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

Early Morning Prayer - Thursday 23. 11. 17






Our Father and our God, He that dwells in the Heavenly Realms and His Eyes rove round the world beholding the affairs of  men, the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent God, Father we worship You this morning. We thank You for Your love and mercy which You have bestowed on us through Your Son Jesus Christ, Who for the purpose of reconciling us to You went up to the Cross to die a shameful death so that we do not have to die again in sin, Father we thank You for bringing us back to this land of the living, the land where the living praise You and glorify Your Holy Name, where everything that has breath shouts out that You Alone are God. We bless Your Name this morning, be Thou highly exalted in our lives in Jesus Name, Amen. We once again bring ourselves before You Lord asking for Your forgiveness of the ways and means by which we have gone contrary to Your Holy Laws. Lord we plead for forgiveness and that these shall not against us on the day of judgement in Jesus Name, Amen. Father as we go out today, we request that Your Holy Spirit departs not from us and that we shall walk and work in Your Eternal Presence within and without us. Give us comfort even in these times of stress and let our hearts know and experience the peace which only You can give. Thank You Heavenly Father for answering our prayer which we have prayed in the Holy and Blessed and Beautiful and Magnificent Name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Advocate - 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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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bible Reading For Today - Wed221117 - Phil. 1: 19-26






19.    For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ
20.    According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death
21.    For me to live is Christ and to die is gain
22.    But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour, yet what I shall choose, I wot not.
23.    For I am in a strait betwist two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better
24.    Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you
25.    And having this confidence, I know I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith
26.    That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again


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

Daily Fountain 2017 - 221117 - Fill In the Gap




Wednesday November 22

Bible Reading:     Phil. 1: 19 - 26
Topic:                  Fill In The Gap

In the objective test, Teachers ask Students to fill in the gap with the correct answer from the options given.

There can only be one correct answer to each question because the answer is not based on the Student's opinion but on facts that can be verified.

In. verse 21 Paul says "For me to live is Christ .."

Before his personal encounter with Jesus on the Damascus Road, if he had been asked to fill in the gap "for me to live is ....? his answer would have been "the law" because enforcing the law in Judaism was the greatest priority of his life then.

However after the encounter with the Risen Lord, old things passed away and all things became new. Paul's whole purpose from that point on was to live for Christ and become more like Him.

If asked to fill in the gap, what would be your answer? - money? pleasure? treasure? power? popularity? prestige? professional excellence?

Any answer other than Christ is wrong.

Therefore if our answer is anything other than to live for Christ, we must come to Christ for salvation and determine like Paul to make Him the greatest priority in our lives.

Prayer
Father for me to live is Christ, help me to make this my resolve always in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory Verse             Phil. 1: 21
"For me to live is Christ and to die is gain."


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

Hymn For Today - Wed221117 - Thou Whose Almighty Hands








Thou Whose Almighty Hands

Chaos and darkness heard

And took their flight

Hear us we humbly pray

And where the Gospel-day

Sheds not its glorious ray

Let there be light


Thou Who didst come to bring

On Thy redeeming Wing

Healing and Sight

Health to the sick in mind

Sight to the only blind

O now to all mankind

Let there be light


 Spirit of truth and love

Life given from above

Speed forth Thy flight

Move on the waters' face

Bearing the lamp of grace

And in earth's darkest place

Let there be light


Holy and Blessed Three

Glorious Trinity

Wisdom, Love, Might

Boundless as ocean's tide

Rolling in fullest pride

Through the world, far and wide


Let there be light

Early Morning Prayer - Wednesday 22. 11. 17





Almighty Father, Immortal Redeemer, the Ancient of Days, the I Am that I Am, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Rose of Sharon, the Lilly of the Valley, Lord we thank You. For the opportunity of seeing this new day, we thank You. For our friends and families who also came into this new day, we thank You. Even for our enemies who You have allowed to come into this new day so that they can be witnesses to the wonderful things You are doing for us, we thank You. Oh Lord, we have named the Name of Christ but have not departed from iniquity, our sinfulness is right before us, we are ashamed that we are unable to keep ourselves as Holy as You would want us to because You are a Holy God and You demand that any who must come to You must be Holy too, Father we regret our mistakes and misdeeds and plead for Your kind forgiveness. We do not deserve to live because of Your wrath but we are alive because of Your tender mercies and love which You showed to us even before we knew that we were sinners. Forgive us O Lord and cleanse us from all our unrighteousness. Thank You Lord for beholding the Face of Your Son on the Cross and forgiving us for His Sake. Father, it's a brand new day You have brought us into, we desire to work and walk with You in it, direct our feet steps on the path which You have mapped out for us today and let us neither stray from it nor be derailed from it. Let Your Able Hands guide, guard and protect from all the whiles of the enemy and when the day is ended we will be able to look backwards and nod in agreement that we and the Lord have worked today. Thank You Heavenly Father for answered prayers for we have prayed in the Mighty, Precious and Glorious Name of Your Beloved Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - 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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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Tue211117 - The Good In Difficult Circumstances






Tuesday November 21

Bible Reading:     Phil. 1: 12 - 18
Topic:                  The Good In Difficult Circumstances

Today Paul teaches us how to respond to negative circumstances that can damage our faith.

