EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2020
2 Timothy 2: 15-26
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
I remember when I was in School of Basic Studies, Zaria, Nigeria in 1984 or 1985. Already, the mind of God was bubbling in me: how to serve God; how to work for God; how to sit down and read the scriptures. I was waiting for the time I would leave the school and be able to have time to really sit down and study the Bible.
Eventually, God provided the opportunity but in a most unusual way. There was a time as an Overseer in Deeper Life Bible Church I was placed on discipline for my scriptural stand on the validity of divine revelation, but I accepted it in humility and good faith. It was to last one year and two months.
God in His faithfulness turned the evil into good for me as He used that period to create the opportunity I have been longing for, to read and study the Bible. God used the occasion to pass me through the Bible School thoroughly, using the Commentaries of about three different Study Bibles. I went through them spending about 2,407 hours reading the Bible.
While I was reading, if I had to use the restroom I would deduct the time I spent in the toilet from my hours of study to ensure that the hours I am recording are all for practical study. I was very committed to the study. I must have prayed for about 1,740 hours within that period. If I dozed off during the prayer, I deducted the minutes I dozed off from my calculation of prayer hours.
I studied about 7,001 printed literatures. I had an in-depth study of the Dake's Annotated Bible beginning from Songs of Solomon all through the Old Testament. Because I wanted to understand the end time events very well, I studied the book of Revelation in-depth using three Study Bibles: Dake's Annotated Bible, Full Life Study Bible and NIV Life Application Study Bible.
I was really trained in the scriptures. I admonish you too to be trained in scriptures to be approved of God.
Thought for the day:
Study the scriptures diligently to be approved of God
Song for the day:
Lord teach me Your word (2x), I want to know Your word…
Bible reading for the day:
Esther 4-6; Acts 5:17-42
PASTOR PAUL RIKA