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Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 2:5

When you embrace righteousness and holiness, you want it at all times. You are not a Sunday Christian, or a Christian on Fridays alone, or one who has set fasting days on which you are holy. Any kind of a day worship, or an Easter and Christmas worship, is Babylonish. It is religion mixing in with what should have been pure Christianity. This mixing is called Babylon. So God asks us to come out of her. He wants us to come out of the system that perpetrates these things, that believes in these things, that calls certain acts of charity and good deeds a symbol of righteousness. Some believe that if you belong to certain groups, churches, or parties, then you are all right. God wants men to come out of a system that substitutes man in the place where Christ should be: where you confess your sins to a man, and a man gives you forgiveness for your sins, and you go out again and sin.

This sort of a situation is in some churches. Other churches say that they do not believe in that, but they do the same thing. They put a man before God. Scripture declares that there is no mediator, no priest, between God and man. God says He will bring us into priesthood, that is, when we are perfected and are like Christ. We are not priests now in that God does not require us to stand between Christ and his sheep as co-shepherds. We are supposed to lead the sheep to Christ and not to ourselves. The sheep will not be able to see Christ when we stand between Christ and them.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 168-169)

Thought for today: Let us not lead the sheep to ourselves, but let us lead them to Christ so that they may be able to see Him.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 13:5-9

Let us look at Matthew 13:5-6 today. Jesus says here that the Word (the seed) will fall on a certain soil, and it will spring up strong and powerful but when the sun comes up, it withers and dies. Why? It was because it was on “stony” ground. We have to understand that Jesus is talking about the heart condition. If your heart is a stony place and it does not have any depth of earth, you will not be able to bring forth fruit. What do we mean when we speak of “fruit” coming from the Word? “Fruit” is when you hear the Word of God, and the Word of God changes you inside! If the Word of God does not change you, it is wasted word.

Now, the Word says further in Matthew 13:7-8 that there is another seed that “fell among thorns.” Presently it grew strong and beautiful, but the thorns were also growing; and then the thorns grew up and “choked” the Word. It brought forth no fruit. What does it mean? Do you have a thorny heart? You come to the meeting to get a blessing, and as the word goes forth, you receive it with gladness. Your heart witnesses that it is the truth, but you have some unfulfilled business with somebody who you have hated bitterly. You just cannot love that person. That is a “thorn.” It will grow up and choke the word, and you will not be able to live a Christian life and grow in the Spirit; and you will wonder, “Why am I not growing in the Spirit?” It is because there is a thorn bush growing in your life.

The thorn might be something else. It might be a “love” affair. I hate to call it love. It is not really love at all. It is an “emotional dysfunction.” You have an emotional dysfunction wherein you think you are in love with somebody, and it continues and disrupts your life. It disrupts the life of God inside of you, so that when you receive the Word of God you cannot bring forth fruit. There is something wrong in the emotions.

Another thing I have noticed is that the young people do not seem to have the “will” to serve God. It blesses me when we sing the song, “Thou lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness….” Do you hate wickedness? Do you really, really hate wickedness? Do you hate wickedness so much that you say, “God I do not want to have anything to do with wickedness! If this thing is wickedness, I will not do it!”

A “little white lie”—this is what we call it. WICKEDNESS! A yellow lie, a pink lie, a blue lie (whatever we would call it)—it is wickedness! We give it all kinds of names, but it is wickedness! Just a little bit of dishonesty here, just a little deception there. You say a word that is meant to deceive the other person to make him think so and so, but it is not what you meant; and you say, “I spoke the truth!” Sure, you did speak the truth, but you fixed it in such a way that it deceives the other person. It is wickedness!

“Thou lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness” (Psalm 45:7).

I say, “My God, I LOVE righteousness! I HATE wickedness! Let me hate it more! Let me hate it! Let me so despise it, that if I am touched by it, I must get cleansed immediately!”

If you take up a sheep and throw him into the mud, he gets up and is uncomfortable. He is rubbing himself everywhere, trying to find some way to get the mud off of him. He is not a mud creature. But if you take a pig and throw him in the mud, he rolls over and says, “Thank you.” He loves it! He could stay there all day. He has a different nature. But we have to remember: God loves righteousness and hates wickedness!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 3-4)

Thought for today: Let this be our prayer today: “My God, I LOVE righteousness! I HATE wickedness! Let me hate it more! Let me hate it! Let me so despise it, that if I am touched by it, I must get cleansed immediately!”

