The Law of Warfare

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Scripture reading: Romans 6:16

Where did Satan get all his power? If God did not give him a mandate, where did he get all his power? The answer is found in Genesis 1. Here we find that there was ONLY ONE MAN that God gave the power. Verse 28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

This dominion was given to Adam, but it was lost by the deception in the Garden. Genesis 3:1-6, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. There are laws in God’s business, one being the law of warfare, which says that by whom you are overcome you become his servant.

This law was quoted in a spiritual sense in Romans 6:16, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

2 Timothy 2:26, “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. Satan takes men captive and when he takes them captive, he takes their kingdom. It is a law of war.

It is stated even clearer in 2 Peter 2:19, “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Satan gets his authority by overcoming men. Our world has been drained of power because Satan is using all our energies and our power to hurt and destroy humanity. As the sons of God rise, Satan is trembling because he knows that his time is short.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, page 55)

Thought for today: Know the Principles and Laws of Spiritual Warfare and let us rise up as the sons of God and overcome Satan.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 12:10-11

The reason we know that Satan’s head was bruised at Calvary is that the Blood of Jesus Christ WAS AND IS the key to the destruction of Satan. Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” You ask, how did Christ’s Blood overcome Satan? In Exodus 12, God told the Israelites to kill the lamb and put the blood on “the lintel and the two side posts” (over the post top and on the sides of the posts). When the evil spirits came, they could not enter the houses that had blood on the top and on the sides of their doors.

The reason is that the blood was put there BY FAITH. It was only the blood of an animal but with the faith in Christ that He would come and deliver them. The blood of the animal shone with the power of God from the door posts and the lintel so that it struck the evil angels which God sent into Egypt. It struck them and they had to flee from every house that had this blood and could only enter into the houses that were not protected by the blood.

The Blood of Jesus Christ becomes a weapon of warfare for the children of God. CALL UPON THE BLOOD, BRETHREN. Any time you are in trouble, call to God to send the Blood of Jesus Christ to stand up for you. You will see the power of God come to you, because the Blood is right here, right over us, hovering over us, waiting for us to utilize it for our defense. The Blood of Jesus Christ then became the weapon to the church that finally will destroy Satan and deliver the earth out of his hand. Praise be to God!

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 53-54)

Thought for today: Any time you are in trouble, call to God to send the Blood of Jesus Christ to stand up for you!

Called or Chosen?

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Scripture reading: Matthew 22:1-14

There are two words in the New Testament in the original Greek language that are translated as “church.” The first one is “ekklesia,” which means “called out.” The “ekklesia” are those who are the “called out.” If you are “called out,” you must be called out of somewhere to somewhere. You are called out of sin to an assembly of people who are walking in the Lord.

The other important Greek word for “church” is “eklektos.” It is translated into English in the King James Version as “elect” or “chosen.” In Matthew 22:11-13, we are told about a certain man who was cast out of the wedding feast. It says in verse 14, “For many are called (ekklesia), but few are chosen (eklektos).”

We are told by Jesus in Matthew 24:21-22, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s (eklektos) sake those days shall be shortened.” 

What is that? He said that if it were not for the “eklektos” (elect’s) sake, no human life, or plant life, or animal life would be left on earth! The earth would be a dead planet like Mars or the moon. What are we talking about? God said that something is going to happen down here that would destroy all living creatures and life from off the earth—but for a people who will stand in the way, the time of destruction shall be shortened! It means that there are some people who are specially anointed to stand in the breach and in the forefront; and God called them the “eklektos.”

If you are among that people, God will let you know. I asked God, “How will I know those to whom You sent me?” For you see, there is no mark on the people of God. But when I asked God, He told me. When I say God told me, I do not mean that I dreamt it. Sometimes God tells you things in a dream, but I mean to say that God stood before me and told me. He said, “Do not worry. You will know them, for they are the ones who will RECEIVE the word I have sent to them through you.”

Somebody is asking, “So then, Brother duCille, is it only you that has this word? What about the other people?”

Brethren, haven’t you heard this kind of question? Is it just I alone that has this word? The question is infra dig (beneath one’s dignity)! It belittles God. Even to ask the question is a belittling of God. You should have the answer in your heart. What kind of God do you have? A God so small that He takes one little man somewhere in the back woods, calls him and says, “You alone have the word now. Everybody has to bow to you.” That is nonsense! That is exactly what God does not want! That is exactly what God is against! God is against any one man having the whole word. For if any one man has the whole word everybody would be bowing to that one man. It would be counterproductive in that the man would usurp Christ. He would usurp Him, the very God that he is preaching!

