EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2021
TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 1:18-20
18) This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightiest war a good warfare;
19) Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
20) Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
KEY VERSE: LUKE 9:62
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
No runner celebrates victory before the race ends. Salvation is a process and is likened to a race or a journey. As a race, you cannot celebrate the victory of salvation until you are called to glory. As a journey, just as a safe departure does not guarantee a safe arrival, being saved in the morning is not a guarantee of salvation in the afternoon. Every believer is prone to spiritual accident. This calls for caution. Your spiritual condition at death is what matters most. Matthew 24:13…But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof. It is better to start as a sinner and end up as a saint than to start as a saint and end up a sinner. Whatever your level of spiritual growth or the degree of your spiritual exploits, do not glory yet. Satan is a dogged fighter and a stubborn adversary. He never relents and he is no respecter of persons. Many great men of God have fallen into his trap in the last few days of their lives. That is why Paul admonished the Corinthian Christians in 1 Corinthians 10:11-12 saying, “Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
In our reading text, Apostle Paul mentioned Hymenaeus and Alexander as disciples who had fallen away and shipwrecked their faith. Judas was a close disciple of Jesus Christ and a miracle worker but he too fell into the hands of Satan.
Many Christians have shipwrecked their faith without knowing it. They do not know because they are still exercising the gift of the Holy Spirit. They fail to realize that anointing is not holiness. While the gift of God is irrevocable, the salvation of a Saint is revocable on account of sin. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” (Exodus 32:33). You must hold fast what you have and not grow weary in your journey of salvation. Remain fervent in prayer and abstain from all appearances of evil. In this way, you will preserve your soul till eternity.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Remain steadfast in faith and guard your life against the wiles of the devil.
SONG FOR THE DAY: O Jesus I have promised to serve You to the end
BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY: Proverbs 3-4; 1 Corinthians 13
PASTOR PAUL RIKA