EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020
Matthew 15:8 This people draweth near to Me with their mouth and with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.
Envy is a spiritual defilement, yet it is something very common among Christians and Christian ministers. Nobody envies a rich man more than a rich man because he does not want anybody to be as rich as him. He wants to be the only focus of attention and object of honor and reverence in the society.
Satan knows the damaging effect of envy in the life of a Christian. He knows that it kills the righteous; it burns through the heart of the righteous; it empties the righteous of his righteousness. Envy and Pride are twin brothers. The proud and the envious want to outshine others. Envy works to pull down and defile the righteous man.
The Lord said, “A new heart will I give you.” God is promising you a new heart to remove defilement in your life. Defilement such as envy comes from an unsanctified heart. An unregenerate heart rules you because it is stronger than your ability to manage. God says, “I will root it out; but you have to ask Me.” It is not only in your life; other people around the world are also experiencing it.
If you want purification of the heart for your holiness, cry to God. Then your heart will be pure, you will think towards others with a pure heart. If a brother has a gift, all of us will gather around to support his ministry. That is true Christianity! Footballers often demonstrate this comradeship. When a player scores a goal, they all rally round him in celebration. They would say, “Our team is the winning team.”
Unfortunately, this is not always seen in the Church. Christians hardly see the gifted ones among them as a blessing to all. How wonderful it would be to hear fellow brethren say, “O bless God! That brother is a blessing to this Church or this Ministry. I am a partaker of his blessing!”
There are people who have no genuine respect for leadership. They may pretend as if they love the leader, but God is able to see through their deception and imperfection. Holiness of life is not by mere profession in the mouth but by actual possession in the heart.
Thought for the day:
God promises a new heart and a new life provided you can pray
Song for the day:
Give me love for my brethren, love from above…
Bible reading for the day:
1 Samuel 10-12; Luke 13:22-35
PASTOR PAUL RIKA