EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020
TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 3:1-3
KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 3:3 - For ye are yet carnal, for whereas (there is) among you envying and strife and division, are ye not carnal and walk as men?
James and John went to Jesus and said, we want you to let us sit on your left and right hand side in your kingdom. What about the other people? You are looking for selfish gain. What is provoking this selfish gain even though you are a child of God? The spirit of selfish gain is from the Adamic nature. This sinful nature has to be dealt with. Jesus was to pass through a town in Samaria but the people refused. James and John wanted to command fire from heaven to destroy them. Such reaction is unexpected and unreasonable for a Believer. Jesus rebuked them! You do not know what Spirit you are of. That is why He prayed that God should sanctify them, so that these infirmities would not be among them. Otherwise, when people see them struggling, how will they believe they are His disciples? Jesus came to deal with the sin problem perfectly.
Hebrews 9:14 - How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? He will deliver us and give us the grace to serve Him in holiness and righteousness all the days of our lives. That means He will give us a righteous heart that will not fall into sin.
It is saddening to find carnality in the Church of Christ among the Brethren who profess to be born again. They still manifest envy and strife here and there among themselves. As long as you manifest some wrong attitudes, you are still carnal. If you always seek to subdue everyone and ensure everything must be your way, then, you are still carnal. If as a leader you are always fearful that you may be removed, it is a sign of insecurity caused by your carnal Adamic nature. If you are born again, why are you feeling insecure? This is inward pollution troubling you. Otherwise, “Great peace have they that love thy law and nothing shall offend them.” The holiness of the church is dampened by carnal people who profess holiness by mouth but do not actually have it in their life as they lack sanctification.
Thought for the day: Pray for sanctification.
Song for the day: Make me holy….
Bible reading for the day: Jeremiah 17-19; 1 Timothy 6
PASTOR PAUL RIKA