EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
TEXT: John 7:45-51
KEY VERSE: John 7:51 - Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
Don’t judge a matter without hearing the person. Don’t conclude without giving the accused person an opportunity to defend himself or to state his own side of the case. In the court of law, every accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Whatever the charges, even if the missing bundle of money is found in his house, he cannot on account of that alone be convicted of stealing because somebody could have planted it on him.
Therefore, the court will still consider the person innocent until proven guilty. So, be swift to hear but slow to conclude. Only God can conclude the matter for you in righteousness.
In today’s reading text, Nicodemus was telling the Jews when they were judging Jesus, “Does our law allow us to judge a person without first hearing that person's side of the story? We can't judge a person without finding out what that person has done.” Why are you judging without hearing the facts?
Many people’s minds have been polluted by wrong information they heard about Holiness Revival Movement, hence when they come for conference they get confused because they begin to see something completely different and contrary to what they have been told. Now their comments are. “Ha, I should have been a member of this Movement long ago if I had not listened to what people were saying.”
The question is, “Did you take time to hear the side of the Movement or you were just listening to accusers of the Movement?” You were reading on the internet all that the enemies were saying. Did you take time to hear the other side or is it because we are not speaking as fools and responding to them?
The Bible says in Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Somebody is speaking foolishly; he is taking foolish action; do we join him in his folly? That is why we don’t reply them. Bible says, “If thy brother offends you, go to him.” Did the Bible say you should go to the public and announce it?
Do we now break scripture because of the error of some other people who don’t know the Lord? Or should we join them on internet to be exchanging words? Except the Lord so directs, we will leave our defense to God who justifies the righteous. Under the circumstance, it will take a diligent man to know the truth. Not somebody in haste.
Thought for the day: Act on proven facts, not assumptions. That is righteousness!
Song for the day: Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach……
Bible reading for the day: Proverbs 15-16; 2 Corinthians 1
PASTOR PAUL RIKA