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)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

This Is Real Love

Love Your Enemies

Daily Fountain 2017 - Go And Do Likewise

Sunday September 17

Bible Reading:     Luke 10: 25 - 37
Topic:                  Go And Do Likewise

The religious leaders of Jesus' day repeatedly came to Him with questions in order to test Him.

Why do you ask the questions you normally ask?, is it not to find out the truth or test people?

On this occasion, Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan in response to a Lawyer's question.

The man who fell into the hands of robbers needed help. Unfortunately the two 'men of God' that came his way could not offer any, it was the Samaritan, foreigner, despised by Jews, who gave him the assistance that saved his life.

How often do you shy away from helping people, who need your assistance?

Jesus commended the Samaritan's action and recommended it for mankind.

Beloved, Christianity is not about knowing and quoting the Scripture, it involves practical demonstration of who we are and what we profess.

The Samaritan's compassion teaches the importance of showing love, mercy and making sacrifices to help the needy.

People are wary of helping people today because so many fraudsters pretend to be in need to gain money by deception. But we must not be discouraged.

Our faith in Christ must be expressed in good works.

Our good neighbourliness will save lives and expand the Kingdom of God here on  earth.

We must go and do likewise.

O for grace to go and do likewise, Amen.

Memory Verse             Luke 10: 37
"And he (The Teacher of the Law) said, He that shewed mercy on him (the wounded Jew). Then Jesus said unto him, Go and do thou likewise."

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - God's Standards

Saturday September 16

Bible Reading:     1 Sam. 2: 12 - 17
Topic:                  God's Standards

Eli's sons were described as corrupt because they had no regard for the Lord. They treated the Lord's offering with contempt; they ignored the approved pattern for collecting the priests' share of meat from people who came to sacrifice; they treated people arrogantly; they slept with the young women in God's House.

When people serving in any capacity in the church become irreverent, deliberately change orders to suit their lustful desires, express arrogance, etc, they are corrupt. Their works are also corrupt and unacceptable to God.

Unfortunately, today, we see people who are immoral, idolaters, liars, e.t.c. occupy important posts in churches and pretend to be serving God. Let it be clear to such persons that God is not a respecter of any person. Eli's sons were priests, yet God denounced them.

Corrupt lives and ministries have disastrous consequences. God has set standards for life and ministry for His Children and expects them to obey. He demands absolute obedience to His instructions and that was why He warned Moses " . . . . . . see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown to you on the mountain" (Ex. 25: 40)

Be sure you are serving according to God's instructions

May my life and services never be corrupt in God's Sight, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam 2: 12
"Now the sons of Eli were the sons of belial: they knew not the Lord."

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Mind Of Christ

Friday September 15
(Holy Cross)

Bible Reading:     Phil. 2: 5 - 11
Topic:                  The Mind Of Christ

Today in our Church calendar, we commemorate the Holy Cross.

The Cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified.

The Romans used crucifixion as a form of capital punishment for criminals. It was a most painful and humiliating experience.

Jesus experienced it even though He was not a criminal. He bore the pain and shame because of our salvation and other priviledges associated with His death. No wonder the Cross is called THE HOLY CROSS.

In Phil. 2, Paul taught that Jesus laid aside His rights and priviledges as God to become human. Having come to earth, He totally humbled Himself, took the form of a servant and in complete selflessness and obedience to His Father's will, He died on the Cross for our sins.

For His humility, obedience and sacrifice, God exalted Him and gave Him a Powerful Name above every other name. This new Name and position compels every knee to worship and every tongue to confess His Lordship.

Beloved, any man of God, Priest, Evangelist, Prophet who will succeed in his ministry, enjoy divine promotion and experience eternal life, must have the mind of Christ - humility and obedience to God.

Jesus left us an example, that we should follow His Steps (1 Pet. 2: 21)

May I always follow the Steps of my Master Jesus, Amen.

Memory Verse             Phil. 2: 10
"That at the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth."

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - By Strength Shall No Man Prevail

Thursday September 14

Bible Reading:     1 Sam. 2: 1 - 11
Topic:                  By Strength Shall No Man Prevail

When Hannah dedicated Samuel to the Lord at Shiloh, she expressed her gratitude to God in prayer.

This time, her prayer was not that of petition but praise (v. 1).

Her heart rejoiced and her horn was lifted high. The Lord did it for her. Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning (Ps. 30: 5)

May this also be your experience in any matter for which you are waiting on the Lord.

In her song of praise, she recognized the futility of man's effort without God and the Sovereignty of God in her life and situation. Her experience of barrenness gave her the priviledge of seeing different Attributes of God.

