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Scripture reading: John 9:1-7

Did you know that it is not everybody who believes the message of the Kingdom that is in the Holy Place? It is not everyone who has the Holy Spirit that is in the Holy Place. When you get into the Holy Place, the Holy Place has to get into you in order for you to be in the Holy Place. Can you understand it? In other words, if you are in the Holy Place and you are acting like a tramp, do you think God will say, “You are in the Holy Place, therefore I will just take you in.”? No, no. You have rejected the Spirit of God that makes you holy. We cannot be holy without the Spirit of God. If you are acting like John Brown, you can’t claim to be holy. You cannot act like your mother or your father and expect to be holy. You can preach like Paul, you can sing like angels, you can do anything else and bless God’s people, too, but remember: to be holy you have to follow the Holy Spirit.

There were two blind men in the New Testament. There was blind Bartimaeus and there was the other blind man that God made the spittle, put on his eyes and sent him on. Praise God. I want to talk about those two. The eyes of the one man were gone, clean gone. He was blind because he probably had no pupil, but Jesus Christ created eyes right there. He used the power of creation; He took spittle, made clay, put it over his eyes and said, “…Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash…” (John 9:11). When the man washed the clay off of his eyes, his eyes were perfect, 20/20 vision. Let’s take Mark 10:46 first and then we will go to Luke 18:35.

Mark 10:46, “And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” Now, Jesus cannot disregard that kind of a plea. You know, when God says sometimes, “Command Me,” that is what He means. If you work according to God’s plan and God’s law, God must. Jesus could not pass him. “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 48And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” The words “Son of David” have a special meaning; it means that He was the Messiah. That is what it meant in the Hebrew. He was saying, “Jesus, Messiah, the One that should come, the promised Son of David have mercy on me.” Verse 49, “And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.”

We are talking about the optometrist. Do you understand? You are to go to the optometrist and you must ask for what you want. He is not going to give you sight unless you ask for it. Tell Him what you want and it must be from your heart, brethren. This man was hollering. They couldn’t shut him up because he knew that God was passing him by and he did not want God to pass him by. He wanted his eyes healed.

Verse 52, “And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” Do you understand what happened here? Jesus never touched him. It wasn’t necessary. He touched Jesus with his faith.

When you look at John 9:1-7, you see another case. In this case, God wanted that blind man as a minister. God wanted him so He made him born blind, then He sent Jesus to heal him. Isn’t this a wonderful God? That is a different case. That man didn’t ask for anything. He was just made by God, set there, punished, suffered blindness all his life so that God might glorify Himself in him. Some of you are like that, but don’t count on it. You go and ask God to open your eyes.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 2009, pg. 28-29)

Thought for today: Remember: to be holy you have to follow the Holy Spirit.

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Scripture reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14

Let us talk about the third dispensation today – “the dispensation of the prophets.” This dispensation presented another way of escape. If you are a prophet, there is something that happens to you. Do you know what really happens to a prophet? There are two manifestations of the Spirit of God. One manifestation is without, and one is within. God said that the Spirit of God shall be with you and also in you (John 14:16-17). That is the promise to us, but God never said it to Elijah, or Elisha, or any of the prophets. The Spirit of God would fall on them, but when the Spirit of God lifted from them, they were just as natural as the day that they were born. Amen! Why do I say that? I will give you an example.

Do you remember King Saul? You know how bad he was. We see him in 1 Samuel 19 going with murder in his heart trying to kill David, but when he meets the prophet Samuel, the Spirit falls upon him and he starts prophesying. So then we see here that he did not prophesy because he was a good fellow. As a matter of fact, he was a “demon on wheels!” But he prophesied because the Spirit of God fell on him and he could not help himself.

When Elijah the prophet died, it was not because he was sick. Have you ever heard of Elijah’s sickness? No. I have never heard of it either, because he was not sick. God just said, “You are going to die.” He didn’t even say “die,” He just said, “You will be taken away today,” meaning to say, “No longer will you have to depend on the earth to suffice your physical needs. No longer will you need to eat fruits and vegetables.” Somebody said the other day that you must eat your veggies and all that sort of thing. No! God said we have come to the stage where we are not going to be wanting any more of these things, for the rich pure oxygen of God’s holy power will be flowing through our veins, and our mortal bodies will be immortalized by the power of God! It is very simple, because we have a dual-purpose body. A dual-purpose body. And this body must live by energy. Amen!

So then, the dual-purpose body that you have can have both the Holy Spirit inside of you or the Holy Spirit outside of you. But God has curtailed the outside operation. He does not do much of the outside operation because the devil can do it also. If God trained you up to listen to Him with your natural ear, then you would hear a lot of other things with your natural ears and confusion would set in.

