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)
FRIDAY JUNE 16, 2023
TEXT: MARK 10:17-25
17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Key Verse: Matthew 6:24. “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon”
Wealth is enticing. Do not serve money or riches; instead serve the Lord your God. Do not share your service between money and God, instead cleave to God and serve Him only.
Do not abandon the worship of God in the church for business. Do not abandon your devotional and prayer life for lack of time as a result of the pursuit or pressure of riches.
There is an African parable which is very instructive in this instance: “If you are on a mission to seek wealth and on reaching the outskirts of the town you meet an elderly man and on consultation, he tells you that he has no ready-made formula for wealth but has one for enduring integrity and peace. Please pay, obtain the formula and abandon the journey; otherwise, you may proceed to acquire the wealth and in turn spend it all to regain your integrity and peace to no avail”. The word of God says, “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his soul.”
Do not seek identification with the rich and great men of this world or lust for their friendship because they do not know Jesus and their ways are not righteous. Many of them have sold their souls to Satan and they will certainly corrupt you and destroy your faith and hope in Christ. Seek fellowship with the brethren, be humble and be willing to identify with the lowly in Christ who are rich in faith, prayer and righteousness; they will strengthen your spiritual life and keep you from falling.
Learn from the experience of Lot who was attracted by the glamour and riches of Sodom and Gomorrah but barely escaped damnation with his family. To preserve your soul for eternity, handle material wealth and power with utmost care and prayers. Never get yoked with an unbeliever no matter the attraction.
Thought for the day:
Never make the mistake of choosing money above Jesus.
Song for the day:
He is everything, Jesus is everything to me…
Bible reading for the day:
Nehemiah 1-3; Acts 2:1-13
PASTOR PAUL RIKA