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Scripture reading: Psalm 40:7-8

As the days go by, we find God changing the word that comes forth. This is one of the reasons we cannot preach “canned” sermons, because the “can” would be producing the same thing that it produced last year. But we find the word changing and the clarity of it is increasing. Even the same old word is coming more alive. I believe you are finding the same thing: that there is liveliness about the word of God that is coming forth in the body of Christ.

The body of Christ must be alive. The body must minister. God does not have a class of people called ministers. Did you know that? He does not have a class of people called ministers. God has set in the body apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers. But where is the ministry? The ministry is in the body. This means there is no one who can come and say, “God sent me to minister to you,” unless he is a functioning part of the body. We are only different parts of the body of Christ. The finger is as alive as the toe, but the finger cannot do what the toe does; neither can the toe do what the finger does; but it is just as much alive.

God is directing us to an even more detailed understanding of what the body of Christ really is. He wants us to begin to walk in the body and live in the body. That is, if you cannot live as a body member, you are not of the body. We have too many dead members. Or, let’s put it a little better: members that will not exercise their rights to move and to live and to do what God wants us to do. In other words, God is feeding us more energy now; more life is coming forth now into the body than there was before, because this is the time when we are going to have to rise up and do.

(Excerpt from Led of the Spirit, Foundational Teachings #F077)

Thought for today: This is the time when we are going to have to rise up and do what God wants us to do.

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By Mavis M. duCille

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:31-32

In these days, there is so much strife and division among people that there has been the need to cry out, “Lord, how can these things be?”

The natural, physical body functions beautifully and perfectly, without any single part being against the other. This physical body is a type of the Spiritual Body, therefore, there must be a perfect function of the Body of Christ.

God divides and separates through the working of the Spirit – good from evil, light from darkness, righteousness from unrighteousness – so that His people can be free from all the works of the enemy, and be separated unto Him in Holiness and Righteousness – PRAISE GOD.

God, the giver of understanding, has been unveiling the mystery.

Deliverance from every situation is in HIS NAME – not name as label on someone or something, but HIS NAME which is HIS NATURE. That nature is love, peace, submission, etc. Whatsoever we ask in His Name.

So many times, believers come together and leave undelivered and unblessed – frustrated and discouraged, not having received from the Lord that which has been promised. The reason is that something is wrong with the gathering or the gathered; it was not in HIS NATURE. There may be unforgiveness, hatred, bitterness, malice, strife, guile, cunning craftiness, and such things that are contrary to the NATURE of Christ. It is like having flies in the ointment. Clean hands and a pure heart is that acceptable offering before God. Remember, God looks at the inner being. He sees light or darkness. Forgiveness and cleansing through the atonement sanctifies the vessel, making way for the greatest blessings.

God cannot bless while the contrary nature is encouraged in the soul. All the sacrifices and necessary preparations were made in the Outer Court so the services of the tabernacle would not be hindered in any way, hence the needs of the people were met. When Israel made the perfect sacrifice, God was pleased and they were blessed to the fullest. Their enemies could not stand before them; they had complete victory in all areas. When they transgressed, they fell prey to their enemies, even to the bondage of slavery.

The fruits of the flesh (anger, wrath, malice, strife, envy, bitterness, etc.) are all works of the evil one, works of darkness – where Satan presides as lord. When we therefore entertain these, we fall into the realm of darkness where Satan has power over us. We only have power in Christ; we have no power in darkness.

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with ALL malice: And be ye Kind one to another, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath FORGIVEN YOU.” Ephesians 4:31-32.

There should be no place given to the devil, or he will take advantage of every opportunity to rob and destroy.

PRAISE GOD. WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS, because God made available to us, His People, every necessary piece of armament to insure us the victory.

His active presence can be experienced in the fullness of His revealed character. His NAME is linked with His righteousness, faithfulness, holiness, goodness, mercy, love, truth, etc. – that is His NAME. Since the assembling of believers forms the basis for spiritual unity with Christ, for participation of His bounties and viewing of His Sovereignty, believers must, through the divine power, rise from the lower realm (which is the opposite and contrary nature) to partake of that DIVINE NATURE.

