BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 31,2019
TEXT: REVELATION 2:8-11
KEY VERSE: Revelation 2:8 “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;”
When they asked me why I published that book, I told them, the Lord Jesus came to the Easter Retreat of Deeper Life Bible Church Takum, Taraba State with two of His angels in a divine revelation and took Michael Sambo in a death experience to heaven and to hell and gave him message to humanity.
But I noticed that the members of the Deeper Life were afraid to hear him because of the uncertain reaction of the General Superintendent (GS). Being fully informed about the incidence and convinced about the divinity of the message, I contacted some relevant overseers to take Michael Sambo to the GS so that he too can hear and verify the incident, but they were afraid.
Hence, I decided to bring him to him just because we are from the same place. The GS showed skepticism over the matter.
My wife and I agreed to give God a sum of money as a seed of faith; the Lord led me to use the money to make photocopy of the manuscript of the book for free distribution. And He further led me to publish this book. When I objected due to fear of church authority, He told me to go ahead that He would be with me. That was why I published the book.
The book is doing a lot: converting souls, restoring backsliders and turning churches to Biblical truth, righteousness and holiness. I am sure I was addressing above forty overseers, most of whom were my seniors in the faith and Christian service.
They asked further, can God ask you to publish that book without telling the GS about it? I was amazed by that question. I answered, '' We are all ministers of God seated here and have the Holy Spirit and the word of God before us, I want to ask this question; is it true that God cannot use us to do something for Him except He tells the GS about it?”
This led to an uproar. Some looked at me as being stubborn while others thought differently. The next day I was conducted to the GS who addressed me as follows: “ I thought when I allowed you to stand before your colleagues, you would fall down, crying and pleading for mercy, asking for opportunity to be given you to go round the bookshops and where ever the books are to gather them and burn them.
But I am seeing that you are still standing on your conviction saying that you would obey God rather than man. That was used for unbelieving Sanhedrin. Would you quote that scripture to me in this matter?
Thought for the day: The book is doing a lot: converting souls, restoring backsliders and turning churches to Biblical truth righteousness and holiness.
Song for the day: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised......
Bible Reading for the day: Jeremiah 29-30; Titus 1
PASTOR PAUL RIKA