EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
TITLE: KEEP YOURSELF UNDEFILES BEFORE MARRIAGE
DATE: MONDAY MARCH 8, 2021
TEXT: Psalm 119:33-40
KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 9:16 ‘For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!’ Single sister, single brother, you need to keep yourself undefiled so as not to hinder the gospel work, which is your compelling duty in Christ (1 Corinthians 9:16).
Where would you have power to preach this gospel if you get yourself defiled. Ruth was not among those running after men, laughing, tolerating casual touching here and there. Not Ruth! Don’t parade yourself to attract a marriage partner. It diminishes your quality before God. Make yourself cheap and you will have a cheap husband. Make yourself qualitative and you will have a qualitative husband. When you come across a determined person he will play like the psalmist as we read in today’s devotional text. That is the prayer of the righteous single sister or brother who says, “Teach me about marriage, I will stick to it and follow the processes. I don’t want to fail my God. I have gotten the vision of heaven and I want to be there. I have heard of hell and I don’t want to go there. Even if there is delay in the approval process by the marriage committee, I will learn righteousness by enduring it for the delay may be for my good. He that hasteneth with his feet sinneth. Help me to follow your commandment. It gives me joy when my obedience is fulfilled.”
Let the church give good testimony about you. Love the testimony of the Lord in a man or woman not wealth, position, fame or other worldly considerations. Sometimes the person you want to marry may not be handsome or beautiful but that is vanity. Do you know how beautiful mammy water can be; even Satan? Spend more time in the things of God than marriage. Colossians 3:1-4, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Let your mind be in heaven. Don’t be overburdened or go into sorrow because of marriage issue. Seek for heaven and pray for its righteousness. I am married to Jesus Satan leave me alone should be your song. Don’t yield to Satan; then, you will get reward, guidance, peace from Jesus.
Thought for the day: Brother, Sister, keep yourself pure for Jesus; your groom will soon arrive.
Song for the day: I am married to Jesus Satan leave me alone
Bible reading for the day: Deuteronomy 5-7; Mark 12:1-27