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Scripture reading: Matthew 24:23

Before we attain the perfection, which entails changing the human nature to the DIVINE NATURE (2nd Peter 1:4), we must abide in the perfection of the Spirit. At present, we do partake of the divine nature in a limited way, but then we shall in its fullness. No man will rise to the perfect image of God before the death and the resurrection of the FIRSTFRUITS COMPANY, and this event shall jolt all creation. No man is correct in going around saying he is Christ. He cannot be Christ until the firstfruits come forth, and we shall all know about this when it happens, because perfection will come to a body of people and not to an individual. Thus it is the body that will be called Christ, and not the parts. This is the meaning of the scripture in Matthew 24:23, “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.”

If Christ was going to come in this fashion, then in obedience to the scripture, we would not believe Him when He comes. This scripture, more than any other, clearly says that Christ will not come and say unto any man, “I am Christ.” Thus, any person who says this is doing so in the spirit of the antichrist. The people of God who are now being taught that because Christ is coming forth in His church in the individual members, that we are Christ, are being “artfully and cunningly” prepared by the devil to accept the antichrist. My instruction to you is that you must repent now and cease from this heresy, if so be that you thought it was all right to worship the Christ in your brother. Worship the head, not the body. The body is not yet perfect. We must only worship God.

(Excerpt from The Pattern, 2nd Edition, 1995, pg. 118-119)

Thought for today: Worship the head, not the body. The body is not yet perfect. We must only worship God.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:6

The Golden Lampstand in the Tabernacle of Moses has seven lamps that are on one level at the top which signifies equality with Christ. When man comes forth in Christ, he will sit in an equal place with Jesus Christ as part of the Christ Himself. Ephesians 2:6, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” There is perfect equality between the head and the body. Jesus is the head and we are the body, WHEN THE BODY FUNCTIONS IN THE SPIRIT.

It is, therefore, not just a matter of being perfect at some future time, and then gaining equality with Christ, but obeying the Spirit now, operating perfectly now, because we have been given an equal status with Christ. This is not to bring Christ down, but to lift humanity. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” John 12:32.

It is necessary for us to understand equality. This is a statutory equality which is different from the position one holds in the body, and the work appointed for each to do.

In other words, Jesus is the head and the different functions are apportioned out to us, the body. We are just as important and equal in the body operation as the head, but, of course, we are not the head. If one part usurps the function of another, then two jobs would be undone. I am afraid that this is the problem of the body today.

(Excerpt from The Pattern, pg. 117-118)

Thought for today: Let us not usurp the function of another member of the body of Christ. Otherwise, two jobs will be undone.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 5:25-27

The church was never meant to be a building or an organization, but God Himself designed His people as HIS CHURCH. All that has been done in the past has only been a preparation for the TRUE CHURCH. Any organization which claims that it is the true church, no matter what good intentions it has, must be usurping a position which it can never live up to. When Jesus called His disciples together and gave them a spiritual charter, it exceeded and superseded all human charters and laws and was above them all. It was a “law planted on the fleshy tables of their hearts,” which, if you have, you will obey God and be one with God’s people. If you do not have it, you will just do everything but that which God requires. Thus we find that the churches which are running headlong with their programs of doing good are not in God’s order, and to God, they are like wild animals running up and down in the jungle doing their thing until their day of visitation.

For a long time, we all dwelt in this overcast situation, and after a while, we convinced ourselves that we were in the will of God. God, on the other hand, gave us many blessings and encouragements, healings and deliverances, which we have used to convince others that we are in the will of God, and that they should follow us and our program. YET, every honest minister of the Gospel knows that our programming of God, and our business of running the church, never really filled the bill in the eyes of God. Could God use this word for our works: “Perfect in his generation?” This kind of action, which has lasted for hundreds of years, while the light slowly breaks upon the church, demands an END. We HAVE NOW COME TO THE END OF PLAYING CHURCH. God is bringing the ax down upon our churchanity, and within a short period of years, there shall be a cleaving and a tearing, and GOD SHALL SUDDENLY DIVIDE THE SHEEP FROM THE GOATS.

For a while, which seemed to be a very long while, God winked at our operations in His Name, but now, He winks no more.

(Excerpt from The Pattern, pg. 47-48)

Thought for today: We have a spiritual charter: It was a “law planted on the fleshy tables of their hearts,” which, if you have, you will obey God and be one with God’s people.

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Scripture reading: Acts 13:47

Let me tell you something about the evangelistic ministry: The evangelistic ministry must preach the revealed truths of the Body. God said that at the end of time, all of the mysteries of the gospel would be finished. That means that God is telling somebody. The secrets of God are being revealed to somebody.

