Sunday, June 25, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Abide And Be Blessed In Christ







Sunday June 25
Trinity 2

Bible Reading:     John. 15: 6 - 11
Topic:         Abide And Be Blessed In Christ

'To abide' means to stay, to continue in a place, to remain stable or fixed in some state or condition. 'to have one's abode, to dwell, to reside, to sojourn, to endure, to remain and to last'

It is good for us to confess that we are Christians (Rom. 9: 10); but your character tells better the story. Your character develops over time as you abide in Christ. The life a Christian lives  is what helps him to develop a distinct character for himself.

"Anyone who does not abide is cast out as a branch and is withered and thrown into the fire to burn" (v. 16)

Abiding enables us to draw strength, grace, unction for godly living and every other good things from the Lord.

Avoid the great danger of not abiding in Christ which predisposes us to the risk of being cut off as a dead branch of a tree that is cut and thrown away and men pick it for firewood.

In order to abide, love the things that please God - read and keep His Commandments, delight yourself in His Words, deny yourself of the pleasures of the world and take your cross and follow Him, living a prayerful life.

Prayer
In Your Name, dear Lord Jesus, make me abide so as to be a full partaker of the blessings in Christ, Amen.

Memory Verse             John. 15: 7
"If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you."

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - A Time Of Rejoicing





Saturday June 24

Bible Reading:     Luke 1: 57 - 66
Topic:         A Time Of Rejoicing

That which was impossible with me was made possible with God

Elizabeth, who was adjudged barren was blessed with a child at her old age. Men and women gathered to rejoice over what the Lord had done for the family (v. 58).

Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning - Ps. 30: 5b

There was a fulfillment of the words of the angel of the Lord.

Note the issues raised by the angel in Luke 1: 13 - 17. The name John was not common amongst the people at that time but the miracle that followed the writing of the name by Zacharias was a confirmation that the child John was special and was born for a special mission of God.

No one can alter or stop God's plan for you. It may be delayed but as you trust God whole-heartedly, know that God will bring joy to every situation in your life.

Prayer
Turn my sorrow into joy Oh Lord, Amen.

Memory Verse             Luke 1: 64
"And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God."

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Run To Jesus For Salvation





Friday June 23

Bible Reading:     Gen. 17: 12 - 28
Topic:         Run to Jesus For Salvation

The young men had an opportunity to hear about heaven and hell preached to them clearly and convincingly but they decided not to give their lives to Christ.

They did not answer the 'what if heaven and hell prove to exist in the end?" question

Unfortunately as these two failed to consider this question, so there are many who have likewise ignored this question.

The second coming of Christ and God's sure judgment that will follow, we can compare with God's judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah (v. 14)

Lot seemed like a joke to his in-laws and the people of Sodom.

They did not escape for their lives and were thus destroyed by brimstone and fire.

Eternal torture and torment in hell fire awaits all who forsake the salvation that is in Christ Jesus (Heb. 2: 1 - 3; Rev. 20: 11. 12, 15)

Escape for your life and avoid ending your life in hell fire.

As the Angels took Lot and Lot's wife and were merciful to them (v. 16); so you have a warning to escape for your life

Prayer
Help me Oh Lord to heed and follow the Angel's leading men out of the doomed city of today's world to your heavenly city of salvation through Jesus Christ, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 19: 17
"And it came to pass, when they (the Angels) had brought forth them (Lot, his wife and his two virgin daughters) abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life, look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain, escape to the mountain lest thou be consumed."

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Wickedness Of Our Time





Thursday June 22

Bible Reading:     Gen. 19: 1 - 11
Topic:         The Wickedness Of Our Time

The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah was great and their sin very grave.

The action of the men of Sodom (v5, 9) confirmed what the Lord was looking for and proved beyond all reasonable doubt that the inhabitants of the two cities were vile, unreasonable and unrepentant perverts.

Most cultures take good care of visitors and their safety is considered of utmost importance. No wonder Lot was ready to sacrifice his two daughters for the good of his visitors (vs. 7, 8)

Unfortunately the sins committed by men in today's cities and villages are no less wicked or vile.

Gay marriage has been legalized in some Countries. Bestiality (sex with animals), sodomy and lesbianism have gripped many nations and are now considered a part of human rights.

Even worse are transgender acts such as a man changing into a woman or a woman changing into a man.

Many people today in their reprobate minds have opted to do whatever they choose; having stopped listening to God and are no longer taking and obeying His instructions.

Prayer
Oh! God deliver me from the influence of this evil wind blowing in this end time, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 19: 2a
"And he (Lot) said, behold now, my lords, turn in I pray you into your servant's house and tarry all  night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways- - - - -."

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Learning How To Intercede For Others





Wednesday June 21

Bible Reading:     Gen. 18: 16 - 28
Topic:         Learning To Intercede For Others

Burdens and ideas are usually shared with friends and loved ones.

As a friend of God, Abraham was informed of what God was about to do in Sodom (v. 17)

God will not do a thing without first revealing it to His Prophets and People.

Abraham interceded with God on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Note the remark in verse 23 that God will not sweep away both the righteous and the wicked people. If only for ten righteous people, God was prepared to spare Sodom and Gomorrah (v. 32)

The petitions of Abraham from verses 24- 32 were very challenging. This can measure with the intercessions of Moses and Samuel (Ex. 32: 9; 1 Sam 7: 5 - 10)

We are challenged to pray and intercede over issues that concern our families, the Church, the Nation e.t.c. It is only God that has the answers to our problems. Ours is to persist in prayer until God answers us.

PUSH - Pray Until Something Happens

"Men ought always to pray and not lose heart" (Lk. 18: 1b)

Prayer
Lord. make me an intercessor in my own time and generation, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 18: 19
"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment: that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him."

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