Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hymn For Today - Tue051217 - Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus





Stand up, stand up For Jesus
Ye soldiers of the Cross
Lift high His Royal Banner
It must not suffer a loss
From victory unto victory
His Army He shall lead
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord indeed!!!!!

Stand up, stand up for Jesus
The trumpet call obey
Forth to the mighty conflict
In this His Glorious Day
Ye that are men now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes
Let courage rise with danger
And strength to strength oppose

Stand up, stand up for Jesus
Stand in His Strength alone
The arm of flesh will fail you
Ye dare not trust your own
Put on the Gospel Armour
And watching unto prayer
Where duty calls or danger
Be never wanting there

Stand up, stand up for Jesus
The strife will not be long
This day the noise of battle
The next, the victor's song
To him that overcometh
A crown of life shall be given
Him with the King of Glory

Shall reign eternally

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 291117 - My Hope Is Built On Nothing Else





Wednesday November 29

Bible Reading:     Phil. 3: 1 - 6
Topic:                  My Hope Is Built On Nothing Else

A man began spending wildly beyond his means in anticipation of the promise of a big contract from a political leader.

Unfortunately the political leader died before the contract could be awarded and his world almost crumbled.

The Scripture says that a man is cursed who puts his trust in a man, making his heart to depart from God. But that man is blessed whose hope is the Lord (Jer. 17: 5-9).

We experience shame and failure when we trust in anything other than the Rock of Salvation. Psalm 20: 7 says “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” (KJV).

Apostle Paul in Phil. 3: 1-6 admonished us not to have confidence in the flesh. He had every reason more than anyone else to trust in the flesh and worldly achievements.

As Christians, our boast should not be in the flesh, nor in our ability, nor in our degrees, wealth or strength; it must be in Christ Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. He has never failed; He will never fail and He can never fail.

Prayer
Dear Lord, even in the centre of the sea, amidst its waves and turbulence, may Your Word be my anchor and my hope. Amen

Memory Verse             Phil. 3: 3
" For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh."


Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Bible Reading For Today - Wed291117 - Phil. 3: 1 - 6






1. Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. 
2. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!
3. For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,
4. though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 
5. circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 
6. concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.


May the Lord bless the reading of His Words in Jesus Name, amen

Early Morning Prayer - Wednesday 29. 11. 17





Our Father and our God, the Ancient of Days, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient God, we bow before You this morning, thanking You for the opportunity of seeing this brand new day which on our own we would not have but because of Your grace and mercy, You have allowed us to. Father, we appreciate You for Who You are in our lives and that of our families and friends and we would continually say may Your Name be glorified for ever in Jesus Name, amen. Our Lord and our God, we cannot deny that we are sinners because then we would make Your Word to be void and of no effect but we acknowledge our sinfulness and plead for forgiveness. We plead O Lord that You do not visit us in Your wrath because of our sins but to look upon us with the Eye that beheld Christ on the Cross of Calvary where our numerous sins and iniquities were nailed with Him on that Cross. Forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, give us a new life O Lord and renew Your Spirit within us. We commit this day to You O Lord and pray that You take us by hand and lead us through it so that we will end it in praise. Whatever we shall do today, may it be according to Your Directives, guide us in the path You have already charted for us so that we do not go astray nor derail from that set path. These and more we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, Amen.

This early morning prayer was said by Sir, Dr. Jerry - the First Oguzie: JP
As a contribution to the mandate of "In His Image Ministries" - IHIM and "The Elyon Fellowship" - TEFEL

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Tue281117 - Scarcity Of Disciples





Tuesday November 28

Bible Reading:     Phil. 2: 19 - 30
Topic:                  Scarcity Of Disciples

A disciple of Christ is one who embraces the cross with its implications and is prepared to cling to it no matter the cost.

In every respect, he loves Jesus and strives to be like Him.

A genuine disciple will not only confess the faith but back up the confession with fruit – Matt. 7: 20. He is that faithful soldier who will be willing and ready to die at his post.

Discipleship comes with a price tag; not all who admire it can acquire it.

In Luke 18: 18-23, the rich man wanted to follow Jesus without giving his all, but discipleship requires you to give your all.

Peter in Luke 18: 28 said “we have left all and have followed You”.

Paul said of Timothy – he is the only one who shares my feeling and who really cares about you (Phil. 2: 20).

Fans will share in your goodies but true disciples will care as Jesus would.

Today, churches abound at every corner, yet evil prevails because only few are disciples.

The harvest is ripe but the labourers are few (Luke 10: 2).

Heaven is in dire need of disciples. Will you stand up and be counted as one?

Prayer
Dear Lord, help me to be a true disciple; adhering to all Your instructions and sharing in all Your concerns, Amen.

Memory Verse             Phil. 2: 27
" For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful."


Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

Bible Reading For Today - Tues281117 - Phil. 2: 19 - 30






19. But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.
20. For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 
21. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 
22. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 
23. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 
24. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly. 
25. Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; 
26. since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 
27. For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful.
29. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 
30. because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.



May the Lord bless the reading of His Words in Jesus Name, Amen.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 261117 - Carry God's Presence With You






Sunday November 26
(Sunday Before Advent)

Bible Reading:     Heb. 9: 24 - 28
Topic:                  Carry God's Presence With You

As Jesus lives in God’s presence on our behalf, He has given us His Spirit to enable us experience God’s presence wherever we are.

When we gather as the Church, God is present with us because that is what Jesus promised (Matt. 18: 20); but we must not equate coming to church with coming into God’s presence.

Unfortunately, we can be in church and miss it because our hearts are not truly prepared to seek God.

If your aim is to meet with friends, show off new clothes or bask in the euphoria of your eloquence you will not experience His presence even in church.

As Christians, we carry God’s presence wherever we go and in all activities of life; and we are obligated to live in a way that shows forth His life in us.

Paul told us in 1 Cor. 6: 19-20 that we must defile God’s temple by the way we live.

So when next you are in Church, at work or at a social engagement, ask the Spirit of God whose temple you are, to help you live out God’s presence in those situations that others may come to know Christ through you.

Prayer
Father, consecrate me for Your Presence; may I find delight in the single hour that before Your Throne I spend. Amen

Memory Verse             Heb. 9: 27
"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment"


Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)