I remember a story I heard about Brother Branham; it always impressed me. Branham was standing one day talking with a brother we personally know. Two brethren came to the door, knocked, and said they wanted to say a word to him. When they came in, they said, “Brother Branham, we have a great revelation!” Branham asked, “What is it?” They fell down on their knees and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the most high God!” Branham bawled. I understand he threw himself down to the ground, and said, “Take my life, God! The very thing that I am against has caught up with me.”

One day, I went into a Branham church down near Columbus, Ohio. They had a 2’ x 3’ picture of Branham up on the wall behind the podium, and beside it a picture of Jesus that was of the same size. Oh God, I was so grieved! I tried to speak to them, but they just heard with one ear.

Do you know what that means? The man had so much power that, I believe, God had to take him out of the way, because the people would believe in the power more than in God. They would take their eyes off Jesus Christ and look at the one man; and they would believe in the one man more than in the Lord.

In my speaking with Jesus Christ, in the days when He called me, God showed me that the word He was giving me was nothing but raw food; people do not eat raw food. He showed me that there were the people of God who would receive the word and be the cooks in the kitchen to prepare the food for the young ones as well as the adults. And the message they prepare is still the word of the Lord.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 7-8)

Thought for today: Let us strive to be part of the people who are specially anointed to stand in the breach and who are called the “eklektos.”

The Trespass Offering

This message entitled “The Trespass Offering“ was given by Brother Cecil duCille in December 1977.

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Dead Man Walking

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Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 5:6

We read in 1 Timothy 5:6, “But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” I want you to understand that there are some people who are dead and yet they live. Let me tell you a story about this subject that you know very well.

There was a man who was king over Israel named Saul. Remember that man? God called him, anointed him and gave him power to overcome the enemies of God, but the man began to be disobedient. The prophet went to him, but he never submitted.

When David sinned with Bathsheba, the prophet went to him (in 2 Samuel 12) and told him the story about the rich man having a big fold of sheep, and the poor man having just one little sheep, which was taken by the rich man to feed his visiting friends. When David heard this, he was incensed and ready to punish this man right away. Then the prophet said, “Thou art the man!” David fell down before him and said, “Oh God, forgive me!” He did not resist, but confessed his guilt.

Saul, on the other hand (in 1 Samuel 15), when confronted by Samuel the prophet, at first insisted that he had done what God told him to do (to destroy all the Amalekites and their cattle), and then that it was because of the people that he saved the King Agag and the fattest cattle. The prophet said to him, “You are finished! The kingdom is taken away from you and will be given to another. You are no longer King.”

It is amazing, however, that for many years after that Saul still reigned! He was a “DEAD MAN WALKING.” He was dead! HE WAS FINISHED, BUT HE CONTINUED TO GO ON; AND GOD SAID THAT THERE ARE SOME IN OUR MIDST WHO ARE WALKING AMONG THE LIVING, BUT THEY ARE DEAD. We need to get dead serious with God, because there are the seeds of death in the midst of God’s people!

Let us read some more Scriptures. Proverbs 21:16, “The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the CONGREGATION OF THE DEAD.”

There is a congregation that is called “the congregation of the dead.” The Word says, he shall remain…” That means that he was there before, and that there is both a “congregation of the living” and a “congregation of the dead.” And God said that the congregation of the living should not fellowship with the congregation of the dead.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 5-6)

Thought for today: Let us make sure we walk in obedience to God submitting to His Word and correction so that we would be part of the “congregation of the living.”

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Scripture reading: Isaiah 35:8-9

Isaiah 35:8-9 talks about a “way” where fools “…shall not err therein” (Isaiah 35:8). Do you know what that means? Have you ever been lost, and kept wandering around, and suddenly you found yourself on the right road? God said that that will not happen in this business. When you are stumbling, you are not going to find the way of God. No fools shall err therein.

“The fool hath said in his heart there is no God” (Psalm 14:1, 53:1).

This is the Biblical description of a “fool.” For fear you are thinking that I am calling anybody a fool that the Bible did not call a fool, let me just straighten it out right now: THE PERSON WHO SAYS IN HIS HEART THAT THERE IS NO GOD IS A FOOL!