Let us look a bit closer at this dual-purpose body. If the Spirit of God floods into you, certain things will happen to you that are unnatural. Did you know that you can fly? Do you really know that? If the Spirit of God gets into you enough, the Spirit of God will cancel out gravity. I am not telling you anything that I have not seen done. I have seen it happen. The Spirit of God will cancel out the gravity that is so powerful and so natural for us.

But it is not just gravity that the Spirit of God cancels out. It cancels out sin in you. It cancels out bad propensities that you have inculcated through your whole life, that you have taken from your parents. He cancels out the seat of iniquity within you. Do you know there might be a stool within you where some demon spirit sits down and feels comfortable? Yes! A rocking chair inside of your soul! The Spirit of God cancels it out, smashes the chair, and drives the devil out.

But the devil feels comfortable with some of us. Not just with some of us, but with all of us sometimes. If you allow the devil to be in you, he is going to start manifesting as “God.” Many of us think that to manifest in the gifts of the Spirit exults your position in God. But the gifts of the Spirit are God working in man. It is far above the spiritual stature of the believer. Amen.

I have told you already of the bad man King Saul, how he prophesied and yet it did not add to his spiritual stature. It is because the Spirit of God in you wants to do one work in you more than any other operation. He wants to take the devil out of you. The Bible says that we are “the temple of the living God” (2 Corinthians 6:16) and that we are looking for “a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). This is what God is creating: a new heaven and a new earth.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 10-12)

Thought for today: Let the Spirit of God flood into you today so that it may cancel out sin in you.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:9-12

I often hear people ask, “How do I get into the Spirit?” First, remember that the Spirit is in you, and you must get into the Spirit. I cannot get into the Spirit by enjoying the music, but I can by listening to the words of the song. Sometimes I listen to you sing, and the praise is good, but it is not high praise. It could be higher. When you get to high praise, you are entirely out of self. You lose yourself completely and you are gone into the heavenlies. We get there by the Word of the Lord. Never sing a song that is unscriptural, and when you sing a scriptural song, think of the words. Think about what you are singing. I hear you singing a beautiful scriptural song, and then you go on to sing the last part, “Amen, Amen…” for a thousand times. I listened to the brethren, and they were singing beautifully. The music was good, the feeling was good, the Spirit was there, but they were not entering into the words of the song. If you dare to enter into those words, you lose yourself. You will either start to weep, or to confess God, or to confess your sins, or all of the above; and to move into God.

There is a “moving in God.” Do you know why? You have to be inside of the High Priest (Who is Jesus Christ) in order to get in the Holy of Holies through the veil. The Bible says the veil was His flesh. The High Priest (Christ) eats the bull with the bread (from the Table of Shewbread) and then goes into the Holy of Holies. That is the only way that a lowly bull would get into the Holy of Holies and into the presence of the Almighty. He has to be inside of the high priest, and I want you to understand that being “in Christ” is a different position than “Christ in you.”

There is a mystery in Christ, and the mystery in Christ is inside of Jesus Christ Himself. You ask yourself the question, “What is Jesus Christ?” To be exact, it cannot be explained, but for us, it is being in the body of Christ. Let us see if we can understand this: Something is happening “IN CHRIST.” First, there is a gathering, a coming together, so that everybody who is “in Christ” is coming together with everybody else who is “in Christ.” There is no separation “in Christ” (see Ephesians 4:13-16).

There is at present, however, separation in the Church; and the separation will increase, for those who are not “in Christ” will find some reason to withdraw. Nevertheless, we are exhorted in the verses in Ephesians 4 to endeavor to strive and to make every effort to “…keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” and that this is accomplished through “longsuffering,” and “forbearing one another in love.”

On the other hand, in Matthew 13, the Scriptures also speak of a separation and of bundles being put together for the fire. Verse 42, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend (everything that is offensive), and them which do iniquity.”

The Body is going through a purge. Many people are dropping out and their reasons are varied. Dissension and separation should not come because of disagreements over the time and place of worship, or the how and why, because if we are moving in one Spirit, as it says in the verses from Ephesians 4, “the unity of the Spirit” will bring us into “the unity of the faith.” Everything in Christ, whether in this realm or the other realm, will move together as Christ brings His Body together into one from every tribe and nation.

