EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2020
TEXT: Isaiah 30:9-11
Key verse: John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light comes into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
My sister, why allow the Spirit of delay to come upon you? Brother, why the delay? Pastor, what are you waiting for? Are you not seeing the mischief that is going on in the households of God? The four lepers said among themselves, “Let's go and tell the king's household.” But this required diligent persuasion because when they got to the king's household, the king did not believe them.
The king said you people don't know the strategy of battle. It is a strategy that the king of Syria is using. He decided to leave the camp to go and lay an ambush, so that when we come and discover an empty Syrian camp and feel confident that we would plunder them, we would leave our gate open and they would, in turn, come in and consume us all. Was it actually a Syrian strategy? No, that was a misconception.
That was why it required diligent persuasion. This Syrian experience typifies what is going on in the church. The people will not easily know, neither will they easily understand the language of the gospel of truth.
That is why it will require persuasion; diligent persuasion. Someone has to tell them the doctrine of holiness and the doctrine of righteousness. They cannot easily accept it.
What about restitution? They may not easily accept it either. Even the born again experience, they may not easily accept it. The sanctification of the heart? They have enough theology to argue against that also. Indeed, there are plenty of theological arguments to counter every doctrine of holiness! They have them in different schools of thought. So, it is not an easy task.
Already, there are denominational traditions handed over from their forefathers. How do you begin to convince them to accept things they don't even understand? You begin to tell them, remove all these things, change your garments, remove your second wife; you would have begun to preach doctrines that are strange to them because they never heard of it nor knew about it. Therefore, it will require persuasion and it has to be diligent persuasion.
This is what is required because of the heart of men. Men love darkness more than light; they love lies and hate the truth. They have been fed with lies for so long, now they have become so used to it that truth now appears as lies and sounds strange to them. It requires diligent persuasion to convince them. Move on and don't be discouraged, you will save some.
Thought for the day: Persuading men on truth is not an easy task.
Song for the day: Hark the voice of Jesus calling, who would go and work today…
Bible reading for the day: Exodus 27-28; Matthew 21:23-46.
PASTOR PAUL RIKA