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What Pleases God?

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Scripture reading: Revelation 8:4-5

Revelation 8:4, “And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.”

Leviticus 16:13, “And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not. This scripture says that the smoke, or the essence of the soul of man, must cover the Mercy Seat and the Ark of the Covenant before we speak to God. That means that our offering must be perfect before God. Revelation 8:4 says that the angel had it in his hand and was offering it up to God and to His throne. This is the very essence of the soul of the people of God. We are talking about a mind that is dedicated to God, a heart that is in tune with God; the emotions that have been weaned from the world and from the emotional outbursts of the normal, carnal, natural man; the will that is dedicated to God; and the desires that have been completely turned to God and belong to God. This is what was being offered up to God. Another scripture says that it comes up to God as a sweet smelling savour. GOD IS ABSOLUTELY PLEASED with the man who offers his heart and who cries from his heart and soul towards God.

Revelation 8:5, “And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.”

What on earth are we looking at here? All of a sudden, we see people offering themselves to God. Without that offering, there is no overshadowing, no covering. In other words, God is saying that the true people of God will find safety under the shadow of His wings before the destruction breaks out. The angel came and took the fire from the altar and “cast it into the earth. There is a similarity here between this language and the language in Revelation 16:18. The “fire” that is “cast… into the earth” is the RESULT of the rejection of the Word of God which will be preached.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 156)

Thought for today: May our offering be perfect through the cry of our heart and soul unto God.

Fruitfulness of Faith

This message entitled “Fruitfulness of Faith“ was given by Brother Cecil duCille in December 1984.

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The Prayer of the Saints

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Scripture reading: Romans 8:22-28

Revelation 8:3 says, “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.”

The concerted prayer of the people of God and the cry of the people of God is coming from the whole earth and is coming up before God. God has ordained a special angel to present this. Let me show you exactly what happens to the prayers of the saints.

Romans 8:22-23, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” It is a cry for His kingdom to come, His will be done, in our earth even as it is done in heaven. Verses 24-26, “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit (not just the saints of God, but the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost in us) also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

God is Himself causing us to pray the right prayer. The Holy Spirit within us is groaning and causing us to groan and pray the right prayer to God so that the kingdom of God might come in the realm of earth even as it is in heaven.

Romans 8:27-28, “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Revelation 8:3b, “And there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints…” What is the meaning of that? In the Tabernacle, the priest offers the incense at the Golden Altar. THE INCENSE IS A TYPE OF THE SOUL OF MAN. He was offering his soul and the souls of the people for the sins of the people and his own sins.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 155)

Thought for today: Remember, God Himself is causing us to make right prayers through the groanings of the Holy Spirit within us.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 19:9-12

We have been talking about overcoming our emotions. You know, there were two men in the Bible that God speaks about as not being able to control their children. They let their children loose in the things of God to destroy God’s work. One of these men was Samuel. Apart from Jesus, of course, he was one of the most perfect men in the whole Bible, but he appointed his children as judges over Israel, when they were not judge quality at all! Do you know that that is one of the reasons that you do not see my children here? I would not appoint them to positions in the church. I could have kicked them upstairs. They know more in the gospel than probably anybody else in our midst does. I could kick them upstairs and get them functioning in the things of the Lord. No, Sir! They must come to the standard of holiness and where it is God Who gives them that position.

The other man in the Bible was Eli. God sent a message to Eli, and said, “If you don’t set your sons in order, I am going to kill you and destroy your whole household in one day.” Can you imagine Eli’s response? He said, “Well, you are God…do what you want.”

What a presumption! “Do as you please, God… You are God.” Would you say that? He should have gone down in sackcloth and ashes, calling the elders of Israel concerning his sons, “Arrest them!” That is what he should have done! But the old man had not controlled his emotions when he was a young man, and he could not control them as an old man.

Let us look at Matthew 19:9. Jesus is speaking here to His disciples and says, “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.I believe that adultery is not the unpardonable sin. I believe you can get forgiveness for adultery, but I also believe that you need to seek forgiveness.

Verse 10, “His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.”

Hear the answer Jesus gave in Verses 11-12, “But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.”

Praise be to God! The answer was “eunuchs.” In other words, everybody who is normal, God expects you to be married, have a wife, and walk in holiness at the same time.

