Saturday, May 27, 2017

Children's Day






 
It's the 27th of May and it is a day that Nigeria celebrates her Children

It is Children's Day

There's no gain saying the fact that any Nation without Children is a Nation doomed for extinction.

However, it is just not enough to have Children, but it rests squarely on the shoulders of Parents and the Nation to train up the Children in the way that they should go so that when they are old, they shall not move away from that path.

It is good to start early in life to inculcate in the Children the benefits of honesty and hard work because no matter how much the world would change, those two virtues shall always be the way to go towards success and arriving at the top.

Let every Child be informed that movement is essential in life because laxity and laziness have never paid off.

This should serve as a repetitive mantra for any child to learn:"If you can't fly, run; if you can't run, walk; if you can't walk, crawl but by all means, keep moving because activity suggests the life"

Here's wishing all Nigerian Children a Happy Children's Day despite the depression

#DrJTF

Daily Fountain 2017 - Show The Light







Saturday May 27

Bible Reading:     Eph. 4: 1 - 10
Topic:         Show The Light

Step by step advice on how we can live a good Christian life is given by Paul in today's passage.

First he urges us to live a life worthy of our calling - that is "walk our talk"

Second we should be humble, gentle, patient and tolerant

Third, we should keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace, since all believers in Christ belong to one body united under one Head, Christ Himself (1 Cor. 12: 12 - 26) and have one Father and God.

And since God has given each of us gifts and abilities which if used in submission to the Holy Spirit will strengthen the whole body of Christ, each of us must endeavour to put those gifts to good use.

Allow these divine admonitions to bring changes in your life. Learn to be humble, patient, tolerant and peace seeking.
Don't allow the world to set the standard of your lifestyle.

As you live in the world, don't allow the world to live in you.

From today, let your life convince people around you that you are indeed a child of God and a good representative of His Kingdom

Prayer
Make me Lord, a practical instrument for peace, love and unity in my family and other places of engagement, Amen.

Memory Verse             Eph.  4: 10
"He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things."

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Be Careful





Friday May 26

Bible Reading:     Acts. 1: 12 - 14
Topic:         Be Careful

After the ascension the disciples in obedience to Jesus command, returned to Jerusalem to wait for the promise of the Father (Acts. 1: 4)

The list of the Apostles given in v. 13 omitted Judas Iscariot who had committed suicide following his betrayal of his Master

His end shows what can happen when we allow bad habits to take root in our lives.

The path that led Judas to suicide began with his greed which led him to steal the Ministry money entrusted in his care (John 12: 6)

Be careful!!!
Listen to instruction and obey God's Word.

Consider your service to God and humanity as a priviledge. Don't abuse it because it could be withdrawn.

Don't betray trust in your family, place of work or in any area of engagement. God is keeping accurate records. As a mirror, life will always give you back the exact reflection of who you really are.

Be courageous enough today to disengage yourself from any habit that is likely to destroy your life and destiny

Prayer
Dear Father in Heaven, please deliver me from any bad habit that can lead me away from the path of Your perfect will for my life, Amen.

Memory Verse             Acts 1: 14
"These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication with the women and Mary the Mother of Jesus and with his brethren."

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - You Are My Witnesses





Thursday                       25th
(Ascension Day)

Bible Reading:     Acts. 1: 1 - 11
Topic:         You Are My Witnesses

It is very clear from the opening verse of Acts. 1 that Jesus did what He taught.

Can that be said of us today as Christians?

In Romans 2: 21, Paul challenged the Jews: "You therefore, who teach another, do you teach yourself? You who preach a man should not steal, do you steal?

It is evil for one to do in secret what one condemns in public

Up till this point, the disciples had not gotten their priorities right. They were still expecting Jesus to establish an earthly Kingdom of Israel, they asked whether He would not drive out the Romans and give them political freedom (v. 6)

Jesus re-ordered their priorities by reiterating their assignment which was to preach to the world about Him and make disciples.

He gave instruction that they should wait for the gift of the Power of the Holy Spirit to help them achieve this task.

Our primary assignment as Christians, whether we are ordained or laity is to be Jesus' witnesses wherever we find ourselves in our daily pursuits. Everything else is secondary and eternity will judge the usefulness of our stay here as citizens of God's Kingdom in light of how well we carried out that assignment.

Prayer

Lord help me to be a productive citizen of Your Kingdom, Amen

Memory Verse:   Acts. 1: 8

"But ye shall receive Power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth"

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - You Are Counted







Wednesday                            24th

Bible Reading:     Gen. 17: 9 - 14
Topic:         You Are Counted

Yesterday, we saw how Abram's name was changed to Abraham

Today, God addressed him by his new name (v. 9).

The best thing that can happen in your life is to have a good and close relationship with God.

God now addressed Abram as Abraham - Father of many Nations - and established the covenant of circumcision with him.

Every male child in his family and their descendants would be circumcised on the 8th day as a sign of this covenant.

Circumcision would henceforth separate Abraham's family and descendants from heathen nations.

God so loved us that He extended this covenant of grace to us Gentiles through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.

His death has opened the door for a change of identity (1 Pet. 2: 8 - 9) - from being outcasts to becoming children of God.

Don't make the mistake of abusing the priviledge.

A new covenant has been established for you and you will benefit from it if you circumcise your heart by faithfully submitting to God's saving grace in our Lord Jesus Christ (Phil. 3:3)

Don't exclude yourself from the grace of God.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I want to sincerely thank You for Your bountiful grace upon my life, for Your daily provisions, for Your comforts and for Your upliftment. I pray Lord that You help me to live within this grace and not to abuse it. Amen

Memory Verse:   Gen. 17: 10

"This is My Covenant, which ye shall keep between Me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised"

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