Monday, July 31, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Glory Surpasses The Pain

Monday July 31

Bible Reading:     Rev. 6: 9 - 17
Topic:                  The Glory Surpasses The Pain

Two days ago, we saw that the opening of the first four seals revealed God's judgment which included war, conflict, famine and widespread death and destruction on the earth.

The opening of the fifth seal in today's reading reveals the souls that were martyred for their faith and testimony.

To their cry for justice against those who were responsible, God responded with the gift of white robes as they waited for the coming home of others who were yet to be martyred (vs. 9 - 11)

God knows about the suffering, persecution and martyrdom of His children in all generations up till now.

Their suffering is not in vain, they will be rewarded when they meet their Father for Whom they suffered too much.

Another encouragement is that on the day that God will unleash terrible judgment on all wicked people, none of them - royalty, rich, poor, slave, free - will be able to stand before Him.

Only those who know the Lord will escape.

Do you know Him?
It is not too late to make sure today.

Jesus is waiting for you

Oh Lord, as I journey through this world, give me grace to focus on the glory that awaits me not minding whatever trial I may go through, Amen.

Memory Verse             Rev. 6: 9
"And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the Altar, the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held"

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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Walk In The Lord

Sunday July 30
(Trinity 7)

Bible Reading:     Gal. 5: 16 - 26
Topic:                  Walk In The Lord

Paul laboured among the Galatians, teaching them the Gospel of salvation by grace alone.

Unfortunately, other teachers came after him to teach that they needed faith in Christ plus their own human effort.

This upset Paul so greatly that he denounced these teachers of what he called "another gospel" in the strongest possible terms, saying they should be accursed (Gal. 1: 6 -9)

He pointed out to the Christians that no one can be justified by works (2: 16) because if that were possible then Christ would have died in vain (2: 21)

He went on to show them that the problems they were having in their lives and fellowship was because rather than rely on the power of the Spirit, Who alone can help them live godly lives that please God, they walked in the flesh (5: 13 - 15, 19 - 20, 24)

The good news is that things need not be that way. If we recognize our inability to live the life of the Spirit in our own strength and determine to walk in the Spirit, we will bear the fruit of the Spirit which is anchored in love (5: 16, 22 - 23)

Where do you draw strength to your spiritual life?

Heavenly Father, help me to rely on the Power of Your Spirit, that Your Life may be evident in my life, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gal. 5: 16
"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Judgment Set Over The Earth

Saturday July 29

Bible Reading:     Rev. 6: 1 - 8
Topic:                  The Judgment Set Over The Earth

In today's reading, John sees four horsemen revealed as the first four seals which represent God's judgment on the corrupt and evil world system and the ungodly are broken.

In order of the opening of the seals, the first rider went out to conquer, the second to take peace away from the earth, the third to cause famine and the fourth to cause widespread death and destruction in the earth.

Everyone agrees that we are in the last days because throughout the world terrible things are happening.

War, death and destruction ravage many Countries including Nigeria and Jesus warned that we see these things happening, we should know that the end is near.

That being the case brethren, let me ask you a most poignant question: How prepared are you for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Only those whose names are found in the Book of Life will be saved.

Irrespective of the great famine, scarcity, high prices, hunger and death, the believer in Christ like the olive-trees will not lack provision, promotion, protection and preservation.

Lord, help me to live uprightly so as to escape Your wrath for it is a fearful thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God (Heb. 10: 31), Amen.

Memory Verse             Rev. 6: 1a
"And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard as it were the noise of thunder ....."

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Weep No More

Friday July 28

Bible Reading:     Rev. 5: 1 - 14
Topic:                  Weep No More

We weep for a variety of reasons --- bereavement, pain, sadness, frustration, hopelessness, despair, e.t.c.

In today's passage, John wept because no one in Heaven, on Earth or under the Earth was found worthy to open the scroll in God's right Hand or even to look at it.

However one of the Elders consoled John with this good news: "Do not weep. Behold the Lamb of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals" (v. 5)

Christ prevailed at Calvary, wiping out "the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us and .... nailed it to the Cross ..."

Beloved, there is no more need to weep because Jesus has won the victory.

We should join the Heavenly Choir in worship, singing: "Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing"

And in gratitude, let us strive to live worthy of our salvation in readiness for when the Lord will come to take us home, where there will be no more weeping.

Dear Lord, help me to look beyond the things that trouble me now and focus on Christ in Whom is the hope of my eternal salvation, Amen.

Memory Verse             Rev. 5: 3
"And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book neither to look thereon."

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