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Walk by Faith

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Scripture reading: Hebrews 11:1

Today, I want to talk to you a little bit about faith, what it really is and how to walk in it, because sometimes you know a thing but you don’t know how to do it. That is a real problem. We will look at Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is the substance of things that we hope for and when you have the substance, you have the evidence. In other words, when you go to court, the first thing they ask you is, “Where are your evidences?” You have to have different people come and say, “I saw so-and-so,” and then the judge believes it. But God is saying that faith is not only a substance, but it is also evidence.

Now, let us consider what kind of a substance this is. Let me give you an example: if you want to make a podium here, you have to go and get wood. After you get the wood and get it all cut into the right place, you have to get a cover for it, maybe something laminated. You had to get the substance for this particular thing. But when you have the substance, you don’t have the podium as yet, do you? But you have to use the substance to produce the podium with some labor. It does not take just one BAM and the whole thing comes at one time, but you have to walk it out. You have to get the nails, the fasteners, whatever it is, and you have to walk it out.

One day in the service, many, many years ago, before some of you were born, the Lord spoke and said, “Faith is an unseen light that shines more and more every step of the way you venture to take!” Now, that’s not in the Bible but the Lord said it. Faith is an unseen light. If you can see it, it’s not faith. If you make a plan to get so much and to do so much, it is not faith. It is a plan. But God is talking about raw faith.

God said that faith is the substance. Brethren, I am going to ask you a very serious question. Do you walk by faith? Come, let’s get back to this morning. You got up, you had so and so to do, so and so to look after breakfast, clean house, do this, do that. Do you really walk by faith? God is challenging you. Walk by faith! Do you know what it is to walk? Let me show you how people walk; maybe you forgot. You go right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot; that is how you walk. But what if I jump forward? Did I walk? No, I jumped! Some of you believe that, because you have faith, you must jump from one place to another. God says, “Walk by faith.” Do you understand what that means? It means that you must make little steps, step by step, step by step, step by step. You are not going to be all good the same day, but you must walk by faith.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, September 8, 2002, pg. 4-6)

Thought for today: Do you really walk by faith? God is challenging you. Walk by faith!

Truth in the Inward Parts

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By Mavis duCille

Scripture reading: Psalm 51:6

There is a song we sing and it says:

Faith in the Father and faith in the Son,
Faith in the Holy Ghost, victories are won,
Demons will tremble and sinners awake,
Faith in Christ Jesus will anything break.

Do you believe that? Do you believe that faith in Christ Jesus will break anything? The end of our salvation is faith. The beginning is faith and the end is faith. Praise God. There is no space in between to lack faith or lay faith aside. It is the beginning and the end of our salvation. Amen. So, he that endureth to the end shall be saved (Matthew 10:22). He that endureth to the end shall be saved. Make sure that we are enduring, because we have the faith to tear down mountains, the strongholds that are in our lives, and all the ancestral spirits that plague our lives. Hallelujah.

But I have discovered that there is something we have to make sure that is anchored in us, and that is truth in the inward parts, because there is a thing that the enemy uses against us. He either condemns us or he makes us complacent and deceives us that all is well when it is not. So, as we have truth in the inward parts and we stand before the Lord, He brings to us a picture of where we are and what we are. There is a scripture that says, when you look as in a mirror, when you stand before the Lord and you see yourself, try not to forget what you have seen (James 1:23-24). Have you ever been praying and the Lord shows you you? He exposes your inward parts to you. And the Word says: don’t forget what you have seen. Always remember what you have seen, because when we stand before the Lord, He reveals us to us. Amen. That is a marvelous thing that the Spirit does, and we must not forget, we must not sweep it under the rug, we must deal with it until the last thread of it is gone and we can stand before the Lord. You see, one day, we will have to stand before Him. One day, we will have to give account for all that is done in this body (Hebrews 9:27).

So, as we hold on to faith, it will help us. It has helped us where we are, to where we are in spite of our failures and the battles that we fight. Some we win, some we don’t win. We don’t feel good when we don’t win. We want to have the victory and we are cast down, we get discouraged. That’s another tool of the enemy. But faith in Christ Jesus will anything break. So, if there is anything that you have that you feel that cannot be broken, you are being deceived. You have just not applied the weapon. David said that Abner died like a fool with his sword in his sheath (2 Samuel 3). We have the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17), that the devil hates, and God makes it so simple that you can use it anytime and anywhere. Praise God. Amen.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, September 8, 2002, pg. 3-4)

Thought for today: There is something we have to make sure that is anchored in us, and that is truth in the inward parts.