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Scripture reading: Romans 8:2

God designed various Laws of Redemption for the deliverance of His people. But laws, when put in the converse, become detrimental to the very people that they were designed to deliver. Thus, we see Satan turning the word of God backwards in order to hurt humanity. Some Satanists even learn to read the Bible backwards; they even walk backwards as part of their training.

For years we were baffled by the vulnerability of Christians to satanic bedevilments even as sinners are. This particularly baffled me, when in our ministry all over the world we found Christians who loved the Lord with all their hearts and who were greatly dedicated to God still having severe satanic oppressions and needing deliverance. As God continued to reveal Himself to us, we gradually began to understand the situation. At the outset, let me say that it does not necessarily mean that a Christian has committed some sin to be bound by the enemy:

1. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as his Savior and submits to the Spirit of God, he comes under the law of Romans 6:16, and becomes a servant of God. The Blood of Jesus Christ redeems him, and all the covenants that he had made with Satan are broken. Nevertheless, his redemption is complete only in the Word of God, but in his soul he remains imperfect. That which he has received now in the Word of Almighty God and in his spirit must work its fulfillment in his soul and body. He becomes a covenant child of God. As a covenant people, we are required to keep our part of the covenant. God now lays claim to us as His property, bought and paid for.

2. The covenant that we had with Satan and sin has been broken by the covenant we now make with the Lord. Romans 8:2 say, “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

The covenants we had with devils were made null and void by our covenant with the Lord. But immediately the devils begin to try to get us to submit again to them, in order to apply Romans 6:16, so as to restrict if not altogether rescind our covenant with the Lord. Because of our imperfection, we find ourselves in constant danger of obeying devils instead of the Lord.

Let me tell you a story. There was a day when I told the Lord that I could not find anything wrong with me. In order to prove my unrighteousness, He told me to watch my members that day. When I got to the office there was a piece of chip on the ledge. A suggestion came to my mind to kick the chip off the ledge. Immediately the pride of being a good soccer player with a powerful right foot came into me, and I succumbed to the temptation and kicked the chip like I was placing a ball into the goal. The chip sailed around the corner and slammed into a man’s left eye. In one moment of light banter, I had become the servant of the devil. This was a small act of obedience to the enemy that gave him the right over me. Of course, I repented immediately, and denied Satan any further manipulation. But let me give you a more serious scenario:

Suppose there was someone I know who was worshipping the devil and I reproved him of his devil worship and told him I would have nothing to do with it, but because he is a near kin of mine, I would from time to time give him money to help him along. This money he would use to strengthen himself in his worship of the devil. Would I be guilty of aiding the work of the devil? The answer is yes! The devil is not concerned with what you thought you were doing. He claims his right over you because you participated with one of his servants.

God is in a process of completing our redemption. Yet, this cannot be done without a massive worldwide tribulation. The church will not voluntarily come to that standard of righteousness that God requires. At this time, when we pray for revival, it is actually a prayer for judgment. In Isaiah 26:9 is stated as divine wisdom that people in tribulation learn righteousness. Most men will call on God when they are in trouble, thus trouble is a necessity for some men’s righteousness.

To the watchmen I say, “It is time to sound the alarm.” To the sleeping, I say, “It is time to awake.” To those who are awake, I say, “It is time to trim your lamps.” To the foolish virgins, “It is time to get oil. The bridegroom is on his way.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1993, pg. 10-11, 23, 25)

Thought for today: Let us hold fast to the words of Jesus, “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

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Scripture reading: James 2:17-24

I remember when I was a young Christian, we used to go from house to house, and ask, “Can you give me something to do today? I want to clean up your yard or something like that, and you can give me an offering for my church.” So we went and worked and in the evening everybody came in with what they had earned. The sweat of my body… This body is the temple of the living God and anything I use it to do for God is well pleasing with Him!

One of the things I must do is to obey God with my substance. Yes! I lay my substance down. We are talking about the Altar of Incense in the Holy Place where man lays his soul down before God, and says, “God, take it.” The Bible tells us that if the smoke goes up, God accepts it. If the smoke goes down, the priest dies right there at the Golden Altar; he is not going to make it to the Holy of Holies. He is going to die right there in the Holy Place where God is asking you to offer your soul. When you are half in and half out, you offer to God an unclean soul. You are half for the world and half for God! Is it Hollywood that is motivating us, or is it heaven? Are we going to continue to do the things that we believe are righteousness? WE MUST BE RIGHTEOUS NOW! Believe me, we must go to God and weep and pray and say, “Lord God, I do not know what to do. I do not know where to go. I do not know how to go. I cannot walk without You! I cannot talk without You! I need you Jesus!” Weep between the porch and the altar, according to the Word of God, UNTIL GOD SPEAKS! And when He tells you what to do, you have a peace inside. You do it because you have a peace inside. Hallelujah!

