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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: John 17:18-23

The problem that we have among ourselves in the church is that we need to see the ministry functioning. Each person should be asking God, “What can I do?” One time a brother was telling us what his father used to say, “Well, sweep the floor.” You are asking, “God, what is my purpose?” “God, what am I supposed to be doing?” “What part of the Body am I?” He sent you out there to sweep the floor, and all of a sudden while you are sweeping the floor, you find yourself. You clean up refrigerators, and then you find yourself.

God is now bringing the Body together as one. He said that you would be one, even as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are one (John 17:21). Do you know why? Because there is one Spirit, and there is no division. Do you know what the apostolic business is? All it is is somebody who hears from God and gives it to you. So the apostolic vision is being sent out to the brethren, and the prophetic Word comes forth. The evangelist begins to do his thing. Some people believe that if you are an evangelist, you must go out and get revelations from God. Any evangelist that is getting a revelation from God is not an evangelist. He is an apostle. In other words, the revelation of the Spirit of the Word comes from God through the apostolic ministry to the brethren. Then you take it and begin to function under the apostolic ministry as parts of this ministry!

The next thing, the prophet gets a Word; he comes out with it, and the Word is to quicken you, to strengthen you, to help you to follow the apostolic Word. If there is another word coming forth, it is not God. God says, “Know them that labor among you” (I Thessalonians 5:12).

When I give out the Word, some of the brethren say, “Brother duCille wants everybody to follow him.” It couldn’t be further from the truth. God told me to have nothing to do with the bride. “Keep away from the bride,” He said. “Don’t bring forth any of your thoughts or things in the bride.” That was my instruction. I hope I am accomplishing it. I try my best. So, I don’t want anybody to follow me. What I am afraid of is that you are not following what God is telling me, and that’s the problem. Because, when God calls a person and gives him a direct Word, it is not something that he made up. I didn’t go to Bible school to learn it. I just listen to God and He carries me through the waters, through the fire. I gave up my accounting profession, because I couldn’t even think like an accountant any more. I had to give it up. I gave up everything that I knew and I began to concentrate on the Word of God. What you have is a ministry, a function that I have nothing to do with. I listen and I speak to you. I don’t write down what I have to say. What I am trying to say is that you have a privilege that not many people have, to hear from someone who has a fresh flow from God. Now, if it is not God, you must tell me. The fruit of what I am saying must come forth in you or else it is a waste of time.

So the point is that God appoints men and women with good faculties, who can listen and say, “Wait, this didn’t feel right!” “This did not sound right!” When you say that, it is a blessing to me. When anybody comes to me and says, “What you preached tonight didn’t sound right!” it is a blessing to me. The blessing is that I don’t know anything for myself. If you say something, I go back to God and say, “Did You tell me this, or did this come out of my mind?” If ever I find that it came out of my mind, I will be the first one to correct it. The reason is that I must bring forth Christ in His people. I cannot fail God. I cannot say things that are in my own mind. I cannot behave as I would love to sometimes. But God wants the Word to come straight to you and so that is what I must do.

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

Thought for today: The revelation of the Spirit of the Word comes from God through the apostolic ministry to the brethren. Then you take it and begin to function under the apostolic ministry as parts of this ministry!

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:9-16

Let me ask you a question: Why is the ministry given to the church at this time? Ephesians 4:12 explains the reason, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Do you think that it means that the ministry is going to be completed; come to its completion, its end? That the prophets will cease? That the apostles will cease? Or that the apostle will become the Body, the prophet will become the Body, the evangelist will become the Body? God has set some temporary caretakers to help the Body to come into Christ. I Corinthians 13:10, “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” For the prophet can only prophesy a part, and the evangelist can only evangelize a part, and the apostles can only apostle in part, but Christ is the fullness! Hallelujah! So therefore, that Christ may dwell in you (Ephesians 3:17). There will be in you the fullness of Christ so that the Body becomes Christ. Glory to God!

The scriptures speak of the manchild (see Revelation 12). Do we know what the manchild is? You see, God uses all these little analogies and phrases. A woman in Revelation 12 is pregnant, which means that the church is impregnated with something, the manchild. The manchild church is a church that has Jesus Christ as its head, when Jesus is completely placed on His throne in our hearts. He becomes the Head of the church, and we don’t do anything anymore. No man will be there – man will be gone. Then things will go like this:

John walks down the street, and everybody says, “Hi, John,” and, “Didn’t we know his father and mother? Didn’t he grow up among us? Isn’t he a realtor? Didn’t we know him?” John laughs because they don’t know him. Do you remember what happened to Jesus? They said, “Is not this the carpenter’s son?” (Matthew 13:55). “We know him. He built the chair for Miss Jane over there, and he built a table over there for so and so. We have the table, so we have proof that this man is a carpenter.” They didn’t know Him. So when Christ takes over, man is displaced.

