BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 1
TEXT: Galatians 2: 1—5
KEY VERSE: Galatians 2:4 “And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:”
A young Fulani man came to our camp recently and narrated a sensational story to make merchandize of us.
He said that a pastor invited him to Warri from Wukari to put him in Bible school, but that when he got there, he was unable to contact him. All efforts to reach him failed and he became stranded.
Some people helped him for four days until his money finished and he sold his handset for sustenance. He then began to seek for help to return back to Wukari, (A city in Nigeria). They told him that he could join long bus or trailer going to Kaduna, (A city in Nigeria). The idea seemed good to him, since if they could just drop him in Abuja, he could seek for help at Holiness Campground, since he had once attended a conference there.
So they helped him pay the fare to Abuja and he actually came to us in the camp. He said he attended church in Wukari and gave us the phone number of the pastor. We called and they told us that he actually fellowshipped there. We tried to reach the pastor in Warri but there was no immediate response. We then released fifteen thousand Naira, (Nigerian Currency) for him to go back to Wukari. He was escorted by a brother to the city, to continue the journey the next day.
After they left with the money, the pastor in Warri then called back and we narrated the whole story to him. He laughed and followed up with a different story.
He said, “I gave him transport money to come to Warri. Since I knew that their main problems were drug addiction and womanizing, I made sure I restricted their movements. This boy forced his way out because he needed to buy hard drugs, so
when he returned, I fortified the place the more and he revolted.
He opted to go back to Taraba, (state in Nigeria), and came out and went to some Muslims there, saying, “Look at this person. He invited me to come here and he wants to make me a Christian. Did I come here for Bible? Is it Christianity that brought me here?”
But this is the person that was telling us here, “I am a Christian, I am a convert...” lying tongue! When we heard the real account, we called the brother that escorted
him to the city, and relayed to him the true story. “Go and retrieve the money from him. Put him in a vehicle to Wukari, pay the fares and bring back the balance of money, else he will use it to buy drugs. Then tell him that we are aware of the real story.” Then we called the pastor in Wukari and told him the story.
Thought for the day:
Always pray and be guided by the Holy Spirit
Song for the day:
The light must shine, the light of God must shine......
Bible reading for the day:
Isaiah 22-23; Ephesians 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA