EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2022
TEXT: 1 PETER 5:1-3
(1)The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
(2) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
(3) Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.
KEY VERSE: EPHESIANS 6:9
And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
Today’s lesson is a revelation to Sister Linda Paul Rika on holiness preachers:
A pastor that attended the conference was a stern holiness minister. His servant remained standing by him. Jesus told him, “You put on a hard face and are not cheerful because you want people to fear you. This is not Christianity! The Scripture says rejoice always in the Lord. The fruit of the Spirit is joy. Your attending minister has been standing in fear of you. You have not allowed him to sit down. You have made yourself the subject of ministry, not the Lord. You teach your members this way and you are their fear, not God. With this attitude, it is not easy for Me to use your members. They are more loyal to you than to Me, since they would want Me to take permission from you before using them. Since they do not associate with people, they are not lights to them. They are not known in the society. They cannot win souls for Me because of fear. They are in your cage. Your minister is still standing when others have sat down. My presence could not still set him free from you. My will is that you should be fruitful and multiply, but this attitude has limited growth and spread of holiness.”
The Lord said, “When I came into the world, did I keep Myself away from men? I mingled with them to know them and save them.” The Lord turned to the attending pastor and said, “I see you standing by this man to prove your faithfulness to him even when others have taken their seats. You are doing this out of slavish fear of your leader. This does not attract My rewards. In your heart, you wish to sit down as others. You know your master's attitude is not godly, but you decided to do what will please him. You are giving him this undue respect even in My presence, showing you value him above truth. I have not sold you to him as a slave.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
SONG FOR THE DAY: We are heirs of the Father…
BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY: Zechariah 7-9; Revelation 19
PASTOR PAUL RIKA