EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
Joshua 10:14 - And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.
When God wanted to give a sign to Hezekiah to assure him that he would be healed, He asked, “Shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?” God gave that option. Elijah challenged the gods of the prophets of Baal to a spiritual battle and said, “Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under.”
Elijah was out to prove to the people who had abandoned the true God to follow the prophets of Baal that the God that answers by fire is the true God. He was doing this as led by the Spirit of God to save perishing souls and not for pride. We see how the prophets of Baal could not get fire from their gods to light the wood. But, when Elijah called on the Living God, the fire of the Lord fell from heaven, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. It was then the hearts of the people turned back to God. We can see that God’s miracles are to serve His purposes, and are not for our pride.
Again, consider Joshua who stopped the sun and the moon. It happened once by the impartation of the faith of the Holy Ghost in him. Nobody will say again, “God, I am going somewhere, and it is getting late; please hold the sun for me.” Or, “We want to finish this crusade, please hold the sun from going down until we are through.” These things are not normal repetitive miracles. They are uncommon, one-of-a-kind miracles.
In Jesus’ time, He turned water into wine. Did you hear any apostle turn water into wine? It was an unusual manifestation of the Holy Ghost that happened once in a generation according to the mind of God. Suppose you are planning a wedding for which you will need drinks, pray in advance. Ask God to supply and He knows how to do it. Don’t go and be filling seven water-pots and say, “As Jesus did it, water I command you turn into wine now!” The sons of Sceva did that, and demons handled them.
Thought for the day:
God’s miracles are at His discretion, not by our command.
Song for the day:
He is Lord, He is Lord, amen…..
Bible reading for the day:
Song of Solomon 6-8; Galatians 1
PASTOR PAUL RIKA