A man told a story. He said he was praying for his cousin. His cousin was a Christian, but he was being tempted severely. So he was praying for him, and one day while he was praying, Jesus came to him and said, “Come with me.” When he went with Jesus, he found himself in his cousin’s bedroom, with Jesus standing beside him and angels standing around. He also saw demonic angels who were tempting this man to commit a sin, and the man was resisting. Sometimes, the angels of God would whisper in his ears and he would get strength and resist; other times the devil came and tempted him; and the man fell into the sin. The angels covered their faces, but Jesus was standing right there! If you think you can make any plan, do anything, talk about anybody—and do it in secret—you are crazy! You do not believe God! God is standing right there looking at you!

Suppose you make a secret plan—you have what we call a “conspiracy”: “Let us do so and so; and let us do so and so…” Sometimes it is just something you are thinking out in your mind. Jesus is standing there looking at you, hearing you—and you think it is a secret plan! YOU DO NOT BELIEVE GOD!

Brethren, I am asking you to believe God: to believe that God sees your innermost being, every particle of your being, every concept that you have; and that you should go before God in sackcloth and repentance, and every time you go to pray, say, “Lord God, forgive me of all my secret thoughts,” because God knows what they are and He knows who you are.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 4)

Thought for today: Let this be our prayer today: “Lord God, forgive me of all my secret thoughts and make me holy as You are holy. I choose to believe You.”

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Scripture reading: Matthew 13:5-9

Let us look at Matthew 13:5-6 today. Jesus says here that the Word (the seed) will fall on a certain soil, and it will spring up strong and powerful but when the sun comes up, it withers and dies. Why? It was because it was on “stony” ground. We have to understand that Jesus is talking about the heart condition. If your heart is a stony place and it does not have any depth of earth, you will not be able to bring forth fruit. What do we mean when we speak of “fruit” coming from the Word? “Fruit” is when you hear the Word of God, and the Word of God changes you inside! If the Word of God does not change you, it is wasted word.

Now, the Word says further in Matthew 13:7-8 that there is another seed that “fell among thorns.” Presently it grew strong and beautiful, but the thorns were also growing; and then the thorns grew up and “choked” the Word. It brought forth no fruit. What does it mean? Do you have a thorny heart? You come to the meeting to get a blessing, and as the word goes forth, you receive it with gladness. Your heart witnesses that it is the truth, but you have some unfulfilled business with somebody who you have hated bitterly. You just cannot love that person. That is a “thorn.” It will grow up and choke the word, and you will not be able to live a Christian life and grow in the Spirit; and you will wonder, “Why am I not growing in the Spirit?” It is because there is a thorn bush growing in your life.

The thorn might be something else. It might be a “love” affair. I hate to call it love. It is not really love at all. It is an “emotional dysfunction.” You have an emotional dysfunction wherein you think you are in love with somebody, and it continues and disrupts your life. It disrupts the life of God inside of you, so that when you receive the Word of God you cannot bring forth fruit. There is something wrong in the emotions.

Another thing I have noticed is that the young people do not seem to have the “will” to serve God. It blesses me when we sing the song, “Thou lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness….” Do you hate wickedness? Do you really, really hate wickedness? Do you hate wickedness so much that you say, “God I do not want to have anything to do with wickedness! If this thing is wickedness, I will not do it!”

A “little white lie”—this is what we call it. WICKEDNESS! A yellow lie, a pink lie, a blue lie (whatever we would call it)—it is wickedness! We give it all kinds of names, but it is wickedness! Just a little bit of dishonesty here, just a little deception there. You say a word that is meant to deceive the other person to make him think so and so, but it is not what you meant; and you say, “I spoke the truth!” Sure, you did speak the truth, but you fixed it in such a way that it deceives the other person. It is wickedness!

“Thou lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness” (Psalm 45:7).

I say, “My God, I LOVE righteousness! I HATE wickedness! Let me hate it more! Let me hate it! Let me so despise it, that if I am touched by it, I must get cleansed immediately!”

If you take up a sheep and throw him into the mud, he gets up and is uncomfortable. He is rubbing himself everywhere, trying to find some way to get the mud off of him. He is not a mud creature. But if you take a pig and throw him in the mud, he rolls over and says, “Thank you.” He loves it! He could stay there all day. He has a different nature. But we have to remember: God loves righteousness and hates wickedness!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 3-4)

Thought for today: Let this be our prayer today: “My God, I LOVE righteousness! I HATE wickedness! Let me hate it more! Let me hate it! Let me so despise it, that if I am touched by it, I must get cleansed immediately!”