EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SATURDAY JANUARY 25, 2020
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
Jesus suffered in the hands of wicked men and endured it. Why then are you running away from persecution? Is your body more precious than the body of Jesus that you don't want anybody to touch it? They struck the body of Jesus. Why are you refusing to be struck?
They spat on the face of Jesus. What an insult? Why are you refusing to be slapped or even to be spit on? They picked up stones to throw at Jesus. What have they thrown at you? Jesus had already set an example for us that we should follow in His stead, so why are you now showing bigmanism?
Are you afraid you will damage your skin or break your bone? How do you see the body of Jesus, who made your body and made one for Himself? How do you see the personality of Jesus – a body without sickness, without blemish? How do you think His body looked like and why do you think your body is more precious than His?
Would you compare your body with the physical body of Jesus on earth? But when He was being stricken and beaten for your sake, to save you from your sin and give you eternal life, did He mind? Did He complain? Did He withdraw? How did He handle the matter? Learn from the life of Jesus and be wise. Below is a prophetic utterance on His suffering and reaction to it for your edification.
Isaiah 53:3-5, 7-8
3.He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
4.Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
7.He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.
8.He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of My people was He stricken.
Thought for the day:
Persecution is part of the Christian life.
Song for the day:
Lord I want to be like Jesus in my life…
Bible reading for the day:
Exodus 9-10; Matthew 18:1-20.
PASTOR PAUL RIKA