EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
THURSDAY AUGUST 17, 2023
TEXT: 1 PETER 1:14-16
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Key verse: Exodus 20:26: "Neither shall thou go up by steps into My altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered.”
To put on the attire that makes us look like harlots or rascals is to grieve the Holy Spirit and incur His wrath. God is holy. He demands holiness from those that desire fellowship with Him. God wants His children to be inwardly as well as outwardly holy. This means both our inward attitude and outward appearance are important to God. God does not want our sensitive body parts to be exposed to public view to avoid defilement among men and dishonor to God. The Bible reveals that some adornment, designs and dressing styles do not belong to God's children but to the ungodly and sinners. Believers are bought with the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. To expose the sensitive parts of our body to the public through rough and improper dressing is to defile the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. To put on the attire that makes us look like harlots or rascals is to grieve the Holy Spirit and incur His wrath. When God instructed Jacob to go up to Bethel, the place he first met with God, he told his household to cleanse themselves from evil and to change their dressing.
Encounter with the holy God must produce not only inward change, but also outward visible change and should lead to removal and destruction of ungodly clothes and change of dressing style to conform to His holiness. Right from the Old Testament time God warned His people against make-ups and ungodly attire. In our day there are women that wear trousers and put on shirts, looking like men in appearance. Some argue that the trousers are feminine in design. There is no excuse in that. True children of God know that such are attires of harlots. No child of God walking on the narrow way to heaven will put on such attires. All that do so are abomination to God and will never enter heaven. It is unfortunate that some preachers permit or encourage their members to put on these ungodly clothing while some are silent about it. They shall go with their members to hell.
Thought for the day: There is no respect of persons with God.
Song for the day: I will never let the devil win the battle…
Bible reading for the day: Psalm 107-108; Romans 15:22-33
PASTOR PAUL RIKA