm: anybody that comes into your midst with a false teaching, he will try to get onto the women. I’m not saying that the women are weaker, but sometimes they get excited over things and spirits catch them.

I saw a man once come into a congregation. He preached on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Then Friday he dropped out a little bit of his reconciliation doctrine. But all the while, during the daytime, he was visiting with the women. He was getting them to believe in the love of God and the goodness of God. “God is so good that He wouldn’t be able to put you into hell.” He poisoned them to such a degree that eventually he broke the congregation right in two.

If those people were founded and well-grounded, they would not be able to be taken. Do you understand? They would not be able to be taken, because first of all, they would have known God. When you get to know God, you get to know what God would do from what God wouldn’t do. Do you see what I mean? It is the same God of love that poured fire down on Sodom and Gomorrah. God is not slack concerning His promises, or slack concerning order, or slack to allow sin to destroy a congregation when He can cut it short and deliver.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 9-10)

Thought for today: A flock that is well fed will not be caught by a wolf.

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Scripture reading: John 21:17

God has a special message for our souls today. He says that we have a responsibility. This responsibility is to feed the flock of God. It is not the situation that you may do it if you want to, or you may not do it if you don’t want to. This is a command of God. He said, “If you love Me, if you have that “agape” love (Greek word for God’s love) for God, if you even have that “phileo” love that you love your own family with, then you are going to be diligent about feeding the flock of God.

Many of us live beside a neighbor and we don’t even know the neighbor. I am guilty of that a lot of times. You pass by and say, “Howdy do,” and nothing else. That neighbor could die and go to hell and you never stretched a finger, because you were minding your own business. We are going to have to get out of that and begin to suffer. You knock at the neighbor’s door and he slams the door in your face; you begin to suffer to get to him. Do you back off? No, you find another way of getting to him, because this is your job, this is your duty. This is the command of God. It is no longer you may do it or you may not do it.

Jesus said in John 21:16, “Simon (Peter), son of Jonas, lovest thou me?”

Ask your own heart, “Do I ‘agape’ my brother, my sister? Do I ‘agape’ the world?” That is a rough situation to ‘agape’ the world, because they don’t want it. They are kicking it back to you. But I remember in the days when we were out there in sin. If you found a young lady that you wanted to talk to, you found a way to talk to her. I knew one man who was working for the devil and he wanted to get to a certain girl. He pitched off a step right before her, dropped down the bottom row and tore his jacket – to get her attention. He got it. Oh, yes. I smile when I think of some of the tricks that you played in the past. You did what you wanted to do.

Now God is saying, “Now in Christ Jesus are you less diligent about doing the things that God wants you to do?”

When I first got saved, being kind of crazy, I rushed down the street and this time it was no playing, no going around. I would go right up to an individual and say, “You are going to hell.” Hallelujah. You know what I mean. Before the person could catch their composure, you begin to talk fast because you want that soul. Oh, yes. I would look at a soul out there and say, “Jesus Christ I want that one for you!” I would go inside and pray to God and God would bring the person flying in. Oh, yes!

You have to have something inside of you saying, “Lord Jesus, if you can just use me to save that one, let me have him/her.” You have to have a care for them. You know, this is your department, this is your world. Amen.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 5-7)

Thought for today: If you love God, you are going to lay down your life to get the sheep and the lambs fed.

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Scripture reading: Acts 1:8

God is saying to us that His flock is wandering up on the mountain like sheep without a shepherd, yet there is a body of Christ in our midst. I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

Do you see what I mean? We have lost the spirit of evangelizing. Do you ever feel like an angel of God at your workplace? Or dealing with people out on the street? This is what God is saying: ev-angel; ev-angel is angel. You see, you are sent of God. As the body of Christ you are sent of God in the world to do a job. ARE YOU DOING IT? You have to start doing it in your midst, then you start doing it outside there. Jesus said, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Let us look at Ephesians 4 and we go back to that very, very hackneyed [often repeated] verse which has been so used in my Bible that the leaf comes out. Beginning at verse 11, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors shepherds, and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The work of the ministry is not going to be done by the apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers. But it is the saints that are going to do the work of the ministry. It is the church that must function. You are a living body. You must walk and talk and function in the world and bring forth fruit and you need to bring forth fruit after your own kind.

Do you realize that you are not doing the work that you could be doing among the kids in your area? Do you know what you could be doing? You could have the brethren picking up kids all over and teaching them about Jesus. Sometimes parents are too happy to get rid of their kids for a couple of hours.

I know a brother that went as far as building a swimming pool and having lifeguards. He got one of those old city busses and fixed it up. He began to pick up the kids on the bus routes all over and bring them in. When he brought in one load of kids, he didn’t give them the fun first. He gave them the songs and the Sunday school lesson and they played music and sang and so and so. When they were through, he put some in the pool and some on the swings in his back yard and they had a good time. Mothers were happy to get rid of them for three hours. Then, he was gone for another group of children and by the time he came in with the other group, the first group was ready to go home and home they went.

What is wrong with us? What is wrong with us? Don’t you see that the time is late and we need to get hold of the people? Let God work in your midst. Volunteer, get some of the people out there, those that don’t belong to us to volunteer to come and help. The next thing that happens is that they get saved too. Do you see what I mean?

We need an outreach of God because He says, “FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 23-25)

Thought for today: I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

Read Full Post »

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Scripture reading: Acts 20:28-29

Let us look today into Acts 20:28-29, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” Praise God. Can you imagine Paul about to depart and saying that grievous wolves would come into the flock, tearing the flock? But somehow a flock that is well fed will not be caught by a wolf.

