It Is War Time

This message by Brother Cecil duCille entitled “It Is War Time” was given at a conference in Abuja, Nigeria, April 2007.

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By Mavis M. duCille

Scripture reading: Proverbs 3:6

God has assigned us to a partnership with Him through the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son. By the Spirit and the Word, He makes each part of the Contract clear; His part, as also our part. When Paul sought the Lord regarding his thorn in the flesh, God’s reply was, “My grace is sufficient.” Paul had this responsibility by the grace of our Lord and Saviour, through the effectual working of the Spirit in him, to have the victory over that thorn. He must have really fought a good fight, as he said, seeing it was not the thorn in the flesh that ended his physical life, but some of the rulers of this world.

“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed,” Psalm 2:2. History repeats itself.

Our only hope and protection is hiding in the Rock, and dwelling in the Secret Place of the Most High. It demands a daily commitment to His PERFECT WILL for each individual. What man of war goes into battle on his own dictates? He would be a fool, and would die like Abner. Man in himself is no match for the enemy, for it is a battle against a very high intelligence: against principalities and powers, not flesh and blood. See Ephesians 6:12.

Therefore it takes “…being endued with power from on high,” baptized in the Spirit of God, and complete obedience to the CAPTAIN AND SOLE COMMANDER, who is our Lord Jesus Christ (CAPTAIN OF THE HOST) and Lord of All. He sees and knows each battle from beginning to end. Yes, the infinite God knows each person’s battle from beginning to end; that is why we must trust Him – He is our VICTORY. We must acknowledge God in all our ways. In nothing can we be our own MAN or WOMAN, and do our own thing whenever we feel like it. Our behavior, our speech, our attitudes can arrest the flow of God’s blessings, and cause us to forfeit our heritage in Christ.

Oh, how many times we are caught in being careless or impatient, acting out of the will of God, and are caught in the snare. The price is pain, regret, remorse. “Oh, what needless pains we bear, all because WE DO NOT CARRY EVERYTHING TO GOD IN PRAYER.” “Wait upon the Lord – wait, I say, upon the Lord.” Good things come to those who wait.

For instance: it might be good and proper for one to buy a house, car, horse, property or anything, even choosing a partner in marriage or business, etc., but God wants us to realize that there is a special one of any or all of these; that God with His love and foreknowledge would choose for you – the special individual that we are to Him. Our knowledge is limited, therefore, we must always bear in mind that our CAPTAIN who is ALL WISE, ALL KNOWING, is the perfect consultant whose ears are always open; His doors never close; He just sits waiting, looking and listening for His children to ask so “it can be given.” Of course, we should not ask:

  1. To heap upon our lusts
  2. Amiss
  3. Wavering.

Times without number, Jesus testifies of His union with the Father, showing how absolutely necessary it is for total submission to the Father’s will. John 8:14-18 gives the working arrangement with Jesus and the Father. Although the Father has given to the Son ALL POWER for deliverance and judgment, yet He did nothing but the Father’s will. In healing and miracles, etc. “My Father… and I work;” in judgment, “I judge no man… yet my judgment is true.”

Seeing that Jesus, the Son of God, found it necessary to acknowledge the Father in all things, thus fulfilling His perfect will for Him, how about us? All power is given unto us through Jesus; as He was, so are we to be in all obedience and humility, that we might also find our place in His purpose for His creation.

In order to walk safely and securely, (to) be blessed in Him and be a blessing, there is the need to be found in Him; not having our own righteousness, but the righteousness which is of the Father. This righteousness will desire, seek after, long for and be satisfied with nothing but the Father’s perfect will.

Each new day brings its new demands of new experiences in our Christian walk. Our Heavenly Father has given the Holy Spirit with the necessary tools to fight our battles, but although He knows the order of the battle completely, He cannot breach our free will. He tells us in His Word to trust Him each day that He might be in control through the Spirit. “IN ALL THY WAYS (and through all thy day) ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS,” Proverbs 3:6. The power and glory of heaven is made available to us through Jesus Christ, but if the whole world of wealth is made available to one man, woman or child, and he or she does not choose to effect that claim, it becomes useless to such a one.

