Friday, November 24, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Fri241117 - Selfish Ambition





Friday November 24

Bible Reading:     Phil. 2: 1 - 4
Topic:                  Selfish Ambition

To be ambitious is to show strong determination to succeed which is fine.

However, to be selfish is to enthrone personal interest above the collective good.

Selfishness hinders growth, breeds jealousy, competition and hatred.

Selfish ambition can destroy. It rejoices in the failure of others, and feels bitterness when they succeed.

Some live by the shark principle: attack everything and everyone in your path as far as it is for your benefit.

It is good to remember that you can succeed without castigation or pulling down others.

Verse 4 says: let each look out not only for his own interest, but for the interest of others.

To this end, Paul admonished us in 1 Cor. 8: 13, to forgo our right to eat meat, if doing so would make a brother stumble.

Today, some brethren will not look out for others, acting only in their own interest.

Daily, we sacrifice Jesus (not just our brethren) and rubbish the Cross for our own selfish aims.

But the evil of such a lifestyle is that it breeds emptiness in the soul and consequent judgment.

Beloved, this is a call to humility and service as the antidote to selfish ambition.

Prayer
Lord, help me to achieve the ultimate ambition which is to know You and the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship of Your suffering. Amen

Memory Verse             Phil. 2: 4
" let each look out not only for his own interest, but for the interest of others."


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

Early Morning Prayer - Friday 24. 11. 17






Thank You Heavenly Father for leading us into a brand new day. Thank You for preserving our lives all through the night and that of our families and friends. Thank You for Your daily provision of food and water for us to eat and drink and be healthy, may Your Name alone be glorified forever in our lives in Jesus Name, Amen. Forgive us O Lord where we have sinned against You and look not upon us in Your wrath; but in Your tender and kind mercies. Lead us today Heavenly Father, let us not fall prey to anything that would harm us physically, spiritually and psychologically. Give us our daily bread for today and help us to learn how to depend on You. All these 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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Hymn For Today - Fri231117 - Let All The World In Every Corner Sing





Let all the World in every corner sing

My God and King

The Heavens are not too high

His Praise can thither fly

The Earth is not too low

His Praises there may grow

Let all the World in every corner sing

My God and King

 

Let all the World in every corner sing

My God and King

The Church with Psalms must shout

No door can keep them out

But above all the Heart

Must bear the longest part

Let all the World in every corner sing


My God and King

Bible Reading For Today - Fri241117 - Phil. 2: 1- 4





1. Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 
2. fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 
3. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 
4. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.


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

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bible Reading For Today - Thur231117 - Phil. 1: 27-30






27.    Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel.
28.    And in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them an evident token of perdition but to you of salvation and that of God
29.    For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him but also to suffer for His Sake
30.    Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now bear to be in me.


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

Daily Fountain 2017 - Thur231117 - Governed By The Word






Thursday November 23

Bible Reading:     Phil. 1: 27 - 30
Topic:                  Governed By The Word

The Christian life is predicated upon a set standard – the Scriptures.

It should not be lived on our own whims and caprices.

We should not be pressured by customs, traditions or social norms to act; rather we should be constrained by the absolute necessity to conform to God’s Word at all times and in every circumstance.

The overriding constitution or rules of proceedings in our bedrooms and boardrooms must be the Word of God.

The wires of our lives must be plugged into God’s Word so that we can give light to the world. Hab. 2: 1 says “I will stand upon my watch . . . and will watch to see what He will say to me and what I will answer when I am reproved”.

Our decisions and responses to issues should be dictated and regulated by God’s Word. Jesus said to the tempter: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4: 4).

Only a life governed by the Word stays steadfast when conditions and circumstances say otherwise.

The mighty will fall, great hearts will fail but only those ruled by the Word will flourish (Ps. 1:1-3).

Prayer
Dear Lord, no matter what I face may Your Word rule my life in Jesus name, Amen.

Memory Verse             Phil. 1: 27
"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel."


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

Hymn For Today - Thur231117 - Master The Tempest Is Raging








Master the tempest is raging!
The billows are tossing high!
The sky is shadowed with darkeness
No shelter or help is near;
Carest Thou not that we perish?
How canst Thou lie asleep
When each moment so madly is threatening
A grave in the angry deep?

Refrain:
The winds and the waves shall obey My Will
Peace be still
Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea, or demons or men or whatever it be
No waters can swallow the ship where lies the Master of ocean and earth and skies
They all shall sweetly obey My Will
Peace be still, Peace be still
They all shall sweetly obey My Will
Peace, peace be still

Master with anguish of spirit
I bow in my grief today
The depths of my sad heart are troubled
Oh waken and save I pray!
Torrents of sin and anguish
Sweep o'er my sinking soul
And I perish, I perish dear Master
Oh hasten and take control

Refrain

Master the terror is over
The elements sweetly rest
Earth's sun in the calm lake mirrored
And heaven's within my breast
Linger O Blessed Redeemer
Leave me alone no more
And with joy I shall make the blest harbour
And rest on the blissful shore


Refrain