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Scripture reading: Psalm 15:5

He That Does Not Put Out His Money to Usury

The question that is being asked is, “Is it putting my money out to usury if I deposit it in a bank and receive interest?”

In Matthew 25:27 in the Parable of the Talents, Jesus said to the servant who buried his talent, “Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received usury.” Here Jesus was giving a parable which must show a true picture of the heavenly position. The word for the exchangers could correctly be translated bankers and the word for usury just means interest.

We can see therefore that the Law properly interpreted would refer to the using of money to oppress others with excessive interest, more than saying you should not put your money into the bank and receive interest.

The letter of the law will bring death, it is the spirit of what God is saying that brings life.

Nor Taketh Reward Against the Innocent

This is actually a Word of God against BRIBERY which is also illegal in the United States.

Exodus 23:8, “And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.”

One does not feel the evil force of a bribe until you become the victim of a bribe. As an officer of the courts I was once involved in a case where a man committed murder and was set free because the jury was bribed. In this case those who receive the bribe became murderers after the fact.

When we apply this to the Spirit, the bribe does not have to be money or for that matter anything material, but if we pervert justice through friendship or love of praise, etc., we become guilty equally with the guilty and partake of his judgment, and nobody escapes the judgments of God, no matter how long it takes.

The Conclusion of Psalm 15

Psalm 15:5c, “He that doeth these things shall never be moved.”

The picture this scripture suggests is that one who lives according to Psalm 15 will have God as a firm foundation and will never be moved by the Mover but will stand when others fall.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, October 1983)

Thought for today: Let us live by the instructions laid out in Psalm 15 so that we can make God our firm foundation and stand when others fall.

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Scripture reading: Psalm 15:4

We should not forget to honor those in our midst who fear the Lord. The example we get every day from the brethren is not honor to those who fear the Lord, but honor to those who can put out a “Best seller” no matter how they received their material. Or, honor to those who are the most successful businessmen, honor to those who give the best offering. You can get on the honor roll of most organizations by giving a certain amount of money. I have been excommunicated from many groups and churches for speaking exactly what the Lord told me to say, while the same groups and churches accept preachers who are making up their own sermons but speaking more pleasant words.

Some of our ministers and churches who know the blessing of receiving the Holy Spirit baptism are turning back to Rome and wantonly addressing members of the Roman Catholic Church as “Catholic Brethren.” In turn the Catholic Church is calling those, who once were the accursed Protestants, “Separated Brethren.”

Let us honor the brethren who live clean and give a good example to others. Let us honor true eldership, not those who boss it over us but those who set a good example for us to follow and walk humbly before the Lord. Let us not honor others because God is using them, but let us honor them because they are showing forth Christ in their lives. Let us honor the wives who work faithfully in the home and in the church for the love of Christ.

LET US HONOR all men and women who fear God not usurping Christ in the congregations of the saints. Let us honor them for they are few who do not seek their own honor, and command men to call them by unscriptural titles which God calls names of Blaspheme.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, October 1983)

Thought for today: Let us honor those in our midst who fear the Lord

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Scripture reading: Psalm 15:3

Early in my Christian walk I discovered that God hated backbiting very, very much. His expressions to me concerning this and His rebuke of me when I enter into it was so severe that I had to begin to seek into it and what it really did. In my search I discovered an amazing and almost unbelievable situation:

In the human realm demons have little or no authority. Their only authority comes from human beings. They have no life or energy unless they receive it from the source of all energy which is God. They cannot face God, because His light and His glory is too much for them; they cannot return to heaven, therefore, they must receive their sustenance by tempting humans to submit to them, then feeding upon the energy and using the authority of man. The more authority one has the more they will get if you submit to them; the more energy one has, the more they will get if you submit to them.

Whenever one submits to a demon or devil through lust or evil desires, then that person can be used of that devil to do his devilish work. Thus whether the person be a believer or not, he or she temporarily joins the hosts of hell and becomes a pawn in their hands to do their work. Before I proceed, let me give you scriptures to prove that Christians do work in the church as demons:

I Timothy 3:11, “Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers” (Gr. diabolous = Devil – used for Satan himself) “sober, faithful in all things.”

2 Timothy 3:3, “Without natural affection, implacable, slanderers …” (Gr. diaboloi = Devil)

Titus 2:3, “The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers,” (Gr. diabolous) “not given to much wine, teachers of good things.”

This evil is widespread in the church. I find brethren involved so much in backbiting that they do not know that they are backbiting. They will approach you and say, “Let us pray for brother so and so,” and before you know you are listening to all his business.

I find some brethren so inquisitive about other people’s business that they go to lengths to find out all they can about one another.

Knowing about the affairs of another involves you legally from God’s point of view. God does not tell people about other people’s faults unless He knows that that person will lay down his life for the other. Any word which comes in the spirit and it puts down another is not of God.