There are people saying that we are claiming to be the manifested sons – NONSENSE! I wish I were. We are not manifested sons, but we believe in it. One day, not far away. It will be any day that you see the world come to the brink of destruction. Then you say, “Jesus, I am ready.” It is because Jesus must activate the church to save the world. God’s world is in danger of being destroyed by the devil, but God will not allow the devil to destroy it. So at least we have that knowledge. We will be activated just in the nick of time, just when midnight is getting so dark that no morning would be there; otherwise, it would have destroyed the whole world. At that time God will bring forth His saints.

He said that the first thing that they will do is stop the war. Hallelujah! Stop the war! Proclaim the Sabbath! No man shall kill any more. Stop it! If any man raises his hand, he will be done. Amen. God said the manchild will rule with a rod of iron (Revelation 12:5); will shepherd the people with a shepherd’s staff of iron. We can’t do it now. We don’t have Christ as our Head as He should be. The fullness is not there. But let us begin to press God. Press God! Do you know why? God will never make you perfect without making me perfect. The brothers in the early church were saying that they were perfect, and Paul responded, “Well, very well. I wish to God it were so, for I would have profited myself.” He is not going to make one person perfect and then you become another Christ, and everybody starts worshipping you. What He is going to do is to perfect all of us together. So there will be a company of people who understand what is going on, and our duty is to save the world, to save humanity.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, December 2006, pg. 8-9)

Thought for today: When midnight gets so dark that there is no more hope for the morning, God will activate His people to save the world.

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Scripture reading: Acts 1:8

God is saying to us that His flock is wandering up on the mountain like sheep without a shepherd, yet there is a body of Christ in our midst. I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

Do you see what I mean? We have lost the spirit of evangelizing. Do you ever feel like an angel of God at your workplace? Or dealing with people out on the street? This is what God is saying: ev-angel; ev-angel is angel. You see, you are sent of God. As the body of Christ you are sent of God in the world to do a job. ARE YOU DOING IT? You have to start doing it in your midst, then you start doing it outside there. Jesus said, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Let us look at Ephesians 4 and we go back to that very, very hackneyed [often repeated] verse which has been so used in my Bible that the leaf comes out. Beginning at verse 11, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors shepherds, and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The work of the ministry is not going to be done by the apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers. But it is the saints that are going to do the work of the ministry. It is the church that must function. You are a living body. You must walk and talk and function in the world and bring forth fruit and you need to bring forth fruit after your own kind.

Do you realize that you are not doing the work that you could be doing among the kids in your area? Do you know what you could be doing? You could have the brethren picking up kids all over and teaching them about Jesus. Sometimes parents are too happy to get rid of their kids for a couple of hours.

I know a brother that went as far as building a swimming pool and having lifeguards. He got one of those old city busses and fixed it up. He began to pick up the kids on the bus routes all over and bring them in. When he brought in one load of kids, he didn’t give them the fun first. He gave them the songs and the Sunday school lesson and they played music and sang and so and so. When they were through, he put some in the pool and some on the swings in his back yard and they had a good time. Mothers were happy to get rid of them for three hours. Then, he was gone for another group of children and by the time he came in with the other group, the first group was ready to go home and home they went.

What is wrong with us? What is wrong with us? Don’t you see that the time is late and we need to get hold of the people? Let God work in your midst. Volunteer, get some of the people out there, those that don’t belong to us to volunteer to come and help. The next thing that happens is that they get saved too. Do you see what I mean?

We need an outreach of God because He says, “FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 23-25)

Thought for today: I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

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Scripture reading: John 17:20-22

Have you ever thought about the fact that God gave each one of you somebody to love? I am talking now to you children, you young ones who are not married. God has given you some people to love. You must love this people, this Body, your brethren, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and you must love the Lord God. He says, “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might, AND thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:37-39).

But we come short. Yes, we come short! We sin against one another; we say things against one another. But we need to repent. We need to repent, because God is creating a Body in the earth! This is what God is doing! God doesn’t want any mighty preacher to go around healing and delivering everybody. Everybody has to wait until Brother So-And-So comes to lay his hand on them. That’s over with! God is creating a Body. Jesus is calling His bride.

The word comes to me, “That they may be one.” Let us read it in John 17:20-22, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.”

So, if anybody comes to you, and says he is preaching and doing miracles in the name of the Lord, but he is not creating oneness among the people of God, he is not doing the will of God. For the perfect will of God is that we all may be one! You hear them talk about black church, some talk about white church, some talk about all the different kinds of ethnic and whatever else religious organization churches. All those are outside of Christ. He said, “In Christ, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). IN Christ! So you have a wife and you must realize that in the Spirit, IN Christ, she is neither male nor female. It is just God lying down beside you, in your bed at night. And you have to be careful with her, tender, forgiving one another for Christ’s sake. As Jesus Christ forgives us, let us forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32). Let us love one another, as God loves us!