Have you ever wondered what happened to Jesus Christ at night, when everybody had gone to sleep? He was able to see into the heavenlies, hear the heavenlies, and understand every movement of the Spirit. He had perfect communication with the Father from day to day. THIS IS A REALM INTO WHICH GOD IS MOVING THE BODY. He is lifting us up together with Him into heavenly places, making us one with Him. John in Revelation 5 declares that he heard all heaven and all earth giving glory, and praise, and honor to the Lamb. Then he himself joined them to cry out praises to the Lamb; and heaven, earth and even hell heard him.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 10-12)

Thought for today: Let us move into the Spirit by the Word of the Lord so that we may be able to see into the heavenlies, hear the heavenlies, and understand every movement of the Spirit.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 16:13-19

There is something I want to show to you, which I trust will give you a new perspective in the Spirit. The church is at war against the principalities and powers of darkness, so when the enemy touches one, he touches all. This stirs the hearts of the people of God unto prayer and fasting. The Lord has been revealing to us that we should not anymore wait for the enemy to attack us, but that we should attack him, and through the Blood of Jesus Christ bind the principalities and powers and rulers of darkness of this world, in every one of our areas where we live and work. This attack should be continuous as an offensive action. Every time we pray, we should bind the ruling spirits in our area, so that they should take their hands off the lives of the people, in their homes, in their families, in their churches. The Scriptures say in Matthew 16:18 that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. This means that the church should attack hell and break down its gates and set the captives free.

Isaiah 49:24, “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.”

The battle is the Lord’s.

When a brother and a sister we know were hospitalized after a terrible accident, there was a night and day prayer going up to God on their behalf. There was a continuous 24 hour a day prayer, as brethren all over the world joined us. They were constantly on our mind. We began to tell the brethren to pray differently from the way they were used to; that they should COMMAND the deliverance through the anointing of the Spirit, because healing is the “children’s bread” (Matthew 15:26). Speak the word! The centurion asked of Jesus that if He would just “speak the word,” he knew that his servant would be healed (Matthew 8:8). The power of the spoken word accomplishes much. Many times, we are begging and pleading with God for that which He has already given.

I remember the time when Jesus asked me, “What do you want? Whatever you desire, ask and it shall be given.” I said, “Lord, I want to see someone healed.” He gave me the gift of healing. I ran through the door out into the street searching for a sick person. I found a sick woman, spoke the word, and she got up out of her sick bed, healed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

People of God, stop crying and doubting. Begin to move in the Spirit and power of God. When you start doing this, you will find out how willing the Spirit of God is to work through you. He only needs clean, submitted vessels. You will never know whether you have a gift or not until you begin to be exercised in it.

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

Thought for today: Will you take up the challenge and command the deliverance to your life and the lives of God’s people? You will be surprised how willing the Spirit of God is to work through you.

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Scripture reading: Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 119:11 & 105

The mind of man is like the head of a person. The Bible tells us that if your mind is stayed on God, then you will have perfect peace. If you have any kind of problem in your life that attacks you from the body and you have tried many ways to control it and you cannot, the reason is that you are NOT using the right tool, THE WORD OF GOD. Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Verse 105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

There is only one way of sustaining yourself in God and that is by saturating your mind with the Word of God. If you can keep your mind stayed on God, then you have the victory won. It is difficult. The mind cannot keep the mind. Unless we apply the science of God as God showed it to us in the Word, we are in trouble. You kneel down to pray and one thousand things bombard you. You say that you are going to pray through and you find yourself thinking about something else. You say that you must try again. You start to pray and again something else happens. The mind has to be strengthened by the SPIRIT OF GOD HIMSELF.

Sometimes it is almost impossible for you to get the Word of God into your mind. I remember when I was in that condition as a young man. I asked God, “What can I do to keep my mind stayed on You?” I was an avid reader and was always interested in a good story. God said to me, “Read all the stories in the Bible and meditate on them.” So I did. I would ask, “What was the meaning of this? Why was this story put into the Bible? Why did this happen?” The moment you begin to search the Word of God in your heart and mind, the Spirit of God WILL COME to your aid and instruct you and have fellowship with you. When the day is done, you will find that you have been meditating on the things of God. THIS IS A GOOD SPIRITUAL HABIT. When you get into the habit of meditating on the Word of God, you will find that you will begin to associate everything you see with the Word.

Years ago I worked in an office with many men. Some of them would tell dirty jokes in my hearing and watch my reaction. One of them told a joke about a man who streaked (ran naked) across a stage. I seized the opportunity to interject immediately Isaiah 20:2 where God told the prophet Isaiah to go naked in the streets of Israel to get their attention, to reveal to them their SPIRITUAL NAKEDNESS. The man who told the joke was hit so hard by my opportunistic preaching that he said, “You probably know every scripture in the Bible.” From that time on they kept all their jokes out of my hearing. It was a blessing to me.

Begin to associate everything you see and hear with Scriptural references for most of what is happening now has already happened in your Bible.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 78-79)

Thought for today: Develop a Good Spiritual Habit. Saturate your mind with the Word of God.

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