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Scripture reading: 1 John 3:1-9

God moves by certain principles and if we understand the principles of God, we can walk with God. But we cannot walk with God by our own principles, by our own plans. We must walk by His principles and by His plans. So then, God has brought us to a certain place. You may think it is circumstances that have brought you there, but it is the hand of God. And God is still striving with us to bring us into conformity with His Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

The difference between the Christian and the sinner is that the Christian has the power to resist and overcome sin. On the other hand, the sinner has no power against sin. Let me say it again: the Christian has the power to resist sin, but the sinner has no power. Yet, the Christian sometimes commits the same sins and sometimes might do the same things that the sinner does. At one time I was surprised, but I am no longer surprised at seeing Christians cursing and doing wrong things, because I know we have the power to do it. And even though we have the power to do it, we pay the consequence.

God gives us power over the power of the devil. Some people want to have power so that they can heal the sick; so that they can speak the word and this and that happens; so that they can do this and that. But is the power of God “doing”? No! The power of God is to “be.” It is not power to “do,” but it is the power to “be.” Amen!

When you tell me that you have a sin in you, you are confessing that you are rejecting Jesus Christ. I am being hard by saying this, but it is true. I am just giving out the truth as the Spirit of God gives it. You cannot have a sin in you that continually bugs you unless you reject Jesus Christ. For the Holy Spirit will stop you from sinning. You have to overcome Jesus Christ and put Him aside in order to sin. So, therefore, the sin that besets us is not because God is not God and that’s why we sin. We sin because we reject God. For the Son of God (Jesus) was revealed so that we should not sin. I am quoting from 1 John 3:5-6, “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

If you sin, Jesus Christ is not revealed to you. Whatever sin we have, it is because we want it. Somebody goes crying, “Oh God! Take this away from me!” The Bible said that Esau sought repentance with tears, but repentance was elusive to him (see Hebrews 12:16-17). Repentance was running away from him. Why? Because he was only sorry that he had lost the birthright and the blessing. He wanted to consume them unto his lust. You can take God’s goods, God’s goodies and turn them into your lust in order to make yourself great. God help us!

There is a curse in the land. If I tell you what the curse is, it is going to be very hard for you to swallow it. It is the “religion” that we have in us. Amen! You were brought up in a Catholic home (or another religious home), and you say, “Oh, I am no more a Catholic! I am born again now, and I am filled with the Holy Spirit!” I would prefer if you said that you were “baptized” instead of saying that you were “filled” with the Holy Spirit. If you say that you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are involving God into something that is not godly. Are you with me? You were baptized in the Holy Spirit, but even though you had the change from being a Catholic, your mind still thinks the same way that Catholics think. And this is happening without your knowing it. You said you used to be this and that and that you were the other, but please look into those things that you once were, for some of those things you still are. It is still hanging on you like a disease that did not come out at the first touch.

I pray that you, dear reader, would find yourself using the power that has been given to you to overcome sin in order to be conformed to God’s Son Jesus Christ.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 1-2)

Thought for today: Let us remember that God has not given us His power in order for us to “do.” He has given it to us that we would “be” His righteous people laying aside every sin that so easily besets us.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 19:9-12

We have been talking about overcoming our emotions. You know, there were two men in the Bible that God speaks about as not being able to control their children. They let their children loose in the things of God to destroy God’s work. One of these men was Samuel. Apart from Jesus, of course, he was one of the most perfect men in the whole Bible, but he appointed his children as judges over Israel, when they were not judge quality at all! Do you know that that is one of the reasons that you do not see my children here? I would not appoint them to positions in the church. I could have kicked them upstairs. They know more in the gospel than probably anybody else in our midst does. I could kick them upstairs and get them functioning in the things of the Lord. No, Sir! They must come to the standard of holiness and where it is God Who gives them that position.

The other man in the Bible was Eli. God sent a message to Eli, and said, “If you don’t set your sons in order, I am going to kill you and destroy your whole household in one day.” Can you imagine Eli’s response? He said, “Well, you are God…do what you want.”

What a presumption! “Do as you please, God… You are God.” Would you say that? He should have gone down in sackcloth and ashes, calling the elders of Israel concerning his sons, “Arrest them!” That is what he should have done! But the old man had not controlled his emotions when he was a young man, and he could not control them as an old man.

