Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 1810 - Labour For God's Kingdom

Wednesday October 18
(St. Luke the Evangelist's Day)

Bible Reading:     Col. 4: 10 - 18
Topic:                  Labour For God's Kingdom

In this passage, Paul commended the effort of some fellow workers who had earnestly laboured with him in God's Vineyard and who had been steadfast in their faith despite the challenges they had encountered on the way.

One of them was St. Luke the Evangelist, whom we remember in the Church today.

St. Luke was a Physician (Medical Doctor) by profession (Col. 4: 4), a seasoned companion of Paul during his Missionary journeys (Act. 16: 10; 2 Tim. 4: 11; Phil. 24) and also the writer of the Gospel of Luke and the  Acts of the Apostles.

God has given everyone a gift, a talent, a Ministry and even the ability to work for the Kingdom. That God placed you in that working place, that business line, somewhere you go to fetch a living, does not stop you from spreading the Good News of His Kingdom.

Wherever we find ourselves, we should use it as an avenue to tell People around how God would make their lives better through the goods and services do.

Was it not God Who made us and gave us access to what we have to give to People in need of our services?

Remember when we judiciously render good services by word, by work, then we are surely labouring for God's Kingdom

Help me O God to always and earnestly spread the Good News of God's Kingdom wherever I am, Amen.

Memory Verse             Col. 4: 12
"Epaphras who is one of you a servant of Christ saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the Will of God."

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 1710 - Renew Your Mind

Tuesday October 17

Bible Reading:     Rom. 12: 1 - 2
Topic:                  Renew Your Mind

The first two verses of Romans Chapter Twelve categorically state the need for every Christian to look into the mirror and re-examine themselves to see whether they are in line with God's Will and Pattern.

Surprisingly, we find ourselves in a dilemma whereby the Church is becoming more worldly and the world is becoming more churchy.

Many today have decided to conform to the world's ways than to seek God's Way. They want to be recognized in the Society rather than know the Will of God for them.

Indeed there is a problem.

In response to the ugly situation, Paul pleaded with the brethren to renew their minds for the sake of the Gospel. According to him, there are four cardinal steps to take to accomplish this
First - we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God
Second - we are to avoid conforming to the world's ways (v. 2)
Third - we are to renew our minds and therefore change our ways (v. 2)
Fourth - we are to prove that we belong to God by doing His Will (v. 2)

In other words, we are to lovingly and totally surrender to God.

Gracious Lord, cause my heart to be set on the things above and not on things on earth, Amen.

Memory Verse             Rom. 12: 2
"And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds; that ye may prove what is that Good and Acceptable and Perfect, Will of God."

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 1610 - The Riches Of God Made Manifest

Monday October 16

Bible Reading:     Rom. 11: 25 - 36
Topic:                  The Riches Of God Made Manifest

Beloved, have you ever considered the depth of God's love towards you that you were not consumed by life's challenges?

Can anyone measure the wonders of God in the affairs of men?

Who made the heavens and the earth and everything in them? (Gen 1)
Who breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life that he may live? (Gen. 2: 5, 6)

Did Israel not cross the red sea on dry ground? (Ex. 14)
Was it not because of love that God sent His Son Jesus to die that we may live? (John 3: 16)
Has He not returned to His Father's House to prepare a place for us that we may reign with Him in Eternal Glory? (John 14)
Are these biblical truths not the riches of God made manifest to man?

What have you lost in life?
A relationship?
A marriage?
A family member?
A home?

A friend?
A colleague?
A dream?

A part of your body?
Have you lost hope?
Do you think you have nothing more to prove or live for?

Perhaps you have failed God

There is good news; the Scripture says, "Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy" (Ps. 126: 5)
Let us not be ignorant of the riches of God which the world cannot offer. Rather, let us always reflect on them daily.

Oh Lord, open our eyes that we may behold Your riches which are all held in Christ Jesus, Amen.

Memory Verse             Rom. 11: 33
"O the depth of the riches, both of Wisdom and Knowledge of God, how Unsearchable are His Judgements and His Ways past finding out."

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 1510 - The Service That Glorifies God

Sunday October 15

Bible Reading:     1 Pet. 4: 7 - 11
Topic:                  The Service That Glorifies God

The reason we can go through the rough and tough times in life, not feeling good about ourselves, not having fulfilling moments and not experiencing the Hand of God on the way, is because that we do not account properly for the service we do each time we are called.

Perhaps you have forgotten that service (or Ministry) is not among the seven spiritual gifts given and ably distributed to different members of the Body of Christ (Rom. 12: 6 - 8)

In these end times the question is how do we render service to God and man?

