BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2019
TEXT: Genesis 20: 1-7
KEY VERSE: Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge”
Marriage is an institution established by God Himself. The Scripture describes marriage as a union between a man and a woman who have agreed to accept each other; the man as a husband and the woman as a wife, having obtained parental consent and settled required parental demands.
God is interested in the marriage of His children and commands believers in Christ never to marry unbelievers. Monogamy is the standard. Polygamy is scripturally condemned. Adultery does not cause divorce and remarriage. Wedding ceremony is required in believers' marriage but, is not what determines marriage.
Believers' marriage ceremony must be devoid of all ungodliness, worldliness and sin in dressing and ceremonial activities. Pre-marriage test should be done to avoid transfer of diseases. A man who is into a marriage union with a married woman is committing fornication. Repentance is required and subsequent separation . The man is now free to marry another woman.
Restitution is the scriptural practice of correcting past wrongdoing against God and man according to abounding scriptural examples. This practice is required to free the believer from the accusation of men and of personal conscience. He is able to serve God in peace and confidence.
Restitution involves confessing hidden crime, lies told, treachery practiced against others and apologizing to them. This is required to forgive others and seek forgiveness from those offended. It involves restoring stolen or fraudulent money, certificates, documents or property, making confession to appropriate person and apologizing for such acts, with the willingness to bear the cost or penalty for the crime.
Husbands and wives need to make confession of marital unfaithfulness and sin committed against each other in secret. Restitution is required in wrong marriages. A scripturally wrong marriage must be dissolved; such as second or third marriage, marriage to anyone other than your first lawful partner.
Marriages done without following proper channel, or done without parental consent must be dissolved for heaven's sake, or the couple must do all that is required for the marriage to be acceptable before God. Restitution is the commandment of the Lord to be obeyed. Not to do it is a sin and no sinner shall inherit eternal life.
Thought for the day:
Marriage is for one man and one woman until death do them part
Song for the day:
I have decided to follow Jesus (3x), No turning back (2x).....
Bible Reading for the day:
Jeremiah 36-37; Philemon
PASTOR PAUL RIKA