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Scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6

God Almighty has been speaking to us, His people, that our eyes are not in good condition. He showed me how we should repair our eyes. I look at the prophets, the prophets God has given us. Now, I am not talking about the two men that you know as prophets. I am talking about you. You know that the index finger represents the prophet. But all the sinews that go towards making this one finger move are in the prophetic ministry. The dreams and the visions and the thoughts that God is bringing through His people should channel a clean word of God’s intention, in this hour, to the world. But it seems that all our prophets are seeing is the dog in the back yard. Local. We are local. Do you know why we don’t see what God is doing? Because we can’t even see our own, how are we going to see out there? If you can’t see close/near, you are farsighted, but God is saying, “I do nothing unless I reveal it to my people.” Paul was saying that Jesus said, “No man knoweth the day nor the hour, but you are not like those that sleep in the night.” You are not like those who can’t see or can’t hear; God will let you know. He said, “It shall not come upon you as a thief in the night.” God will tell His people what He is doing.

Our situation is like Samson’s and how he got involved with Delilah. That was the bottom line, you know. He had been going down, going down, going down. He judged Israel for twenty years without being involved. Then he couldn’t take it any longer. He got Delilah and she took him down in the valley. There is so much of Delilah in so many of God’s people but we need to get the Delilah out of us. The Delilah was in Samson’s heart. Yes, it’s not Delilah that was bad. It’s Samson that was bad because he wanted a Delilah. Is your heart pulling you towards a Delilah? He was steady for twenty years, had no problem for twenty years and then he must have been looking at Delilah, watching her and finally he capitulated. Dagon is the god of erotic behavior (to be less explicit). That is where they took him. That is where he was going to make his grave.

God is talking to us. The same Spirit that is in your spirit, that makes it so we can function in the Spirit, is the same Spirit that God wants in our souls, that our minds should function normally in the mind of Christ, clean. God is saying to us, “Get rid of Delilah.”

Sisters, do you know what it means if a woman wants to wear pants? It means she wants to take over the house and rule. That is one part of the spirit of Delilah. The other part of it will follow. But God is saying that we, brothers and sisters, must get rid of the spirit of Delilah, for Samson had the spirit of Delilah as much as Delilah had the spirit of Delilah. We should probably not go too far with that. We will just leave it at that and leave the Holy Spirit to deal with His people.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 2009, pg. 27-28)

Thought for today: God is saying to us, “Get rid of Delilah.”

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Scripture reading: Judges 16:22-30

I hear God Almighty speaking to us about our eyes. You see, when the Philistines caught Samson after he gave out his secret to Delilah, they slapped a hot sword across his eyes and singed out his eyes. They put him as an animal to grind corn. As he was grinding, he said, “Oh, God.” Now he could see. Do you remember the poem The Blind Plowman? “He took mine eyes that I might see.” Samson said, “O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” Amen. Then, when the boy led him into the arena, they were laughing at him, “Look at the man, the mighty giant that used to kill us.” They didn’t know that the man’s hair was growing back. They didn’t know that repentance brings back your hair. What did God do that for? He did it to bring the man to repentance.

Oh, God loves us so much. We should be ashamed of ourselves and I will tell you why. We don’t love our children as much as God loves us. We love the nice pretty ones that do well more than we love those that don’t do well. We are disgusted with some of them because they don’t do well and they do us bad and evil. God loves the bad ones just as much as He loves the good ones. His entire plan is to bring you out of the darkness into the light and so He will do all kinds of things to you. Yes. He will sting you, He will bite you, He will cut you, He will bounce you to bring you unto Himself. Then, what a glorious morning when He hugs you and says, “I’ve got you!” Hallelujah. That is the love of God that is greater far than tongue or pen could ever tell. Oh, what a God we serve, far beyond our conscious understanding!

We can’t understand God. How could He love a wretched person like me? I look at my own life. Why am I here? It is only because of God; nothing else but God’s mercy. And He wants me to do something; He brings me here because He knows I will do that which He wants me to do. Amen.

You know the stubborn child that you have, the “bad one”? Sometimes if that quality is turned to God, that quality will be glorious in the sight of God. God sees some of us rebellious but the rebellion is the good nature that God put in you to be able to stand and withstand in a battle. The devil takes a hold of that good nature and turns it into rebellion. So, we see the rebellious one and oh, we are against the rebellious one. But, how beautiful he is when he turns to God. Hallelujah!