Eat Me

This message entitled “Eat Me” was given by Brother Cecil duCille in October 1974.

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Scripture reading: John 1:9

We thank God for bringing us to a table again where we can really feast upon His Word. It is not everybody who can feast upon God’s Word. Some people are so sick spiritually, that no matter how loud God shouts to them, they will not hear. But blessed are they that can hear, that have ears to hear. Jesus said, “Let him hear.” Thank you, Jesus. We are very, very happy to be in a position like this, with appetites for the Word of God and ability to hear. Hallelujah. In this last day, the difference between those who perish and those who overcome will be the ears, spiritual ears, whether you can hear God or not.

I have been praying to God and asking him about what is going to happen to all these Muslims, all these Hindus, all these people who believe in false doctrines. The Lord asked me, “What is going to happen to all those Christians who believe in false doctrines?” The same thing that is going to happen to the false doctrine Muslim is going to happen to the false doctrine Christians.

Now you may ask, “What is going to happen?” God is going to reach out with His mercy to them. Oh yes! God will reach His mercy out to them. God’s mercy will be offered to them just like He is offering it to the Muslim. If God offered the false doctrine Christian mercy, and didn’t offer the false doctrine Muslim mercy, God would be partial. Amen.

The scriptures tell us that if any man desires to know anything of God, God will teach him. The scriptures tell us that, “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9). So, the moment you are born, whether you are a Muslim, or whether you are a Hindu, or whatever you are, God’s light is promised to light you. And do you know something? God said that, “…this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). That means that when Jesus Christ died on Calvary, He died for every Muslim, He died for every Hindu, He died for every no doctrinal person, in other words, agnostics. He died for them all. Amen.

Now, the point is that none of those can go to hell unless they reject Jesus, but none of those can reject Jesus unless they know Him. How are you going to reject Jesus if you never heard of Him? In other words, God must reveal Himself to every human being who is born on the face of the earth.  Many people who we think are going to hell will make heaven, and many of those who we think are riding high to go to heaven are going to make hell. Do you know why? Because they have rejected Jesus in the fact that they knew Him, but didn’t want Him. They would not let Him reign over them, they wanted something else, and they chose a false doctrine because they didn’t want Jesus. Amen.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 26, 2002, pg. 4, 8-9)

Thought for today: In this last day, the difference between those who perish and those who overcome will be the ears, spiritual ears, whether you can hear God or not.

As a Thief in the Night

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Scripture reading: II Peter 3:10

II Peter 3:10, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Brethren, what is Brother Peter talking about? Brother Peter is saying that Jesus Christ is going to come in you like a thief in the night. And when you come forth in the power of God, you are going to execute judgment upon the world through the Spirit. You are the stone that is cut out of the mountain without hands, rolling down the mountain into Babylon, and smashing the image of Babylon and crushing it (Daniel 2:44-45). When these people, these first fruits people come forth in the power of God, that is when the battle of Armageddon will be fought. The earth then will burn with fervent heat, because as the Beast Government and the sinners with the mind of the devil come against God, fire will consume them. This is the fire God says the two witnesses spoke from their mouth (Revelation 11:5). This is the flaming sword that God is putting into the hands of His people. This is the deliverance of the Sons of God which Romans 8:19-23 is talking about when it says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope; 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 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.”

Then will Jesus come, when the job is done, because He is coming to reign as King. Some of our brothers are preaching that we are going to be caught up in a rapture before the tribulation. Well, let me tell you, Jesus is not coming before the tribulation and it is right here before your eyes.

Matthew 24:29-30, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken; 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Could you want anything clearer than that? It says, “Immediately after the tribulation,” Jesus Christ will come in power and great glory, and the moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from heaven. This I see as the end of the tribulation when the sons of God will be slain and lie down in the streets of Babylon (the world of rebellion against God) for three and a half days. That will be the time of darkness, real darkness, because even the saints will be afraid. They will say, “Well, we were depending on these people! We thought they were the ones.” Just like in the time of Jesus, when Jesus died and lay in the tomb, the heart of the saints failed them. And then shall the morning break. Amen. Praise be to God.

(Excerpt from With Clouds, pages 25-26)

Thought for today: Jesus Christ is going to come in you like a thief in the night. And when you come forth in the power of God, you are going to execute judgment upon the world through the Spirit.

Woe to Those Who Give Suck

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Scripture reading: Matthew 24:19

Matthew 24:19, “And woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days!”