God sent Jehu to take vengeance upon the house of Ahab because of the wickedness of Ahab. In 2 Kings 9:30 Jehu comes riding into Jezreel. He looked up and it was the day of judgment for Jezebel. Jehu saw Jezebel, who looked through the window and saw him. He called to the men up there, “Throw her down!” They could not. Jezebel had gone in and painted her face; she put on her war paint, was looking like a doll, came out, and smiled at the men. And they could not throw her down. But, Jehu saw a eunuch up there. Jezebel could not charm the eunuch for the eunuch has no use for Jezebel. Jehu said, “Throw her down!” The eunuch tossed her down like a log!

Don’t you understand what that story means? God wants you to be eunuchs for the kingdom of God’s sake—men and women who cannot be charmed. Men and women who cannot be tempted. Men and women who have gone above temptation, because THEIR MIND is set on Christ!

God help us, in Jesus’ Name.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 42-43)

Thought for today: Let us set our mind on Christ and become eunuchs for the kingdom of God’s sake—men and women who cannot be charmed, who cannot be tempted.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 19:1-8

When Jesus Christ spoke to the disciples in the 19th chapter of Matthew, He was speaking about divorce. Let us look at that. In Verse 7, the Pharisees said unto Him, “Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” The abundance of sin is what caused divorce. The abundance of sin causes divorce!

A man has his wife, but the wife goes out and mixes herself with someone else! Immediately, she breaks the marriage bond between them. And that man is in trouble! He is in trouble! If he wants to serve God, he cannot mix himself with harlotry; if he wants to serve God, he will have to try to regain her to Christ!

When you, girls, think about marriage, think about these things. When a man comes and makes a commitment before God and before the people, he must have a firm spiritual nature imbedded in him, so that you will know that he is not going to break that commitment.

Young men, when you marry a woman, you must make sure that you marry someone who has a firm commitment; one who is rooted and grounded in the character of God, so that she is not going to break that commitment!

We are being tried now! All of our foundations are being shaken! All of our foundations are being shaken and God is saying to us, “Stand! Stand now, if you can stand!” If you cannot stand now, then you will be among those who end up on the sidelines. We want to be the overcomers that God speaks about. Every one of us here has the capacity to be an overcomer. And God is saying to us, “Overcome this body first!”

Don’t try to go overcome anybody out there! You know, some of us want to overcome spirits—”We are overcomers! We command you in the name of Jesus to depart!” I tell you, the overcomer is going to overcome his body! Because the body is a wild beast that will get loose and try to control you! And it might not be in this way, but it might be in another way. One thing is for sure though: we need to overcome our emotions.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 41-42)

Thought for today: It is time to overcome your body if you don’t want to be among those who end up on the sidelines.

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Scripture reading: 1 Kings 11:1-11

Let us look at Ezekiel 8:16, “And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.”

This depicts the Easter morning worship. It says that the men of God had turned their backs upon the altar of God and started worshipping the sun. We are talking about people who are worshipping their church, their religion, their holiness, their goodness before God. (“We are ministers of the Lord…!”)

You should not doubt what I am saying here when you see what is happening around you—that ministers are falling like falling stars. The reason why they are falling is because their perspective has not been right from the very beginning; and God has been calling to them, talking to them, and trying His best to move them, but could not move them. The fall that you see is not when the fall came. The fall came long ago; God is only now allowing it to be shown us. I have been in the church for fifty plus years, and I remember, way down there we had ministers all along who were falling, falling, falling, falling, falling—but the church covered it up. The church said, “You must not talk it out.” The church said, “Don’t let the world know,” and they put them away quietly. The world is now knowing about some of it, but it is only because it has grieved God to His heart. And there is going to be a shower. There is going to be a shower! Many falling! Because, you see, God is displeased with His people.

Now, it needs repentance; but let me show you from history what has happened. Let us turn back to David. You know what happened to David. Remember, the Bible says that God testified that David was “a man after His own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). He said David was a man after His own heart, meaning to say that David’s heart was right with God. So, what was wrong? David went up on his roof, he looked down into another man’s house, and saw his wife taking a bath; His lust was so strong that he had to send and capture her—another man’s wife!

