Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Looking Unto Jesus




Monday January 31st

Bible Reading:     Heb. 12: 1 - 17

Topic:         Looking Unto Jesus

Today's passage opens with a great incentive for us to persevere in the Christian Race -- those who have successfully run their own race and are now spectators cheering us onto the finish line.

We like them can only run this race successfully by looking onto Jesus Who is both the Author and Finisher of our faith. He too set us an example of perseverance through great suffering to glory.

The writer goes on to warn us about sin which if we persist in it will result in chastening from the Father.

It is comforting to know that God will not allow His Children to live carelessly. If we are really and truly born again, He will discipline us in order to restore us to faith.

Our responsibility therefore is to accept His discipline with gratitude because though "no chastening seems to be joyful for the present but painful, nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." (Heb. 12: 11)

God's intention is to work in us through the Spirit in order to conform us to the Image of Christ (Rom. 8: 29) and if chastening is what He needs to achieve it, He will administer it in love.

We must therefore strive to lay aside very weight of sin that so easily besets us and run our Christian race with diligence looking to Jesus for help.

"Moreover, we also owe it to other fellow travelers to support them in their own spiritual race and as the writer admonishes, .. "strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees and make straight paths for your feet so that what is lame may not be dislocated but rather be healed" (Heb. 12: 12 - 13)

Prayer:
Father help me to gladly accept Your discipline and use that experience to help others who may be struggling in their own spiritual journey in Jesus' Name, Amen

Memory verse:   Heb. 12: 14
"Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man can see the Lord."

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Route To Heaven






Monday January 30th

Bible Reading:     Heb. 11: 30 - 40

Topic:         The Route To Heaven

Through all generations, the righteous go through severe experiences, many to the point of losing their lives.

It was not easy for Noah of whom God bore witness that he was a righteous man. It was not easy for Abraham whom God called His friend. It was not easy for Jacob, Moses, David and the Prophets.

Above all, it was not easy for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Bible says about Him "For consider Him Who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself ......." (Heb. 12: 3)

The route to Heaven is not an easy road. The righteous are purified by it through the Baptism of sanctification. "these all died in faith, not having obtained the promises, but .... confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (Heb. 11: 13 - 16)

They were not of this world, Heaven is their home. (Phil. 3: 20)

Beloved, are you going through a crushing phase in your life? Does it seem as if darkness and hopelessness are all around you and that God is no longer interested in you?

Do not be utterly dismayed, you will soon burst into songs of everlasting praise.

All things will become new.

Prayer:
Lord keep me trusting you till the end, Amen

Memory verse:   Heb. 11: 39
"And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise."

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

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Sermon - Epiphany IV








Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
                                    Diocese of Abuja
                         Cathedral Church of the Advent

Epiphany IV - Sunday 22 January 2017

Today's Sermon

Theme:     "The Christian Work Ethic"
Topic:         Christ Centred Work Ethics II: Being Honest
Key Text:    Col. 3: 22

Summary:

The second of the Christian's work ethics is that of honesty.

From our Texts, the Christian servant is instructed to work with "sincerity of heart" or honesty in reverence for the Lord.

The word "honesty" implies "singleness" of heart, that is "without ulterior motives."

The Christian worker works ultimately to please his Creator and Lord. He does not work to advance his own cause at the expense of his Employer. That was the intention of Paul in Titus 2: 9 - 10. The Christian worker will work without stealing products, money, tools or time from his Employer.

In the same vein, an Employer ought not to short change his Employees and Customers. He must not use a false measure or compromise on quality.

People should, by their dealings with him, be able to trust his label and believe his Christian testimony

We are called to be honest in all our doings as Christians and so we must remember that God is the ULTIMATE EMPLOYER

Daily Fountain 2017 - Joy That Follows Forgiveness







Sunday January 29th

Bible Reading:     Heb. 10: 26 - 39

Topic:         Joy That Follows Forgiveness

Nothing compares with one being free from sin. There is joy inexpressible.

We are meant to understand three things from this Psalm

1.      That true forgiveness comes from God

2.      That there is need for us to confess our sins before God for us to obtain Divine and complete forgiveness. The Bible says "though our sins are like scarlet, God will make them white as snow." So we have to confess our sins to God whenever we transgress

3.      That we will have true joy when our sins are forgiven (vs. 2) And when our sins are forgiven, we will be free from guilt.
Forgiveness brings joy and you will begin to feel God's presence.

The Bible says "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1 : 9)

Unless you do this, you will never find peace in this world (Ps. 32: 3 - 5)

The peace He gives is not like that of the world (John 14: 27). His peace is so overwhelming that we cannot fathom its depth

So beloved in Christ, go to Christ, confess your sins and obtain Divine forgiveness and have the joy of the Lord.

Prayer:
My Heavenly Father, please forgive me my sins and grant me the joy of my salvation, Amen

Memory verse:   Ps. 32: 10
"Many sorrows shall be to the wicked, but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about."

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