I just praise God and thank God that I do not have anything sucking my life out. Because, giving suck in the spiritual sense is a type of having something on you as a burden sucking life from you. God Almighty is saying that you must lay your burdens at the foot of the cross. Do not have anything that you will have to give suck at this time. It is not natural children He is talking about. Yes, you see, some of us have a child brain. Some of us ministers are preaching and supporting an organization behind us. We have a big thing going. And some of these brothers, I am sorry for them when I see them hauling a big tent around the country, because I know what a tent means. It means an everlasting burden. If you put it up, you have got to pay for it. If you use it, you have to hire a crew to man it, and you have to get a certain amount of offering or else you drop in a hole with your tent. You see, this is like some of the saints. Some of us have big things going that they have to support. When I was coming to the United States, I remember God making a covenant with me. He said, “You must have only one motive in going. If you have two motives, you must kill one and then you will have only one.” I abandoned the motive of looking after my business and now have only one motive — to bless God’s people.

You see, if a man preaches the gospel but has a motive to make a certain amount of money because he has bills to pay, he must make a certain amount of money. Then when God says, “Go over there to Timbuktu,” where there is no money and there are only two or three people, he cannot go, because he has to go where the crowds are. And you will find that some of the big evangelists are preaching, but cannot go to certain places. I remember one evangelist was asked to go to a certain place for meetings but he said that the only way he could go was if they could guarantee him $150 a day. You see what I am talking about? When you get like that, you have too many things sucking and you are not being in a position to be used in the maximum by God.

This is the kind of thing I am talking about. Some of us are not evangelists, but we have a lot to give suck. Move out. God is begging you in this hour, brethren, I am begging you in the name of Jesus Christ, get rid of your debts. If you cannot, do not panic. God will work it out. But those of you who can, get rid of it. Don’t go into debt at this time. It is the wrong time. That is the most I can say to you.

(Excerpt from With Clouds, pages 16-17)

Thought for today: Let us abandon the motive of looking after our business and let us have only one motive — to bless God’s people.

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By Mavis duCille

Scripture reading: Galatians 2:20

We learned in school that living things breathe, living things grow, living things feed. So, if you are not feeding, if you are not breathing, if you are not growing, you are not alive. We are supposed to be further along this year from where we were last year. It is good, as we move on, to take an inventory every once in a while of where you are in the LORD.

There are just a couple of words that I would like to share with you. I have been thinking about Paul’s life, and some things that he said. He was one of the law, he came up under the law. It always amuses me how he uses the law to bring us into Christ. A few verses that have been speaking to me much are in Romans 7:19-20. From verse 18, he says, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing…” He explains verse 18 in verse 19, “For when I do good, evil is present with me.” He explains what that means in verse 20, “Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” He was making a separation there, between the things that he would do and where they originate, and the things that he would not do and how he would attain to them.

He says, in verse 22, “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members,” WORKING IN MY MEMBERS, “warring against the law of my mind…” Are you familiar with that war? So, we understand that when we are to do good and we can’t do it, when we do the wrong thing, the question that I want to ask you is, why? In his mind, Paul wants to do one thing, but there is another law bringing him into captivity to the law of sin which is in his members. So, in the Word we find that what the Lord has laid down for us is “here a little, there a little…” (Isaiah 28:10), and right through the Word, we can put the “here a little” together with the “there a little” and come up fully with what the Lord intends for us.

So, Paul came to the conclusion that with his mind he serves the Lord – the law of God, but in his flesh, the law of sin and death. So, because we have that war going on in our being, we have to have the Word riveted in us and we have to have an abundance of the spirit of grace working in us.

But in Galatians 2:20 he said something very interesting. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” It is a conclusion to which he came. He said, nevertheless. He made no more excuses for the things that he would do and he did not, and the things that he did and he should not. So many times we hear people make excuses, “I am human,” or, “It is in my family.” He realized that from the earlier scripture, but he knew he was in trouble if he did not get rid of the flesh and the carnal life and rise to the life to which we are called in Jesus.

You see, overcoming is the greatest part of our walk in the Lord. If we are not overcoming, we are dying. And the experiences that we have through overcoming, and the victories, come through testing. “When we are tried, we shall come forth as pure gold” (Job 23:10).

So, as we look back at the things that used to bother us, cast us down, make us feel as losers – as we give way to the Spirit of Christ rising in us, day after day, we can say, “We are crucified… Nevertheless, the life I now live, I live by the grace of God.” Amen.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, October 2007, pg. 3-4)

Thought for today: Overcoming is the greatest part of our walk in the Lord. If we are not overcoming, we are dying.