EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020
1 Corinthians 2:10-13
1 Corinthians 2:14 - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
You need to be in the spirit to understand the things of God. Even now that we are saying Jesus Christ will soon come, it takes a spiritual man to understand this language of the Spirit. As unfolding events in the world show clearly that the world is rounding off, it takes a spiritual man to understand this truth.
The natural man cannot just understand. Tell a natural man, “Jesus is coming soon,” it will sound to him like you are speaking in a foreign language. He would say, “What are you talking about? All these years they have been saying Jesus is coming. Forget about that one!” That is the natural man for you.
If it were a spiritual man, he will just be rejoicing, saying, “God you have brought me to the kind of place I have been longing for (HOREMOW). This is where the psalmist says, “I have been longing to appear before God in Jerusalem. My heart has been seeking it. I have been crying, ‘When will I appear before the Lord?’
When they say let us go to Jerusalem it is a great joy unto me.” That is a spiritual man. He understands the meaning of Jerusalem. He appreciates the presence of God that he would enjoy in Jerusalem. But the natural man will say, “Is this the kind of place you brought me for a conference? There isn’t enough food to eat. Where will I sleep? Why am I here? How long are we going to be here? I don’t think I can stay for 3-4 days.”
That is a natural man for you. He cannot perceive the presence of God. All that matters to him is food and comfort. Whatever we are saying or doing here, whatever inspired messages are coming out here, he cannot understand, because he is not born again. He is not a spiritual man. The Lord seeks those that will worship Him in spirit and in truth.
To you that feel inconvenient or uncomfortable by occasional inadequacies, I am saying God wants you to worship Him in spirit and to think less about the flesh. God wants you to receive and accept the word of God which is the food of life. God wants you to allow the Holy Spirit to have full access into your life so that you too can be brought to the level of refined and perfect understanding of spiritual matters.
Thought for the day:
Understanding comes by the Spirit of God.
Song for the day:
Jesus the way, the truth and the life, whosoever cometh to Him shall never die
Bible reading for the day:
Psalm 93-95; Romans 11:22-36.
PASTOR PAUL RIKA