Let us look at Matthew 19:9. Jesus is speaking here to His disciples and says, “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.I believe that adultery is not the unpardonable sin. I believe you can get forgiveness for adultery, but I also believe that you need to seek forgiveness.

Verse 10, “His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.”

Hear the answer Jesus gave in Verses 11-12, “But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.”

Praise be to God! The answer was “eunuchs.” In other words, everybody who is normal, God expects you to be married, have a wife, and walk in holiness at the same time.

God sent Jehu to take vengeance upon the house of Ahab because of the wickedness of Ahab. In 2 Kings 9:30 Jehu comes riding into Jezreel. He looked up and it was the day of judgment for Jezebel. Jehu saw Jezebel, who looked through the window and saw him. He called to the men up there, “Throw her down!” They could not. Jezebel had gone in and painted her face; she put on her war paint, was looking like a doll, came out, and smiled at the men. And they could not throw her down. But, Jehu saw a eunuch up there. Jezebel could not charm the eunuch for the eunuch has no use for Jezebel. Jehu said, “Throw her down!” The eunuch tossed her down like a log!

Don’t you understand what that story means? God wants you to be eunuchs for the kingdom of God’s sake—men and women who cannot be charmed. Men and women who cannot be tempted. Men and women who have gone above temptation, because THEIR MIND is set on Christ!

God help us, in Jesus’ Name.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 42-43)

Thought for today: Let us set our mind on Christ and become eunuchs for the kingdom of God’s sake—men and women who cannot be charmed, who cannot be tempted.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 19:1-8

When Jesus Christ spoke to the disciples in the 19th chapter of Matthew, He was speaking about divorce. Let us look at that. In Verse 7, the Pharisees said unto Him, “Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” The abundance of sin is what caused divorce. The abundance of sin causes divorce!

A man has his wife, but the wife goes out and mixes herself with someone else! Immediately, she breaks the marriage bond between them. And that man is in trouble! He is in trouble! If he wants to serve God, he cannot mix himself with harlotry; if he wants to serve God, he will have to try to regain her to Christ!

When you, girls, think about marriage, think about these things. When a man comes and makes a commitment before God and before the people, he must have a firm spiritual nature imbedded in him, so that you will know that he is not going to break that commitment.

Young men, when you marry a woman, you must make sure that you marry someone who has a firm commitment; one who is rooted and grounded in the character of God, so that she is not going to break that commitment!

We are being tried now! All of our foundations are being shaken! All of our foundations are being shaken and God is saying to us, “Stand! Stand now, if you can stand!” If you cannot stand now, then you will be among those who end up on the sidelines. We want to be the overcomers that God speaks about. Every one of us here has the capacity to be an overcomer. And God is saying to us, “Overcome this body first!”

Don’t try to go overcome anybody out there! You know, some of us want to overcome spirits—”We are overcomers! We command you in the name of Jesus to depart!” I tell you, the overcomer is going to overcome his body! Because the body is a wild beast that will get loose and try to control you! And it might not be in this way, but it might be in another way. One thing is for sure though: we need to overcome our emotions.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 41-42)

Thought for today: It is time to overcome your body if you don’t want to be among those who end up on the sidelines.

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Scripture reading: Ezekiel 8:3

I wonder if we understand what is happening to us at this time. Satan has studied the human race. When he looks down and sees a spot of darkness in you, he is going to use it. And he is using sexuality as his greatest weapon to destroy homes! We have never seen so many homes destroyed as now. Brethren, I know I am not telling you anything that most of you do not know for yourselves. Christian men and women who want to serve God with all your heart—you are having struggles to keep your house together, because Satan is bombarding your marriage and your lives!

Many of us will not talk. We hide it. But you do not hide it from me. I look at your face, and I look at your wife’s face, and I see either that she has given up and has resigned herself to living the rest of her life on a low plain, or I see terror! The woman is sick, but she must perform. That is the way some of our Christian men are living. Do you know what that means? Let me tell you what it means. It means that if that woman dies, or is sick, or something is wrong with her, you are going to fall. You have to go somewhere else. Because you have trained yourself in a wrong, awful habit.

And, on top of it, you get a devil to help you. Many of the marriages have devils in them! There is a devil driving the man, driving the woman! It is not one or two women that complain to me that they are in terror. Oh, yes! A woman very close to me came to me and told me of the terror of her husband. She loves him, she wants him to be with her, but there is a terror in living with him because he is taken by a devil; and the devil is driving him just like a cigarette smoker; like a drug user; like a drinker. It is no better.

You see, I would be ashamed and I would not be preaching this to Christian men and women had I not known too much. Unless we stop walking by the law (the law says, “You are my wife! You must obey me, and so and so…”) and unless we start walking on a higher plain, we are lost! One of these days soon, I believe, I expect Jesus Christ to descend suddenly in His temple, in order that the world might be delivered! And some of us will be out of it, because the image of jealousy is standing at the north gate blocking the way for the King to come in (Ezekiel 8:3). Yes sir! The King cannot come in because the door is blocked by the image of jealousy!

I hope we can repent. If we cannot repent, it means that we have passed repentance and we have gone too far.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 38-39)

Thought for today: Let us repent while there is still time and turn our hearts fully to Jesus.

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Scripture reading: Job 2:1-10

Let me show you a very peculiar thing: We feel very spiritual when we are in the meeting where the Spirit of God flows, don’t we? When we are in the place of worship, praising God, being the sons of God, and so and so, it is so easy to be spiritual. However, if God allows him, Satan could send a man in our midst, open his hand, and give some of you one good wallop. It would be enough to put you clean out of the Spirit! Yes! You would be cussing in no time. You would be ready to kill him in no time.

Just imagine: Satan comes in here, and a man comes in and takes up one of your children, kicks him, and beats him, and Lord—you lose it! We are too vulnerable! But we must be above that! We must be in the place where we can stand temptation, and we can rebuke the devil, and walk out unscathed!

If there is anything in your life that the devil can use to upset you, you are in trouble, because he is going to use it. One day, when he is ready for you—when his psychology tells him that you are vulnerable—he is going to use it. Do you understand me?

In my youth, I used to be a fighter. I loved to box; I loved to fight. I used to fight on the streets. Even after coming to Jesus Christ, the demon of fight still was there. I did not get rid of it so easily. I discovered that I still had this devil, because I felt my ears “getting hot” when certain people disturbed me. (You must notice these things about yourselves.) I said to God, “I cannot live like this! I am not living with this ancestral demon! I am not going to live with this demon that my father had; that my father’s father had! I am not going to live with this. I do not want it!”

I started fasting. No sooner had I finished the fast, a young man came up to my desk in my workplace. I am at my desk working, he is at his desk working, and I am telling him that he is not doing well at all. All of a sudden, I see a fist coming towards my chin. He began to beat on me! (Now remember, I do not remember ever losing a fight in my life, because I was wild. I never tried to get into fights; I always tried to get away from it; but once I got into a fight, it was for keeps.) Now, this guy comes and he is just throwing at me. The worst part about it was that he was not good. You know, I knew when a man was a good fighter, but he was not good at all! I decided that he was not going to hit me in my face, because I was not too sure of me. (Do you hear me? I was not sure of me!) When he made a blow at my head, I would move away and move around, and I did not let him hit me. But he was driving into my body and I was praying, “Oh, God, don’t let me hit him. Oh God, help me!” I won! Hallelujah!

He finished beating and went to his seat. I did not even report him, because if I reported him I could fire him from the job right away. I did not do anything to him. I laughed! It was the first day of my victory! Praise God!

Remember now, after hearing this, you are going to get hit. After this message, if you decide to stand, you are going to get hit! For the devil came to God and said, “The only reason why Job is so good is because you have not really allowed me to let loose on him. You let me get a hold of his children and see what he will do. He will curse you to your face.” But God saw Job’s beginning, God saw Job’s continuation, and God saw Job’s end. So, He said, “Go ahead.” Hallelujah!

And the mighty Satan—he could not beat Job! Satan was an archangel. It says in Ezekiel 28, that he was among the “stones of fire.” Satan could not beat a common, natural, ordinary man! He could not whip him! He tried everything. He put him down on his back in ashes and sores suffering for three long years, and he could not beat Job! He could not get Job to curse God, and that was the thing he wanted Job to do. Now, you have come, and God says, “You can overcome.” Every one of us can overcome!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 36-37)

Thought for today: Believe God that you can overcome and be numbered among those who will have overcome all things. But you must make up your mind and let God do His work in you.

