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Scripture reading: Mark 15:16-26

It is the faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ that releases us from the powers of hell. I began to learn from Jesus about the Blood. First of all, He got me to believe in it; then He put me in a battle wherein it defended me.

It so happened that when we went to India one time, we challenged the spirit of Kali and the ruling spirits of the area. This great Kali is the great enemy of mankind that all India is afraid of. We said to the people, “In the Name of Jesus, we will set you free from Kali.”

That night we went to bed late, sometime after twelve; and no sooner than I closed my eyes, the thing jumped on me and grappled with me. I had no fear. That was one blessing—there was no fear. I think God must have done it; I just had a job to do. I said, “I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus! The Blood of Jesus be upon you!” The moment I said, “The Blood of Jesus,” he disappeared. Thinking that I had won the battle, I turned to go out, but out of the wall the thing came with, “Hhyahh!” He made that sound with his bared teeth and grabbed my hand.

You have to understand the devil. If he cannot frighten you, he cannot beat you. Fear is one of his greatest weapons. If faith is our weapon, fear is his weapon; and you cannot have faith and fear at the same time. If you fear, you do not have faith, but if you have faith, you do not have any fear. 

He jumped right out of the wall. His intention was a sudden attack to bring fear, fright, terror! Again, I was not afraid. He caught the two fingers of my left hand in his mouth and began to apply pressure on my fingers. While I am rebuking him, I took the two fingers and grabbed his tongue. There was a kind of stalemate there, but my rebuke did not stop him. Did you hear me? The word of my mouth needs to be purified so that I can blast the biggest enemy with the word of my mouth. Amen!

It did not stop him; he came back with a greater force. The Spirit of God whispered in my ears and said, “The Blood.” I said, “Jesus Christ, bring down the Blood upon him.” The Blood began to flow from the ceiling and dropped on his head. He began to wobble and I took one hand and pulled my finger out of his mouth. He fell to the floor like a bundle of rags and in the name of Jesus, I finally KICKED him outside!

I went to God and said, “Lord, what is it, then? Why was I able to use the Blood so effectively?” He replied, “Look back on your training. The Blood has built a monument inside of you.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997pg. 17-18)

Thought for today: Brethren, sleep on the Blood! Talk about it! Think about it! Build power in God! For the Blood of Jesus not only cleanses the soul, but it gives you power against the power of the enemy!

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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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Scripture reading: Mark 15:16-26

It is the faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ that releases us from the powers of hell. I began to learn from Jesus about the Blood. First of all, He got me to believe in it; then He put me in a battle wherein it defended me.

It so happened that when we went to India one time, we challenged the spirit of Kali and the ruling spirits of the area. This great Kali is the great enemy of mankind that all India is afraid of. We said to the people, “In the Name of Jesus, we will set you free from Kali.”

That night we went to bed late, sometime after twelve; and no sooner than I closed my eyes, the thing jumped on me and grappled with me. I had no fear. That was one blessing—there was no fear. I think God must have done it; I just had a job to do. I said, “I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus! The Blood of Jesus be upon you!” The moment I said, “The Blood of Jesus,” he disappeared. Thinking that I had won the battle, I turned to go out, but out of the wall the thing came with, “Hhyahh!” He made that sound with his bared teeth and grabbed my hand.

You have to understand the devil. If he cannot frighten you, he cannot beat you. Fear is one of his greatest weapons. If faith is our weapon, fear is his weapon; and you cannot have faith and fear at the same time. If you fear, you do not have faith, but if you have faith, you do not have any fear. 

He jumped right out of the wall. His intention was a sudden attack to bring fear, fright, terror! Again, I was not afraid. He caught the two fingers of my left hand in his mouth and began to apply pressure on my fingers. While I am rebuking him, I took the two fingers and grabbed his tongue. There was a kind of stalemate there, but my rebuke did not stop him. Did you hear me? The word of my mouth needs to be purified so that I can blast the biggest enemy with the word of my mouth. Amen!

It did not stop him; he came back with a greater force. The Spirit of God whispered in my ears and said, “The Blood.” I said, “Jesus Christ, bring down the Blood upon him.” The Blood began to flow from the ceiling and dropped on his head. He began to wobble and I took one hand and pulled my finger out of his mouth. He fell to the floor like a bundle of rags and in the name of Jesus, I finally KICKED him outside!

I went to God and said, “Lord, what is it, then? Why was I able to use the Blood so effectively?” He replied, “Look back on your training. The Blood has built a monument inside of you.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997pg. 17-18)

Thought for today: Brethren, sleep on the Blood! Talk about it! Think about it! Build power in God! For the Blood of Jesus not only cleanses the soul, but it gives you power against the power of the enemy!

Read Full Post »

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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.