Brethren, think of Abraham. Abraham believed God. “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, James 2:23). That is how you are going to get righteousness. The only way you are going to get holy and righteous is by believing God.

Take your mind off yourself! Take your mind off marriage—who you are going to marry, and where, and how, and when. Take your mind off the things of the world. Jesus said in the parable of the seed and the sower, “And some (seeds) fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit” (Mark 4:7). Have you ever considered why you are not bringing forth fruit? Why are we not bringing forth fruit? We should be a fruitful tree that hangs over to the ground with fruit that people would be coming from everywhere to taste of the fruit of Zion that comes from the people of God. WHY ARE WE NOT BRINGING FORTH FRUIT?

Worse than that, we are bringing forth bad fruit! Yes! Brethren are getting up and using their tongue for sin. God heals you. God delivers you from death. God preserves your life. He keeps you. Is it for the purpose that you might then take your tongue to slander God’s people? To slash the people of God? God is displeased with the work of the tongue IN HIS PEOPLE.

However, there is a people in this last hour who must go to the high road; who must climb the mountain; who must overcome! And it depends on YOU whether you will be among those people or not. Hallelujah! Because, if you fail God, God will get someone else who will not fail.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, November 1999, pg. 11-12)

Thought for today: Weep between the porch and the altar, according to the Word of God, until God speaks. And when He tells you what to do, do it!

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Scripture reading: Genesis 22:1-14

I want us to look at the place God is bringing us to. When you look in Genesis 22:1-14, you can read a little story about a flesh and blood man who pleased God. As you read through it, you will notice that verse 5 is a very peculiar verse. Just imagine: Abraham is carrying the boy to kill him, to offer him as a sacrifice, and he is telling the young men who was with them that, “He (Isaac) and I will come back.” Amen! Hallelujah! Now, that is some sort of faith! He was going to kill his son believing that God would raise him again from the dead.

Now there are a few other things that God has been showing me concerning this story. First of all, God made Abraham choose a site in the middle of Jerusalem. There was no Jerusalem there at the time, and on that site right now, the Mosque of Omar is covering the stone where Abraham offered up his son. I believe God preserved the site because He has something else to teach us. God did not want any Jewish temple to be put over it, and so He made the Arabs come along and put an abomination over the stone so that the Jews might not worship the ground.

The Lord is speaking to us through this story. What I want to talk to you about is “righteousness.” Righteousness! Abraham, as a physical, natural man, was not righteous; but the Bible said that because Abraham obeyed [believed] God, it was counted to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3). So obedience became the standard of righteousness for us.

Now, if you obey God, you will also be righteous. As a matter of fact, you cannot be righteous without obeying God, and you cannot be holy without obeying God. Holiness is a requirement for seeing God. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:14 that you cannot see God unless you are holy. I am asking you, how many of you here are holy? Raise your hands. So then, you will not see God! Isn’t that what it says? I should think so! I should think that the Bible is saying that without being holy, “NO MAN SHALL SEE GOD!” Without holiness, no man shall see God, and without righteousness, you cannot serve God.

So, what are we looking at? What are we talking about? We are talking about God calling a people to the place of an altar. Do you know that the altar that Abraham built for his son was a type of the Golden Altar in the Tabernacle? Right there he was ready to kill him, but did he kill him? He did. Yes, he did. Amen! Jesus was slain from before the foundation of the world, yet Jesus walked up and down in Galilee and in Israel until He was slain on a cross. In other words, when a thing is done in the Spirit, it is done! God knew that Abraham was not fooling. He was coming down with that knife, because he knew that God said he should do it. God said he should do it, and so he was coming down with the knife. Now, God is talking to you about your Isaac!

We were discussing things that God would allow if God is good. If God knows everything I am going to do tomorrow, then, you see, as a fatalist, I can say, “Well, everything is all right. There’s nothing I can do! I really cannot do anything!” And yet, the Almighty God, Who made the heaven and the earth and all men, said to you, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Why should God be telling me that I should be perfect even as God is perfect if I cannot do anything about it? Don’t you see that you have the handle and you can do something about it?

