“That They May Be One”

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Scripture reading: John 17:20-22

Have you ever thought about the fact that God gave each one of you somebody to love? I am talking now to you children, you young ones who are not married. God has given you some people to love. You must love this people, this Body, your brethren, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and you must love the Lord God. He says, “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might, AND thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:37-39).

But we come short. Yes, we come short! We sin against one another; we say things against one another. But we need to repent. We need to repent, because God is creating a Body in the earth! This is what God is doing! God doesn’t want any mighty preacher to go around healing and delivering everybody. Everybody has to wait until Brother So-And-So comes to lay his hand on them. That’s over with! God is creating a Body. Jesus is calling His bride.

The word comes to me, “That they may be one.” Let us read it in John 17:20-22, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.”

So, if anybody comes to you, and says he is preaching and doing miracles in the name of the Lord, but he is not creating oneness among the people of God, he is not doing the will of God. For the perfect will of God is that we all may be one! You hear them talk about black church, some talk about white church, some talk about all the different kinds of ethnic and whatever else religious organization churches. All those are outside of Christ. He said, “In Christ, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). IN Christ! So you have a wife and you must realize that in the Spirit, IN Christ, she is neither male nor female. It is just God lying down beside you, in your bed at night. And you have to be careful with her, tender, forgiving one another for Christ’s sake. As Jesus Christ forgives us, let us forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32). Let us love one another, as God loves us!

It is like a final word being given. Do you know why? We are at the end of the business. If we fail, God will turn away from us and choose another people. God chooses a group, He chooses one over there, He chooses one over there, and every one that fails, He puts them aside. If they turn church, He finds another group. Don’t you understand? God is trying to melt people into one. We must be one in Christ Jesus. We must have no dissimulations, no divisions that will divide us. We must have repentance. For right now we are not what we ought to be. But we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him (I John 3:2). So, the more of Jesus you have, the more you will be one with the brethren who are one with God.

For that reason, God has set certain things in our midst. God has put in our midst different arrangements. The brethren asked Paul, “How do we relate, one to another in the church?” He said, “The older women should be mothers. Then you have fathers, then you have brothers, and then you have sisters” (1 Timothy 5:1-2). So we should look at each other as brothers and sisters. Why? Is it not reality to you? Let me tell you how real it is. It is more real than your natural brother because the Blood of Jesus Christ which you have in you is in him, and in her, and in this one and in that one. The same Blood that flows through you, flows through them.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 11-13)

Thought for today: The more of Jesus you have, the more you will be one with the brethren who are one with God.

Let Us Fear God

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Scripture reading: James 4:7

Let us read Hebrews 12:1 and let me explain to you what it is saying. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”

You are in a room; there is Jesus standing on one side of that room, and He has a class with Him. The class is the spirits that He is teaching because the spirits that are in heaven must receive from us the manifold wisdom of God. Do you know why? Why is it that heaven has to learn from us? It is because we are in the battle. We are the weak ones. We are the ones who are susceptible and subject to satanic attack. They are not. So, teaching them directly wouldn’t help.

The only way we are going to overcome is to actually go into the thing and come out victorious. So here is Jesus standing, let’s say, in your bedroom, and He has with Him some spirits of the brothers who have gone on before. He sees a devil who is provoking, tempting your wife and tempting you. The devil starts a little fire between you both and you start to quarrel. Then the devil comes and whispers in your ears, “Are you going to let her do you that and get away with it?” And your antennas go up. The spirit of God says, “The Lord is with you, peace, be quiet.” And the devil comes and says to you, “Get on with it, man. You can’t let her get away with that. She’ll just continue walking over you all the while.” But the Lord continues to talk to you. A scripture comes before you, and the battle goes back and forth. Jesus is standing there with some of the saints who were in the same condition in their life. Remember, they can’t be in that condition anymore, but they are seeing the exact thing that was happening to them. The only difference is that now they are seeing the devils that are doing it, and you are not! While this temptation goes on, the Spirit of God comes to you and says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7b). Your wife starts telling you so and so and so and so… And you resist; you don’t say a word. The devils flee from you and the angels of God shout, “Hallelujah!” You are not hearing anything, you are not seeing anything, you feel like a dog! Don’t you understand? You feel as low as a dog. You feel like you have been crushed; and she feels all upset, and is gone crying. You had a victory, but you didn’t even know it. Next thing that happens is that you have the strength to go put your hands around her. “Oh, take your hands off of me!” she says. “Oh, come on…” You follow her up, and finally she begins to complain to you and weep and you just kiss her. And the love of God overcomes!