We are encouraged to appreciate and appropriate that which was lost in the first Adam, but restored in the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, to bring us into eternal victory. God uses every method to awaken us to the consciousness of who we are, where we are and what we ought to be. He allows us to go ahead and do things we desire so badly – which are not His perfect will – knowing that the circumstances will teach us the bitter lessons of what it means to move out of the will of God. Happy are we if we learn the lessons through one or two experiences. It is very sad when our own attitudes rob us of being able to glean from our experiences the lessons God intends that we embrace, seeing that the sole purpose and intention of His dealing with us is to bring us into union and communion with Him, that we might walk as wise men.

(Excerpt from Nuggets for the Needy, 1997, pages 45-47)

Thought for today: Yes, the infinite God knows each person’s battle from beginning to end; that is why we must trust Him – He is our VICTORY.

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By Mavis M. duCille

Scripture reading: Psalms 19:1

In seeking the Lord about certain hard, unfortunate or painful experiences we encountered over a period of time, the LORD brought vividly a sense of awareness that is indelibly impressed on my mind. A few words of Scripture, which have been read over and over, all of a sudden come forth with a great enlightenment and a new perspective, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him.”

God expects His creatures to love, honor, respect and recognize Him as the Creator. After all, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork,” Psalm 19:1. These are abundant evidences of His presence, power and authority. He is infinitely greater than anything on earth, and, undoubtedly, well able to supply all man’s needs, far beyond our wildest dreams. It takes, however, a knowledge of the nature of God and the revelation of the scripture, together with the supernatural working of the Spirit, to awaken, confirm and enlarge our knowledge of God’s friendship and communion, seeing that our love to Him has been greatly obscured since the fall.

One of the most important points of revelation which the Lord brought to us, was that He desires that we love, honor, obey, respect, esteem and recognize Him as Creator. This is not for any benefit to Himself, but that these attributes, when given to God, create in us a VIRTUE, which we could not obtain otherwise.

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent,” John 17:3.

Knowing God, in all His attributes furnished by nature and scripture, will result in trust and confidence, that through love, man’s free will becomes one with Him – this is the Victory.

MAN’S FREE WILL – GOD’S CHANNEL: God can accomplish His purpose on earth for man only through man’s free will (the choice is ours). In so doing, God makes available to man an immense and limitless realm of power, but we limit God and retard our progress by not appropriating God’s goodness. See Psalm 78:41.

God’s plan is that man be the channel through which heaven is released and expressed on earth. When our will is totally submitted to the will of God, then we will be in tune with Him and whatsoever we ask will be according to His will and He will direct our path.

The saints must possess the Kingdom, but this can only be accomplished as the people of God put the world behind them, and set their faces upon the eternal values. The world, the flesh and the devil are against the reign of Christ in the earth – thus, “the heathen rage” to destroy God’s richest graces and (the) true value of humanity. To love, to honor, to respect and obey are endowments of God which place man above the beast.

REDEEMED, BEING REDEEMED, SHALL BE REDEEMED: God is in the process of redeeming man – spirit, soul and body, through Christ, “who is made not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life,” Hebrews 7:16. Therefore, those who seek Him will find Him, through the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in His knowledge.

There is a place in consecration, as one progresses in God, where the unfolding of God’s plan and purpose demands a further and deeper offering of one’s self; the willingness to make such an offering is the law and principle by which God takes us from victory to victory. This willingness, which is the free-will offering of the soul, gives God the authority to manifest His purposes in our lives. The impartation of Christ’s Spirit of obedience to the believer, which brings him in communion with this work, must be ratified in the believer’s life and experience. This obedience removes fear, but embraces trust and confidence. When exercised, these experiences become easy and joyful; thus, OBEDIENCE is God’s plan to deliver man from the corruption and enslavement of the FALL.

Self-confidence and self-reliance are often used as tools of the enemy to cause us to forfeit our blessings. God-confidence and God-reliance are better. There is a subtle working of the enemy of which we must always beware. The enemy will oppress a believer to make him or her feel “I am nothing,” “poor me,” and surely the counselors will try to get such a one to believe in himself, only to find that he makes a 180-degree turn and is the greatest Christian in town. The enemy keeps an eye out for weaknesses, for they are dark spots, and he does everything to get us in our weak place. We are encouraged, therefore, to “lay aside every weight and the SIN (that weakness) that doth so easily beset us,” so he will have no power over us.

This word “SELF” seems to be the greatest mountain between us and God. So many stories in the Bible show us the danger of the lurking monster.

