EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
DATE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
TEXT: John 14:1-3
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
KEY VERSE: 1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
The end of all our faith, of all our commitments, of all our righteousness, of all our preaching, is eternal life. Paul said, if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. We live in houses or worship in buildings built by somebody, and we cannot say whether the person is a Christian or not.
This means the glories of this life are not necessarily in the hands of children of God. The devil boasts about the glory of the world when he told Jesus, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” So Jesus rebuked him and said, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
For Jesus came not to have the world, but to give us another kingdom. He said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my disciples would have fought that I be not delivered unto the Jews, but that I yielded to them showed clearly, my kingdom is not of this world. I came to testify of the truth to the world.”
Jesus came to raise up people for another world. Those that have been of God from the time of the fall of man have always looked forward to another world. This is the world of eternal life.
Bible says in Hebrews 11:16, “They desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
In today’s devotional text, Jesus Christ was presenting to His disciples another kingdom, another place which he called “My Father's house.” Another building which he calls mansions. Another life: “where I am, there ye may be also.” A place where I am ever living; an eternal abode.
Moses said, if the people ask me, what is the name of the God that met with you; what do I say to them? He answered, tell them, I AM who I AM ever present. The Lord has given us opportunity to be ever present, to take us to where we will ever be there with Him.
The Lord is fashioning a people, transforming a people, perfecting a people for His eternal kingdom; for eternal life. That is what brought Him into the world. Make sure you are part of this glorious and peculiar people.
Thought for the day: Let nothing in this world take eternal life from you.
Song for the day: What is the hope that we have? The Kingdom of God is the hope that we have...
Bible reading for the day: Exodus 22-24; Matthew 20:17-3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA