EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020
1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
In today's reading text, we see Jonadab as an example of a self-denier. He was a man of high discipline, who also inculcated discipline in his children. He observed that the children of Israel had backslidden and he being a righteous man, did not want his children to join them in their rebellion against God.
Jonadab, in his fear of the Lord and love for Him, instructed his children to keep away from the children of Israel so that they don't get polluted as well. They must avoid practicing everything the children of Israel were practicing. He took them to a location and asked them not to build a house but to live in tents, and they should neither plant vineyards nor drink wine.
He gave clear instructions to his children on how to live and shield themselves from the practices of backslidden children of Israel and they obeyed. There are some things practiced by some churches which came through their leaders. It may not be easy doing some of them, but it is being obeyed all the same because they want to achieve something through it.
As one person starts doing it others follow. If a driver is driving his master and the master is the kind that doesn't stop on the way to eat food, will the driver have the courage to stop and eat? Even though he is hungry, he cannot. When I was in the government as an accountant, I was going somewhere with my Director General and when we were refueling at the filling station, I saw somebody hawking groundnut and I bought some.
When I gave my Director General to eat he said, “No! Big men don't eat groundnut on the road.” That day I learnt something. If the head of a household goes to bed by 8:00pm, that family would be sleeping early. Everybody will just fall in line. That is discipline. Develop Christian discipline in every area of your life.
Discipline in the study of the word, discipline in listening to messages, discipline in evangelism, discipline in giving, discipline in devotional life, discipline in everything that is of spiritual value. In fact, discipline in your sleep so that you don't oversleep to forget morning prayers and vigils.
Thought for the day:
An undisciplined life is a sinful life.
Song for the day:
I'd be a true soldier I'd die at my post
Bible reading for the day:
Judges 3-5; Luke 7:31-50
PASTOR PAUL RIKA