EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
TEXT: Matthew 10:37-38
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
KEY VERSE: Ruth 4:15
And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
Love your wife as a Christian should do. Do not hate or despise her because she did not bear children for you. Love and cherish her, she will bless your life better than seven sons. You woman, submit to your husband fully. Love and obey him. Do not despise him because he could not get you pregnant. In Christ, he will do in your life both now and for eternity better than what ten sons can do (1 Samuel 1:8).
Do not allow Satan to worsen your case by suggesting that you should seek children through secret adultery or second marriage. That will mean you love a child more than God. Know that God is aware of your childless situation and it may be His will for you. It may be that God wants somebody to do something more for Him and does not want the burden of marriage on that person. He knows that if the person is free from marriage he or she will work better for Him.
For example, God’s plan for Paul the apostle was: I do not want you to marry because you have so much work to do. Did it not work for him? It worked! But the world will laugh at a man like that and say, “Look at him; big for nothing! Big man, where is your wife?” The world may mock him, but the Scripture says, he that is married shares his time between God and a woman, but he that is unmarried gives one hundred percent of his time to God (1 Corinthians 7:32-33).
He has more time to serve God in his life time. God is more glorified by him and will greatly reward him. But if Paul never knew the way of God, he would have been living in sorrow and shame. However, since Paul understood his case so well, he was peaceful. Seek to understand the mind of God towards you in your childlessness. This will give you peace and boldness among men. Do not think like the world over matters of children because your life is in the hands of God.
Psalms 37:23 - The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his ways. It may be that God has envisaged the negative effect of children to your calling and He is protecting you against it. But whatever may be the case, be peaceful and keep serving the Lord happily.
Thought for the day: The husband or wife God has given you is better than many sons.
Song for the day: Something more than gold, something more than silver, the Spirit of the Lord in the……
Bible reading for the day: Numbers 1-2; Mark 3:1-21
PASTOR PAUL RIKA