God will not share His Glory. There must be a rejecting of one nature in order to receive the other nature. Self takes the place of Christ in the soul – the more self is rejected and cast out, the more of Christ we can have.

(Excerpt from Nuggets for the Needy, pages 57-59)

Thought for today: Deliverance from every situation is in HIS NAME – not name as label on someone or something, but HIS NAME which is HIS NATURE.

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Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 6:19

It is an ordinance of God that God moves with an individual, and then from that individual He moves with a people, and from that people He moves into the world. This is God’s plan. He moves through you as an individual, then from the individual He moves to the people, and from the people He moves to the world. Now, if you as the individual have a blockage, the Holy Spirit can move with you only so far, but then when He is blocked, He turns and moves with somebody else. But He wants to be able to move freely through the whole people.

Now, as our minds are turned and tuned towards God, it creates an anointing. Did you know that? It is like me trying to lift some heavy thing, but I can’t lift it. So I say, “Come and help me.” Yet, we still cannot lift it. But then, three or four people come, and we lift it. Amen. So, the weight of the anointing is coming through you. Then it builds up, and it builds up, and every time it gets into you, it fixes something that sometimes for years had been locked inside of you. God comes in and fixes it.

So God is a workman in our midst and He gives us a beautiful example: the body. Those of you who are medical people and have studied the body realize what a magnificent operation it is that the blood will flow through and get into every part of the body. One time, my toes began to feel a cramp, and I said, “Why are my toes cramped?” You see, something was wrong with the circulation. So I went to a therapist and he dug down into my calf. It got very painful. I said to him, “Why are you doing that?” He replied, “Well, you see, the arteries run through the muscles and if the muscle tightens up like this, it squeezes the arteries and the blood won’t get down to your toes.” Amen.

Oh, God, I wish we had wisdom to really look at God’s business. That’s your Bible! Your body is the Word of God. The Word of God is written in the Temple of God, and your bodies are the Temple of the Living God. You can preach a message from your body, just by looking at what occurs in the body. Then you know exactly what God is doing in the Body of Christ. This is the reason why He called the congregation of saints the Body of Christ. Amen.

There is a healing that is going through the Body, but this healing has been hindered by stoppages. Stoppages. The heart valve, the valve to the heart is leaking and the blood is draining down into other parts of the body making them sick and weak. You have so many arteries going to the heart and they are blocked. I remember once, the doctor said to my brother, “I don’t know how you can be standing here before me! You should be dead! Ninety percent of your arteries are blocked. You are living only through a ten percent opening.” Somebody said, “Oh, we know what to do. We can give you a substance, a mixture, a cocktail, they call it chelation.” So they give you a cocktail that will go in and get into those arteries and break up the blockage.

But God has better than the chelation. God has a healing power that has been going through the Church for two thousand years now to heal the blockages. But the Church has been resisting and resisting and resisting. Yet, God has a time. Hallelujah. He has a time! Get into your Bible sometimes and look into all the things that happened on the seventh day. All these healings! You see, there is a secret there and the secret is that God has a time when He is going to finish the job in us, in the Church. Because He says He is coming for a Church without spot, without blemish, or without wrinkle. If He is coming for a Church without spot, blemish, and wrinkle, and if His coming is near, the nearer we get to the coming, the less spots we are going to have, because He is going to wipe the spots out. He is going to knock them out. He is going to blow them out! Whatever it takes, He is going to do it! Hallelujah! I don’t think some of us will survive! But then, that will be also God. Because, you know, if we get so entangled with the spots, and the blemishes that you cannot differentiate the spot and the blemish from the person, then, somehow, the person has to go. God will just let that person pass because HE IS CLEANSING THE CHURCH!

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

Thought for today: God has a healing power that has been going through the Church for two thousand years now to heal the blockages in His Body.

