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Scripture reading: Matthew 18:15-17

When a person brings evil tidings to you concerning another, and asks you to keep it a secret, he or she is binding you from your duty towards God. He or she lets loose a demon spirit upon you against your brother, and at the same time USES YOU AS A GARBAGE CAN to dump spiritual waste. Do not allow it. Either do not listen, or if they tricked you into listening, let it cease with you by applying Matthew 18:15-17.

  1. Tell him his fault privately.
  2. If no result, then tell him with witnesses.
  3. If no result, then tell it to the church. You will ask the question, “Which church?” The answer is a gathering or group of the called-out saints, real saints.
  4. If no result, then he does not regard God’s authority on earth, so pray for him as for a sinner, show him love, and commend him to judgment which will surely fall upon him to bring him back to God.

THIS IS THE METHOD OF DEALING WITH GARBAGE. Unless a person wants to be exposed in the future, he will not come to you with tales against God’s people.

We are our brother’s keeper. If you entertain evil thoughts against the people of God, and that which you have heard is true against them, then you immediately become responsible to help them repent. If the tales are not true, then the Christians who spread them should be brought to account.

(Excerpt from The Pattern, pg. 102)

Thought for today: Do not allow anyone to use you as a garbage can to dump spiritual waste.

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Scripture reading: 1 John 4:7

When one allows oneself to be used by a devil for his own purpose, and contrary to the Spirit of God within one’s own being, then the submission is unholy and not ordained of God. In order that the reader might understand the degree of which I speak, let me tell you a story.

There was a sister, whose husband wanted her to go to the bar with him and his friends, who spent their time drinking and dancing. She was advised by certain “shepherds” that she should obey her husband and go. I advised that she should tell him in love that her Lord will not allow her to do so. She obeyed the “shepherds” and went with him, and she thought she would preach to them as they drank. She tried to speak about the Lord to them, but soon everybody kept far away from her, and she became the laughing-stock of the party. Husband and wife were living in a strained atmosphere, and so the wife came back to me for advice.

I told her to pray until she lost all feeling of animosity for her husband, then to approach him in love and to show him her love, then to explain to him the reason she will never go back with him to any more parties. He submitted to the Spirit in which she approached him, and told her he was sorry for the embarrassment he caused her, and promised never to ask her to go again. This was not the end of the story. Some months after, he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior, and the other stage of the battle began – where the woman was more advanced in the things of the Lord than the man, and had to coax him along the path of righteousness, while at the same time being in submission to him.

God cannot agree with submission unto sin.

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God” (1 John 4:7).

(Excerpt from The Pattern, pg. 68-69)

Thought for today: God cannot agree with submission unto sin.

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Scripture reading: 2nd Corinthians 6:14-18

When the priest washes at the Laver in the Outer Court of the Tabernacle of Moses, in effect, he puts the death of the cross behind him as a work completed, and turns to the next step on his journey through the Tabernacle, which is Sanctification and Consecration. CONSECRATION is the putting aside of that which was cleansed for the work of the Lord only. The thought behind this act has its counterpart in the act of King Belteshazzar of Babylon, who took the consecrated vessels of the Lord and drank from them, whereupon God wrote with his own hand on the wall, and the king was slain that same night. The people who bear the name of the Lord must be clean and are not permitted worldliness. The word “church” means a called-out people. Called out of what? The world is the answer. Too many Christians are part of the SIN SYSTEM of the world. They were called out, but they did not come out.

Paul dealt with this subject conclusively in his letter to the Corinthians. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

CONSECRATION IS THE MESSAGE THAT WILL TAKE US OUT OF BABYLON. The word Babylon, as used here, means the whole world of rebellion against God’s DIVINE ORDER. Man is resisting God spiritually, politically, and economically, and this is the main cause of our failure in all these areas.

The Spirit of God is now calling all men to separation unto Himself. This is the message of consecration.

(Excerpt from The Pattern, pg. 54-55)

Thought for today: Remember: CONSECRATION is the putting aside of that which was cleansed for the work of the Lord only.

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Scripture reading: Genesis 39:7-20

Brethren, you have to know who you are. You have to have a Godly ambition. Don’t let sin take you! When the man Joseph was faced with sin, he was tempted – that woman had been looking at him long ago. He knew she had a crush on him. Yes, and he was tempted. When she grabbed him, he knew that was the moment of truth. In his mind was, “How can I do this great wickedness and sin against my God?” (Genesis 39:9). That means that he thought of it. Yes, he thought of just submitting to her. He would have a great time in the palace. But to resist her would be death, because she was going to lie about him anyhow. And so he said, “I would rather die.”

Brethren, God is asking you to give up your lives. Make your life an offering to God. Make up your mind that you would rather die than submit to sin. And more than that, God is calling a people to be His precious treasure, and I want to be the precious treasure. There are a lot of other things that I can be but I am saying, “Lord God, if so and so, if this action, if that action is standing on my rights over here, it is going to take away me being that precious treasure – I’d rather die. I’d rather die.”

I told you the story of how I made up my mind to die. I decided to die. I stopped eating because the youthful lust that was within me would have destroyed what God was doing to me, and I was at a crossroads just like Joseph. I said, “Let me die, my God.” I stopped eating for forty days. God sat down there and watched me. He was watching me to see if I would break down, but I was determined. Blood was coming through my mouth. I was coughing so hard I couldn’t hold myself down on the bed. I was just coughing and the blood was spattering out. I refused to drink water. Some of the willing workers, a band of women from the church, came in. One powerful woman held me down. She took a spoon with water and put it in my mouth. They also took a cornmeal poultice and put it on my chest. I couldn’t help myself. I was weak. And when they had gone, God came to me. He had a chart and was showing me how I was going up the hill. He took up the chart, then He put it down and said, “Turn back.” And I had to go back. But I put God to the test. However, God did not want me to die. One day He came to me and said, “You are healed.” As simple as that! He came in, showed me the same chart again and said, “This is the top of the hill.”

