EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
HOLINESS REVIVAL MOVEMENT WORLDWIDE
DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR of Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
REJECT UNGODLY DEMANDS IN MARRIAGE PROCESS
Thursday, December 10
Genesis 29: 18-22
"18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast."
Genesis 34: 12
"Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife."
Satisfactory settlement in dowry payment and other legitimate demands of the parents should be done to enable release of their daughter for marriage. Ungodly demands should be politely and firmly rejected. Neither should money equivalent be given. Sister, if you are a Christian, start working on your parents now if you are hoping to get married to a righteous man. Let them know that whiskey or alcohol is not acceptable and money will not be given in exchange for it.
Get them prepared against those abominable things. These standards were set by their forefathers that didn’t know the gospel, but we are not going after the customs and traditions of men. Therefore, prepare your parents for your marriage settlement. Explain to them all the things that are not to be done. List them one by one now that you have not even brought a suitor home yet. Get them informed so that they can get prepared.
Of course the marriage committee will delegate people that will go with you. It is not just two of you that will go for the ceremony and pay the bride price because if you go alone, we would not know if you have compromised there, since we do not have witnesses. If we have no witness to testify of what you did there; whether or not you even met your dowry obligation to the sister’s parents, how then do you think that we would wed you? You went and gave alcohol to some people and now you say we should wed you?
My brethren, don’t ever bring pollution to Holiness Revival Movement in your State and Nation. It is better that you do not wed than that you wed a polluted person. Everything must be supervised and assessed in holiness from the beginning to the end to ensure holiness all through the process. As Paul said, “That I might present them perfect unto the Lord.” That is how it should be. We will not lay hand suddenly on any man so as not to become partaker of his or her sin.
Thought for the day:
Ungodly demands should be politely and firmly rejected during marriage process.
Song for the day:
Something more than gold, something more than silver....
Bible reading for the day:
Hosea 5-8; Revelation 1
PASTOR PAUL RIKA