If you notice, the balance of nature is so ordained that when a lion comes to a flock to catch his prey, he generally will go after the weakest ones. He will either catch a weak one or he will catch an older one that is staggering at the back of the flock. So the prime of the flock is always saved because they have the strength to run and to get away. This same principle works in the spiritual realm: anybody that comes into your midst with a false teaching, he will try to get onto the women. I’m not saying that the women are weaker, but sometimes they get excited over things and spirits catch them.

I saw a man once come into a congregation. He preached on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Then Friday he dropped out a little bit of his reconciliation doctrine. But all the while, during the daytime, he was visiting with the women. He was getting them to believe in the love of God and the goodness of God. “God is so good that He wouldn’t be able to put you into hell.” He poisoned them to such a degree that eventually he broke the congregation right in two.

If those people were founded and well-grounded, they would not be able to be taken. Do you understand? They would not be able to be taken, because first of all, they would have known God. When you get to know God, you get to know what God would do from what God wouldn’t do. Do you see what I mean? It is the same God of love that poured fire down on Sodom and Gomorrah. God is not slack concerning His promises, or slack concerning order, or slack to allow sin to destroy a congregation when He can cut it short and deliver.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 9-10)

Thought for today: A flock that is well fed will not be caught by a wolf.

Read Full Post »

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Scripture reading: John 21:17

God has a special message for our souls today. He says that we have a responsibility. This responsibility is to feed the flock of God. It is not the situation that you may do it if you want to, or you may not do it if you don’t want to. This is a command of God. He said, “If you love Me, if you have that “agape” love (Greek word for God’s love) for God, if you even have that “phileo” love that you love your own family with, then you are going to be diligent about feeding the flock of God.

Many of us live beside a neighbor and we don’t even know the neighbor. I am guilty of that a lot of times. You pass by and say, “Howdy do,” and nothing else. That neighbor could die and go to hell and you never stretched a finger, because you were minding your own business. We are going to have to get out of that and begin to suffer. You knock at the neighbor’s door and he slams the door in your face; you begin to suffer to get to him. Do you back off? No, you find another way of getting to him, because this is your job, this is your duty. This is the command of God. It is no longer you may do it or you may not do it.

Jesus said in John 21:16, “Simon (Peter), son of Jonas, lovest thou me?”

Ask your own heart, “Do I ‘agape’ my brother, my sister? Do I ‘agape’ the world?” That is a rough situation to ‘agape’ the world, because they don’t want it. They are kicking it back to you. But I remember in the days when we were out there in sin. If you found a young lady that you wanted to talk to, you found a way to talk to her. I knew one man who was working for the devil and he wanted to get to a certain girl. He pitched off a step right before her, dropped down the bottom row and tore his jacket – to get her attention. He got it. Oh, yes. I smile when I think of some of the tricks that you played in the past. You did what you wanted to do.

Now God is saying, “Now in Christ Jesus are you less diligent about doing the things that God wants you to do?”

When I first got saved, being kind of crazy, I rushed down the street and this time it was no playing, no going around. I would go right up to an individual and say, “You are going to hell.” Hallelujah. You know what I mean. Before the person could catch their composure, you begin to talk fast because you want that soul. Oh, yes. I would look at a soul out there and say, “Jesus Christ I want that one for you!” I would go inside and pray to God and God would bring the person flying in. Oh, yes!

You have to have something inside of you saying, “Lord Jesus, if you can just use me to save that one, let me have him/her.” You have to have a care for them. You know, this is your department, this is your world. Amen.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 5-7)

Thought for today: If you love God, you are going to lay down your life to get the sheep and the lambs fed.

Read Full Post »

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Scripture reading: Acts 1:8

God is saying to us that His flock is wandering up on the mountain like sheep without a shepherd, yet there is a body of Christ in our midst. I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

Do you see what I mean? We have lost the spirit of evangelizing. Do you ever feel like an angel of God at your workplace? Or dealing with people out on the street? This is what God is saying: ev-angel; ev-angel is angel. You see, you are sent of God. As the body of Christ you are sent of God in the world to do a job. ARE YOU DOING IT? You have to start doing it in your midst, then you start doing it outside there. Jesus said, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Let us look at Ephesians 4 and we go back to that very, very hackneyed [often repeated] verse which has been so used in my Bible that the leaf comes out. Beginning at verse 11, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors shepherds, and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The work of the ministry is not going to be done by the apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers. But it is the saints that are going to do the work of the ministry. It is the church that must function. You are a living body. You must walk and talk and function in the world and bring forth fruit and you need to bring forth fruit after your own kind.

Do you realize that you are not doing the work that you could be doing among the kids in your area? Do you know what you could be doing? You could have the brethren picking up kids all over and teaching them about Jesus. Sometimes parents are too happy to get rid of their kids for a couple of hours.

I know a brother that went as far as building a swimming pool and having lifeguards. He got one of those old city busses and fixed it up. He began to pick up the kids on the bus routes all over and bring them in. When he brought in one load of kids, he didn’t give them the fun first. He gave them the songs and the Sunday school lesson and they played music and sang and so and so. When they were through, he put some in the pool and some on the swings in his back yard and they had a good time. Mothers were happy to get rid of them for three hours. Then, he was gone for another group of children and by the time he came in with the other group, the first group was ready to go home and home they went.

What is wrong with us? What is wrong with us? Don’t you see that the time is late and we need to get hold of the people? Let God work in your midst. Volunteer, get some of the people out there, those that don’t belong to us to volunteer to come and help. The next thing that happens is that they get saved too. Do you see what I mean?

We need an outreach of God because He says, “FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 23-25)

Thought for today: I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

Read Full Post »

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