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
THE BEAUTY OF RESTITUTION
Friday, December 11
"1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Failure to carry out restitution may cause you to slip back to your sins. Did you say you are born again but you are married to a second wife? You must do your restitution by sending that woman away in peace. If not, the moment you engage in sexual intercourse with that woman again, your testimony is destroyed. It is satanic deceit for a man who has abandoned his first wife and got married to a second wife to think his name is in the book of life.
Forget about those who lay claim to the Holy Ghost and go about speaking in tongues whereas they are in a wrong marriage. Do you know that you can put out fire, yet smoke could still be going up? Your life is in smoke now. The real fire of righteousness is quenched because you are with another woman. You may say, “But God is still answering my prayers?” This happens because God in His wisdom, patience and endurance believes you will change tomorrow, but at present, your name is not in the book of life.
The Lord came to Abimelech and said, you are but a dead man. Abimelech claimed innocence saying. “Will you also slay a righteous nation? In the purity of my heart and innocence of my hands have I done this.” God referred to him as a dead man because he had transgressed the law by marrying another man’s wife. “Restore the man his wife, otherwise I have told you that you are dead.” Not to do your restitution as required by God is sin standing against you. The gospel of Jesus is adorned by the doctrine and practice of restitution. It makes the doctrine of Jesus beautiful.
You borrowed money from somebody for 15years and the man has been waiting for you to pay but you refused to pay him. Now that you have repented, you must look for the man and plead with him. “Oh, sorry I borrowed money from you long ago and did not pay. Now I have repented and I am willing to repay.” That is restitution! Even if the man decides to forgive the debt he will cherish the doctrine of Christ. He will wonder at Jesus. He will praise the Lord for what has happened. Others will see it and also praise the Lord. They will thank God for your life.
Thought for the day:
The gospel is adorned by the doctrine and practice of restitution.
Song for the day:
You are worthy to be praised (2x) My Redeemer, You are worthy.....
Bible reading for the day:
Hosea 9-11; Revelation 2
PASTOR PAUL RIKA