Firstly, rather than become depressed and discouraged in his imprisonment, Paul used the opportunity to share the gospel with all the soldiers to whom he was chained, resulting in the entire Praetorian Guard hearing about Jesus (vs. 12-13).

Moreover, most brethren who observed his courage in his affliction were encouraged to preach the good news without fear (v. 14).

Beloved, you can use the challenges you may be experiencing now to advance the gospel.

Rather than allow them to defeat you, pray that God will use them to His glory.

Secondly, Paul refused to be frustrated by those who preached the gospel out of selfish ambition in order to cause him trouble.

Rather than dwell on their false motives, he rejoiced that the gospel was being preached, and took encouragement from the boldness of those who loved him and sought to encourage him in his chains (vs. 15-18).

In all things, our God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8: 28), so let us use our difficulties as stepping stones to growth and maturity.

Prayer
Dear Father, help me to always see the good in difficult circumstances in Jesus name. Amen.

Memory Verse             Phil. 1: 18
"What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice."

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


Bible Reading For Today - Tue211117 - Phil. 1: 12-18





12. But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 
13. so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 
14. and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 
15. Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 
16. The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
17. but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
18. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.


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

Hymn For Today - Tue211117 - Holy, Holy, Holy





Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
Early in the morning, our songs shall rise to Thee
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty
God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity

Holy, Holy, Holy! all the Saints adore Thee
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea
Cherubim and Seraphim falling down before Thee
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be

Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see
Only Thou art Holy, there’s none beside Thee
Perfect in Power, in Love and Purity

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name in earth and sky and sea
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty

God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity 

Early Morning Prayer - Tuesday 21. 11. 17






Our God and our Father, how wonderful You are, how glorious is Your Name, how majestic is Your Heavenly dwelling, Father all honour, power, adoration and thanksgiving be unto You in Jesus Name - Amen. Lord we have come this morning to say thank You because You have done it again in our lives, that which no man can do, You have done for us, in bringing us back to life, Father receive our praises and thanksgiving in Jesus Name - amen. And so Lord we commit this day into Your Able Hands, we do not know what it will bring but You already know that because You know the end from the beginning but we have Your assurance that You are always with us. Lord whatever this day may bring, may it end in praise in Jesus Name - Amen. Thank You Heavenly Father for answered prayers for in Jesus Mighty Name we have prayed - 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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Monday, November 20, 2017

Bible Reading For Today - Mon201117 - Phil. 1: 1-11





1. Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 
2. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 
4. always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
5. for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 
6. being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 
7. just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
8. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

9. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, 
10. that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
11. being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.



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

Daily Fountain 2017 - 201117 - A Good Work Begun





Monday November 20

Bible Reading:     Phil. 1: 1 - 11
Topic:                  A Good Work Begun

Verse 6 reads, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”.

The day we invite Jesus into our lives, 'a good work has begun'.

The good work is salvation through which the Father delivers us from the power of darkness and deposits us in the Kingdom of His dear Son Jesus Christ (Col. 1: 13).

It is important to ensure that this good work of salvation has begun in us. It is a timely question when we consider the many negative stories that are reported in the media about some pastors and church members.

These stories reveal that many are not Christians but Church goers.

If you have never given your life to Christ, today is the day of salvation. Don't postpone it, for tomorrow may be too late.

Notice that this good work has a completion day – the day when Christian returns.

As the Lord supplies us the power to continue the good work, He expects us to supply the willingness.

We will be supplying our willingness when we consecrate our lives to God every new day of our lives.

Have you done that today?

Prayer
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord to Thee. Amen.

Memory Verse             Phil. 1: 6
"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."


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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bible Reading For Today - Sun191117 - John 5: 2-14







2. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 
3. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 
4. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 
5. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 
7. The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 
8. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 
9. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 
10. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 
11. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. 
12. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 
13. And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. 
14. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

May the Lord bless the reading of His Words - Amen