There is something that God wants us to understand, and that is that we are unfinished work. I am not finished. I am an unfinished work, and God says the only way I can be finished is if I will do what He tells me to do to finish the work.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, November 1999, pg. 4-7)

Thought for today: Choose to obey God today so that it would be counted to you for righteousness.

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Scripture reading: Ezekiel 8:1

Let us look at the following issue: Satan discovered the function of the human body and the human being, and he decided he was going to get us to think a certain way. For if he could get you to think a certain way, then he would get you to do what he wants you to do. So, in the world we began to think a certain way. The thinking of the man of sin is that he becomes a sexual creature and his wife becomes a thing to be used. I am not saying that some women are not like that also, but I am saying that if the men take the lead in anything, they are going to make a difference, for the women cannot overcome this situation alone.

People who get married have certain ideas planted in their minds. “I am marrying so that I can have a picnic; so that I can have a ball; so that I can live morning, noon, and night to satisfy my carnal desires.” Do you know what happens? You find that sometimes you are talking to a person, but something is in his mind apart from what you are saying. He wants to get home. Why does he want to get home quickly? Because he has something in his mind – he wants to have a good time with his wife.

I am talking about Christians! You see, I was very shocked when God revealed to me that Christians are involved in sexual promiscuity just as the world is and that they are committing sin in their lives, as Christians, believing that they have a license to do that which should have been the world’s business! Do you understand me?

I have discovered a certain condition among the brethren – the men are “dull.” They are not leaders in the things of God. They are not coming forth as God leads men into righteousness and into glory and into power. They are not marching upon the hilltop. It is because there is an image in their mind. Let us read about it. Turn with me to Ezekiel 8:1.

“And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.”

What is he saying in this verse? You read this chapter and how it says that this happened in the sixth month of the sixth year, and on the fifth day of the month—you must know that it has a meaning. God is not going to waste words. He is talking about man (six), man (six), and ministry (five)! Yes! He is saying it is the sixth month of the sixth year and the fifth day of the month. Now, six speaks of “man,” and five of “ministry,” so Ahh!—the ministry! He is going to deal in this chapter with the ministry. He said, “…the elders of Judah sat before me,” and “the hand of the Lord fell there upon me.” It is like Jesus talking to His disciples and seeing house business rising up in their minds while he is talking. What a terrible thing it is! What a terrible thing it is to have the flesh in the forefront of one’s mind. The Lord told the Jews to bind the “Word” upon their foreheads. They did it literally; we should do it spiritually.

This is why God has not given us that “clear” vision that we could see through one another. Some of us would not have the strength. We would despise one another for what we are. You see, some of us only love one another because we do not know one another. Some of us are only buddy-buddy, nicey-nicey, because we do not know the thoughts that go through one another’s mind. Thank God, that we do not know it, but one day we will know as we are known. When things are purer, we will be able to take it more.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 31-32)

Thought for today: We are commanded to bind the Word of God upon our foreheads. Therefore, let us fill our mind with His Word so that we would not be found straying from righteousness.

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Scripture reading: II Corinthians 10:3-6

We are now in the time when the devil will have his day; when the “man of sin” must come to his full (666); and the Christ to His fullness in a people who must grow “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ref. Ephesians 4:13). We now pray, “Thank you, Lord, that the Kingdom is now coming within us.”

We know definitely that the deliverance is coming; it is coming WITHIN us. God is bringing to pass His holy Word. We are seeing it manifested through His people, right here in our congregations. God is fulfilling His word to us concerning our children. It may take trials and tribulations, and the travailing of a family, but as the Church travails she shall bring forth:

“For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children” (Isaiah 66:8).

Get your house in order! Get things straightened in your minds and in your hearts! Make up your mind who you will serve. Make up your mind that you are going to follow God and his righteousness. For the hour is come when the Lord is bringing first cleansing to the church. 

How do you think we are going to rebuke the devils of hell if we ourselves have devils? We must get rid of familiar spirits. One time a brother from Germany preached and as he did, we could see that he was hitting at familiar spirits that have no boundaries. He was talking about the Prussian spirits, but the influence of the principalities and powers in the satanic realm spread their power over the whole world. Each person can speak of his or her own area and we will discover that all the nations (no matter what country we are from) exhibit the same tarnish of soul and demonic bondages. The Holy Ghost, however, is given of God to indwell our spirits so that these strongholds in our soul (our mind, emotions, will, and desires) can be broken and cast out, that Christ may reign within.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 24-25)

Thought for today: Make up your mind that you are going to follow God and His righteousness and by the power of God pull down the strongholds in your soul.

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