But what about the time the love of God didn’t overcome? The little devil jumps and rejoices, “I’ve got him! I’ve got him! I’ll come back again!” You see what I mean? The next time he comes back to you he has more power. Then he says, “Divorce!” Yes. He says, “Divorce.” And you say, “Oh, God. Did God tell us to marry?” Then somebody begins to say, “Well, we didn’t hear from God. We married before we heard from God.” Let me tell you something. Everyone of you who marries, whether you were married before you heard from God or not, God has sanctified your marriage and said that your bed is sanctified, and your marriage is sanctified of God; both of you together (Hebrews 13:4). Don’t you EVER think you can walk out of the Body of Christ, go and divorce and live. You’re a goner! You are a dead man! Anyone who ill-treats the sons of God, the daughters of Jesus Christ, my children in the Lord, those I pray for, they will NEVER prosper, they are finished!

Let that soak in a little, because this is what God showed me. This is not the old time church where you can go and do this and do that and get away with it. You are not going to get away! You are finished! I’ve seen some finished and I know they are done. You see, they are running on compression, but they are shot already. My God! You take a child of God, and murder her, spiritually. What do you think you are doing? You are killing yourself! God is going to slay you! You cannot live! You cannot be happy, ever! You are finished!

I’m saying, brethren, that God is binding us together. There is nothing greater in the heart of God. Now, when I say God, do you know who I’m talking about? I mean Yahweh! Jehovah! You call him Jehovah, I am meaning Yahweh! The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the One who made everything that you see around you as well as what you can’t see! We are in His presence! Let us be afraid! Let us fear Him!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 9-11)

Thought for today: We are not in the old time church anymore where we can do what we please and get away with it. We are in the presence of God so let us fear Him.

Power to Overcome the Devil

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Scripture reading: 1 John 4:7-8

I Corinthians 13:1 says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am nothing.” I cannot conceive why they translated this word “charity” because it really is love, “agape.” “2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” In other words, God is saying to us that He is going to give us the gifts of the Spirit. But then, we have to grow in maturity, and the growth in maturity is love. Do you understand? You have to be able to love your wife when she is not pretty, even though we all love very pretty things. You know, we men look at our wives and say, “Boy, you are beautiful!” That’s our eyes. But then, sometimes, she gets broken down like any human being; she gets tired, and fussy. That’s the time you must love her. When she is hitting you, that’s the time you must love her.

I know something that changed a man’s whole life for the worse. He was with his wife and children; they had a little quarrel about something, the woman turned around, pulled back her fist, and slammed him right in his mouth. He lost control. If he had overcome that one, the rest of his life would be victory, but he didn’t overcome it. He slapped her down and they got a divorce.

What I am trying to say to you today is that “God is love, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8).

So, love, then, is something that overcomes the evil that is in us. In other words, the temper that is in you is no good. It is of the devil. It comes from your ancestors, and they want to minister death to you. The moment you resist that temper, and don’t say anything, you have won. When somebody slaps you and you do not repeat it, you don’t say anything, but burn, you have hit the devil and he will flee from you! He will come back again, but will be weaker. Every time you hit him and he comes back, he will be weaker.

Let me tell you something. When it comes to temper, God has given you the power over the temper! You have to use the force of your own will, because God has given you the power. You are not like the sinner who has no power. You have power to overcome the devil!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 8-9)

Thought for today: Remember, you are not like the sinner who has no power. You have power to overcome the devil!

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Scripture reading: Psalm 103:13

Some of us believe that godliness is coming to church, singing, playing, and prophesying. God is saying that you can come to church and speak with the tongues of angels and men, and not have the love of God in your heart (1 Corinthians 13:1). And He says ALL your manifestation is vain!

I began to learn love when God gave me a wife. Strange enough, I had the love of God. He gave me His love, He gave me salvation, but it was a new dimension of learning when I got married. Oh, yes! You have to learn that here you are, strong, very active, and full of life, and you are dealing with a delicate person who might not be feeling too well this morning. “What about my breakfast?” Huh? “What is going on this morning?” You never inquired to find out that she wasn’t feeling well. You should have gone out and made the breakfast for her. You have children and sometimes the children are not really feeling right. You have to have bowels of compassion for them.

The scriptures speak of God being El Shaddai. Do you know what that means? El Shaddai means the big breasted father God, who has milk to feed all His children with, and to supply them. That is the only way that our language can express a certain part of God, El Shaddai. Do you know that God put El Shaddai in the Body, among you? That God put His El Shaddai compassion spirit upon you? But some of us only have compassion for our own children! We don’t consider the suffering of others out there that need us.

God put mothers in your midst, mothers whom you are supposed to listen to, fathers whom you are supposed to listen to, those who must have compassion on you in the Spirit. There is a scripture which, of course, the theologians really stumble over. I don’t stumble over it. God said in Psalm 103:13, Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. The theologians say, “Oh no, no, no. It is wrong. It should have said, ‘As a mother.’” However, the word used there is El Shaddai, and it means a strong, powerful, Father love.

Love between husband and wife is the basis of the love and the ministry in the church. God said a man should not be an elder unless he had a wife and brought up children. So it is your wife that is making you an elder. Now, if you don’t treat that wife properly, then you cannot be an elder. God is teaching you, but remember, we go step by step. So, if you haven’t taken the first step, how are you going to take the second? How are you going to have compassion on the people of God? How are you going to love the people of God? How are you going to pour out life upon them if you can’t do it to your wife? Yes! Sometimes God sits by and allows the wife to provoke you. She provokes you, and then the devil comes upon you, and you get mad. God says, “Now that you are mad, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to get rid of that madness, because it is the thing that is destroying your ministry, your life? As a Son of God, you are losing out!” That’s why he said in 1 John 3:7, “Little children.” He said, “My little children,” because you haven’t grown up to the point yet where he could call you, “My sons.”

“NOW are we the Sons of God, but it really does not yet appear what we shall be” (I John 3:2a). You notice he did not talk about daughters of God. He doesn’t have any daughters. When a person reaches a certain level with God, God says, “My son.” I trust, you women, know why you are women. Do you know why you are women? It is not just for the procreation of the species. It is also because the woman is the other half of the man and there is no strength in a church unless the man and the woman come together. That’s where our strength is. Therefore, the very glue that holds the church together is love.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 7-8)

Thought for today: Love between husband and wife is the basis of the love and the ministry in the church.

This message by Brother Cecil duCille entitled “The Revelation That Makes Us One” was given at a conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2007.

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Oneness of the Church

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Scripture reading: 1 John 3:2-3

Have you ever thought about the oneness of the church? Do you know what God is doing with us to make us one? Let me explain it to you. You see, when God is talking about walking with Him, He means taking it step by step by step. That’s how God designed it. When we start out our walk with the Lord, we are just creeping. I would say, “Brother Shepherd, how are you?” He would respond, “I’m just crawling.” I would say, “Brother, keep crawling! Don’t stop crawling!” But the story is that God gave the Blood of Jesus Christ, which is His Blood, in order for it to become a nexus, a joining between us.

Then, He gives us families. You see, I was as wild as they come. I had no intention of marrying, settling down, having a wife. First of all, I didn’t believe anybody loved me. But when God gave me a wife, especially a woman that loves God so much, so gentle, able to bear with some of my rough ways, and sometimes my misbehavior, I felt honored. And I still do! Honored beyond measure. You know, the marriage vow says to love, to cherish, and to honor. When a person turns to their wife or husband and says a rough word, something out of order, that honor is being breached. You don’t have the honor that you should have for her/him. But God is saying to us, “It is time now! It is a late hour. It is time now for you to grow up! For if you cannot be one with your wife/husband, you will not be one with My Body!

That is what is affecting the Body of Christ. There is no alternative. God is not giving you an alternative as to whether you want to or not. God has given you a wife, God has given you children, and He is making you. He is actually making you! You have to be made into what God wants you to be, for He says, “When He shall appear, you will be like Him” (1 John 3:2b).

One time, the Lord had been talking to me all night about love. And He had been showing me some of you. He had been saying to me, “Let us get back to our first love.” It is sometimes very easy to get used to the person. You get used to the people and forget that the first step in love is to love one another as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 6-7)

Thought for today: Work on being one with your wife/husband so that you may be one with His Body.

Do You Sin?

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Scripture reading: 1 John 3:1-10

When you read 1 John 3:1-10, it is interesting to watch the logical development of the thoughts of God. This is God’s thinking that we are talking about now. God is saying, “NOW we are the sons of God.” He is saying that we are not yet what we will be. So, don’t expect yourself to be all glorious with wings and everything NOW, because you are not yet what you will be. But what we do know, we know it for sure, that when He appears, we will be like Him. Whatever He is, that’s how we will be. How simple it is. He is developing. Then he goes on to say further that anyone who sins is under the law, for sin is the transgression of law. If I ask you if you sin, you are going to be baffled, and some will say, “Well, maybe…” and so and so. But the answer is, “No.” You do not sin. If you are born of God, you do not sin. If you are not born of God, you sin.

Verse 5 says, “And ye know that he (Jesus Christ) was manifested to take away (your) sins…” Therefore, if you have Jesus Christ, He has taken away your sin. But let’s go on, because I am sure somebody still doesn’t understand.

Verse 6, “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not (does not sin)…” Whoever abides in Christ does not sin. I will explain that to you. The word “sinneth” is the present continuous tense, like sinning. It is the way that this verse is written in the original Greek text, in the present continuous tense, that means “continues on to sin.” Whosoever continues as a sinner then he, “…hath not seen him (Jesus) – hath not seen Yeshua, hath not seen God – ”…neither known him (he does not know him).

Now, some of you feel that I am condemning you right here with the scripture. But the scripture is right, and we are wrong. So, this is what we decide right now – that the scripture is right.

You notice that it says in verse 7, “Little children…” (“teknion” in Greek). He is not talking about big sons; he is talking about little children. The reason he said little children is because we are struggling with sin. “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth…” You notice the word “doeth.” “Doeth” is another present continuous meaning “he that continues to do.” “…he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he (God) is righteous.” And he that continues to do sin is unrighteous. That’s what it says. Now, let’s go on.

Verse 8, “He that committeth (again, continuous present, “to commit”) sin is of the devil…” You notice how gradually he comes to it. He doesn’t just come right out and say, “You are of the devil if you sin.” But he gives you the whole logical sequence coming down and bringing the thought down. This is God’s thinking. “He that committeth sin (continues to commit sin) is of the devil; for the devil sinneth (continues to sin) from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil (that is, sin). 9 Whosoever is born of God doth (does) not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil (world)…” That’s where the difference comes in.

We are talking about “committeth.” Now, the word “committeth” in the Greek is what we call an active verb. Active verb is, for example, I go. That means I must do some action to go. I go. I hit. I talk. I leap. These are active verbs. When it says an active verb, it means you must actually, deliberately commit sin. Now, those who are born of God don’t actively, deliberately commit sin. They fall INTO sin. They make mistakes. They stumble. That’s why he said, “Little children.” You know, little children go on, they stumble, they fall, and they get up again. So then, God is saying, “My little children,” it is good for you to know that those who go around committing sin are of the devil. It is good for you to know that the sons of God do not go to deliberately commit sin. Now, I didn’t say they don’t sin, because they fall into sin. They didn’t want to do it, but they did it anyhow. They didn’t want to say it, but they said it anyhow. It means that they are careless. But as they grow up and get stronger, they stop stumbling and stop falling. Praise God.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 1-3)

Thought for today: Those who are born of God don’t actively, deliberately commit sin.