BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2019.
TEXT: : James 4: 1-4
Key verse: Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.
God will hear your prayers; you have not come for vain labour or vain service. God has told us about the people that offer vain prayers in the book of James. He told us their characteristics and why they cannot receive answers. Instead of going to pray, some people rather go after carnal methods.
They go into contention and strife. Imagine somebody saying, “God I want you to make me prominent in the Church. God, I want you to make me preach in one of the services or conferences; let them know that I have your power.” If you desire this, then take it to God in prayer, rather than following some carnal methods.
Carnal ways of achieving this will not work as long as God is the One who chooses people to do His work. He will never choose you because your methods, the steps you are taking and even the imaginations of your heart are all carnal. Where was David when God sent Samuel to pick the next leader of Israel from his family?
Was David among brothers? Was he even at home? He was in the wilderness. But his heart had registered with God in prayer. When a choice was to be made, they all waited for him to come back from the wilderness. First settle it with God, then you will see that in reality the door shall open. Faith is first a substance before it becomes a reality.
We can learn a lot from Paul's letter to the Ephesians. His prayer burden may be paraphrased thus: “Since we heard that you are now born again, we ceased not to give thanks that you've come to know Jesus. We are making mention of you before God in our prayers that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you understanding, that it should dawn on you what is meant by walking in Christ.
Your understanding should be quickened, that the darkness in your mind should flee away, that the light of understanding should come on you so you will understand this calling that you have received; you will understand what is meant by the sacrifice of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the ascension of Jesus to heaven and His intercessory ministry over your life; that you will understand the privileges you have for being Christians; that your heart may understand the full victory that has been won over sin and Satan through Jesus. We have been praying for you.”
Thought for the day:
Faith is first a substance before it becomes a reality.
Song for the day:
He has promised He will never fail, I will trust in Him.....
Bible reading for the day:
Ezekiel 13-15; Hebrews 11:20-40.
PASTOR PAUL RIKA