BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2019
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-19
KEY VERSE: 2 Timothy 4: 19 “Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.”
Priscilla and Aquila continued to work with Paul until the last day of his ministry work. Paul knew that his service in the gospel work was coming to an end and prepared to meet Jesus Christ in heaven. The scripture references above equally show Priscilla's steadfastness with her husband in support of the gospel work with Paul, the Apostle to the end.
Women in HOREMOW should stand steadfastly in the gospel work with their husbands to the end. In other words, women should inspire their husbands in the gospel work as did Priscilla. God has called the women of HOREMOW to remain steadfast with their husbands in the ministry work. There should be no iota of backsliding in God's calling. God has put leadership in your hands to support your husband in the ministry.
A story was told of a faithful woman whose husband's arrest for the preaching of the gospel in a communist country didn't prevent her from supporting him to the end. The husband was taken to prison and judgment passed on him to deny Jesus or face a death sentence. As this was going on, the woman requested to see her husband in prison.
The woman inspired her husband not to deny Jesus for the sake of upholding their wife-husband relationship. She encouraged her husband not to deny Jesus in the prison, but to resist the devil to the end. After series of persistence, the woman was granted access, to visit the prison with the hope of persuading her husband to deny Jesus.
On entering the prison, she met with her husband and encouraged him not to deny Jesus irrespective of the awaiting death penalty that was declared against him if he, refused to do so. Consequently, the government ordered their execution and were eventually burnt to death. They lost their earthly lives for refusing to deny Jesus but inherited everlasting lives in Christ Jesus.
All persuasions to convince them to deny Jesus failed. I pray for such a spirit of persistence to come upon you to stand for Jesus no matter what it takes in obedience to God's word. In a similar vain, Priscilla and Aquila refused to deny Jesus. They were true disciples of Paul for over three years living in the same house.
Thought for the day:
There should be no iota of backsliding in God's calling.
Song for the day:
Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord, and he said here am I send me.....
Bible Reading for the day:
Ezekiel 10-12; Hebrews 11:1-19
PASTOR PAUL RIKA