EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020
Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and
instruction, and understanding.
Sound doctrine is the cornerstone of Christian living. Unfortunately, there are many Churches that practice “choose and pick” in administering the word of God. It is like when you visit the supermarket and pick products of your choice, take them to the cashier, pay for them and thereafter take them home to use. They forget that God does not run a supermarket.
God's commandment is that ALL his laws must be obeyed, not selective obedience. Mathew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe ALL THINGS whatsoever I have commanded you.” Jesus told the Laodicean Church,“Buy from me gold tried in the fire so that you can be rich.” In this scripture, Jesus is not expressing the riches of the world. The riches of the world are material, but that which Jesus is talking about here are spiritual riches that will lead to eternal life.
Every year, the Forbes' List contains the names of the richest men in the world arranged in order of the size of their wealth. We have the richest man in Africa, the richest man in the world etc. When you examine this list with the binoculars of heaven, you will discover that none of them is known to the God of heaven. They are among the world's celebrities but inconsequential in heaven.
What a tragedy! What is the value of wealth in the absence of eternal life?
Mark 8:36-37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? When Jesus said “buy from me gold tried in the fire so that you can be rich,” He was referring to sound doctrine of God's word. Jesus was saying: get the truth, buy the truth from Me so that you can preach the whole truth as a complete package of salvation.
Some churches do not preach restitution, some of them don't preach baptism in the Holy Ghost. Some go about their water baptism in a wrong way. They sprinkle small water on your head or throw it at your face instead of following the pattern laid down in scripture, which is baptism by immersion. Why are they not doing the right thing? It is because they don't have the sound doctrine. The power of the word they preach is not strong to save. The best preacher among them can never preach the gospel of perfection because he doesn't know it.
Thought for the day:
Sound doctrine is sound life.
Song for the day:
Something more than gold … the word of God in the life of man…
Bible Reading for the day:
Exodus 37-38; Matthew 23:23-39
PASTOR PAUL RIKA