EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
TUESDAY APRIL 11, 2023
TEXT- MATTHEW 18: 1-10
8 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Key Verse: Matthew 18:6“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it where better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
You may say that stepping on your brother's toes creates an opportunity for him to forgive you. Do not create offences, else you could be jeopardising your salvation. You are putting their salvation under threat
endangering the eternal life of your brother or sister. It is not your job to try the faith of your brother or your sister. Do you consider that you do not have the power to make your brother or your sister to forgive you? Once the offence has been created in the heart, you no longer have the power to get rid of it. Let it not be said that you did evil so that good can come or that because of you, a brother or sister could not forgive and ended up in hell.
Will Jesus congratulate you for contributing to your brother or sister going to hell? Never!
The key to life in your hands is to help ensure that you open the door to peace and love and render help towards your brother. All you have power to say are prayers to uphold your brother and not to set traps for him to fall, through your words and actions. By the same token, you may be careless when it comes to your dealings with your children. It may be in your custom to disregard children by saying that foolishness is in them. This may be true. Inadequate experience hinders them in many areas. However, have you inquired carefully? Remember that in the Book of 1 Samuel that Eli was careful. Eli was careful to listen attentively to the voice of Samuel, a young child of about eleven years old. If Eli was not attentive and perceptive enough to learn God's call on the young man, how would the Word of God have had its proper effect? It may be true that you do not trust your children, but can you specifically say why you do not trust them? What are the issues facing your children? Does child A have the same issues as child B? Do you attend to
Thought for the day:
Offences put your salvation in jeopardy on judgement day.
Song for the day:
Trust and obey, for there is no other way.
Bible reading for the day:
1 Samuel 7-9; Luke 13:1-21
PASTOR PAUL RIKA