Now, can you explain to me, what was wrong with David? Let me tell you: the same thing that was wrong with David is wrong with a lot of us. Our minds are not consecrated. When the mind is consecrated, it means that it is taken off all the things out there and is put onto Christ. He said, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

You go to the store, buy a steak, and put it in your refrigerator. Then you go to work. All day, doing your work, you do not think about the steak that you are coming home to eat, do you? And this is the problem: men continuously think about the woman and women continuously think about the man. This is a sin before God which is destroying us, because the problem is in the way we think!

Think of Solomon. I want you to read a little bit about him. Let us turn to 1 Kings, Chapter 11. I want a response from you. Maybe the response is that we should just pray and call out, “God have mercy upon us.” But, I do want a response.

1 Kings 11:1-3, “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.”

Somebody says, “Oh, no! I wouldn’t have seven hundred!” But have you ever considered how many hundred you have looked at? Have you ever considered how many hundreds of times your mind strayed after them? When Solomon looked at one, he would say, “Bring her!” and his men would go out and bring her. That is how it went. However, listen to this: Verse 4, “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.”

Verse 5, “For Solomon went after Ashtoreth” (Lord help us! You need take your dictionary, and look up “Ashtoreth” and all the sexual gods) “…the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.” Do you know that to serve these gods you had to enter into their temple and perform what they call sacramental fornication? This is what Solomon did. He went into their houses and the house of Isis, the place where men and women had orgies.

It is a terrible thing to think of, because these things flash to my mind. I see the brethren having orgies. Now, that is bad! You could not think of that! You would say, “Oh, no, no, no!” Well, you believe me, brethren, that I am seeing farther than you can see, right at this time. The people of God—many of us—are out of control, and this is what is killing our spiritual life!

Verses 7-8, “Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.”

This is what is happening in our hearts. We are being separated from God because we allow this one great powerful demon to exercise his authority over us. We must be delivered from this god, from this worship, in order to serve God in Spirit and in truth. And believe you me, I am in a position to talk to you about this.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 39-41)

Thought for today: Brethren, seek deliverance while there is still time so that your heart would not be turned away from the Almighty God.

I Hope We Can Repent

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Scripture reading: Ezekiel 8:3

I wonder if we understand what is happening to us at this time. Satan has studied the human race. When he looks down and sees a spot of darkness in you, he is going to use it. And he is using sexuality as his greatest weapon to destroy homes! We have never seen so many homes destroyed as now. Brethren, I know I am not telling you anything that most of you do not know for yourselves. Christian men and women who want to serve God with all your heart—you are having struggles to keep your house together, because Satan is bombarding your marriage and your lives!

Many of us will not talk. We hide it. But you do not hide it from me. I look at your face, and I look at your wife’s face, and I see either that she has given up and has resigned herself to living the rest of her life on a low plain, or I see terror! The woman is sick, but she must perform. That is the way some of our Christian men are living. Do you know what that means? Let me tell you what it means. It means that if that woman dies, or is sick, or something is wrong with her, you are going to fall. You have to go somewhere else. Because you have trained yourself in a wrong, awful habit.

And, on top of it, you get a devil to help you. Many of the marriages have devils in them! There is a devil driving the man, driving the woman! It is not one or two women that complain to me that they are in terror. Oh, yes! A woman very close to me came to me and told me of the terror of her husband. She loves him, she wants him to be with her, but there is a terror in living with him because he is taken by a devil; and the devil is driving him just like a cigarette smoker; like a drug user; like a drinker. It is no better.

You see, I would be ashamed and I would not be preaching this to Christian men and women had I not known too much. Unless we stop walking by the law (the law says, “You are my wife! You must obey me, and so and so…”) and unless we start walking on a higher plain, we are lost! One of these days soon, I believe, I expect Jesus Christ to descend suddenly in His temple, in order that the world might be delivered! And some of us will be out of it, because the image of jealousy is standing at the north gate blocking the way for the King to come in (Ezekiel 8:3). Yes sir! The King cannot come in because the door is blocked by the image of jealousy!

I hope we can repent. If we cannot repent, it means that we have passed repentance and we have gone too far.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000, pg. 38-39)

Thought for today: Let us repent while there is still time and turn our hearts fully to Jesus.