  1. David numbered the people.
  2. Saul offered his own sacrifice.
  3. Joshua and the elders sought not of the Lord regarding the Gibeonites, etc.

It is evident that God’s people must always be conscious of the fact that He is the AUTHORITY – He is in supreme control, and that is the victory. Therefore, when one fails to acknowledge Him in all things, the concealed pitfalls and the snares of the enemy (known only to him) will catch us unawares.

Sometimes, praise God, we escape the hidden dangers by divine intervention, while another time, we might experience the consequences of not seeking the mind of Christ in a matter; pain, regret, remorse, loss of goods and credibility follows.

(Excerpt from Nuggets for the Needy, 1997, pages 42-45)

Thought for today: It is evident that God’s people must always be conscious of the fact that He is the AUTHORITY – He is in supreme control, and that is the victory.

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By Mavis M. duCille

Scripture reading: Proverbs 6:1-2

It is so clear in the scriptures, that God uses certain types of material in building His tabernacle. In so doing, God is not partial, because He through FOREKNOWLEDGE sees that such a person will fulfill His purpose. The gopher wood was the proper type of material for the ark. It had just the right consistency. The wood did not choose itself.

Another outstanding incident is Paul speaking to Timothy of his ability to respond to the call to the ministry, referring to Timothy’s grandmother and his mother as women of God, which was part of his qualification. This reference was basically directed towards his training and upbringing. Those devout parents diligently imparted to Timothy the things of God and of righteousness, which prepared him not only for the natural life, but for God’s purpose.

God laid down commandments, laws and statutes from the creation of the world as agents of education. God is not a dictator, but He knows that man has to be brought into discipline, so that he can have authority over his own being and creation. It takes discipline born of God to be able to resist temptation. God, therefore, gives man the tools to fight against the evils that beset humanity, yet man constantly rebels against discipline. Satan knows that if he gets man to rebel against principle and order, he has won a candidate for his purpose. No wonder the adversary has been working desperately to break down and destroy discipline in the world, in homes, schools and other institutions. Just think of any place where discipline is upheld one hundred percent! Even churches are attacked in the area of discipline. This breakdown in discipline answers for the chaos in the world. Parents must never forget that discipline at home helps the children to develop good character. Respect of authority is absolutely important for the building of character. For this reason, God commanded Israel against marrying strangers. It takes both parents together, walking in the fear of the Lord, receiving from the Spirit of God the law of righteousness written on their hearts, to impart the right balance to their children. These actions awaken in the children a sense to discern sin, and prepare them for life, both morally and spiritually.

WHERE THERE IS DIVISION between father and mother, the discord affects the whole family. A child who is brought up in love by father and mother, and taught to love and care for the other members of the family, is endowed with a nature of peace and security. That child, by natural experience, can understand very easily the love, care and concern of God the Father, thus he is no stranger to the ways of God. He has walked in the basic principles.

IN MANY CASES, ONE PARENT IS LEFT WITH THE BURDEN of doing the job, through faith in God. The Lord honors it, but God’s perfect plan for man is father and mother, together in Christ, bringing up children in the nurture and admonition of God – the father maintaining his position as head of the house, and mother as his helpmeet, respecting each other’s abilities in the Lord for the building of a family and the enriching of their home.

STRANGERS BREAK UP HOMES AND FAMILIES, wooing the unsuspecting victims into vanity and frowardness, because they are alien to unity and love in Christ Jesus. Instead of embracing and flowing with and becoming part of the family, the stranger becomes threatened (through jealousy) by this oneness or unity in Jesus Christ, and would do anything to separate the believer from the family.

There must have been that certain thing in Ruth that bound her to Naomi, to cleave to her; they were not strangers; they recognized that Spirit in each other. Ruth felt sure that her mother-in-law had much to offer her. God honored it and blessed her. Any person or thing that makes you less diligent for God is a stranger or strange thing – keep away from such a situation.

The Word says not to join hands with a stranger (Proverbs 6:1-2). How many times we have been cheated because of joining hands with strangers though they say they are Christians – no, they are strangers. Strangers cheat, rob, lie, deceive, hate, etc. Therefore, do not be surety for a stranger. God does not have the stranger under His complete command or control. God can speak to the conscience within him, but God will not force anyone to repent or become righteous.

The enemy uses the stranger to foil God’s plan, and rob us of our joy and blessings. Let us, therefore, keep our hearts and minds centered on Christ and not on the affairs of this life.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.

