EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
FRIDAY JANUARY 10, 2020
KEY VERSE: Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:.
One distinctive characteristic of the Laodicean Church is that it is physically rich but spiritually naked (poor). Today's reading text brings before us God's assessment of the Laodicean church.God is the One who assesses church denominations, ministries and Christian assemblies. His assessment is the truth and it gives us the true condition of the church or minister-in-charge.
He introduced Himself in verse 14 as “the Amen” (Truth Himself); “the Faithful” (unchanging truth); “and true Witness” (What He says about something is the truth because He was there). What He says of a person is the truth because He looks into the heart and knows the actual state; what He says of a person is the truth because He studies the motives; what He predicts about a person is the truth because He knows the ending from the beginning; what He says of a matter is the truth because He lives after the incident and he's giving a report of what He saw; what He says about everything is the truth because He has the record of everything – even of our thoughts; so He is the faithful and true witness.
Again He said “I know thy works.” It means he did not just hear of it but he KNOWS IT WITH CERTAINTY! God's assessment of the Laodicean church shows us His assessment of the church in this end time. In our days, we have heard how by revelation God has given us assessment on many churches and their ministers. The aim of this assessment is to encourage His people and exhort them to repentance and righteousness.
Since the end has not yet come, He is giving us assessment so that if we fail or perform below His cut-off mark we can make efforts to recover.It is like getting the result of an assessment test preparatory for the final exams. If on the other hand we are doing well, we should stand firm and continue in our good works.
Thought for the day:
Material prosperity is not a proof of God's approval.
Song for the day:
Something more than gold, something more than silver….
Bible reading for the day:
Genesis 25-26; Matthew 9:1-17.
PASTOR PAUL RIKA