There are slandering spirits working in our midst. We can drive them away by obeying the word of God. If there is anything told you about a brother or sister, then you have to try to help that person and never cover up for the person who tells you. “Now I am going to tell you something, but don’t tell anyone.” Your answer to that is, “Please do not tell me.” If you listen, then you become a bond slave of the spirits that tell.

I know ministries which go from place to place with the intention of carrying good news, but their intentions are continuously frustrated by demons which cause them to make trouble everywhere they go. They talk about the brethren and destroy and devour one another.

Devils of lust must find devils of lust in people upon which they feed. “Diabolous” must find “diabolous” in you to be able to feed on you. When a slander or talker or just a good brother or sister being used of the devil is finished with you, you lose your peace and torment takes place of the comforting Spirit of the Holy Ghost. It leaves you weaker and open to attack from other spirits.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, August 1983)

Thought for today: Do not give in to the spirit of slander but drive them away by obeying the word of God.

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Scripture reading: Psalm 15:2

It is not possible that Satan or his angels can work one ounce of righteousness. They can only do evil, they cannot do good. It is necessary to understand that two persons can do the same action, and yet one would be good and the other evil. Let us take an example: Two persons were anointed of God to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of these turned it into a big business, using the Gospel as his stock-in-trade in order to make millions, the other preached with no other desire than to please God and to do His perfect will. The difference between these two is Motive. Both were anointed of the Lord, and both preached, but one was using God while God was using the other. To one it was unrighteousness and to the other righteousness.

We see therefore that “working righteousness” is more than just doing works. There is a lot being done in the name of the Lord that is not in His nature. The word, “the name of the Lord”, is a specific phrase which means the Nature of God. I once heard a preacher say he would “buff someone in the name of the Lord”. That is an extreme case but I am sure we all have heard and seen such paradoxes.

Righteousness is the nature of God, it is not just works, but it must glorify God in intent and purpose and must be motivated of God himself. Sometimes we hear prophesies – “Thus saith the Lord,” but the Lord did not say; it was more like what someone thought the Lord should say. Speaking the name of Jesus or of the Godhead or of the Holy Ghost in itself is not sufficient evidence to classify the speaker as one working righteousness. We must then be careful of our motive in doing works.

It is sometimes very difficult to decide whether a prophecy is of God or not – but the deciding factor is whether it glorifies God or is leaning towards human glorification in its emphasis. In works of charity it is sometimes much easier to see a double motive or just Christ. If we should open a hospital as a work of God, it would have to be dedicated to the poor who have no money to pay for their care. If it must be financially profitable, then if could not be of God. To be of God it would have to be absolutely of faith. “Faith without works is dead”, but dead works are without faith.

We must remember that righteousness is the nature of God and must glorify God and be motivated of God.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, August 1983)

Thought for today: Working righteousness is more than just doing works.

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Scripture reading: Psalm 15:1

We are for the most part all striving for excellence in God. Our eyes are set upon the Mark of the High Calling which God has set for us to attain unto. Every soul is prescribed a different route by which he might attain to this mark therefore it hurts God’s purpose for one person to force others to do things by his own method.

There is a question asked – who shall abide in God’s dwelling place? Many will enter, but who will make it their Permanent Abode? The Hebrew word used in this passage suggests not only an overnight dweller, but one making God’s Holy Hill his home – his permanent dwelling place.

It is possible that God can dwell in a person but that person not dwell in God. It is possible that a person can have God in him and yet that person cannot abide in the presence of God for long. The presence of God is sometimes unbearable to some of us some of the time.

Moses absorbed so much of God’s glory that his face shone when he descended from the mountain, and I do believe that God had to greatly insulate himself in darkness – thick darkness – in order that Moses could stand His presence. On one occasion when Moses asked God to let him see his face, the Lord covered him up in a rock with His hand, and when he removed His covering hand, Moses saw His back parts going away from him.

John the revelator looked upon the Glory of God shining from an angel (one of the saints used as a messenger) and was struck to the ground, having no strength to lift himself up.

Who will dwell in the Holy Hill of God? The answer to these questions will give us the formula prescribed of God for the Overcomers. The thought we will examine today is found in Psalm 15:2a, “He that walketh uprightly.”

We would say that walking uprightly means living with integrity. Webster dictionary describes integrity as: Unimpaired moral principles; honesty; soundness; the quality of being whole or undivided. Spiritual Integrity goes far beyond Webster’s dictionary, because integrity in the Spirit has a more profound meaning than any moral concept dictates. The deep seated Christ likeness of the soul is not a moral effort but a metamorphosis taking place in the soul of the individual, which lifts the man from his basic human habitat towards the Divine.

The word “walk” means a continuous living experience. It is possible to be righteous sometimes, and not always righteous. “Walketh”, suggests a continuous, steady, on-going relationship with God in uprightness.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, August 1983)

Thought for today: Will you abide in God’s dwelling place and make it your permanent abode?

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