In. vs. 2 - 8. she saw God as Rock, Omniscient, Omnipotent and a Perfect Judge.

What would your song of praise to God say about Him?

Do you understand that any success in life and ministry comes from the Lord? He allow crowns all your efforts with success.

Hannah understood this face and praised God.

Christians must also understand that "the race is neither to the swift nor the battle to the strong" (Ecc. 9: 1)

Let us therefore live in total dependence on God's sovereignty over our lives and situations.

Lord please crown my efforts with Your success, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam. 2: 9
"He (God) will keep the feet of His saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail."

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Fulfill Your Vows

Wednesday September 13

Bible Reading:     1 Sam. 1: 24 - 28
Topic:                  Fulfill Your Vows

To make a vow to the Lord is like entering into a covenant with Him.

God is a covenant Keeper and He keeps His promises and expects us to keep ours.

When Hannah prayed to God for a child, she made a vow (1 Sam. 1: 11). God answered her according to her petition and gave her Samuel.

Our God is ever Faithful and will never fail in any covenant in which He is involved. Be assured that He will also answer your petition in Jesus Name.

Vs. 27 - 28 reveal how Hannah fulfilled her vow by presenting the boy Samuel to God in Shiloh. She said "therefore, I also have lent him to the Lord .."

She showed integrity and deep gratitude to God. It was not easy for her to release the small boy who had just been weaned from his mother, yet she had to do so trusting that God would guide and keep him. This is expression of deep faith and trust.

All of us must learn from Hannah how to fulfill any vow we make to the Lord without counting the cost involved. God also commanded His people to pay their vows and not to delay them (Ecc. 5: 4)

Indeed fulfilling our vows has great reward. (Ps. 50: 14)

Lord, enable me always to fulfill my vows earnestly, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam. 1:  24
"And when she (Hannah) had weaned him (Samuel), she took him up with her, with three bullocks, one ephah of flour and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the House of the Lord in Shiloh and the child was young."

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Lord Remembered Hannah

Tuesday September 12

Bible Reading:     1 Sam. 1: 12 - 23
Topic:                  The Lord Remembered Hannah

We read yesterday how Hannah a barren woman prayed to God in her distress.

Today, we see that God lifted her burden and her face brightened.

When children of God earnestly pray and lay their burdens before God, their miracles begin with their burdens being lifted followed by joyful hearts and bright countenance.

Have you experienced this in your prayer life?

In the course of time, God remembered Hannah, she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel meaning "Because I have asked of him from the Lord" This is a wonderful breakthrough from the Most High. You too shall have your own breakthrough in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.

Are you waiting on God for any issues in your life? Is your faith becoming weak? Does it seem to you that time is against you? Do you think that God is not forth coming? Beloved, stand firm. the God Who remembered Hannah will remember you in your barren situation. He is Faithful and has promised that He will not forget you (Is. 49: 55)

Therefore be steadfast in your prayer and fasting with thanksgiving. Serve God cheerfully and patiently, hold onto His Word, He will surely give you victory in Jesus Name, Amen.

Lord, please remember me in my distress, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam 1: 20
"Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son; and called his name Samuel saying Because I have asked him from the Lord."

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Hannah Arose And Prayed To God

Monday September 11

Bible Reading:     1 Sam. 1: 1 - 11
Topic:                  Hannah Arose And Prayed To God

Hannah, the wife of Elkanah had no children, because God had closed her womb.

This sounds strange but sometimes God allows unexplainable situations in peoples' lives for reasons best known to Him and for His Glory ultimately.

However, Elkanah had another wife called Peninnah who bore him children. She used to provoke Hannah to make her miserable because of her barrenness (Note: In the Creation Mandate, God does not permit polygamy - Gen. 2: 24; Matt. 19: 1 - 12)

Hannah therefore found herself in a troubled home.

Are you in a troubled home, or experiencing any barrenness? Be rest assured that Jesus, our burden Bearer will still the storm.

God closed Hannah's womb; Elkanah and his entire family used to go to Shiloh yearly for worship and sacrifice; a challenge to many families today.

Peninnah as usual provoked Hannah and she wept and refused to eat and even rejected her husband's show of love. She however went to the House of God and poured out her heart to God.

Her request was specific and sealed with a vow. She did not address the case of her rival which was inconsequential.

Let us therefore like Hannah disregard the devil's provocative agents and pour our tears to God Who Alone will grant our petitions.

Father please hear me when I call, Amen.

Memory Verse             1 Sam.1: 11
"And she (Hannah) vowed a vow, and said: O Lord of Hosts, if Thou will indeed look on the affliction of Thine handmaid, and remember me and not forget Thine handmaid, but would give unto Thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life and there shall no razor come upon his head."

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