EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2020
TEXT:1 John 1:8-10
KEY VERSE: Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
This testimony is from a brother based in Germany.
Four years ago, I realized through the messages and teachings in Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW) that I needed to do restitution for the lies I told when I was applying for visa to travel to Spain in 2007.
Every statement I made to the Nigerian and Spanish authorities: Name, Age, Date of Birth, Place of Birth etc. were false. Nothing was real.
I never knew these things were evil. I thought I was right in falsifying my documents to get a visa since I saw others doing it. I was a born-again believer in the church; a serious worker; active in evangelism and doing morning cry. In all the churches I have attended, I was a leader and teacher of the word but still did not know the truth about all these things. I also did not know anything was wrong with divorce.
It was shocking to realize that during these years of going to church, nobody said anything about restitution. I had no idea these things existed in scripture. After joining Holiness Movement, I began to hear these doctrines. I could not just walk away like that. The fear of the Lord came strongly upon me, so I decided to do the necessary restitution.
Pastor Kennedy who is a friend of mine accompanied me to the Spanish police to confess my sin. I was only one-year-old in Spain before I moved to Germany, I could not speak the Spanish language well so Pastor Kennedy had to go with me as an interpreter. I met a police lady who after hearing my confession went to get about five other officers who asked us to repeat our story.
I repeated my confession that I lied to them and that all the information I used to travel from Nigeria to Spain are based on lies. I gave them the documents with I had with me. They took it and started speaking to themselves. Soon, the station was filled with officers, all shocked by my confession. In the meantime, I had already concluded in my mind that I was going to be deported back to my country.
Suddenly, another person came with a big boss that looked like their commissioner, who stared at me intensely for about six seconds. Then, he ran quickly to his office and came back with a thumb-print machine. He asked me to thumbprint and connected it to the computer. Thereafter, he asked for my paper. They confessed that since they joined the police, they have never heard anything like this before. (To be continued tomorrow).
Thought for the day: Don't hide your sin. Confess and God will show you mercy.
Song for the day: Speak Lord and my heart will obey, the words that You speak…
Bible reading for the day: Genesis 36-37; Matthew 12:1-21
PASTOR PAUL RIKA