BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2019.
TEXT: REVELATION 2: 1-7
KEY VERSE: Revelation 2:1 “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;”.
The GS continued, “Now I stop you from being an overseer, a preacher, a leader and a worker in Deeper Life. You are on discipline and whether you would ever come back depends on what you have done on this book. Your salary is henceforth stopped.” I left his office confused as to what the next thing was.
I was very sorrowful and fearful of leaving Deeper Life Bible Church, but the Lord said to me, “Eternal life is not Kumuyi or Deeper Life but Myself. Before Kumuyi was or Deeper Life was founded, people go to heaven. The issue is being where I want you to be and doing My will, that is eternal life.” This greatly comforted me.
My sick wife later died April that year, 2009 and by the instruction of the General Superintendent (GS), the overseers of the north eastern states of Nigeria should take charge of the burial which took place in my village in Taraba State. I returned to the GS to show appreciation for the kindness I received for the burial of my wife and reported that it was done successfully.
After this, I returned to the church accommodation in Ibadan. I met with the overseer in charge and asked him to help me tell the GS that since I have not received any instruction from him, I have returned to Ibadan to remain in the church premises. He later told me that the GS said,” Tell Pastor Rika to go round and gather the books from everywhere as I told him. Not to do so shows he is not under my authority”.
When I heard this, it did not trouble me but later I began to reason within me “Is it not risky to my eternal soul to be in contention with an anointed man of God in the person of WF Kumuyi?” I decided therefore to stop the publishing of the book. I drafted a letter which was to be sent to the publisher instructing him to stop the publishing of the book.
It was my plan that after I had sent the letter to the publisher, I would go with a copy to show the GS the action I had taken concerning the book. But after drafting the letter I sat down to read the Scripture. The Lord warned me never to withdraw from publishing the book. He said, “Pastor Kumuyi or Deeper Life Bible Church can never prove through the Scriptures that this revelation message is not from Me.
Remain quiet and wait for the next action.” I knew the voice of the Lord and submitted to it. The Lord spoke many times and in different ways to strengthen me in this matter.
Thought for the day:
The issue is being where I want you to be and doing My will, that is eternal life.
Song for the day:
Eternal, eternal life; Eternal, eternal life; I want to live eternal life....
Bible Reading for the day:
Jeremiah 46-48; Hebrews 4
PASTOR PAUL RIKA