Friday, August 18, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Is Your Name In The Book Of Life?

Friday August 18

Bible Reading:     Ezra: 58 - 63
Topic:                  Is Your Name In The Book Of Life?

In today's reading, we see two groups of people who were excluded from certain priviledges because they could not prove their family identities.

The 652 persons in vs. 59 - 60 could not show they were Israelites, while the "priests" in vs. 61 - 62 could not show they were of priestly descent. As a result, these priests were excluded from significant priviledges (v. 63)

In our communities today, many people suffer identity crisis because they have been abandoned by or forcibly removed from their biological parents due to ravages of war, kidnapping, prostitution and other social vices.

Some people cannot trace their family lineage beyond one or two generations.

An even more serious loss is that of spiritual identity. Some claim to be Christians but cannot show that they are genuinely born again or that their names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life (John 3: 3; 8: 42 - 44; Phil. 4: 3).

Rev. 20: 15 states that anyone whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the lake of fire.

Make certain that your name is written in the Book of Life by receiving Jesus unto your life.

Oh God, grant me a truly repentant heart, so that my name will be written in Your Book of Life, Amen.

Memory Verse             Ezra 2: 62
"These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the Priesthood."

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Pastor's Duties To The Church

Daily Fountain 2017 - Faithful God

Thursday August 17

Bible Reading:     Ezra 2: 1 - 19
Topic:                  Faithful God

This passage gives a long list of the families of the first set of exiles who returned from the captivity in Babylon, led by Zerubbabel the Governor and Jeshua the High Priest (v. 2; Neh. 7: 7; Haggai 1: 14)

Those mentioned in verse 2 were probably the leaders of the returning exiles. Each returned to his own town (v. 1)

The Babylonian exile had been a very humiliating experience for Israel as a Nation. A large number of the people died by the sword or from starvation (Jer. 52: 10 - 11). Others were forced into exile to different cities in the vast Babylonian Empire. Only the very poor were left in the land probably under worse conditions than those who had been exiled (Jer. 52: 15 - 16)

Yet after 70 years of desolation, the Faithful God remembered them and fulfilled His promises, "bore them on eagles' wings" and brought them back to their homeland (v. 1; Isa. 43: 5)

This same God remains faithful even today. You may have been humiliated, harassed or subjected to some form of captivity because of disobedience in your life.

No matter what these may be or how long they may have lasted, put yourself on the side of the redeemed and believe God for complete restoration

O God, help me to have faith in You always, Amen.

Memory Verse             Ezra 2: 1
"Now, these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away when Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon had carried them away unto Babylon and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his own city."

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - A Prophecy Fulfilled

Wednesday August 16

Bible Reading:     Ezra 1: 1 - 12
Topic:                  A Prophecy Fulfilled

In Jer. 25: 12, the Lord declared that the captivity of Jerusalem in Babylon would last 70 years.

This same God moved people like Daniel to pray for its fulfillment (Dan. 9: 1 - 4) and God used a pagan King Cyrus to accomplish it (vs. 1 - 4).

He also used a large number of people, led by Zerubbabel to fulfill His promise (2: 2).

God declares clearly in several places that every word He proclaims must surely come to pass (Ezek. 12: 25; Matt 5: 18)

Our responsibility is to believe God's word and pray for its fulfillment like Daniel. More importantly, we must be willing to be used by God to accomplish His purposes just as those Jews who left the comfort of their life in Babylon to return to Judah to rebuild their Country.

However it is not always possible for us to go, therefore, like those who stayed back in Babylon, we must be willing to give out generously to support the work.  We must never leave it all to the faithful few who are generous with their resources.

Our faith must always express itself in action.

May we learn to trust God to fulfill His Word in us and through us today.

O Lord, my God, Your Word is Yea and Amen. Help me to believe You always, Amen.

Memory Verse             Ezra 1: 3
"Thus saith Cyrus King of Persia, the Lord God of Heaven hath given me all the Kingdoms of the earth and He hath charged me to build Him an House at Jerusalem, which is in Judah."

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Divine Deliverance

Tuesday August 15

Bible Reading:     Rev. 12: 13 - 17
Topic:                  Divine Deliverance

The devil now makes three vicious attempts to destroy the woman and her children.

These are pursuing the woman (v. 13) raising a flood of water to sweep her away (v. 15) and making war against the rest of her offspring (v. 17).

It is comforting to note that in each case the Lord provided divine deliverance (vs. 14 - 16)

Frustrated by his inability to destroy the woman, the devil responds by making war against the woman's people.

This teaches us two truths
1.      Though defeated by Christ on the Cross of Calvary, he (the devil) still wars against Christ's people through persecution, trials, health challenges and other difficulties (1 Pet. 5: 8)

2.      The devil may not attack you because you are spiritually strong but he may try to get you through those related to you.

This is why it is important to stand in the gap for our families and friends that they may not fall victim to the attacks of the enemy.

Whatever is the case, we should stand fast in our faith, knowing that God will surely deliver us (1 Pet. 5: 9 - 10)

O Lord, enable me to be in You always so that each time the enemy comes against me like a flood, I will see You raise a Standard against him, Amen.

Memory Verse             Rev. 12: 17
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the Commandment of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ"

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