Sunday, September 24, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Where Are You Headed?

Sunday September 24
(15th Sunday After Trinity)

Bible Reading:     Luke 16: 19 - 31
Topic:                  Where Are You Headed?

Today, even many people in the Church do not believe that hades/hell is a real place.

However in His Teachings, Jesus talks about it as a actual place where people who are excluded from God's presence go.

This is in contrast to Heaven which is a place of joy, the abode of believers. Whereas hell is seen as a place of torment and sorrow, Heaven is referred to as a paradise, a place of glory and joy.

The rich man who lived in a worldly paradise, in luxury, in the gratification of fleshly lusts and pleasures, with no thought about God died and went to hades. He was able to see paradise, but it was way out of his reach.

Lazarus died and was carried by the Angels to Abraham's bosom, where he was comforted.

It must be made clear that neither the rich man nor Lazarus ended up where they found themselves because of their status in this life.

Poor or Rich will end up in either place on account of whether they accepted or rejected Christ in this world.

We should aim at ensuring that our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life (Rev. 20: 12 - 15)

I give my life to You O Lord! Please write my name in Your Book of Life, Amen.

Memory Verse             Luke 16: 24
"And he (the rich man) cried, and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame."

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Beware Of Reprisal Attacks

Saturday September 23

Bible Reading:     1 Sam 4: 1 - 11
Topic:                  Beware Of Reprisal Attacks

We should be especially vigilant because we are most vulnerable when we have experienced major spiritual and physical breakthroughs.

The enemy may launch a reprisal attack since we may let our spiritual guard down at such times.

Just as Israel was celebrating the return of the Presence of God, the restoration of the revelation of God's Word and Life in their midst, their arch enemies, the Philistines attacked them.

Israel suffered a heavy loss with 4, 000 soldiers killed. The Philistines initiated the aggression in this context in order to disrupt the unification of Israel.

To worsen matters, Israel in a bid to reverse their losses engaged the corrupt children of Eli who were rejected by God to convey the Ark of God from Shiloh to the battle front. Israel was comprehensively defeated and the Ark of God was captured, the two sons of Eli - Hophini and Phinehas were killed and 30, 000 more soldiers were slaughtered.

As soldiers of Christ today, we should never be ignorant of the devices of the enemy (2 Cor. 2: 11: 1 Pet. 5: 8).

We should always be sober and alert, most especially in times of spiritual breakthroughs.

Lord, keep me always alert in the spirit and grant me victory over the arsenals of the evil one, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam. 4: 5
"And when the Ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again."

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Confirmation Of Samuel's Ministry

Friday September 22

Bible Reading:     1 Sam 3: 15 - 21
Topic:                  Confirmation Of Samuel's Ministry

Samuel began his ministry under Eli at the time when the Lord had rejected the ministry of Eli because of the corrupt practices of his children.

There was scarcity of the Word of God in Israel and Israel lacked spiritual direction. (1 Sam. 3: 1), God abandoned the old Prophet Eli, called Samuel into service and used him to deliver a message of judgment against Eli and his family.

Samuel did what God commanded him to do and the Bible recorded that "The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up and He let none of his  words fall to the ground. And all Israel .... knew that Samuel had been established as a Prophet of the Lord. Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh, for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of the Lord" (1 Sam. 3: 19 - 21)

The Presence of the Lord confirms the ministry of a man. The Lord restored His Presence, Revelation and His Word again in Shiloh through Samuel His approved servant.

We should earnestly covet God's Presence in our lives and ministries.

Oh Lord, cleanse me from every defilement or corruption that can cost me Your Presence, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam. 3: 21
"And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of the Lord."

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Call Of Matthew (Levi)

Thursday September 21
(St. Matthew's Day)

Bible Reading:     Matt. 9: 9 - 13
Topic:                  The Call Of Matthew (Levi)

Matthew was a tax collector - one of the most despised groups in Jesus' day, because they worked for their Roman oppressors.

In the eye of the Jews, they were the worst of sinners.

They were cheats, dishonest and unjust men.

Most tax collectors were extremely wealthy because the Roman Government allowed them to collect more than the percentage required for taxes.

They greedily abused their rights by adding whatever percent they felt could be collected. As a result, they were deeply hated by the People.

