Feeding the Soul

This message entitled “Feeding the Soul“ was given by Brother Cecil duCille in 1973.

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By Mavis M. duCille

Scripture reading: Psalm 145

Dear ones, we take the every-day things and the every-day blessings of God for granted so much. We take for granted our abilities to go and come, and to do and not to do. We rejoice in that type of freedom that we have, and never really think about the blessings that we enjoy, how they come about. We never really think about the covering and the protection that God gives to us; the very breath that we breathe.

I remember, after I was attacked by malaria and after recovering from it, I made it to the meeting for the first time and I found that I could not sing! I tried, and I could not sing! And it really touched me, and I said, “God, this is a privilege that You have given to glorify Your name. Don’t let me be robbed of this!” I just held on to faith, and sang! And my voice became stronger and stronger and stronger and stronger. I tell you, every time now that I open my mouth to sing, I praise God! I praise Him for the privilege. I praise Him for the deliverance. I praise Him for the blessing of each day. Do not ever forget that. When you get up in the morning, do not say, “Oh God! Another morning.” Say, “Thank God for today!” “Thank You, God, for today. I have come to do Your will!” Praise God! We are not our own; we are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in this temple.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2000)

Thought for today: Let us thank God for every morning He gives us and praise Him for the blessing of each day.

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By Mavis M. duCille

Scripture reading: Philemon 1:11-12

The Lord has been speaking to us about being “profitable” and “unprofitable.” The profitable servant and the unprofitable servant. It would seem as if we have to be on one side or the other. We’re either profitable or unprofitable. The things that we do, the thoughts that we think, the words that we speak are either profitable or unprofitable, either profitable to God or unprofitable to God. That is how we have to gauge our lives, gauge our walk, gauge our talk, that it’s either profitable or unprofitable. So, when you speak, after you have spoken, assess it. Has it been profitable? Have you sown a profitable seed in the heart of that person or have you left an unprofitable seed sown? Whether you speak in public or in private, have you left a profitable seed or an unprofitable seed? So, all that we do, we should do to the glory of God.

I have been trying to read the many places in the Bible which refer to profitable or unprofitable. I haven’t been able to go through them all, but you can go through and find out, because it is profitable to us, as we walk, whether we are being profitable servants or unprofitable servants. Don’t wait until the end to hear the pronouncement. Make sure that you are being profitable now.

I was reading in Philemon where Paul said, “Onesimus is profitable unto me” (Philemon 1:11). That was Paul’s testimony of him. He must have found the profit in the man, although he said, “At some time he was unprofitable, but now he is profitable.” He gained ground in the Lord. Hallelujah.

He took away, or had been working on his unprofitable way to make it profitable. So when we find ourselves in an unprofitable position, we can work on it to make it profitable. God does not expect us to remain unprofitable once He has called us and put His mark upon us. There is one word that says that God will NOT leave us in a position where we can say that, “You have not given me the opportunity to be what You want me to be.” There is not one person that can put that blame on God because He has given us all, ALL, A-L-L that we need to stand. If we are not standing on both feet, we are standing in our hearts.

So, God wants us to be profitable servants. In all that we say and do, it must bring profit. I have seen many situations where one person would go to talk with another person and it leaves the person all shattered; they can’t lift up her head or his head and say, “Praise God, that was a good visit. That was a good talk; I have been blessed; I have been edified; I have been lifted up.” That is what God expects us to be if we are to be profitable servants.

Paul, at the end of his life, said:

2 Tim 4:7-8, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

So, God expects us to walk as warriors of the cross, not as people who are bound to earth and earthiness. Earthiness is not ours. Heavenliness is ours. Amen! We are seeking for a country with foundation whose builder and maker is God, not the devil. We refuse to exalt the devil. We refuse to countenance him in what we say, in what we do, in what we are from day to day.

Let us turn a new page, those of us who find that we are not really glorifying God and holding up the standard of salvation. Let us turn a new page and say, “I will bless the Lord at all times.” All times! Just remember that, when you have to deal with one person or speak to a person, when you leave, make sure you have left a good seed. Make sure that you have edified your God, you have glorified your God and edified the church, because we are members one of another. We have to see to it that the Blood flows from one to another to bring life, the life that is in Christ Jesus. So, we must remember to try to be profitable servants, not unprofitable servants. All that we say and do must bring glory to God, profit to the Body of Christ, profit to the church, not pulling down the church, not pulling down our brethren, but exalting one another in the name of Jesus, more so as the day approaches, which is now.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 2006)

Thought for today: Whether you speak in public or in private, have you left a profitable seed or an unprofitable seed? God does not expect us to remain unprofitable once He has called us and put His mark upon us.

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Scripture reading: Mark 12:30

God says in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

This is the first rule we were given, the first law: Love God. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength.” (Mark 12:30) In order to love God, you must love Him as number one in your life; that is what He means. In other words, God is not saying that you have a mighty capacity to love like God loves. Your love might be like a little thimble in comparison to a big ocean, but if you put God first, if God is number one in your life, then you love God as much as God wants you to love Him. Do you understand? God is not asking you to do any impossible tasks. All He is asking you to do is to love Him as number one.

A little girl once said, “I love you, I love you way up in the sky.” Amen. She knew above her head was Number One. God wants you to have Him as number one.

