Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Divine Visitation

Wednesday May 31
Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Bible Reading:     Luke 1: 31 - 56
Topic:         Divine Visitation

What makes the difference in the life of a person is God's interest in it.

The interest God showed in the life of Blessed Virgin Mary was what made her a special person.

God's divine visitation upon her life changed her life story forever.

The Angel visited her and told her that God had favoured her to be the Mother of God's Son (v. 35) and also informed her that he relative Elizabeth had conceived in her old age.

God knows how to put a smile on our faces especially when we are going through difficult times.

Mary's visitation to Elizabeth helped both her and Elizabeth to confirm the will of God upon their lives and share fellowship.

God who remembered Mary and Elizabeth will also remember you.

Through His Divine Visitation, you will be placed in a position of celebration.

Don't compromise your faith, God is working out His purposes for your life.

Your mouth will be filled with laughter when the Lord visits you.

Nobody can change or stop God's plan for you. Just remain faithful and the faithful God will remember you

Remember me oh Lord and fill my mouth with laughter, Amen.

Memory Verse             Luke 1: 37
"For with God, nothing shall be impossible."

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Be Alert In The Spirit

Tuesday May 30

Bible Reading:     2 Kings 2: 7 - 18
Topic:         Be Alert In The Spirit

We often express desires but lack the courage to carry them through into action.

Elisha knew what he wanted from his Master and was determined to obtain it.

He left everything to follow Elijah even when one could describe the action as reckless courage (1 Kings 19: 19 - 21).

Crossing the river Jordan without knowing how he would return was enough to prove to Elijah that he was highly determined and so after Elijah asked him to make his request (v. 9)

Elisha's request for the double portion of his Master's Spirit proved that he desired to continue and go higher in the spiritual footsteps of Elijah. He saw Elijah taken up - which was the condition for the blessing - and he received what he asked for.

God sees our hearts, knows when we are serious in our prayer request and the faith with which we bring our needs before Him.

Jesus said that we must have faith to receive when we ask (Mark 11: 24), and Jacob shows us that we must not give up until we receive our answers (Gen. 32: 26)

Be ready to persevere till you receive the answers to your prayers.

Teach me how to pray oh Lord and give me the burden and zeal for prayers, Amen.

Memory Verse             2 Kings 2: 12
"And Elisha saw it, and he cried: My Father, my Father, the chariots of Israel and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more and he took hold of his own clothes and rent them in two pieces."

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Do The Right Thing

Monday May 29

Bible Reading:     2 Kings 1: 1 - 10
Topic:         Do The Right Thing

Anything in life that takes one away from God invariably brings the person closer to the devil.

We are at the greatest risk when we allow sin or evil practices to separate us from God.

King Ahaziah set a very bad example in today's reading. He neglected the God of Israel and went to consult Baalzebub, the god of Ekron for his health challenges. God did not take this act of unbelief and stubborn idolatory lightly and sent Elijah to deliver His message to the King. Through Elijah, God told him that what he feared would come upon him, he would not recover from his illness, instead of repenting and asking for God's help, he became confrontational and by so doing brought doom to his messengers.

Today, many of us are like Ahaziah, consulting different types of gods in times of challenges.

Some even build altars for these strange gods, yet they still claim to belong to the body of Christ.

Innocent people suffer and die because of our indiscretion.

Watch your commitment closely. God may not allow you to continue with that deceit.

You can never deceive God.

God is really watching your actions, especially your secret life.

Cast me not away from Your Presence oh Lord,  restore my joy of salvation and renew Your Spirit within me, Amen.

Memory Verse             2 Kings 1: 10
"And Elijah answered and said to the Captain of the fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty"

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

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Build Your Confidence

Sunday May 28
(Sunday after Ascension)

Bible Reading:     Rev. 1: 9 - 20
Topic:         Build Your Confidence

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has overcome the world. He is the First and the Last (v. 11). He has the key to hades and death, so you don't have anything to fear as a Christian.

Every assurance that builds faith and confidence has been given to us.

We are in safe hands and our future and hope are very secure so long as we remain in Him.

In v. 11, the risen Christ instructed John to record everything he was shown and send it to the seven Churches of Asia.

God expects us to keep records. He expects us to extend the Good News to others so that they can know His expectations from His people

Don't be afraid

Don't be intimidated by death, Jesus Christ our Advocate holds the key of death.

Without His permission, you will not die.

Again don't be afraid of any evil plot against your future, Jesus is the First and Last. He knows your yesterday and He is in control of your tomorrow. Relax your mind and strengthen your faith.

The Lord you trust in His Power is in full control of your life's situations

Take away fear from me oh Lord, and give me the confidence to move on to victory, Amen.

Memory Verse             Rev. 1: 18
"I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold I am alive for evermore. Amen and have the keys of hell and of death."

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