EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SATURDAY JANUARY 4, 2020
1 Thessalonians 2:10-14
KEY VERSE: Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Brother, how is your hairstyle? Sister, how is your dressing? Are you dressing like them or differently as a child of God ought to? Are you living an exemplary life for others to see and emulate in righteousness and holiness? If as a lady you have to join your legs together so that people don't see your inside, then you are not an example to follow.
You have not understood the holiness of God. How then do people learn from you? It means you are not different from them. If the blind leads the blind both shall fall into the ditch. It means there is no woman of
exemplary character around. God would be lamenting that “I am looking for a man or woman that will stand as an example, but I find none”. Let God find that man or that woman in you.
John Wesley taught clearly the doctrine of sanctification as a second definite experience of grace. Probably because he did, the Lord made him suffer great challenge and great reproach from his wife, to make him an example of the doctrine he was preaching. Did you say you believe in holiness and you are teaching it? Then, let people watch how you handle it in your life so that you can be an example of that which you are teaching.
God allowed the devil to carry his wife very far such that when John Wesley was on the pulpit preaching, the wife would be telling the congregation, “Don't believe him! He doesn't do what he is preaching at home; it is just sweet mouth.” The man would continue with his preaching as if nobody was talking. His response would be like, “Everybody give me attention here; let's go ahead.”
How did he keep his heart focused on the pulpit in the face of such provocation? God wanted the people to watch and see the stuff he was made of – whether genuine or fake. At home, the wife would grab the hair of John Wesley (a white man with long hair), and begin to pull it to pluck it out of his head. He would just allow himself to be dragged along so that the hair does not pull out. He kept his cool and refused to strike the wife, not even once.
He remained peaceful and kept watching and waiting for the wisdom of God in the matter. Don't overreact, but wait for Him. After ye have suffered for a while, ye become an example to others. That is the power of an exemplary life.
Thought for the day:
If your life is not leading people to Christ, it is leading them to hell.
Song for the day:
I want to be like Daniel … to follow Jesus Christ
Bible reading for the day:
Genesis 9-11; Matthew 4
PASTOR PAUL RIKA