Matthew was a Chief Tax Collector, a great sinner. Whereas Jesus saw in him  a man who needed salvation, the people saw him as a cheat dishonest and dubious man to be hated and shunned.

Jesus invited Matthew to follow Him in spite of his past history and bad social record.

Matthew responded promptly and followed Jesus and promptly became a great witness for Jesus. He organized a great banquet for Jesus and invited his fellow tax collectors (Luke 5: 29). That programme yielded great fruits because many of these sinners became followers of Jesus.

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. We should do likewise.

Lord, make me to be a true witness for You, Amen.

Memory Verse             Matt. 9: 12
"But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them: They that be whole need not a physician but they that are sick."

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Speak Lord For Your Servant Hears

Wednesday September 20

Bible Reading:     1 Sam. 3: 1 - 14
Topic:                  Speak Lord For Your Servant Hears

Our Heavenly Father has different ways of speaking to His children - through dreams, Scriptures, prophecies e.t.c.

During the time of Eli, the Word of the Lord became rare and revelations scarce.

Eli and his sons had blocked the channel of communication by their sins.

You too can block God's presence in your Church and fellowships by your sins.

God, Who is not a respecter of persons found for Himself a person who would hear Him and do His Will. He was the small boy Samuel.

Our reading today tells us how God called him.
When God first called, he did not understand who was calling and went to Eli. This happened three times until he was guided by Eli and the Word of God came.

Proper discipleship of our young converts is necessary.

In our Church programmes and personal live, God still speaks through hymns, sermons, Bible readings, e.t.c.
When He speaks, do you hear Him? and when you do hear Him, do you obey?

Hearing and doing go together. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God

James 1: 22 admonishes us not to be hearers only but doers.

The Word of God that came to Samuel was judgment upon Eli's house - be careful not attract God's judgment.

Father Lord, always speak to me, I am ready to hear and do, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam. 3: 9
"Therefore, Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down and it shall be if He call thee, thou shalt say: Speak Lord for Thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down at his place."

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - God's Honour

Tuesday September 19

Bible Reading:     1 Sam. 2: 27 - 36
Topic:                  God's Honour

God has many principles that guide His relationship with His children.

One such principle is found in v. 30: God honours those that honour Him.

Eli and his sons dishonoured God in their sanctuary services.
First, his sons slept with women who served at the entrance of the Sanctuary
Second they scorned God's offering and sacrifices by taking the choicest part for themselves
Third, Eli could not restrain his sons even though he knew about their sins. He honoured them above God.

On account of their sins, God's anger was aroused and He sent His messenger to pronounce His judgement on them.

They all will die young leaving an old man in the house, they would no longer serve on the Altar; the two sons Hophini and Phinehas would die in one day.

Are you serving in the Church, but are guilty of sexual immorality, stealing offerings/tithes or living in any kind of sin? You are dishonouring God and calling for His anger and judgement.

Consider how serious Eli's judgement was and repent before it is too late.

Children of God are commanded to honour God. He will reward our integrity and godly service with His blessings.

Father may I honour you by my life and conduct, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam. 2: 30
"Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith. I said indeed that thy house and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me, for them that honour Me I will honour and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed."

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Early In The Lord

Monday September 18

Bible Reading:     1 Sam 2: 18 - 26
Topic:                  Early In The Lord

Samuel's story and the experience of the sons of Eli show the importance of beginning early to train our children in the Lord.

Here we see the boy Samuel ministering before the Lord (v. 18).

His parents visited him yearly and his mother made robes for him.

Though it is important for parents and guardians to provide all material needs, healthcare and education, it is more important to train up our children in the ways of the Lord. God was with Samuel from a very early age, which is why Samuel succeeded in Israel as a Priest, Judge and Prophet.

God blessed Hannah with five more children because she loaned Samuel to Him (vs. 20 - 21).

God always out-gives us, try Him!

As Samuel grew, attracting favour from God and man, Eli's children were under God's condemnation, even as Priests, showing that God is no respecter of persons.

Eli rebuked his children for their lawlessness, but it was too late. God had decided to kill them. May we never get to that level of disobedience because it is a fearful thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God.

Father help me to raise my children in a godly manner, so that Your presence may be upon them in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam. 2: 21
"And the Lord visited Hannah so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord."

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