EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020
Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Ignorant people will say it is impossible for anybody to live a holy life. This sad commentary is even found right in the church. They want to make God a liar who says, BE YE HOLY; FOR I AM HOLY. They make it look as difficult as inventing a space rocket. Yet it is not an impossible task otherwise no believer will go to heaven.
All the saints of old in the Bible and in our own day lived a holy life, they died and entered heaven. Holiness is the gate pass through the gate of heaven. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. It is the holy living that gives birth to exemplary life.
Therefore, we are going to examine bible characters that live exemplary lives and are now in heaven.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank (Daniel 1:8).
Imagine Daniel, a youthful schoolboy, taking such a firm decision to defy the king's order because of righteousness. He knew the meal had first been offered as sacrifice to idols, so he rejected it. That is an exemplary lifestyle!
His other colleagues, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego also joined him to reject the king's meal.
That again is the power of influence of an exemplary life.
Daniel was different. He did not join the crowd. That is what God is looking for in you. Daniel did not allow societal influence to stain his holy life. I want you to know that you must be different to excel in this kingdom race. Others may do it, but you must not.
You are a peculiar and special person. Heaven is a personal race. If you cannot take your righteousness to this level, I will take mine there and purpose so in my heart.
Take your righteousness to that level, then your righteousness will profit others as they become righteous through you.
Some of these brothers have not understood the calling that we have received. Show them by your life, then they will understand better.
Sister, some of this women have not understood the way of holy dressing. They are still seeing their Jezebel dresses as okay. Show them by your exemplary life, the standard Christian dressing. Let them see zeal, meekness, neatness, natural beauty and divine favor in you, then they will know that they have not yet arrived in true Christianity.
Thought for the day:
Let your life lead others to righteousness.
Song for the day:
Oh Lord, set my life of fire for You, I want to burn for you….
Bible reading for the day:
2 Kings 20-22; John 6:45-71
PASTOR PAUL RIKA