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)
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 20,2023
TEXT: LUKE 18:31-34
31Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33and they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
Key verse: 1 Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled.
Self-defense is a natural instinct. Sometimes it is impulsive. If you see something
coming towards your eye or an object thrown at you, your response is to block it. It
is indeed good to be protective of oneself but it is not all the time you have to do
that. Sometimes you have to absorb insults and assaults of men as though you are
vulnerable and weak. Jesus teaches that if you are struck on the right cheek, you
should turn the other. This is not because you are weak or cannot fight back but to
show your adversary that your weapon is not carnal. Jesus lived by what He taught.
In our text, Jesus predicted His travails in the hands of His adversaries and that He
shall be delivered to the Gentiles, be mocked and spitefully entreated, and spitted on
and they shall scourge Him, and put Him to death. He had the power to prevent all
these but He didn't. He allowed it to pass in order to bring honour and glory to His
Father in heaven. When He was to be arrested, He rebuked a disciple who went
violent. He reminded him that He could have recruited legions of angels from heaven
to come to His rescue but He endured all so that the scriptures might be fulfilled.
Do you know what God has also written about your life? The tribulations you must
pass through before you enter your rest and glory? If you avoid the cross, how do
you wear the crown? Are you receiving insults from friends and relatives, calling
you ugly names because of your faith in Christ? Bear it. Is your husband threatening
or maltreating you because you have rejected attachments, make-ups and trousers
for the sake of heaven? Bear it. Are you victimized in your office and denied of your
entitlements because you refuse to partake of their corruption? Bear it. Jesus says
you are greatly blessed when persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
Thought for the day: You shall overcome assaults and travails of men as Jesus did.
Song for the day: Christian, seek not yet repose
Bible reading for the day: Ecclesiastes 10-12; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
PASTOR PAUL RIKA