EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2020
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Luke 23:26-28 26 And as they led Him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. 27. And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him. 28. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
In this text, they were leading innocent, mighty, and powerful Jesus to Golgotha for crucifixion and His sympathizers were following and crying. How did Jesus respond? Would Jesus be looking for human sympathy, when He knew clearly that this was the way His Father had planned it for Him? He knew clearly that He came into the world for this purpose and that the Son of man had to give His life as a ransom for many.
He knew clearly that He must do the will of His Father no matter what He had to pass through. Would He then be seeking human sympathy? Such sympathy would have weakened Him by suggesting that there were alternatives to doing the will of His Father. Of what value was such human sympathy to Him?
Come up to maturity because there are sufferings in life. There are adverse things God allows in the training of His people because of the assignment He has for them. Otherwise, you will join in criticizing the wicked people that brought up this against Jesus without full understanding. Yes, they are wicked hands indeed who should be criticized but God allowed them.
Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.
If we should pursue them with weapons to kill them, we will be offending God. So, have this balanced understanding. Always be on the side of God on any matter. Ask Him where he stands and be on the Lord’s side. When Moses came back from the mountain, he asked who was on the Lord’s side? Look for that side. Be on the Lord’s side in every matter: In the church, in the family, in the society, in the government. Everywhere be on the Lord’s side. Amen!
Thought for the day:
Be on the Lord’s side always.
Song for the day:
My God is able, He’s able, I know He is able……
Bible reading for the day:
Psalm 120-123; 1 Corinthians 6
PASTOR PAUL RIKA