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, DECEMBER 21ST, 2021
TEXT: MATTHEW 5:21-26
(21) Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
(22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause sha)ll be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
(23) Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
(24) Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
(25) Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
(26) Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
KEY VERSE: 1 SAMUEL 24:5
And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.
In our reading text, the Lord reveals the mind of God and the verdict of heaven on anger in our relationship. These religious leaders had not considered the evil and danger of anger. Neither did they think of other sins that anger produces such as hatred, malice, revenge, strife, contention, injustice, violence, slander, backbiting, provocation, murmuring, division, conspiracy, mischief, cruelty, oppression, obstinacy, covenant breaking, strained relationship, self-destruction and even murder. Anger is an evil root that produces evil fruit in one's life.
Anger affects our relationship with our neighbors negatively, such that a relative or a neighbor may justly have an aught against us. Reconciliation, the mending of our relationship and restoration of normal fellowship becomes necessary before God can accept our gift, service or worship. Our Lord who knows the requirements of God's law declared this truth. Strained relationship with man hinders intimate relationship with God.
The Pharisees were only committed to external acts of worship; they were not concerned about the state of their hearts. Some do not consider their attitude towards others as essential in ministry and worship of God. While their hearts burned with anger and hatred they continued with their external acts of worship. Their ministry and worship are unacceptable. They have not learnt that God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. If anyone worships God with zeal and great commitment, yet with anger, hatred and malice in the heart, our Lord has declared his worship to be worthless and his religion vain. It is more desirable to have the heart right with God and man than to perform mere outward acts of worship. If, therefore, a man brings his gift to the altar, and remembers that anyone has anything against him, he is to leave his offering and go and be reconciled. Do you harbor animosity against anyone? Reconcile with such a one.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.
SONG FOR THE DAY: Make me worthy in the morning.
BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY: Micah 6-7; Revelation 12
12/21/2021 12:47:34 am
Take my heart Lord and concentrate it, make it pure and spotless and wash my heart always with your blood that no bitterness and anger may be found in it. If there is someone I must make peace with, help me Lord to do that quickly without delay in Jesus name. AMEN!
12/21/2021 06:19:29 am
Oh Lord clean my heart through your word. AMEN
12/21/2021 08:21:38 am
Lord Jesus please circumcise my Heart to be pure in Jesus name 🙏
12/21/2021 08:31:48 am
Father Lord I thank you, your word comes to renew our heart and mind for our closer relationship with you it’s by your grace that we have seen this day and with all humility I thank you for everything that you blessed us with.I pray to dedicate my self to you lord and please search me and know my heart and my thoughts if there’s any parts of me that is not pleasing to you,I plead mercy on me and cleanse and lead me to the way of evaluating blessings to the glory of God in Jesus mighty name amen 🙏🏾
12/21/2021 12:22:01 pm
Amen. May the spirit of anger not consume us and destroy our relationships with our family, friends, and the Lord. I pray for a patient heart for everyone.
12/21/2021 12:25:35 pm
Lord, cleanse my heart and help me to be at peace with all men in Jesus name, Amen
12/21/2021 12:27:44 pm
Lord give me the heart of reconciliation. May I be very forgiving, never letting the sun set on my anger, so that no man will have anything evil to say against me. May I choose peace over wrath and anger in Jesus name, Amen.
12/21/2021 01:47:31 pm
Father I thank you for this day, for grace that you have given.
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PASTOR PAUL RIKA
HOREMOW HEADQUARTER ABUJA
HOREMOW HEADQUARTER NORTH AMERICA