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)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 15, 2023
TEXT: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-22
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Key verse: 1 Corinthians 14:3: "But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”
Let us learn something about prophecy. The Scripture is called, 2 Peter 1:19: "A more sure word of prophecy.” It fulfils the above three characteristics: edification, exhortation and comfort. The Spirit of God gives prophetic revelations to men. When these are uttered, they equally edify, exhort and comfort the body of Christ. Through these prophetic revelations, believers are made to see into the mind of God and to receive correct understanding of some scriptural truths. Through the revelations of hell fire given by the Holy Spirit believers and sinners are warned of the danger of sin and unbelief. Surely, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."Hebrews10:31
Prophetic revelations of heaven, the reward of righteousness, bring comfort to the believers. The believers are assured of the promises of God and are strengthened in their Christian life and service by the visions of heaven given to some contemporary believers by the Holy Spirit. When the Lord gives such edifying revelations, we are to comfort one another with these words. We should not despise prophesying because it is still one of God's ways of speaking to individual believers, the local church, the body of Christ and the entire humanity. To despise the revelations given by God is to quench the move of the Holy Spirit in the church and in the world.
When the Lord gives a spiritual revelation concerning an individual, a local church, the body of Christ or men in general, such should be proved by the truth and teaching of the Scripture. If the Scripture confirms the revelation to be of God, it should be received with thanksgiving and joy. We are commanded to hold fast that which is good. Never speak evil or take any evil step against the revelations of the Holy Spirit. Visions and revelations are still part of the ways God ministers to the edification of the body of Christ and saves the souls of lost men in the world.
Thought for the day: Prophetic revelations of heaven bring comfort to true believers.
Song for the day: The last mile of the way
Bible reading for the day: Amos 4-6; Revelation 6
PASTOR PAUL RIKA