EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: SATURDAY DECEMBER 14, 2019
TEXT: PSALM 22: 22-25
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so
let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.
The Scripture has made it plain that praise and thanksgiving to God, as a duty of man toward God, does not necessarily require material presents to be offered alongside with it. True and acceptable praise and thanksgiving to God is the one that issues out of a righteous and grateful heart in words of praise and thanksgiving, songs of praise and thanksgiving, and testimonies of praise and thanksgiving, to God and before others.
In this manner both the poor and the rich can render satisfactory praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. Let not the worshippers be compelled directly or indirectly to bring monetary or material present along with their testimony of praise and thanksgiving.
However, the psalmists reveal that when you make a vow before the Lord, promising to bring a material gift to Him if He performs an act of mercy for you, you should remember to pay your vow when God has demonstrated to you His faithfulness.
Besides there are times your heart is persuaded to give God material gift or offering along with
your testimony of praise and thanksgiving. Such offering should be given willingly and joyfully. It is a sacrifice acceptable unto Him.Those who have material gifts to offer to God along with their testimony and are persuaded to do so can willingly offer their gift.
God loves a cheerful giver. Those who are poor and have no material gift to offer or are not persuaded within themselves to do so should know that God is gratified with the heart of praise and thanksgiving which finds expression in words of the lips. Ministers of the gospel must be careful not to fall into the sin of the children of Eli, who compelled the people to give, making the worshipers to hate the offering of the Lord.
The material gift offered along with testimony of praise and thanksgiving is to the Lord and not to the minister, hence, the minister must not dictate or compel the offering.
Giving for the course of God that does not follow biblical laws has no reward for the giver and will not be blessed by God in the course it is put into, beware!
Backslidden and unholy ministers may not bother about this, but you who desire the presence and glory of God must be careful in all you do. Members of the church who are known to be in illegitimate business or earn their money in questionable ways must clearly and firmly be made to know that their money, in tithes and offering and special contribution for programmes and projects, is not required by the church for God's work. God is holy.
Thought for the day: Giving for the course of God that does not follow biblical laws has no reward for the giver.
Song for the day: Give, it shall be given unto you....
Bible Reading for the Day: Amos:1-3 Revelation 5
PASTOR PAUL RIKA