EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
TITLE: BELIEVERS’ OUTWARD HOLINESS
DATE: WEDNESDAY APRIL 21 2021
TEXT: 1 PETER 1: 14-17
KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 1: 16 ‘Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.’
God is holy and when you become His child through repentance from sin and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ He desires you to perfect holiness inwardly and outwardly. Outward holiness is only completing the inward holiness to come to total holiness demanded by God of a believer. Holiness in the outward appearance is dressing in a way that is not contrary to the word of God that does not seek self-glory. Ungodly dressing is used by harlots to seduce men to lust and or to actual sexual immorality. Such attires include use of trouser by women, mini and split skirt/dress, tight fitting skirt/dress, body hug by both men and women, short sleeve or sleeveless clothes, short dress, body revealing blouses, tight fitting shirt or trouser for men, strange haircut and some boys that dress in way that reveal their underwear. If a person is not born again, not righteous in his heart or cleansed, this message does not actually apply to them, although they can act in this way for a decent life, however, it does not mean anything to their eternal life. But for you, a child of God, we want to make you spotless before the Lord as such is the aim of the Lord. God has a vision of a perfect Christian and a perfect Church because the one He will present to Himself in heaven is a perfect and holy.
Outward dressing and adornment of a believer must be holy, for God is holy, and as a perfect light He can detect the smallest error, smallest uncleanness or smallest spot in the life of a man, in the life of a woman. The teaching of the word is to remove these spots, to correct your life from these errors. There are many ways men and women clothe and adorn themselves that are offence to God. Many people say that God looks at the heart and not the body. They quote what the Lord told Samuel when He asked Samuel to go and anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be king in Israel. God looks not on the outward appearance but to the heart in terms of service for it is the heart that does the work. But holiness is for entrance into heaven and it includes holiness inside and holiness outside.
Thought for the day: Ungodly dressing pollutes the Church of God.
Song for the day: There is a great change since I am born again.
Bible reading for the day: 2 Samuel 1-3; Luke 18:1-17