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Scripture reading: Exodus 19:6, 2 Peter 2:9

Do you know that when you lay hands on a person that you are actually putting your life on the line for that person? Did you know that is what it means? Did you know that God made the people of Israel lay their hands on the priest and confess their sins over him, and their sins left them and went into the priest? Amen. You know, I have seen it happen. We had situations where brothers laid their hands on people but they didn’t have the spiritual virtue or energy to counteract the thing that was in that person and it came back upon them.

One day, we were called up into a mountain top to go pray for a woman who was possessed with some devil. We all left to go but this young man took a short-cut through the bushes and got up there first. What he wanted to have was the glory of being the person who delivered the woman. If you have those kinds of things in you, keep away from demons. They will kill you because they can spot a wrong thought anywhere. The boy ran up there. He laid his hands on the woman. When we got there, his hand was crippled, withered; and we never got him better. He started having epileptic seizures and had them until he died. We could not bring deliverance to him.

You have to beware of how you lay hands. Do you remember in Hebrews 6:1, Paul speaks of the “laying on of hands” as part of our foundation doctrine? You need to have that foundation doctrine well secured in your foundation. Because in the laying on of hands, you are actually accepting unto yourself the problem that the person has.

There was a woman in the Bible that had the issue of blood. You can imagine that it was some sin that gave her that issue. Now-a-days we might say it was some sort of venereal disease. She grabbed the hem of Jesus’ garment and Jesus said, “I felt virtue come out of Me” (Mark 5:25-33). Do you realize that when you lay hands on a person, you are giving out virtue? YES! He said, “I felt virtue come out of Me.” His disciples said, “But everybody is touching You and rubbing up against You.” Jesus responded, “No, no. Something else: there was a deliberate action that pulled the virtue out of Me.” Do you know what action it was? Faith. The woman believed it! I am telling you – you do not know how strong faith is!

FAITH! By FAITH then, we are going to fit the bill of God – not because we are righteous, not because we are pretty, not because we are good, not because we are better than anybody else – BUT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS. He will make you a royal priesthood.

Now, God created the priesthood to be a mediator between God and man. Do you know that is what a priest is? When Jesus Christ came, Jesus became the mediator between God and us. So, the priesthood was abolished. But then, He said He had a new priesthood after the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:11). Who is this Melchizedek?

Abraham went to battle and he overcame the five kings of Sodom and Gomorrah. When he was coming back, there came a man to him. Abraham said, “Who are you?” The man said that He was the king of Salem (Genesis 14:18-20) and Abraham recognized that it was God and gave Him a tenth of all, his tithes. You know, I always wondered what God did with it. Maybe He just put it up into smoke or something. But Abraham gave it to this King of Salem; and Salem is Jerusalem. Yes! City of peace! So this situation brings us into something new – a new order of priesthood has been created.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, February 2007, pg. 36-38)

Thought for today: By faith we are going to fit the bill of God – because we believe what God says. He will make us a royal priesthood.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 5:48

Do you know that you can read one passage of Scripture a thousand times and every time you read it, it is new? Some people say, “Oh, we have heard all this before. We do not need to go to conventions because we are just going to hear the same old time thing all over and over again.” But the truth is the Word is new every morning! Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God! Hallelujah!

Let me tell you, brethren, something about Abraham. Abraham was righteous. It was not because he lied. The Bible was careful to tell you how Abraham lied, and the Bible was careful to tell you how Abraham had his maid at the behest of his wife. The Bible is careful to tell you these things to show you that Abraham was not a superman. But, he believed God. He believed God, and God counted it to him for righteousness! How are you going to be righteous? You have to believe God. You have to do what God tells you what to do. You have to move in the way God tells you to move.

We have to know that we are being created. The moment Abraham lifted the knife and decided to drive it down into his son, a new life came into him! God said, “Now, I know.” Do you think there is anything God does not know? Brethren, the things that are happening to you in life are happening because God is tempting you to walk in an area that will create in you SOMETHING NEW! Hallelujah! The Spirit of God, moving upon David, said, “Lord, create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.”

We are being created in the likeness of God. We are being made in the likeness of God. How are we being made? How is it happening? Everything you do, everything you think is part of the creative process. It will either hinder the creation or it will foster it! There is a delicate point in the creation of anything, when it can either turn one way or the other. We are at that point where God is trying to birth Christ within us, and the world is trying to birth Satanism (the devil himself) within us. And the one hinders the other!

May God help us, brethren. May God help us to understand the truth that we are in a point of creation. Everything you see in the movies, everything you see in the world, everything you see in your mind—it has a process. IT IS EITHER ASSISTING OR RESISTING THE PROCESS OF YOUR CREATION IN THE IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST! Amen!