Having been called to serve, and as we experience worries, troubles, hostilities, uncertainties, reproaches and all kinds of wickedness on earth, let us therefore
1.      be serious and watchful in our prayers
2.      have a fervent love for one another for love will cover a multitude of sins
3.      be hospitable to one another without grumbling
4.      having received a gift, minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God
5.      speak as an oracle of God
6.      and minister with the ability which God supplies, so that in all God may be glorified through Christ

A & M 328

A charge to keep I have
A God to glorify
A never-day soul to save
And fit it for the sky

Memory Verse             1 Pet. 4: 11
"If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to Whom be Praise and Dominion for ever and ever, Amen."

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 1410 - Stand Fast In His Goodness

Saturday October 14

Bible Reading:     Rom. 11: 11 - 14
Topic:                  Stand Fast In His Goodness

The first stanza of Hymns Ancient and Modern 301 reads "He that is down needs fear no fall. He that is low no pride. He that is humble ever shall. Have God to be his Guide."

That we stumble in the faith or fail in life does not mean the end of our life. Rather it is a lifetime opportunity for us to humble ourselves before God and realize His Goodness. Having realized our shortcomings, or failed having reconciled ourselves to God through Jesus Christ, we are expected to appreciate Him for every good thing He has done.

How do we do that?
By remaining in God's Goodness

We can only stand fast in God's Goodness when we
(i)      choose to remain as branches that bear good fruits (i.e. being born again and Spirit filled) (Gal. 5: 22)
(ii)     refuse to gloat over the brethren that have fallen out of faith (v. 18)
(iii)    Stand unshakably by faith without any trace of unbelief (v. 20), remain sanctified, (holy) without sexual pollution (1 Thess. 4: 3 - 4) and determine to obey God's commands completely (John 15: 10)

Do you attend Church? or answer only the name Christian? without giving heed to the above (i - iii), you need to refrain from such

Repent and return to the Lord and then experience God's Goodness

Father grant me Your Grace to always experience Your Goodness in my from henceforth and forever more, Amen.

Memory Verse             Rom. 11: 11
"I say then: Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall, salvation is come unto the Gentiles for to provoke them to jealous"

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 1310 - Prevailing

Friday October 13

Bible Reading:     Rom. 11: 1 - 10
Topic:                  Prevailing

Today's reading shows Paul's presentation of himself as an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin, an accredited rich Jewish heritage.

On the other hand, as a believer, it was meant to give comfort and hope to a people who had once rejected their own (Jesus) and neglected the gospel (Salvation).

The Scripture says "For the Children of Israel have forsaken Your Covenant, torn down Your Altars and killed Your Prophets with a sword" (1 Kings 19: 10)

The Israelites thought that they have been condemned by God, Paul then rose to correct their false impression in verse 1 "I say then, has God cast away His People? Certainly not"

God has not condemned us forever. He hasn't; His grace prevails over us and in all situations, not minding our sins or how we have lived in the past.

That we are alive today is by His grace. Let no one feel or live condemned. Let no one think he or she cannot be forgiven by God. let us not live in the past anymore. Rather we should allow the grace of God to enable us live every day of our lives to the glory of God.

Look around you and behold God's abundant grace. Remember God has a remnant according to the election of Grace. (verse 6)

May the grace of God keep our hearts and minds to always do what pleases the Lord, Amen.

Memory Verse             Rom. 11: 1a
"I say then, Hath God cast away His People? God forbid!."

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - 1210 - Blessed Is He Who Does God's Word

Thursday October 12

Bible Reading:     James 1: 19 - 27
Topic:                  Blessed Is He Who Does God's Word

Many today claim to know the Word of God, but find it too hard to relate to the Mind of God and apply it to their daily Christian life.

Why? it is because they hear the Word of God as it comes but fail to put it into practice. They deceive themselves. They paint a different picture of what they really are. We see them preach the Word but do not live it out. They exchange with others the sign of peace but are not really at peace with themselves. They can recite the Scriptures but are unable to maintain a dynamic relationship with God.

In the Church today, many claim to have faith but there are no good works to attest to that. They hear from God but do not act on the Word that reveals God's Will. They wander about perplexed and unfulfilled. They appear helpless and lost on the way.

How then can we overcome this prevailing unchristian attitude? In verse 22, James charges us to (i) lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness (ii) and receive with meekness, the implanted Word which is able to save our souls and (iii) verse 25 he continued, he who delves into the perfect law, frequently meditates upon it day and night, diligently does whatever it says, he shall be blessed in all he does.

Cause us to act upon Your Word, we read, study, mark and digest, so that we might maintain a good relationship with You and our fellowmen O God, Amen.

Memory Verse             James 1: 27
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction; and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

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