HOLINESS REVIVAL MOVEMENT WORLDWIDE
DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR of Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
WEDDING MUST BE DEVOID OF WORLDLINESS
Thursday December 17
Revelation 19: 5-9
"5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God."
Revelation 19: 7
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."
Christian wedding must show forth the holiness and glory of God and be completely devoid of all forms of worldliness. Such times are joyful times for brethren to gather around the bride and bridegroom as holy brethren. That is why the church supervises all arrangements up to the last day of wedding. We prayed for you to have a wife or husband and supervised your courtship and engagement, now we need to rejoice with you.
If we must rejoice with you, everything in that wedding must be holy. The bride must dress holy: no earrings, no perming, no weave-on, no make-up, no hair attachments, no wedding rings and no worldly wedding gown. Provide your own wedding gown to fit you the way you want to appear in the righteousness of God. It is honour to God in the Church.
The activities there (singing, dancing, praise and worship) must not be worldly. There must be a difference between a Christian wedding and that of a sinner. There must be a difference between the wedding conducted by Holiness Movement and that of churches that do not preach and practice holiness. The food eaten there must be decent. It is not a place of show-off for pride. Some want to produce souvenirs as gifts to their guests. Please we don’t want you to set a standard too high for other brethren so that you will not cause people to offend. They will be afraid to marry because of the extravagant standard you have set.
However, you may adopt some better ideas such as sharing of tracts, Christian literature and other gospel materials during the wedding reception. That is the mark of a Christian. Plan to share CDs to all the guests. It is a great opportunity to reach out to your in laws, friends and well wishers with the doctrines of truth, righteousness and holiness. So, share your good ideas to the marriage committee; they will judge it and approve as appropriate.
If Holiness Movement is to handle your wedding, we will not allow your family members to dictate or take-over proceedings. Rather they should observe the standard of holiness we are setting. It is the time for them to know Jesus for themselves; therefore conduct your wedding in a way that God will be glorified.
Thought for the day:
A holy child will conduct his or her wedding in a holy way.
Song for the day:
I am married to Jesus, Satan leave me alone
Bible reading for the day:
Obadiah; Revelation 8
PASTOR PAUL RIKA