Brethren, let us think about “number one” for a while. Many times God takes second place in our lives because we have other things that we count more important. The reason why you come to the meetings is not because you didn’t have anything else to do. Many of us have many other things to do and we could do them, we could enjoy these other things, but because we have a priority upon one thing, then we use the time to do that one thing. Sometimes you are tired; sometimes you are upset; sometimes you are in no condition to come to service, but to you it is important and so you sweep everything away and put it as number one. But there are other times when number one is something else for us. We are temper-mental – sometimes God is number one in our lives and sometimes He is not. We need to have a steady understanding. I would encourage you to take the Bible and read the law of the firstfruits. God has placed this law in the Bible because through it He is telling you that He should be number one. So whereas the Israelites would have firstfruits once a year, or in case of animals several times a year when the animals had their offspring, you have it every day. Your firstfruit is an everyday thing that God is giving you.

Every morning you say, “God…” When you go to bed at night you say, “God…” At midday it is, “God…” It is “God…” all through the day. If you notice the scripture says in Daniel that Daniel used to pray every morning, every midday and every evening. The Jews were taught to pray in the morning and at sunset. You are in a different order; you are called to something entirely different. God said, “Pray without ceasing.” It means that when you are going to do so and so, you say, “God…be with me.” You start to think about something and you say, “God…” Even in your dreams you will dream God first because it is ingrained, it is marked, it is carved in you like a carving on a chair. It is cut in, carved into your consciousness and your soul will come out with the brand of Jesus first. That is, if you continue to practice God first.

(Excerpt from Led of the Spirit, Foundational Teachings #077)

Thought for today: In order to love God, you must love Him as number one in your life.

The Jawbone of an Ass

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Scripture reading: Judges 15:9-17

Let us look at the following story today: Samson, after destroying the corn fields of the Philistines, went into a rock Etam, stayed there and the Philistines came to arrest him. I trust you understand that I am not talking about Samson. What am I talking about then? I am talking about the church hiding in the rock. And I am talking about the brethren of the church who give up the others. Some of us give up the others. Some of us are weak, afraid of the enemy. The Israelites went up, arrested Samson and delivered him to the Philistines; the church delivering up church.

So the Israelites bound Samson with new cords, took him down and delivered him over to the Philistines so that the Philistines would not hurt them. The church system is about ready to deliver those who are different from them, who won’t conform to their ways. Deliver them up to the world to be destroyed.

Samson went down bound before the Philistines. The Philistines began to celebrate their victory and God said, “They shouted against Samson and against God.” I want you to understand that a shout symbolizes a certain going forth of energy in whatever you are doing. They were praising their god for giving them Samson. Now remember that I am not talking about Samson. They shouted against him and the Bible recorded that when they shouted, God came upon him. In other words, Samson needed a move of God to move. God is saying that we need the move and when we feel the move, we must move. When this move hit Samson, the Bible said that the ropes were burned as if by fire. The fire of the Holy Ghost is going to lose your bands and set you free. And when your bands are loosed, you must know what to do; you must do the right thing. The first thing Samson did was to look around for a weapon, something to fight with. There was an old dead jackass. His bones were bleached white, bleached dry bones, and there was his jawbone.

Let us look at the spiritual meanings of all this: Samson means the body of Christ; the rope is the bondage that they have put upon us; His brethren are the other Christians who don’t like us. So what is the jawbone of an ass?

Your Bible is a beautiful, marvelous book. There is no book like it in the world. When you read your Bible, you know it could not be written by a man. Moreover, there were several men that God used to write it and there was no way those men could have gotten together to discuss it, because they lived in different ages of time. Go in your Bible and read about the jackass. The first reference I can think of is in the law – the firstfruits belong to God. You must take the firstfruits of your field and carry them to God. You must take the first animal you have from the doe, or she-ass, or anything else and it belongs to God. But God doesn’t want a jackass to be offered up as a sacrifice. So what do you do with the jackass? You redeem it with a lamb. If you don’t redeem the ass, then you must break its neck, because it belongs to the Lord.

When you take that right along, you will see that the ass is referring to you. We are the ass and God says that “out of the mouth of babes and suckling He hath ordained strength” (Psalm 8:2). In the end time, God shows a picture of a sharp two-edged sword coming out of the mouth of the church and destroying his enemy. In Revelation 11 we see the two witnesses and the fire, the word of their mouth, was coming out to destroy their enemies. So you want to know now what the jawbone of a jackass is? God is talking about our mouth! Oh, yes! Samson said, “With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.” (Jg 15:16) The ass is redeemed. The ass was bleached dry bone, but it was redeemed by Samson picking it up in the name of the Lord. And he slew 1,000 men with the jawbone of an ass.

So we see God doing something in our time. Samson couldn’t do anything unless the Lord came down on him. God had to give him a special anointing for every job he was going to do. Brethren, it is the same with you. If you think that you can get up and run out there and do your own thing, you are making a sad mistake. We must have that special anointing of God to do what we need to do, but we have to understand that He has certain rules by which the anointing is given and we must go by these rules.

(Excerpt from Led of the Spirit, Foundational Teachings #077)

Thought for today: God has certain rules by which the anointing is given and we must go by these rules.