EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
DATE: Sunday August 8th, 2021
TEXT: Matthew 12: 33-35
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Key verse: Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Sanctification has to do with the heart. The Bible teaches that when you make the heart clean, the mouth will be clean also. The heart is the seat of life and thoughts and from the heart proceeds good and evil thoughts. The heart controls you. The mouth does not speak by itself but what the heart supplies to it. The members of the body do not work by themselves but are directed by the heart. If you want the whole body to be controlled and directed properly, give your heart to the Lord. This is why God says “My Son, give me your heart” (Proverbs 23:26).
If you give me your hand, your hand does not control the whole body; it can only touch some parts and not all parts of the body. If I say give me your eyes; your eyes cannot see everything in your life. But I ask that you give me your heart because it is the seat of man. It is the headquarters of man. It is from the heart that the blood is pumped to all parts of the body. The heart directs the other members of the body to do evil or to do good works. It is the heart that controls all actions – what you should do and what you should not do; what you should take and what you should not take; whether you should love God or not love Him; all these are from the heart. God is giving attention to your heart to make that heart clean and holy. If that happens, the righteousness and holiness He is looking for from you will be possible.
The key verse says, “Thou lovest righteousness and hateth wickedness.” That is why the Lord your God has promoted you above your fellows. If a church loves righteousness and hates wickedness, that church will be promoted by God. If a pastor loves righteousness and hates wickedness in practice, that pastor will be promoted by God. If a church member or a Christian loves righteousness; practically performs it and hates iniquity, that person will be promoted by God.
We are in the time that God wants to make people holy and filled with love for righteousness, having put iniquity to death in their lives. Make this a prayer point and ask the Lord to do it in your life.
Thought for the day: Out of the heart are the issues of life. Guide it with diligence.
Song for the day: Take my heart and let it be, concentrated Lord to Thee….
Bible reading for the day: Psalm 82-84; Romans 8:19-39
PASTOR PAUL RIKA