These produce prosperity, joy and happiness.

(Excerpt from Nuggets for the Needy, 1997, pages 39-41)

Thought for today: The enemy uses the stranger to foil God’s plan, and rob us of our joy and blessings. Let us, therefore, keep our hearts and minds centered on Christ and not on the affairs of this life.

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By Mavis M. duCille

Scripture reading: Proverbs 5:20

Our first responsibility when reading Proverbs 5:20 is to establish what a stranger is: a stranger is essentially one who does not belong to the household or community in which he finds himself. In other words, an outsider is one who does not fit into the order of things in a particular place.

The Bible speaks much about the stranger, but though God gave commands regarding the love and care for the stranger, yet He warns against being in union or league with a stranger. There are so many Christians today who are under a sentence of unhappiness, because of being unequally yoked in marriage; therefore it is right and reasonable to take time to look into this matter.

Looking back into the Old Testament, we see God’s order from the beginning. God made a man (Adam), then He made a helpmeet for him, who he called Eve. She was helper or complement to him. Things went pretty well in the garden until the serpent tempted Eve and caused her to disobey. It is wonderful, however, that Adam stood with his helpmeet, choosing to die with her, rather than to be separated from her. They were one. Her disobedience brought separation from God. That union could not be broken, therefore, Adam could do nothing else but cast himself upon God, in hope.

Taking a few examples might bring greater clarity to the subject:

1st Kings 11:1 – Solomon ruled very well, but he had a weakness: he loved many strange women. This clouded his glorious reign, because some of these strange women were idolatrous. It is not possible for one to be in union with an idolater, and not be affected or infected. They were daughters of heathen priests. These were strangers to God’s laws and commandments; of different culture and upbringing.

Ezra 10:2-44 – The people, mainly those among the leadership of Israel, departed from God’s laws and married the strangers of the land. This was the cause of Israel’s captivity and suffering. Ezra prayed, confessed and wept before God, and the people saw themselves and their apostasy. They confessed to their broken faith, their need of making a covenant with God, and then they put away their strange wives. The measures were severe but effective – their blessings returned.

Nehemiah 13:27 – Here again, Israel was in trouble. The leaders married strange women. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10a) – not to be afraid of God, but having a healthy desire to do His will. Apostasy causes complacency, and complacency, familiarity, and familiarity breeds contempt. Thus, pleasing God is no longer a joyful pleasure. Being aligned with people who walk in the ways of darkness can dim one’s light and sight, because the people who abide in darkness have not allowed the light of the world, who is Jesus, to shine in their hearts and to change their lives. They delight in doing evil and delight in frowardness. Their ways are crooked; they use flattering words; they care not about the covenant of God; their path leads to destruction.

Proverbs 5:20, “And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?”

Apart from the deep spiritual meaning of these words, there is much truth on the surface. A child of God can be ravished by a stranger (one who cannot embrace understanding or walk in the ways of the Lord). Consequently, instead of a help meet, there is a terrible weight of discord, disharmony, etc. One cannot take coals into one’s bosom and not get burnt. Strangers desire not the things of God and His kingdom.

“My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother.” Proverbs 6:20.

There is the tendency for young people to rebel against parents, especially in the matter of marriage. Young people, beware of this, especially where parents are walking in the fear of the Lord. I have yet to see a marriage based on such rebellion and total disregard for (the) parents’ blessing, that is blessed of God and doing well. Now, do not forget that there are people of God who are not delivered from the carnal eyesight – where earthly wealth and beauty is the criteria and not the will of the Lord. Such people are in trouble with God, the Body of Christ, and their family. The carnal mind cannot please God.

YOUNG PEOPLE, AS MUCH AS LIES WITHIN YOUR POWER, LISTEN ATTENTIVELY to your parents. God will honor your love and respect for them. There are many men and women today who, looking back, will say to themselves (very rarely to those who need to hear), “If I had only listened to that parent or minister, I would not be in this mess today.” Some are able to give the troubled situation to Jesus, and have Him issue forth His love and bind up their wounds, healing the union and causing it to increase in His love.

Satan enjoys joining people, because he gets not just the two, but sometimes the children to do his evil bidding. Also, when one is joined to an unbeliever, such a one has weakness and problems, instead of strength and help in the Spirit to bring up a family in the fear of the Lord. Though, sometimes, in God’s mercy, the faithful believing partner becomes the saviour of the unbelieving.

