EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020
TEXT: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
KEY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 6: 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Today’s devotional reading is a clear warning the Lord is giving you as a believer. Don’t go and marry an unbeliever whatever the greatness or beauty or renown or quality that person may possess. Even if the person meets the quality you desire in your future partner or others recommended the person to you based on some qualities, you must not be swayed into marriage with him or her. You might have even dreamt about the person, yet you must not go that way. Once that person is a sinner/ unbeliever, there is clear warning to you .... DON’T GO INTO MARRIAGE WITH AN UNBELIEVER!
It makes no difference if the person was recommended by your mother or father or close friend. You might have graduated from the same school or maybe you are in the same profession or doing the same kind of business; all these have nothing to do with marriage. Don’t marry him or her. Don’t assume that because that person looks simply, looks gentle or is always laughing he or she can be easily converted tomorrow. Yes, he or she may play gentleness, but the fact remains that he or she is a sinner! Don’t marry a sinner or an unbeliever.
That is a clear commandment of God. If you fail to heed this divine warning, the danger is that that person will probably obstruct or even destroy your Christian faith tomorrow. He or she will affect your going to heaven. What then shall it profit you, if you get a wife or husband and lose your soul in the process? What can a man give in exchange for his soul? That is why the Lord is counselling you to choose right and in His will.
Again, don’t assume that the person is a child of God because he or she is singing in the choir. Don’t assume that the person is a child of God because he is a preacher or that he or she is fervent in evangelism or doing morning calls. Don’t assume anything about anybody until you have thoroughly investigated and confirmed the truth. Prove all things and hold fast that which is good. Don’t get carried away by zealous service; for zeal is not holiness and charisma is not character. Carry out a diligent check, for you shall know them by their fruits.
Thought for the day: Marry a child of God to safeguard your soul.
Song for the day: Jesus loves me, He died for me, nobody loves me like Jesus
Bible reading for the day: Isaiah 56-58; 1 Thessalonians 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA