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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: Hebrews 9:22-26

The Blood of Jesus Christ is an INEXHAUSTIBLE SOURCE of energy and resurrection power which lies at the door of our faith for immediate use any time of day or night, no matter what condition we are in. If you can believe, all things are possible to you. The reader is expected to understand that God is a Spirit and cannot have natural blood, therefore the ENERGY OF GOD’S LIFE which was incorporated in the human veins of Jesus brought to the earth a new concept of man being incorporated with God and His power. The man Jesus, therefore, became the divine transporter and the connecting link between Heaven and Earth as shown in the following scripture: “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us” (Luke 1:78).

He who visited us in the person and body of Jesus Christ was the very SOURCE OF LIFE, the immortal, the eternal and invisible Almighty God.

The principle underlying blood is that the blood of one being could pay for the sins of another. Hebrews 9:22 states that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. The blood of the animal was shed for the sins of the people, but it never stopped the people from sinning again. This law, therefore, was God’s provision for an easement to humanity until the Blood of Christ should be shed to take away not only the sin and its penalty, BUT THE DESIRE TO SIN.

For this purpose, the high priest would take the blood of the sin offering into the Holiest of All once every year on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). He would make an offering for himself and then for the people. This symbolized THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST who is the Anointed One entering into the HIGHEST HEAVEN before the presence of God, the Judge, with the Blood of the LAMB, Jesus. First, God would judge Jesus to be sinless, then accept the offering of His body and soul for us, and then humanity was set free.

Even as the high priest would return from the Holy of Holies to the Outer Court, where all the people were waiting, with the good news of their deliverance, so the SPIRIT OF CHRIST brought back Jesus from the grave giving us the good news of our salvation. The scripture clearly states this in Hebrews 9:22-26.

The Blood of Calvary is a historic fact: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water (John 19:34). The natural Blood of Jesus Christ was shed and drained from his body to the earth, thus fulfilling absolutely the role of the Passover Lamb – without spot or blemish, not a bone broken.

One may ask, “Why did it have to be?” The answer is this: By man came death to the human race and, therefore, every child born of Adam was born subject to the law of sin and death. Because sin was inherent (every man bringing forth after his kind), then it was necessary for the work to be done on the inside of man – in his innermost being or soul. The same law which allowed sin to reach into the soul of man by submitting to its dictates also allowed righteousness (the nature of God) to reach to our soul by submitting to it.

When we fell, we lost THE LIFE GIVING FORCE OR ENERGY of God. The power to have dominion over all things and to rule nature and our own destiny was lost and our enemy, the devil, became proportionately strong because of it. THEREFORE, WHAT WE NEEDED WAS LIFE – and this is what God sent in the veins of Jesus Christ to us.

(Excerpt from The Power of the Blood, pg. 6-10)

Thought for today: Remember that the Blood of Jesus Christ is an INEXHAUSTIBLE SOURCE of energy and resurrection power which lies at the door of your faith for immediate use any time of day or night, no matter what condition you are in. If you can believe, all things are possible to you.

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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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