So, Samson began to find God and he said, “…O God,… for my two eyes,” and then he pulled down the temple of Dagon. Oh, my goodness, what a beautiful thought! Samson called unto the LORD, and said, “O Lord GOD, remember me…” (Judges 16:28). My God, what a prayer! Think of your heart saying, “Oh, God, remember me. Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me, I pray thee. Strengthen me, I pray Thee, only this once, oh God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.”

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 2009, pg. 27)

Thought for today: Oh, what a God we serve, far beyond our conscious understanding!

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Scripture reading: Psalm 91:9-10

I always used to wonder, “How can Brother Wilkerson give such words about destruction of New York and yet remain there?” Have you ever noticed it? He would give a word that New York was going to be destroyed; he saw the destruction going into New Jersey and yet he was sitting down right there in the middle of it. Why didn’t he move? But he finally gave us the reason – he believed God would put the shadow of His protection over certain people.

I remember one time a brother came to a certain place and prophesied over that place that it was a place of refuge. It means that the shadow of the Almighty will cover His people at midnight, in the darkness. But you must believe it! You may be sitting beside someone who is in the Holy Place or Holy of Holies while you are in the Outer Court. God said to leave the Holy Place and run for the Holy of Holies! That is why we sing “flee to the mountain top.” You could be sitting down beside someone in the Holy Place but if you are in the Outer Court, you will be wiped out and the person left sitting there.

I never forgot what happened to us in Nairobi, Kenya. We were there when the terrorists put a bomb in that government building and blew the whole building out. Only skeleton of it was left. But guess what? There was a desk that was left in the center of the room; everything else was gone only one desk sitting down there. That night we went to church and here comes this sister. She had a little scratch on her forehead. She was praising God because she had been sitting at her desk when the bomb blast killed everybody else around her; she was left alive. Amen.

I am saying that God is mighty to save. God is able, glorious, but guess what? You have to be in the Holy Place, you have to be in the Holy of Holies, the place of refuge. Do you know why? The place of refuge is obedience to the Spirit. If the Spirit of God tells you to run and you say, “Oh, no, I’ll sit down, God will take care of me,” then you are a goner; you are in the Outer Court. Do you understand? So then, the people who are righteous are not righteous because they are better than the other people who are not righteous. They are righteous because they are obeying God and the other person is not obeying God.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 2009, pg. 26)

Thought for today: God is mighty to save but you have to be in the Holy Place, you have to be in the Holy of Holies, the place of refuge.

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Scripture reading: John 9:1-7

One night the Lord came to me and began to teach me a lesson, which went through the whole night. He was talking about our ability to see, about our vision. He showed me that something is wrong with our vision. The Holy Spirit gives us vision and lets us see, but different things in our lives interrupt the sight and the vision so that we see half-way or wrong in some way. God is saying to us that we need to repair our vision.

The Lord began to show me certain things. When Jesus met the blind man, He spat on the ground, mixed it and put it on the blind man’s eyes. Very unusual. It was as if God used the way He had created Adam to recreate eyes in the man. You know we have a little song that we sing – Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me. Somehow or the other, I can see God saying to us that some of us have such damage to our eyes that we are totally blind and need a new creation. We need to allow God to create new eyes in us. Hallelujah. Jesus said yet to another blind man, “Receive thy sight,” and he received his sight.

Then there was Samson who got himself involved with the harlot. He was so blind to the fact that she wanted to kill him and was kind of assisting her. It went on and on until she finally got him to tell her the secret that if his hair was cut he would lose his strength. Now, you would ask the question, “Why would he tell her that?” Let us look at the story. Samson had a problem with women and it disturbed his ability to see God. Judges 16:4, “And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.”

I want you to understand, your Bible is a very peculiar book. When you see that it mentions that the woman lived in a valley, immediately something should rise in you as you read your Bible. “He went to a woman in the valley of Sorek.” The moment you see that it said that it was in a valley, you know that the man was going down, stepping down from the standard of righteousness which God had given him, which God has created that man should live in. In other words, every man must have a certain amount of control over his own body.

Now, what made Samson always go after harlots? Did you notice it? This was not the first one. Every one he went after was a harlot. He had a problem. I am saying that this problem exists in the church, in the Body.

We know that the Outer Court will soon be trampled under foot. This means everything carnal, everything natural will be under judgment. Now, if I am a spiritual man but am carnal, I am under judgment. I might believe I am in the Holy Place because the Holy Spirit is in me. NO! The Holy Spirit can be in me and I am not in the Spirit. You can have the Holy Spirit and not be in the Holy Spirit.

The five foolish virgins had everything as far as equipment was concerned that the five wise had, and one little detail that was major. The detail is to have the God that is in the universe, the God that built the universe, the God that you have in your spirit, to have Him in your soul. This is the same God that speaks in tongues, that delivers His Word, and that manifests Himself to us as we sing.

