EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
By: Pastor Paul Rika Int'l director of Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
Int'l Director of Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
SATURDAY MAY 11, 2019
2 TIMOTHY 2:19-21
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” 2 Corinthians 7:1.
When a person is born again he is to be taught all things the Lord has commanded in the Scripture.
Not all preachers of the gospel bother about the outward appearance of a believer, but holiness cannot be achieved without freedom from worldliness in physical appearance.
Any believer that does not want to conform to sound Christian teaching on Christian dressing, in modesty and sobriety, is not holy and cannot see God.
Biblical teaching on Christian dressing is not for everyone, but for those professing, godliness, who seek to be holy.
This teaching is aimed at raising holy men and women for God in these last days, to present a church without spot or wrinkle to Christ at His second coming.
Ephesians 5:27: "That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."
Founding fathers of many Christian assemblies taught against the use of jewelry in Christian dressing in the light of the Scriptures, to keep their members holy.
But when the ministry of the founding fathers and those of their immediate successors passed away by death, leaders of succeeding generation succumbed to inward pressure from their members and allowed the use of jewelry,
arguing that it is non-essential or that the scripture has not really prohibited their use.
The founding fathers of such assemblies did not put their conviction and doctrine into
writing to make it plain and accessible to all in succeeding generations.
This doctrine was only emphasized verbally and when their members ceased hearing of them, their, conviction weakened and faded away.
The message and doctrines of the gospel were best preached and preserved through writing. There are hard scriptural texts on jewelry that require exposition to make their meaning clear (Genesis 35:1-4; Exodus 33:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Peter 3:3 etc.).
When these texts are not rightly interpreted, they become stumbling blocks which make many to lose their conviction on the doctrine.
Apostle Peter acknowledged that there are some portions of scripture which are hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable misinterpret to their own destruction and to the destruction of those that hear them (2 Peter 3:16).
Thought for The Day:
Let your adornment be the hidden man of the heart.
Song for The Day:
Lord prepare me, a Sanctuary, Pure and Holy, tried and true, With thanks
Bible Reading for The Day
2 Kings 1-3; John 3:22-36
PASTOR PAUL RIKA