Friday, June 30, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Give Them All To Jesus

Friday June 30

Bible Reading:     Gen. 22: 1 - 14
Topic:         Give Them All To Jesus!

God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac which humanly speaking was a very hard thing for him to do.

However, on hearing from God, Abraham promptly obeyed. He took Isaac and his servants to the place of sacrifice.

As Abraham took his knife to slay his son, God stopped him and showed him a ram caught in the thicket by its horn.

This experience served to confirm that Abraham really feared God and loved God more than he loved Isaac his only son.

The offering of Isaac was a prototype and a foreshadow of that of Jesus Christ by God.

Abraham was willing to offer to God his best, his only son and the one of his old age. Abraham did not count it too much for him to give Isaac to God as a sacrifice.

God gave His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

We learn from Abraham that we should love God so wholeheartedly that there will be absolutely no possession, relationship, opportunity, credential, achievement and so on that we will not be ready to give as a sacrifice to God

In Jesus Name, dear Lord, thank You for the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Help me to surrender all that I am and have to You, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 22: 12
"And he (the Angel of God) said to Abraham, Lay not thine hand upon the lad (Isaac), neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou has not withheld thy son, thine only son from me."

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Who Do Men Say That I Am?

Thursday June 29
(St. Peter the Apostle)

Bible Reading:     Matt. 16: 13 - 20
Topic:         Who Do Men Say That I Am?

Today is St. Peter's Day.

We have an opportunity to remember and reflect on the life and ministry of Apostle Peter.

Once Jesus asked His disciples "Who do men say that I am?"

He received different answers; and He then pressed for what the disciples thought about Him (v. 15), "Who do you say that I am?"

"You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God" replied Peter (v. 16) Jesus blessed him and said this is a revelation from God and on this truth, "I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it".

Christ is the Rock upon which the Church is built.

Like Peter do you actually know Who Jesus is"
Have you helped to open the eyes of other to the true identity of Christ?
Have you confessed Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?

Someone has rightly observed this Jesus question as the most dramatic and life's important question. It is life. It is the one question every man, every woman should answer for it is on it that our life and destiny hang.

No man can and should avoid or ignore answering it. On it will be determined whether a man goes to heaven or hell.

Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY, the Truth and the Life; no one can be saved and no one can go to God except through Him.

Apostle Peter says of this in Acts. 4: 12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

Dear Reader, Who is Jesus to you?

Help me O God to know and confess that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of  the Living God, Amen.

Memory Verse             Matt. 16: 17
"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee but My Father which is in Heaven."

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Mind What You Swear For

Wednesday June 28

Bible Reading:     Gen. 21: 22 - 34
Topic:         Mind What You Swear For

God so prospered Abraham that Abimelech the King of the Philistines where he dwelt acknowledged and decided to enter into a covenant with him and not deal falsely with him or his offspring in future.

When God's dealing with you is not yet shown to unbelievers, you needn't fret or be anxious. Call on Him to manifest it. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity, Jabez cried out to God to bless him and God did (1 Chron. 4: 9 - 10)

Looking critically at the action of Abraham in swearing before King Abimelech and entering into a covenant with him, there's a lesson to learn.

We should not be quick to enter into agreements with others especially with people we don't know or have no knowledge of who they really are and other subject matters that can be controversial or prove difficult to handle by our succeeding generations.

Abraham thought he could help Abimelech's posterity to deal with his own descendants in peace and prosperity but far from it. History was to prove this as most unhelpful and wrong.

Lord , help me to avoid entering into treaties and covenants You have not approved for me, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 21: 23
"Now therefore, swear unto me (Abimelech) here by God that thou (Abraham) wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me and the land wherein thou has sojourned."

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Learn To Wait For God's Promise

Tuesday June 27

Bible Reading:     Gen. 21: 9 - 21
Topic:         Learn To Wait For God's Promise

Waiting for God to fulfill His promise is one of the hardest tasks the Christian can face in life.

Abraham failed the test when instead of waiting for God's promise that "Isaac shall your seed be called" (v. 12), Abraham listened to Sarah and had Ishmael. But Ishmael was not to be the covenant child. It was Isaac whom God had promised (v. 12; 21: 1,2)

The rebellion of Hagar  (Gen. 16: 5, 6) and her son Ishmael (Gen. 21: 9) led Abraham and Sarah with God's approval to cast Ishmael with his mother Hagar out of Abraham's household (v. 10)

A slave does not abide in the house forever but the son does (John 8: 35)

The bond woman and her son must be cast out. As painful and trying as it was for Abraham, the separation of Ishmael from Isaac led ultimately to God's manifestation of His covenant gift of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah/

The beautiful thing is that God did not fail to bless Ishmael too, although he was not the covenant child God promised Abraham (Gen. 17: 19 - 21)

Help me O God to overcome the anxiety that easily besets me and makes me run ahead of Your plans and blessing for my life in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 21: 10
"Wherefore she (Sarah) said unto Abraham, cast out this bond woman and her son, for the son of this bond woman shall not be heir with my son, even Isaac."

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Isaac: The Child Of Promise

Monday June 26

Bible Reading:     Gen. 21: 1 - 8
Topic:         Isaac - The Child Of Promise

God promised to bless Abraham with a son through Sarah (Gen. 15:4; 17: 15, 21; 18: 10 - 14) and He fulfilled it when Abraham was 100 years and his wife 90 years of age.

This confirms God as having impeccable and trusted integrity. Whatever He says or promises, He does or fulfills.

What is that promise of God to you, which is yet to come to pass?
Trust and hold onto it and "Give Him no rest till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth" (Isa. 62: 7; Matt. 7:7)

Abraham kept his own part of the covenant with God in Gen. 17: 10, he circumcised Isaac (v. 4)

God is a covenant keeping God (Ps. 50: 5)

Have you asked anything from God? or have you made a vow or entered into any covenant with God? Abraham did (v. 4); Hannah did (1 Sam. 1: 24 - 28)

Abraham made a great feast when the child was weaned.

There is nothing to compare with the thrill we have when our desire is fulfilled by God.

Father as You fulfilled Your promise by giving Abraham and Sarah a son, so I pray You to answer my prayer to You, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 21: 5
"And Abraham was an hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him."

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