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
WHY A NEW CONVERT NEEDS TO DO HIS OR HER RESTITUTION
Date: Friday, November 27
Text: Judges 17:1-4
"1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son. 3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee. 4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah."
"And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son."
Not many know or believe your present claim that you are now in Christ. Your further action in restitution will convince them. Go and confess to your husband all those lies you have been telling him. Actually, he might have discovered some of them even though he did not tell you; but has already lost confidence in you. For some women, your husband’s confidence in you is just 50% or 40% because he has discovered your secret sins. The person you did that thing with had informed him without your knowledge.
If you would now come forward to voluntarily confess to him, he will say to himself, “This woman has changed indeed. I was just managing her as one manages a bad tyre hoping to change it when a new one comes.” With her confession he will now be fully convinced of her conversion and changed life because she has opened up on her own on all those secret things the husband knew about and even mentioned some he knew not. This is what God expects of you. Why will you abuse Christianity? Why will you fail to do what is right?
The name of the Lord will be blasphemed if restitution is not done on your past sinful life which is known to all. They knew you as an evil man or a ruffian. Now, they just see you carrying bible about. They will begin to imagine if it is another style you have adopted for your evil practice or you have actually had an encounter with Jesus. They are waiting for your testimony. The people you wronged, the people you abused, they are all waiting to hear that story of your spiritual transformation. But if you do not do it, they will think you have only adopted another strategy to harm them.
Even with the bible you are carrying they will still be suspicious of you and be trying to avoid you. Even if you perform signs and wonders they will think you are using evil power like Simon the sorcerer. May be you are still wearing ring on your finger in ignorance of biblical truth, they will look at it and say that is the source of your power which you must have collected from India or Ghana or Ijebu Ode. They will say among themselves, “Be careful with that juju man.” That is why you need to go and do your restitution so that the people will know about the great grace that saved you and made you a new creature.
Thought for the day:
Restitution is an evidence of new life in Christ
Song for the day:
See me through Lord Jesus see me through (2x), There is a race....
Bible reading for the day:
Ezekiel 38-39; 1 Peter 4
PASTOR PAUL RIKA