When I met Jesus, He began to talk to me and tell me some things that the church never heard before. I wondered if Paul knew some of those things when he wrote the books we have in the Bible or whether God just prophetically used him. You know, the prophet can prophesy above his head. The prophet doesn’t know what he is saying. He prophesies above his head. He himself is sitting down waiting to see the thing come to pass, because he never thought of it before he prophesied it. So therefore, the church now, the Body of Christ, is going to speak words beyond its own understanding. I am talking about your daily life. In your daily life you are speaking things. “Never mind, child, God is going to bless you.” “The LORD will bless you.” “Let us pray. Oh God, bless this person.” And you have let loose deliverance to that person. As long as that person lives, that blessing is going to follow them, because you pronounced it.

Your right hand will not lift a bigger thing by itself, but the left hand goes along with it and the thing is lifted completely. This is what God is doing with you. You are the left hand that will come together with the right hand of God – God and man working together to bring forth light in the earth. Every mystery of God is being revealed to this church. Now, my detractors will say that Cecil says that we are the only ones getting the truth. If you notice, that is not what I said. This church means this church over the whole world that is walking with God. The ears must begin to hear. Do you notice that we have five discernment gifts on the outside: hearing, seeing, feeling, tasting and smelling? You are the outside part of God’s discernment. You are hearing. You are seeing. You are smelling. You taste. You don’t even know what you are doing. Sometimes you wonder what is going on. You don’t know that you are smelling. But, let me give you an example of what we mean by a smell.

A spirit can come in the congregation on a certain spiritual frequency. I’m using words that you probably need to consider. Frequency – a spirit walks in through a door; he comes in on a certain frequency. If you are one who hears from God, you don’t hear him. If you are one who sees all the visions, you will never see him. If you are one who feels, you will never feel him. But he is coming in on the frequency of a smell, for you will never see a smell, you will never hear a smell, and you will never taste a smell. However, there are some people who God has put on that smelling frequency. If you are the one, you alone can discern that spirit and, if you are functioning, you will. Now, if you are not functioning, that spirit will have freedom in the midst of the congregation.

God is calling people to function in their own capacity. God is calling to His anointed. Amen.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, December 2006, pg. 11)

Thought for today: You are the left hand that will come together with the right hand of God – God and man working together to bring forth light in the earth.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 21:22

The Word that I am seeing before me is the church functioning in its place. However, there is a bad habit among us: Everybody wants to do something else besides what God wants us to do.

I never forgot the musician, the pianist in Gatlinburg that came to me when I was out there preaching. He said to me, “What can I do? What can I do to really please God?” I said, “Son, fast tomorrow, and come into the meeting. Pray to God that He would use you as a musician.” I had never seen anything like that. The young man was so energetic and wanted to see God use him. He got in the church building as the first one. It was about six o’clock in the evening and the meeting was supposed to start at seven. He got in, jumped on that piano, and began to play; he just played from his soul. People came into the door, but they didn’t go to their seats. Nobody passed that door. They came and fell at the altar. The service started with an altar call. Everybody was weeping. The man was just playing; nobody was even singing!

You must believe in divine power. I see some of us don’t believe in power. You see, God taught me how to believe in power, how to pray before coming to service. My wife, Mavis, and I prayed for six souls one night and we came in to the church building and it was empty. Nobody came that night! But we started to sing and to praise God and somebody came in and went to the altar. Another one came in – six people came in to the altar and were saved that night. Divine power! DIVINE POWER! Begin to use this power, brethren. Begin to use this power! God has anointed some of you to pray; you have the greatest power in the church, and nobody notices you. You have the power to pray and ask God to move according to your prayer.

I remember when I used to love to see people get knocked down on the floor. You know, we go through all these stages. I was a young man. The first day that God called me, I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, went into a Holy Quietness Church, and the whole church fell down flat on the floor and couldn’t get up. After that, I kind of felt that everywhere I went, people must fall down on the floor. You know, when you touch the person and the person doesn’t fall down, you have the tendency to give him a little “help,” (you push a bit). In fighting, there is a hold that you use in which you touch a person on his forehead. Anybody that you touch on his head like that has to go back and falls. I see them doing it in churches, putting their hands on the people, on their foreheads. It used to be Jujitsu in those days (note: Jujitsu is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat). I would touch you on your forehead and you fell down. But you know, one day God came to me and said, “What do you really want? Do you want to humble the people so they fall down? Or do you want to bless them?” I said, “I want to bless them.” From that day on, rarely anybody fell down in my service because I wanted to bless them. I don’t especially want them to fall down. That doesn’t gratify me anymore. I just want to BLESS them. And that should be the desire of all of us – to bless the people of God.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, December 2006, pg. 9-10)

Thought for today: You have the power to pray and ask God to move according to your prayer. Begin to use this power!

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