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

Scripture reading: Mark 15:16-26

It is the faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ that releases us from the powers of hell. I began to learn from Jesus about the Blood. First of all, He got me to believe in it; then He put me in a battle wherein it defended me.

It so happened that when we went to India one time, we challenged the spirit of Kali and the ruling spirits of the area. This great Kali is the great enemy of mankind that all India is afraid of. We said to the people, “In the Name of Jesus, we will set you free from Kali.”

That night we went to bed late, sometime after twelve; and no sooner than I closed my eyes, the thing jumped on me and grappled with me. I had no fear. That was one blessing—there was no fear. I think God must have done it; I just had a job to do. I said, “I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus! The Blood of Jesus be upon you!” The moment I said, “The Blood of Jesus,” he disappeared. Thinking that I had won the battle, I turned to go out, but out of the wall the thing came with, “Hhyahh!” He made that sound with his bared teeth and grabbed my hand.

You have to understand the devil. If he cannot frighten you, he cannot beat you. Fear is one of his greatest weapons. If faith is our weapon, fear is his weapon; and you cannot have faith and fear at the same time. If you fear, you do not have faith, but if you have faith, you do not have any fear. 

He jumped right out of the wall. His intention was a sudden attack to bring fear, fright, terror! Again, I was not afraid. He caught the two fingers of my left hand in his mouth and began to apply pressure on my fingers. While I am rebuking him, I took the two fingers and grabbed his tongue. There was a kind of stalemate there, but my rebuke did not stop him. Did you hear me? The word of my mouth needs to be purified so that I can blast the biggest enemy with the word of my mouth. Amen!

It did not stop him; he came back with a greater force. The Spirit of God whispered in my ears and said, “The Blood.” I said, “Jesus Christ, bring down the Blood upon him.” The Blood began to flow from the ceiling and dropped on his head. He began to wobble and I took one hand and pulled my finger out of his mouth. He fell to the floor like a bundle of rags and in the name of Jesus, I finally KICKED him outside!

I went to God and said, “Lord, what is it, then? Why was I able to use the Blood so effectively?” He replied, “Look back on your training. The Blood has built a monument inside of you.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997pg. 17-18)

Thought for today: Brethren, sleep on the Blood! Talk about it! Think about it! Build power in God! For the Blood of Jesus not only cleanses the soul, but it gives you power against the power of the enemy!

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

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.

Read Full Post »

Scripture reading: Mark 15:16-26

It is the faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ that releases us from the powers of hell. I began to learn from Jesus about the Blood. First of all, He got me to believe in it; then He put me in a battle wherein it defended me.

It so happened that when we went to India one time, we challenged the spirit of Kali and the ruling spirits of the area. This great Kali is the great enemy of mankind that all India is afraid of. We said to the people, “In the Name of Jesus, we will set you free from Kali.”

That night we went to bed late, sometime after twelve; and no sooner than I closed my eyes, the thing jumped on me and grappled with me. I had no fear. That was one blessing—there was no fear. I think God must have done it; I just had a job to do. I said, “I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus! The Blood of Jesus be upon you!” The moment I said, “The Blood of Jesus,” he disappeared. Thinking that I had won the battle, I turned to go out, but out of the wall the thing came with, “Hhyahh!” He made that sound with his bared teeth and grabbed my hand.

You have to understand the devil. If he cannot frighten you, he cannot beat you. Fear is one of his greatest weapons. If faith is our weapon, fear is his weapon; and you cannot have faith and fear at the same time. If you fear, you do not have faith, but if you have faith, you do not have any fear. 

He jumped right out of the wall. His intention was a sudden attack to bring fear, fright, terror! Again, I was not afraid. He caught the two fingers of my left hand in his mouth and began to apply pressure on my fingers. While I am rebuking him, I took the two fingers and grabbed his tongue. There was a kind of stalemate there, but my rebuke did not stop him. Did you hear me? The word of my mouth needs to be purified so that I can blast the biggest enemy with the word of my mouth. Amen!

It did not stop him; he came back with a greater force. The Spirit of God whispered in my ears and said, “The Blood.” I said, “Jesus Christ, bring down the Blood upon him.” The Blood began to flow from the ceiling and dropped on his head. He began to wobble and I took one hand and pulled my finger out of his mouth. He fell to the floor like a bundle of rags and in the name of Jesus, I finally KICKED him outside!

I went to God and said, “Lord, what is it, then? Why was I able to use the Blood so effectively?” He replied, “Look back on your training. The Blood has built a monument inside of you.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997pg. 17-18)

Thought for today: Brethren, sleep on the Blood! Talk about it! Think about it! Build power in God! For the Blood of Jesus not only cleanses the soul, but it gives you power against the power of the enemy!

Read Full Post »

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