EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
DATE: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6
TEXT: Hebrews 11:13-16:
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
KEY VERSE: Proverbs 3:18:
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Eternal life was the drive of the patriots of old in their pilgrimage journey through the earth. That was what compelled them to reach the end in spite of all odds. That was what made them to die for the faith, to die in service, to die in opposition, and to die in poverty. In today’s devotional text, the Bible says these all died in faith, not having received the promises. Eternal life was the drive of the Patriarchs of old; it was the energy that worked in them.
The pull on them was: there is a better place than the earth. It is a city not built with hand. Here on earth we live in cities built with hand, but there, is a city not built with hand for God is the Builder of it. It is not on earth, but in heaven. These patriarchs who are fathers of old, Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David and the prophets, all labored for this eternal life, died in hope of it, and enjoyed the first resurrection.
Greater men than us, men more knowledgeable than us have lived valuing eternal life and despising the world. The riches of the world, the honor of the world and the pleasures of the world were all despised by them to earn eternal life. Eternal life is the reason why Jesus came to the earth in human form.
1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us:) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
The Apostle John said we saw eternal life with our eyes. That was the Person of Jesus! In the beginning was the word; the word of eternal life. Jesus was eternal life. Forever Oh LORD thy word is settled in Heaven; forever Oh Lord, Jesus is eternal life, for he said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” He is the life that is eternal. Jesus is the one that lives forever. Amen!
Thought for the day: Make eternal life the primary focus of your life.
Song for the day: I am looking for a city with the true foundation, a home in Heaven not made by men…..:
Bible reading for the day: Exodus 39-40; Matthew 24:1-22
PASTOR PAUL RIKA