The man Samson had a problem and the problem was one that would make a person be in the Outer Court, though your place is in the Holiest of All. God gives us the ability to be in the Holiest of All with Christ Jesus Himself and we choose to be in the Outer Court because of our carnal appetite! Brethren, do you know why God leaves your carnal appetite with you? God could take it away and kill it and just leave you happy and free. But He left your carnal appetite with you to give you an opportunity to kill it, to control it, to exercise the power of life over the power of death, the power of the love of God over the power of the love of the world. Do you hear me? He leaves you free to exercise the power that God has given you over the carnal realm. We know He said to Adam, “Take charge of the carnal realm. This is your duty, this is your power, and this is your privilege. You take charge of the carnal realm.” Did you hear the word that He used? Dominion! God didn’t say that we should have dominion one over another. You must not dominate another human being. God said to Adam, “Dominate nature! Dominate the world.” Glory to God. “Dominate the circumstances!”

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 2009, pg. 24-25)

Thought for today: God left your carnal appetite with you to give you an opportunity to kill it, to control it, to exercise the power of life over the power of death, the power of the love of God over the power of the love of the world.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 22:3

What is the meaning of this “curse” as mentioned in Revelation 22:3? Let us look at Genesis 3:17. “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: CURSED is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.” The first curse was put upon the ground. No longer would the earth produce abundantly, mightily, as it had done before, but it was now going to produce less, and it would bring forth thorns and thistles and all manner of evil weeds. Today we are affected by a lot of these evil weeds. There is marijuana. Heroin is made from the poppy. Many other things (poisons) which destroy humanity come from the ground. Before this curse, there was no such thing.

In Genesis 4:11 and 12 we see another curse, the curse that God put upon Cain after he had killed his brother Abel. Actually, it was something that Cain himself had caused. “And now art thou CURSED from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.” God was only telling Cain what was going to happen because of his action. The earth would not obey him, would not give him its strength, because he had shed innocent blood. Think of how much innocent blood has been shed since Cain! No wonder we are going into a time of great drought.

The Scriptures speak of great famines that will be in the earth, because the earth will produce less and less. As man sheds more blood, the earth will revolt against humanity. We have seen things happen across Africa. Great famines came wherein thousands and tens of thousands of people have died because of famine and drought. Lands that used to bring forth beautiful crops have ceased to produce. The war in Ethiopia caused a drought. The war in Eritrea caused a drought and terrible consequences. People were being killed by hunger and thirst because of mankind’s wickedness. The earth refused to produce.

Deuteronomy 11:28 speaks of the curse for not obeying the commandments of the Lord. Deuteronomy 27:15, “Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.” When it comes to disobedience, the nations of the world are not in obedience to God. All the nations of the world are under the judgment of God, because the nations have wholesale gone into rebellion against everything that is God or that is godly. What is holding the world together from total judgment are the Christians in the different nations who are holding on to God and praying. For their sake, God is holding back the judgment, but it will not be held back too long.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 160-161)

Thought for today: Disobedience brings the curse in our lives. Let us be those Christians that will hold back total judgment for a season through prayer.

This message entitled “The Lost Coin, The Lost Sheep and the Lost Son” was given at a conference in Schuyler, Nebraska, November 2005 by Brother Cecil duCille.

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Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 3:18

The verse in 2 Corinthians 3:18 means that the more we see the glory of God, and the more the brightness, the light, the blessedness of God encompasses our beings, the more we see Jesus. This is “His face.” “His face” is the riches of His glory, the goodness of His nature, the blessedness of His presence. The more we see it, “WE…ARE CHANGED…from glory to glory” to be like Him.

Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” The purer the heart is, the clearer the vision will be. Matthew 6:23, “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” We are talking about spirit vision and not natural vision. Matthew 15:14, Jesus said, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” We are talking about seeing the face of God (seeing the face of Jesus) and about those who are blind and cannot see the face of Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3:13-17, “And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” This “veil shall be taken away” when men “turn to the Lord” Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” We are talking of the mind being blinded, for it is with this mind that one is going to see the face of Jesus.

John 16:14 and 15, “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” It is the Holy Spirit that gives us this vision, so that we can see the face of Jesus. The Bible tells us here that the Holy Spirit shows us Jesus. He is the revealer of Jesus, so that as we walk in the Spirit, we get more and more the vision of the face of Jesus Christ, and we become what we behold.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 164-165)

Thought for today: As we walk in the Spirit, we get more and more the vision of the face of Jesus Christ, and we become what we behold.

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