The place where I was staying at that time was a house up on a mountain. The same day that God came to me there was a knock at the door. My brother Frank came in saying, “I have been hunting all over for you! I couldn’t find you anywhere. I did not know where you were.” He kept asking and asking for me until he found me up on that mountain. God sent him to give me a bottle of cod liver oil and malt. Those were the first things I ate and they started to heal my body. My health began to come back.

I want you to understand that if you are in a condition where a naked woman could come in and take you, you are in a bad shape. You have to get to the point where that wouldn’t phase you, where that wouldn’t affect you. The only way you can get to such a point is if you allow Christ to come into your mind and control your body so that your body will not obey any other master but your mind and your spirit; and your spirit, the Holy Spirit!

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, February 2007, pg. 42)

Thought for today: God is asking you to give up your life. Make your life an offering to God. Make up your mind that you would rather die than submit to sin.

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By Mavis duCille

Scripture reading: Hebrews 4:15-16

(February 1986)

Grace is undeserved favor – God to man.

Enoch found grace with God – he walked with God, and God took him as He desired.

Moses found grace with God – he talked to God face to face and lived; he received the ten commandments written by the finger of God; he led a miraculous life from Egypt to Canaan; died and was taken away by angels, and did not see corruption.

Elijah, the prophet, found grace with God – he lived a life of power and spiritual authority; was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire.

Jesus Christ, our great benefactor, the very author of grace, with all the faculties of God fully developed in Him, showed us what it meant for man to live by the grace of God. He was the embodiment of grace, peace and love. In Him, we beheld the glory of God. He is the grace of God.

God dealt with the patriarchs individually according to His promises. He dealt with Israel, His choice as a nation, under the law, according to His promises. The prophets stressed repentance in their prophetic writings, and encouraged Israel to take advantage of the GRACE which God always makes available to man. They stressed repentance as an inward work which renews the heart, as a gift of God’s Grace.

God’s Grace envelops mercy, lovingkindness, goodness and forgiveness. His AMAZING GRACE includes the Divine Power to equip man to live above his fallen state, thus fulfilling the mission of Jesus Christ. He came to seek and to save that which was lost.

God, therefore, exonerates Himself from blame, because GRACE is His free gift to everyone. Accept it and you have life; reject it and you are lost. Grace is from the beginning to the end of our salvation. Justification is through grace. When one comes to Jesus in repentance, God in His grace treats him, the guilty one, as if he had never sinned. Here FAITH, which is also a gift of God, is exercised to accept this forgiveness “not of yourselves,” Ephesians 2:8, but the will of God. Ephesians 1:13 speaks of Consecration and Baptism as the next step in grace – a provision for the conquest of sin in the believer’s life. It is, therefore, necessary that one must be at an AGE and STAGE to recognize sin.

NO GRACE, NO GOSPEL: Every step in the Christian life is due to GRACE. Romans 8:28-30 shows there is a calling, a justification, and a glorification, with a responsibility in between; obedience being the moral attitude.

Hebrews 4:15-16, “For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the THRONE OF GRACE, that we may obtain MERCY, and find GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED.”

So many times, we Christians fail so miserably with our loved ones and the world in general, forgetting that the whole creation groans and travails, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. Before the world can have that witness, we, the people of God, must overcome the nature within us that is contrary to HIS DIVINE NATURE.

There is a work to be done in the soul – the mind, the emotions, the will and the desires (this is man) – by daily exercise, which necessitates getting to the throne of grace – i.e. forgive, that you might be FORGIVEN.

The trouble with many Christians is that sin does not appear EXCEEDINGLY SINFUL. The Holy Spirit has not been allowed to permeate the soul to do the purifying work to which the heart and conscience bears witness. They always seem to be either excusing themselves or accusing one another; therefore manifesting anger, malice, strife, wantonness, love of pleasure, divisiveness, cunningness, impatience, bitterness, selfishness, ego (which exalts self almost or altogether above God), fear, contention, pride, etc. – fruits of the flesh in general. All these are enmity against God, having one’s personality organized in the wrong direction.

Because the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, God makes provision for man in mercy and grace – that we might find the grace needed for the situations of each day.

It matters not how much one prophesies, preaches, imparts healing, teaches or is involved in any church activity; one needs to find GRACE to help when accused, robbed, beaten, reviled, cursed or caused pain or grief. The believer does not draw from the abundance of words in one’s own vocabulary or from one’s own strength, but rather from the abundance of GRACE from the THRONE OF GRACE. This will glorify God and produce much overcoming strength.

Matthew 5:21-28 shows that under grace, anger is equated with murder, and a wrong look is equated with adultery.

To stand on one’s pride and depend on and use one’s strength is frustrating the GRACE OF GOD, whereby we are S-A-V-E-D – saved from having been born in sin and shaped in iniquity – being saved from our own self nature – being saved from corruption to incorruption, and from mortal to immortal.

(Excerpt from Nuggets for the Needy, pg. 107-109)

Thought for today: It matters not how much one prophesies, preaches, imparts healing, teaches or is involved in any church activity; one needs to find GRACE to help when accused, robbed, beaten, reviled, cursed or caused pain or grief.

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