It is like a final word being given. Do you know why? We are at the end of the business. If we fail, God will turn away from us and choose another people. God chooses a group, He chooses one over there, He chooses one over there, and every one that fails, He puts them aside. If they turn church, He finds another group. Don’t you understand? God is trying to melt people into one. We must be one in Christ Jesus. We must have no dissimulations, no divisions that will divide us. We must have repentance. For right now we are not what we ought to be. But we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him (I John 3:2). So, the more of Jesus you have, the more you will be one with the brethren who are one with God.

For that reason, God has set certain things in our midst. God has put in our midst different arrangements. The brethren asked Paul, “How do we relate, one to another in the church?” He said, “The older women should be mothers. Then you have fathers, then you have brothers, and then you have sisters” (1 Timothy 5:1-2). So we should look at each other as brothers and sisters. Why? Is it not reality to you? Let me tell you how real it is. It is more real than your natural brother because the Blood of Jesus Christ which you have in you is in him, and in her, and in this one and in that one. The same Blood that flows through you, flows through them.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 11-13)

Thought for today: The more of Jesus you have, the more you will be one with the brethren who are one with God.

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Scripture reading: 1 John 3:2-3

Have you ever thought about the oneness of the church? Do you know what God is doing with us to make us one? Let me explain it to you. You see, when God is talking about walking with Him, He means taking it step by step by step. That’s how God designed it. When we start out our walk with the Lord, we are just creeping. I would say, “Brother Shepherd, how are you?” He would respond, “I’m just crawling.” I would say, “Brother, keep crawling! Don’t stop crawling!” But the story is that God gave the Blood of Jesus Christ, which is His Blood, in order for it to become a nexus, a joining between us.

Then, He gives us families. You see, I was as wild as they come. I had no intention of marrying, settling down, having a wife. First of all, I didn’t believe anybody loved me. But when God gave me a wife, especially a woman that loves God so much, so gentle, able to bear with some of my rough ways, and sometimes my misbehavior, I felt honored. And I still do! Honored beyond measure. You know, the marriage vow says to love, to cherish, and to honor. When a person turns to their wife or husband and says a rough word, something out of order, that honor is being breached. You don’t have the honor that you should have for her/him. But God is saying to us, “It is time now! It is a late hour. It is time now for you to grow up! For if you cannot be one with your wife/husband, you will not be one with My Body!

That is what is affecting the Body of Christ. There is no alternative. God is not giving you an alternative as to whether you want to or not. God has given you a wife, God has given you children, and He is making you. He is actually making you! You have to be made into what God wants you to be, for He says, “When He shall appear, you will be like Him” (1 John 3:2b).

One time, the Lord had been talking to me all night about love. And He had been showing me some of you. He had been saying to me, “Let us get back to our first love.” It is sometimes very easy to get used to the person. You get used to the people and forget that the first step in love is to love one another as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 6-7)

Thought for today: Work on being one with your wife/husband so that you may be one with His Body.

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Scripture reading: Daniel 2:34-35

In these days we hear many churches, many organizations calling themselves the Body of Christ. We do not have to believe it because the Body of Christ is made up of those who are under the direct headship and direction of Jesus Christ Himself. That is, they only move at the behest of Jesus. The Body of Christ is coming under the perfect obedience to Christ so that they will have no master on earth. They will only know Christ as their Master and as He directs and orders so they will be and do.

Let us go to Daniel 2:34-35 and notice that something happened to that stone. After the stone was molded it took on an intelligence. It was going to do the perfect will of God. It rolled down from the mountain like a missile and came straight at the image. This great image is Babylon. I want you to see it in your mind’s eye – A STONE coming from the mountaintop. Hallelujah! It has been molded and molded and made into a missile. It was molded by the fiery hands of God. Just as the finger of God molded and carved the ten commandments so God carved out this stone and sent it towards Babylon and it struck the feet. Look carefully at where it struck. It did not strike the shin. It did not strike the knees. It struck the toes which “were part of iron, and part of clay” and it broke them in pieces.

Remember, the ten toes were an organization; they were molded together. They were functional. They were working together and they felt that they had the whole world at their feet. When the stone hit the toes, the whole structure of the image, from the head of gold down to the feet of iron and clay, came down like a tower falling to the ground. As the image came down the stone pulverized it into dust, fine dust. Then the wind, the Spirit of God, came and blew the dust away so that it would nevermore be an organization. It was disorganized, decommissioned, and destroyed completely.

After the stone had finished its job, it began to grow. Hallelujah! The great promise of God is that He is going to bring the nations into the fullness of God. Every soul that will turn to God, He will bring them and the stone will be growing and growing and growing.

Again, Revelation 18:21, “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” When we translate this prophetic language into our understandable English we see that the “mighty angel took up a stone” – the Body of Christ molded by God Himself – not a man-made church, but a God-made organism – “LIKE A GREAT MILLSTONE.” God is going to use this church, these very people who He had used to preach, to save lives, and to deliver people. He is going to use them as an instrument of judgment. They will, like a great millstone, be “cast…into the sea (the nations), saying, Thus with VIOLENCE.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 210-211)

Thought for today: God will bring every soul that will turn unto God and they (the Body of Christ) will be growing and growing and growing.

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