A stranger carries into the marriage all the things that pertain to this life; a way of life to which he or she is accustomed (the traits of the land from which he or she comes). You wonder why he/she cannot see, accept or appreciate the things of God; no, (it is) because he/she is a stranger, and must resist the truth as if it were an enemy.

(Excerpt from Nuggets for the Needy, 1997, pages 36-39)

Thought for today: YOUNG PEOPLE, AS MUCH AS LIES WITHIN YOUR POWER, LISTEN ATTENTIVELY to your parents. God will honor your love and respect for them.

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By Mavis M. duCille

Scripture reading: Matthew 13:19

Some weeks ago I had a dream. There was a meeting in a very large hall. I could not see the preacher, but the message was on the absolute and urgent necessity of sanctification, dealing specifically with the cleansing of the inner man – the way we feel and deal about people and matters; at home, husbands to wives, children to parents, parents to children; honor and respect for our elders, not just elders ordained of God for care of the church, but older people; our downright honesty before God, His people and the world at large. (This was the end of the dream.)

We are living in a time of total disrespect and disregard for honest, decent living, but God’s people are called upon to redeem the time with love and purity – VIRTUE. Be of a sound mind.

“The loss of gold is much, the loss of time is more, but the loss of character is such a loss that no man can restore” (Unknown).

As I came out of this dream, I heard the words spoken so clearly, “SEE THAT YOU ARE NOT CAUGHT in the alley of fools.”

I totally forgot the experience until I sat in a meeting in Dallas about two weeks later, when a brother read from 2nd Peter 3:16.

“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

As he read the word “understood,” I was enlightened. I saw the parable of the sower. Understanding, where God is concerned, is not mere comprehension, but Spiritual Enlightenment.

I can say I received understanding or spiritual enlightenment right then, and I understood Matthew 13. The sower went to sow, and as he scattered his seeds, they fell on different soils, which really represent the hearts of men. The difference, therefore, between the different groups of people is UNDERSTANDING.

I started looking into the word “understand,” and discovered that it was a vital ingredient in all spiritual operations of God. In Matthew 13:19, the separation between the good soil and the stony, or any of the others, was UNDERSTANDING.

“When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.”

 Let us list the main points in this parable:

  1. The wicked one taking away the seed, or Word planted, because of much worldliness.
  2. Tribulation and persecution because the Word caused offense, which is the result of the Word not having been allowed to take root in the heart.
  3. Cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches – money, money, money – choked the Word of God’s dealing with the individual, resulting in fruitlessness.

But in verse 23 they brought forth fruit 30, 60, 100-fold. HEARING AND UNDERSTANDING PRODUCED.

Let us look for a minute at Daniel 11:32-33, “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.”

Also, Daniel 12:10, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” There are a few words in these scriptures that stand out:

KNOW – Not just a mere knowledge of God that He is good and exists somewhere, but rather have such a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who through His divine power has given us ALL things that pertain to life, and Godliness, because we are called to glory and virtue. See 2nd Peter 1:3. As we escape the corruption which is in the world through lust, we become partakers of the divine nature. See 2nd Peter 1:4. We are being birthed into Christ, of God.

UNDERSTAND – Enlightened of God. They that are enlightened of God will instruct many in the time of the end.

WISE – This seems to be linked with understanding.

WICKED – This is linked with the foolish and those without understanding.

PURIFIED – Cleansed of worldliness and all things that are contrary to righteousness, that there be no place found in us for the devil and evil. Michael and his angels fought the dragon, and there was no place found for him in heaven, for he was cast out. See Revelation 12:7-10.

When we look at Matthew 25:1-13, and see the parable of the ten virgins, five wise and five foolish, it would seem as if WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING and KNOWLEDGE have a peculiar link. In verse 12, the bridegroom says, “I know you not” – you have not allowed me to permeate your being that you could be rid of the carnal nature and be transformed into the divine nature.

May the Lord help us, that in all our getting, we might get understanding, and be not caught in the alley of the foolish.

(Excerpt from Nuggets for the Needy, 1997, pages 15-19)

Thought for today: May the Lord help us, that in all our getting, we might get understanding, and be not caught in the alley of the foolish.

This message by Brother Cecil duCille entitled “What God Is Requiring of Us” was given at a conference in Mahomet, Illinois, July 2005.

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