Friday, March 31, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Blessedness Of Suffering

Friday March 31

Bible Reading:     1 Peter 3: 18 - 22

Topic:         The Blessedness Of Suffering

Suffering is not pleasure. It is painful and agonizing to human soul and spirit especially where one suffers unjustly.

But the Scripture says "it is better, if it is God's will to suffer doing good than for doing evil" (v. 17)

Jesus Christ exemplified this truth in the way, He suffered unjustly in order to procure human salvation (v. 18)

This endurance of godly suffering earned Him a Name above all other names (Phil. 2: 8-10) and a place at the Right Hand of God with angels, principalities and powers in submission to Him (v. 22)

Beloved what are you going through?
Are you being punished unjustly?
Are you being persecuted in the office or family because of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ or your unyielding stance for the truth?
Remember that there is blessing when you suffer for doing the right thing.

Therefore be of good cheer, patiently endure for God will eventually vindicate you.
Father in Heaven, thank You for Your love for me. Help me to constantly understand the Scripture as it is written in Rom. 8: 35 - 37 which says "who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship, persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ......... No in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him Who loves us, for I pray in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory verse:   1 Peter 3: 18
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh nut quickened by the Spirit"

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - A Good Conscience

Thursday March 30

Bible Reading:     1 Peter 3: 13 - 17

Topic:         A Good Conscience

Christianity is a way of life than a religion.

Though we are  in this world we are not of the world (John. 17: 16)

God's standard is that Christians should be role models in everything good. even when we are maliciously criticized and persecuted (vs. 14 - 16)

We are to maintain a good conscience, that is an inner commitment to Christ (v. 15a).

In Acts 4: 36 - 37. Joseph (surnamed Barnabas) stood out as a man of honesty, good conscience and a cheerful giver towards the work of the Lord.

On the contrary Ananias and Sapphirah (of the same Church) (Acts. 5: 1 - 5) compromised their faith on the altar of greed and deceit. This cost them their lives.

Beloved, if the Lord examines you today, would you be seen to have a good conscience? or would He uncover things for which you would be ashamed?

Many Christians today for fear of being stigmatized have compromised their faith and soiled their hands with secret sinful dealings and so no longer having a clear conscience before the Lord.

If you are caught in that trap, this is an opportunity to repent and seek the Face of God for forgiveness and restoration.

Lord Jesus, help me to have a good conscience towards God and men,  for I pray in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory verse:   1 Peter 3: 17
"For it is better if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well being, than for evil doing"

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Incorruptible Beauty - II

Wednesday March 29

Bible Reading:     1 Peter 3: 8 - 12

Topic:         Incorruptible Beauty (II)

Yesterday, the Lord revealed to us that the beauty which comes from the "hidden person of the heart" is incorruptible, radiates in a person's life and attracts people to the Lord Jesus Christ.

This beauty primarily comes from the heart. Jesus said "a good man brings good things out of the good stored  up in his heart and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh" Lk. 6: 45

This means that our words and actions are largely determined by our thought pattern.

Either we curse or bless, it comes from the heart.

For your hidden man of the heart to be beautiful, you must experience a transformation or renewal of your mind (Rom. 12: 2)

These practical steps must be taken.

We achieve this by examining ourselves, identifying, confessing and repenting of the sins in our lives and inviting Jesus to rule as Lord and Saviour of our lives (Isa. 1: 18; John 1: 12 - 13; 2 Cor. 1: 3 - 5; 1 John 1: 8 - 9, 2: 1 - 2). We must also meditate on God's Word and ask the Holy Spirit to empower us to live godly lives.

Lord Jesus, take my life and let it be consecrated to Thee, take my heart and let it be Your Royal Throne, Amen.

Memory verse:   1 Pet. 3: 10
"For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips that they speak no guile"

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Incorruptible Beauty (I)

Tuesday March 28

Bible Reading:     1 Peter 3: 1 - 7

Topic:         Incorruptible Beauty (I)

Beauty describes the appealing appearance of someone or something.

Apart from natural beauty like that of flowers, most times beauty is a product of conscious arrangement of things in proper order.

For men or women, it is the "outward arranging of the hair, wearing of gold, putting on of fine apparel e.t.c. but, after some time, this beauty fades, gets corrupted or out of fashion"

Our text today speaks of a beauty that is incorruptible, which comes from the inward man and radiates the life of a Christian.

This beauty is borne out of a life of gentleness, submissiveness and a quiet spirit. It does not become corrupted or out of fashion, rather it attracts people to the Lord through you.

It has the capacity of winning people to Christ (1 Cor. 7: 16)

Many marriages today are facing challenges because this divine virtue is missing.

While it is good to be beautifully adorned, it is better to work on the hidden person of the "heart" - thoughts, habits, character.

Therefore let us search our hearts and note where we are falling as an individual husband or wife and be prepared to change our ways.

Do you desire a good wife or a good husband? Pray to be one yourself.

Lord help me to be the person You designed me to be for I pray in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory verse:   1 Peter 3: 3
"Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold or of putting on of apparel"

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Place Of Love And Submission In Marriage

Monday March 27

Bible Reading:     Eph. 5: 21 - 33

Topic:         The Place Of Love And Submission In Marriage

Today's passage considered the Christian blueprint for marriage because in it, Paul gave instructions on how marriage should built in Christ.

He compared marriage to a relationship between Christ and the Church.

The man should model his love for his wife on the sacrificial love of Christ for His Church for which He gave His Life.

The woman should submit to her husband even as the Church submits to Christ as her Lord.

It is the wife that needs love because of her tender heart.

Apostle Peter explains why the wife should submit to her husband (1 Pet. 3: 1 - 6)

Through submission, unbelieving husbands could be won to Christ when they observe their chaste conducts.

For any marriage to thrive and succeed as God intended, each party must play their part.

In loving and caring for his wife, the husband must be aware that the wife is the weaker vessel.

Good relationship is essential because failure to heed God's command can hinder the prayers of the husband.

For all married couples, today's meditation is a call to reassess your relationships and come to God in repentance for any areas where you are falling short of His standards.

For those awaiting marriage, it is important for you to know how well you are to prepare to fulfill your own role in marriage.

Lord show me Your favour in all I do in my marriage and help to play my role for its success for I pray in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory verse:   Eph. 5: 33
"Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself and the wife see that she reverence her husband"

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