Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Building For God's Glory

Tuesday August 22

Bible Reading:     Ezra 3: 8 - 11
Topic:                  Building For God's Glory

It was fourteen months after the return from exile to Judah that the actual construction of the Temple began.

Levites were given the role of supervising the work.

When the foundation of the Temple was laid, the Priests and Levites sang praises with thanksgiving to the Lord accompanied with musical instruments.

Then all the people gave a great shout praising the Lord, because the foundation of the Temple had been laid.

While the younger generation was shouting for joy at what had been accomplished, many of the older generation wept aloud as they remembered the beauty of the old Temple built by King Solomon.

It is very important to build to the glory of God, whether the buildings are other projects. More importantly we need to build our lives to the glory of God because as children of God, bought by the Blood of Jesus Christ, we are living Temples of God and of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 3: 16; 6: 19 - 20; 2 Cor. 6: 16)

In doing so, we should supervise or follow-up young converts to ensure they grow up to glorify the Lord.

Let us learn to praise God and thank Him when we build structures or lives.

My heavenly Father, please help me to build my life to glorify You in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory Verse             Ezra 3: 11
"And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord because He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the  foundation of the House of the Lord was laid."

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Rebuilding The Temple

Saturday August 19

Bible Reading:     Ezra 2: 64 - 70
Topic:                  Rebuilding The Temple

In this passage, we see that the first batch of returnees from exile was carefully recorded (vs. 64 - 66)

Their servants and transport animals were also indicated (vs. 65, 66)

In addition major contributions for rebuilding the Temple were specified (v. 69) In today's units of measurement, these freewill offerings amount to about 500 kilograms of gold and 2, 900 kilograms of silver. What will be their monetary values? Probably millions of naira.

In v. 58, we note that only some of the family heads contributed towards the Temple rebuilding effort. What must have prevented the other leaders from making their own contributions? - See Hagga 1: 2 for possible answers.

Consider your own contributions towards the work of God so far this year; do you personally think they are reasonable considering how the Lord has kept you and the extent to which He has blessed you?

Let us examine our ways today and give more attention to what God would like us to do in His House (Haggai 1: 5)

Apart from financial contributions, our talents, skills, positions, faculties, prayers and ideas are needed in the task of spreading the Gospel

Dear Lord, thank You for the many ways You have blessed me. Enable me to contribute my quota towards rebuilding Your House today, in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory Verse             Ezra 2: 68
"And some of the Chief of the Fathers, when they came to the House of the Lord which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the House of God to set it up in His place"

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

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)