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Scripture reading: Ezekiel 8:11-12

Let us look a little closer at the problem that we, the people of God, are faced with at this time:

Ezekiel 8:11-12 shows that because your mind is your own, because I do not see what you are thinking, because I do not see what you are feeling, you feel that you are safe. We feel that we are safe because nobody else knows that we lusted over here, or we desired over there. It is all in your mind!

I remember one of the great testings I received as a young man. I had told God to take my life unless I was going to live holy. If He saw that I was not going to live holy, He must “Kill me now!” I said, “God, I am going to give you a chance to kill me! I will neither eat nor drink water for forty days. Kill me!” I am talking about people who mean business with God, whose life does not mean anything to them compared to gaining that thing which God has ordained for them.

Well, God did not kill me, as you might notice. He brought me alive again after this terrible ordeal, but it gave a deathblow. Shortly after this happened, I went to bed one night and got up struggling in my sleep because something was choking me. When I woke up, I was still being choked and I was still struggling. I found out that there was a girl on top of me. She had crept into the room naked, got on top of me, and held me. She felt that she could overcome me in that way.

The first thing that happened, as I came to consciousness, was anger. Why should she believe that I would cast away God for her! She did not respect the power of my salvation! I overcame that night, but I still lost the church and my name. Do you know why? Because a woman refused is a savage creature. She went out and told everybody how she slept with me; and my dignity would not allow me to defend myself against the tongues of my accusers.

I want you to understand that if you are in a condition where a naked woman can come in and take you, you are in a bad shape. And I know many of us are in that shape. You have to get to the point where it would not faze you, it would not affect you. You have to get to that point!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 35-36)

Thought for today: You can only get to the point where sensuality does not faze you if you allow Christ Jesus to come into your mind and to control your body, so that your body will not obey any other master but your mind; and your mind, your spirit; and your spirit, the Holy Spirit!

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Scripture reading: Daniel 7:27

Let us go back again upon the Word and take some context of Matthew 16. First of all, in Matthew 16:13, Jesus says, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” Actually, who men say Jesus is does not really count! Who YOU believe Jesus is – this is what counts! Amen!

Verses 14-15, “…And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, but whom say ye that I am?

We have not employed the power of Jesus to the extent and with the intensity that we should. We all get in trouble and in the midst of the trouble we sometimes forget to call upon the Name of Jesus. However, I want you to remember that at the name of Jesus, “…every knee shall bow” (Philippians 2:10-11).

What does that mean, “…That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow?” Somebody believes that it means that the people are going to praise God and say, “Oh, Lord God, you are wonderful.” That is one way to bow the knee – that is the way Christians bow the knee. However, when a strong man meets a stronger man, he bows the knee by force. Now, we are talking about spiritual force here and that we do have the power to overthrow Satan and all his works. Do you know why the Church will do it now? It is because this is the hour and our time has come. The time has come. Our time is near at hand! Let me show it to you, because some people do not believe that we are really at the time.

Daniel 7:27, “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Who is the power being given to?  “…the people of the saints of the most high.” They will break Satan! We are not talking about any rapture where we run away and leave things in this condition, but we are talking about beating the devil by the power of the Blood and the Spirit; beating him in this earth, in this life; overcoming him and standing on mount Zion with Jesus Christ! Amen!

We are talking to an overcoming people! Those of you who do not believe in overcoming might as well stop reading now. I am talking to a people who are slated (who are designated; who are mandated) to overcome the devil! The same devil that is striking you in your body; the same devil that is making you sick; the same devil that sends some of us to the hospital; the same devil that sends some of us to every kind of degradation, and sin, and destruction, and distress – that same devil! We are mandated by God to destroy him and we have the power. Oh, yes! We should not bow to the beatings and the slappings of the devil, because if God did not know that we were tough enough, He would not have allowed him to slap us so hard. Some of the things I see some of you going through, I say, “My God, what would I do if I were in that position?”

But the point is that God says of the Sons of God, “…they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11b). God is making soldiers out of us. People who will not give up because the storm is raging. People who will not give up because things are going against them. People who will not give up because they are weary!

Sometimes you feel like you cannot go another minute. You are weary, you are tired, you are distressed, you are embattled on every hand – that is the time to fight! Hallelujah! Amen! For the victory is just ahead!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 4-6)

Thought for today: Will you take up the challenge and be one of those overcoming people who do not bow to the beatings of the devil? Keep fighting for the victory is at hand!

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