So, we have to be careful. God is saying to you, “Be ye perfect.” Why would God say that to me if I have no power to be perfect? The power is in my hand, either to submit to the perfecting process, or to resist it. Now, how can it be, that I resist the process, and I do not even know what I am doing? It is because, if I submit to the devil, he will cause me to resist it without my even knowing. Therefore, I become a fool! An innocent fool who resists God without knowing that I am resisting God.

God is saying to us as a people, “Rise up, rise up, shake yourself from the dust.” Claim your rightful place in God. Hold on to the good that God has done, the good that He has given you, the way that He has prepared for you to escape out of the dust! Hallelujah! Don’t you see that He wants a lively Body? God looked down and He saw a people rising up in the end of time who will serve the Lord. The Scripture calls it the “generation of the righteous” (Psalm 14:5). In other words, a generation of people who will obey God! Glory to God! God is at this time finding people who He can flow through. If God flows through you, you become righteous because you are doing exactly what God wants you to do. That is righteousness; that is holiness. And when you do it for a time, it becomes a habit and God calls you holy. He said, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” May God help you and bless you.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, November 1999, pg. 15-16)

Thought for today: Let God flow through you so that you may become righteous. The power of your creation in the image of Jesus Christ is in your hand.

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Scripture reading: Genesis 22:1-14

I want us to look at the place God is bringing us to. When you look in Genesis 22:1-14, you can read a little story about a flesh and blood man who pleased God. As you read through it, you will notice that verse 5 is a very peculiar verse. Just imagine: Abraham is carrying the boy to kill him, to offer him as a sacrifice, and he is telling the young men who was with them that, “He (Isaac) and I will come back.” Amen! Hallelujah! Now, that is some sort of faith! He was going to kill his son believing that God would raise him again from the dead.

Now there are a few other things that God has been showing me concerning this story. First of all, God made Abraham choose a site in the middle of Jerusalem. There was no Jerusalem there at the time, and on that site right now, the Mosque of Omar is covering the stone where Abraham offered up his son. I believe God preserved the site because He has something else to teach us. God did not want any Jewish temple to be put over it, and so He made the Arabs come along and put an abomination over the stone so that the Jews might not worship the ground.

The Lord is speaking to us through this story. What I want to talk to you about is “righteousness.” Righteousness! Abraham, as a physical, natural man, was not righteous; but the Bible said that because Abraham obeyed [believed] God, it was counted to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3). So obedience became the standard of righteousness for us.

Now, if you obey God, you will also be righteous. As a matter of fact, you cannot be righteous without obeying God, and you cannot be holy without obeying God. Holiness is a requirement for seeing God. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:14 that you cannot see God unless you are holy. I am asking you, how many of you here are holy? Raise your hands. So then, you will not see God! Isn’t that what it says? I should think so! I should think that the Bible is saying that without being holy, “NO MAN SHALL SEE GOD!” Without holiness, no man shall see God, and without righteousness, you cannot serve God.

So, what are we looking at? What are we talking about? We are talking about God calling a people to the place of an altar. Do you know that the altar that Abraham built for his son was a type of the Golden Altar in the Tabernacle? Right there he was ready to kill him, but did he kill him? He did. Yes, he did. Amen! Jesus was slain from before the foundation of the world, yet Jesus walked up and down in Galilee and in Israel until He was slain on a cross. In other words, when a thing is done in the Spirit, it is done! God knew that Abraham was not fooling. He was coming down with that knife, because he knew that God said he should do it. God said he should do it, and so he was coming down with the knife. Now, God is talking to you about your Isaac!

We were discussing things that God would allow if God is good. If God knows everything I am going to do tomorrow, then, you see, as a fatalist, I can say, “Well, everything is all right. There’s nothing I can do! I really cannot do anything!” And yet, the Almighty God, Who made the heaven and the earth and all men, said to you, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Why should God be telling me that I should be perfect even as God is perfect if I cannot do anything about it? Don’t you see that you have the handle and you can do something about it?

There is something that God wants us to understand, and that is that we are unfinished work. I am not finished. I am an unfinished work, and God says the only way I can be finished is if I will do what He tells me to do to finish the work.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, November 1999, pg. 4-7)

Thought for today: Choose to obey God today so that it would be counted to you for righteousness.

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Scripture reading: Genesis 5:21-24

God has separated our time into three dispensations. Let us look at the first dispensation today. We call it “The dispensation of innocence,” but it can be called any other name. During this time, Adam began to teach his children what happened to him when he walked in the garden with God Almighty. Have you ever thought of it? The privilege of walking with the Living God? Adam had this experience and he began to teach his children. He taught them hundreds of years and then, after somewhere around nine hundred years, somebody got the message. One man! The man Enoch had the capacity, the determination, and the power of faith to break through into the presence of God and to COMMAND the deliverance!

And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:23-24).

Adam taught Enoch, and the Bible says here that it took 365 years. The number 365 looks somewhat suspicious, doesn’t it? 365 days make one solar year. So then, in 365 years one man got the message. God translated Enoch when he was 365 years old, and thereby, by type showed us what is going to happen at the end of time when God will bring man into the fullness.

“…And Enoch walked with God….” The first man that we read of that walked with God was Adam. It says that Adam walked with God. He taught Enoch, and Enoch learned to walk with God. And Enoch’s wife said, “Enoch walked with God and is not for God took him.” For the Bible says that Enoch had sons and daughters (Genesis 5:22). That shows that the man was a natural, normal man who had a wife and children, and a home. And it says that he walked with God!

And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

Now, Enoch’s wife didn’t mourn. She wasn’t crying and weeping that she lost him, because she didn’t lose him. She gained him! Enoch “walked with God,” and she said, “Enoch is not.” That means to say that, “He is no longer here. He is no longer a natural, carnal, physical man. He has ASCENDED!” And the Bible tells us that he did it by faith!

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5).

He walked with God by faith, and it said, “And…God took him.” What would make God want a man? Can you imagine how much God must have loved that man? See him walking like the perfect NEW CREATION MAN! God had a plan to make us into a new creation man, so when Adam fell it did not bother God. For God saw this same Adam that fell ahead at the end of the day WALKING IN POWER AND GLORY! Amen!

So then, God said to Enoch, “Would you like to come with Me?” And Enoch said, “That is what I want.” Amen! “Nothing else would satisfy me. The reason I live is to worship Thee!” Amen! Yes! “The reason I live is to worship Thee, God!”

And Enoch… was not; for God took him.”

This was absolutely amazing! I cannot imagine how it must have seemed. He just stepped from natural into supernatural. Enoch never died but is alive this very day. He just went from natural into supernatural. Amen!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 7-8)

Thought for today: Let the following be the confession of our mouths and hearts: “Nothing else will satisfy me, Lord, but to come away with Thee. The reason I live is to worship Thee!”

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Scripture reading: Hebrew 11:6

I trust you remember that “virgins” in the Bible mean “Christians.” The “foolish virgins” in Matthew 25 are those who half-believe and half-don’t believe. In other words, they believe, but with a doubt. If you believe God, then why don’t you just believe Him? If you believe that God is God, why don’t you serve Him? Serving God is not running up and down the streets, telling people about Jesus and handing out tracts. To some people, that is serving God. In reality, even though it is part of it, it is the least of it. The greater part of serving God is to ALLOW the power of God to come into you (into God’s temple) to where you are a sanctified temple! When you allow God in, then God can do what He wants to do. You do not have to go all around telling everybody about Jesus. You do not have to go “doing” something.

For example, you went to minister the gospel in China. The day is going to come when we will walk through China, saying nothing at all. Not a word! Yet, breaking down the power of hell! Amen! Because the POWER of God will be coming through you! Hallelujah!

You have read of Charles Finney and men like him. I am not talking about those who you know, but I am talking about what you have heard about. Charles Finney went to a factory. As he walked through it, people fell from their seats and accepted Jesus without him saying a word.

Some people may say, “Well, we hear Brother duCille talk about God, but we have not known Him for ourselves.” But then, if you believe God, He will manifest Himself to you also.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 3-4)

Thought for today: Are you one of those who half-believe and half-don’t? Remember: if you believe God, He will manifest Himself to you!

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By Mavis M. duCille

Scripture reading: Philippians 3:8

For some time now, the Lord has been stressing the responsibilities and sacrifices that accompany the call of the Lord.

Very early experiences with the Lord made it absolutely clear that only a complete separation from the ways of the world could put one in a place that would delight the heart of God, and cause one to enter into His secrets and be a part of His function in the earth.

ABRAHAM, though referred to as a friend of God, could not fulfill his role before God in Terah’s house, because Terah did not overcome his idol worship, and the ways from which man had departed from God since the fall to that time. God, therefore, commanded Abraham, “Get thee out of thy country… and from THY FATHER’S HOUSE, unto a land that I will show thee.” Many people in our time take this in the natural, and reject their parents in such a way that it breaks their parents’ hearts. They do not realize that such an action does in fact open the road to rebellion. The light of God’s presence in one’s life should shine first in one’s own home, then radiate to others. One might not be able to bring his family to the Lord, but LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. They need the testimony of Jesus. Yes, God intended Abraham to leave physically, which he did, but took his father and nephew with him, which meant that that family spirit went with him. Abraham was part of Terah his father. One can see the result of this, that Abraham could not move on until he settled the Terah question – until Terah died (no matter that God provided a better way for man’s deliverance and perfection). In all this, Abraham did not lose sight of God’s promises to him – the possession of the whole land. There was no satisfaction in his soul in the places where he traveled, though he kept moving on and hoping. The great test of Abraham’s faith came at mount Moriah: the offering of his son Isaac. He could not see the two things working together – to be made the father of many nations and to offer up his only son – BUT HE BELIEVED GOD – he was sold out to FAITH IN GOD.

In the New Testament, Jesus accomplished man’s salvation in His atoning death, making the salvation of man obtainable by faith, so that man must abandon the reliance in his own effort. Whosoever believes on Him shall not perish. Faith and trust are Christian attributes. All Christians should be sold out to Christ, because He establishes not only FAITH, but THE POWER to accomplish. Some, however, are not willing to pay the price. How sad that there are so many who accept the free will offering of salvation through the blood of Jesus, yet are not willing to forsake the world and its attractions to lay hold of the eternal blessings. It is like the contract of marriage which necessitates forsaking all other men and cleaving to your husband, or forsaking all other women and cleaving to your wife. In most of the marriages of this century, honesty and integrity are not the main ingredients, resulting in broken homes and great disasters. Even so in the Christian world, not many are willing to relinquish the striving after the reliance on the world and one’s abilities, to rely totally on FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS.

One who is a believer and called of God is not his own, he is God’s. To believe means to commit one’s self decisively, not only as a past but a continuous action. Believing will take a person out of himself into Christ. Of course, the Holy Spirit in the believer is God’s mark of ownership, which is the earnest of our inheritance; which guarantees the forthcoming of the final ETERNAL LIFE.

Paul saw the need of counting all things as dung to win CHRIST. Because he was SOLD OUT to Christ, he was able to run the race, to finish his course, and to look forward to what was laid up for him when he came face to face with the Messiah.

Although the term “price to pay” is sometimes used by us (Luke 14:28), it is not such a difficult thing as it might seem, because that which is gained far exceeds the investment.

One certainly cannot be used of God satisfactorily, unless that life is laid down completely and made ready for the Master’s use by fire. Total commitment. NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE, words of Jesus Christ Himself. The disciple is not greater than his Lord.

(Excerpt from Nuggets for the Needy, pages 96-99)

Thought for today: One who is a believer and called of God is not his own, he is God’s. To believe means to commit one’s self decisively, not only as a past but a continuous action.

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By Mavis duCille

Scripture reading: Psalm 25:22

I really praise God to be part of the family of God. A family is a unit, though many different members or parts. So, if we are united as the family of God, then we can accomplish great things for we feel for each other. We understand each other’s problems because we feel and experience some of them. That is how a family goes. If one member of the family hurts, then all feel the pain. I am so glad I am a part of the family of God, and we appreciate the prayers of the saints. It is what has kept us going, what has kept us in the Lord, that we can stand before you at the different times, and say, “Praise God for His goodness. Praise God for His glory. Praise God!”

One day the Lord came to me and said, “I am your preserver. I have preserved you.” For the first time my eyes were open to the true understanding of being preserved. I reflected to the times during different attacks of the enemy, physical attacks, and different attacks, that He has preserved. Praise God. The song said, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, than when we first begun.” After the ten thousand years have gone, you have no less than when you first begun. The ten thousand years are not the end, but it is the beginning. Praise God. All that we enjoy now, it is only storing up, building up for after, to continue in His praises and in His glory. So don’t be discouraged. Don’t be faint hearted. Only trust Him. Only trust Him. He will lead the way. He will get us out of all the problems. He is the solver of problems, hallelujah. He is our healer! He is our deliverer! He is our fortress. He is our strong tower in which we can hide. Sometimes when the enemy comes pressing in, we forget those words, because he deceives us. But when we are in trouble is the time that we are to seek the Lord, and begin to speak the word of deliverance that he can hear, that he can depart. God is everything. Amen.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 25, 2003)

Thought for today: So don’t be discouraged. Don’t be faint hearted. Only trust Him. Only trust Him. He will lead the way. He will get us out of all the problems.

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