EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 11TH
TEXT: Acts 8:9-13
But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
KEY VERSE: Ephesians 4:14 - That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Some ministers go to Satan to receive power for signs and wonders and for congregational growth and control, hence the members are under the enslaving charms and destructive power of Satan. The ignorant, covetous and gullible worshipers, who are round the clock looking for miracles find themselves in these Satan's prison houses called churches. When Satan locks one up in prison, he does not unlock, except a higher power prevails over him.
Isaiah 14:12, 16, 17- How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; THAT OPENED NOT THE HOUSE OF HIS PRISONERS?
As we read in today’s devotional text, Simon the sorcerer had for many years bewitched the people of Samaria and was described as the power of God, until Philip the Evangelist came and delivered Samaria from his hand. It will take only the power of God to deliver people from denominational occultism.
Know that many of the churches among us today were established through covenants with Satan. The Pastors pay tribute to Satan and the most important benefit Satan desires from them is the souls of men. These Pastors are bent on remittance to Satan for the power they collect from him. They employ various means, methods and men to run their ministries.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 - For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Those who lust after miracles, signs and wonders fall easy prey in the hands of these merchandising pastors. Don’t seek miracle at the expense of your soul. Make the salvation of your soul the first priority of life. Seek after righteousness and it shall go well with you. Seek after Jesus the Bishop of your soul and you shall enjoy the abundance of life.
John 10:10-The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Thought for the day: Not every man on the pulpit is called by God. Beware!
Song for the day: Order my steps in Your word dear Lord, lead me, guide me…….
Bible reading for the day: Deuteronomy 14-16; Mark 13:14-37
PASTOR PAUL RIKA