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Scripture reading: Obadiah 1:21

We have to understand that we are not going to overcome without the Body of Christ. Without the Body being with us, we have no chance to reach the heights of God. There were many mighty men of God who fell because they didn’t have the Body of Christ behind them.

Some of you do not realize your value before God. You see, you are the mainstay of God’s business. Not the ministers who go forth, you understand. The shaft of the arrow is the thing that drives the arrow and keeps it straight. Amen. The point of the arrow is only the one that pierces, but it is the shaft that does the job. You are the shaft, and God is shooting straight these days. Things are happening amongst us and many are falling. But you know something else, the people will fall, but God has ordained us to save them. Yes. The Ark of the Covenant is a Savior. When the Ark of the Covenant came into the battle line of Israel, Israel began to win. You can imagine how much sin was in those people of Israel, but the Ark of the Covenant made the difference. The seventh church is the Ark of the Covenant, the church that God is training now to save the rest of the church and the world. He said, “But for the elect’s sake, no flesh would be saved” (Matthew 24:22). So you are Saviors, in a sense. God is bringing you up to be Saviors. Your children are falling, all that are around you are falling, but you are ordained to go up there because without being up there, you won’t be able to save them. If someone is drowning, the best way to save him is to throw him a line, stand on firm ground, and haul him in.

So, God is saying to us, don’t worry about the children falling. Don’t worry about the condition of the church you see out there, even the Pentecostal, even the nominal church, because we are the people God has ordained to deliver them! If we get distressed about them and get all hyped up about their condition, we won’t be able to save them. God wants you to keep climbing up. It is when you reach the height that you can speak the Word of deliverance and not before. Amen.

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

Thought for today: God wants you to keep climbing up. It is when you reach the height that you can speak the Word of deliverance.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:11-16

Let us look at Ephesians 4:12 today. It says, For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. This means that the ministry that God sends to you will make you work for God. In other words, what you are receiving from God is supposed to help you to begin to minister to others. But you are not perfect. It says, Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). Now, what this is saying is that we are not all perfect; we all don’t believe the same thing – 1, 2, 3, and going down, but that when we keep fellowshipping together, we will all come to the truth.

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. If you are walking in the Body of Christ, you will begin to grow in love. One sign that tells you that you are really in the Body of Christ is if you are growing in love.

God is saying that the only place you should be at this time is in the Body of Christ. The long bar holding the boards in the Tabernacle of Moses does not represent a person. It represents an apostolic ministry. Do you understand? In other words, God has appointed certain people to teach His people and they are called apostles – those who are trained by God and sent. Another bar represents the prophet ministry. We have the prophet ministry in certain people that have developed in this ministry, but the ministry of the prophet is in you. That is why you have dreams and visions, and you must not interpret your own dreams or visions. But God is placing dreams and visions in the whole Body, so that the Body might be led by the Spirit of God. Now, if you understand that, I will go to the other bars.

There is the evangelist. It is a spirit that is not only in certain individuals, but it is in all of you. There is a desire in you to tell somebody else; there is something in you that is saying, “I must tell somebody else.” That is the spirit of the evangelist. But suppose that spirit was in you and you were a Roman Catholic? You would be misleading people. Do you understand what I am saying? In other words, when I talk about the Catholic system, I am not just talking about the Roman Catholic Church. All the daughters of Rome have been doing worse than Rome. What God is saying to us today is, “Come out from among them” (2 Corinthians 6:17). Some of us have come out of the churches, but we have the churches in us. Some of the evangelists on the television are preaching that the only place to go is back to Rome. Any spirit or any person that is leading people back to Rome is not of God, it is a spirit of the devil. The Bible tells me, “Come out from among them,” and it says, “Flee from Babylon” (Isaiah 48:20). I tell you something, if at this time you don’t flee from that spirit of denominationalism, the plague of division is going to take you. God says that if you don’t flee, you will suffer the consequences that they are going to suffer.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, September 17, 2006, pg. 6-7)

Thought for today: The ministry that God sends to you will make you work for God. In other words, what you are receiving from God is supposed to help you to begin to minister to others.

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