The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 26 July 2019 – Please Wait!
TOPIC: Help The Poor!
READ: Psalms 41:1-13 King James Version (KJV)
1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
5 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?
6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.
7 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
8 An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
10 But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.
13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
One of the ways God can bless you is if you help the poor, the weak, the less privileged and the vulnerable. Helping such people has rewards here and hereafter. On earth here, God will deliver, preserve and bless you. For your reward in heaven, Jesus, speaking in Matthew 25:35-36 made it clear that He would admit people into heaven because here on earth they gave food to the hungry, water to the thirsty and clothes to the naked. He will also send cursed people into hell fire because they did not give food to the hungry, or water to the poor or clothes to the naked, neither did they visit sick and those in prison (Matthew 25:41-43).
If you want to live a fulfilled, happy and secured life of joy on earth and also enter the kingdom of God, then among other things, do your best to help the poor, widows, orphans, fatherless, the weak, the hungry, the needy and the vulnerable, for this is well pleasing in the sight of God.
Prayer: God, my Father, please incline my heart to help the poor.
40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
Some of the things we see on earth today, give us the false impression that lawlessness, wickedness and unrighteousness are more to be desired than righteousness and truth. On many occasions in Nigeria, when motorists queue up in traffic, waiting for their turn to move, some unscrupulous and undisciplined drivers would move into the wrong lanes and proceed on their journey. On some occasions, when they do this and meet the police, they offer them some money and the police would allow them go their way and get to their destinations earlier than the law-abiding citizens on queue.
Many brilliant students are denied admissions into universities because some operators of JAMB exam centres hack the internet and give answers to indolent students who pay them to cheat.
Many students sort their ways out in the universities and come out with wonderful grades, while other hardworking students are frustrated. These are the products of the wickedness of men. Some righteous persons are tempted to join the wicked. However, verse one enjoins us not to fret because of evil doers, or be envious of the workers of iniquity because they shall soon be cut down like the grass.
The rejoicing of the wicked is for a short while. Very soon you will look for the wicked and his ill-gotten wealth and will see them no more. Delight yourself in God, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
PRAYER: Oh God help me to be steadfast and unmovable. Make me to abound in righteousness and never to envy the evil doers.
The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 14 July 2019 – Go Extra Mile
TOPIC: Go Extra Mile
READ: Matthew 14:16-30 King James Version (KJV)
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
True compassion is expressed by love in action. In simple reasoning, the disciples were not wrong to tell Jesus to send the multitude away (verse 15). But by faith, they were wrong. Jesus understands our limit in helping ourselves. In time of confusion of thought and hopelessness, He brings solution from angles we least expected help. It was not recorded that the multitude requested for food, but the way they sat down to eat shows that they were hungry. God will satisfy your pressing needs. Notice how they were all directed to sit down on the grass, irrespective of their personalities. It takes humility to receive special miracles from God. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (1Peter 5:5). In verses 22-23, we notice how Jesus separated Himself from the multitude for personal reflections. He often made room in His busy schedule to be alone with His Father. Develop the discipline of spending time alone with God. It will build your spiritual life.
A good leader needs to be competent and compassionate. Learning from Jesus, you don’t have any justification to abandon people whom God has placed you in a position to help. Please don’t send them away. Settle them; especially those that have been with you for a long time. Learn also to make out time for retreat and personal communion with God. If Jesus, with all His work-load could do it, you can also do it. Let this passage today influence your life decisions.
Prayer: Help me heavenly Father to do the right thing at the right time.
The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 11 July 2019 – Victory Assured
TOPIC: Victory Assured
READ: Psalms 30:1-12 King James Version (KJV)
1 (A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.) I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
7 LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.
9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Problems have expiry dates. One strong point of our text today is that trials are temporary and can never bring defeat if we remain faithful to God. Yes, you might be standing on the edge of your confusion and it looks as if you are about to fall because of the problems you are facing. Now, the word of God is coming to you saying; Weeping might endure for a night but joy comes in the morning (verse 5). In Psalm 126:5, it is written; Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. The concluding part of this Psalm describes the transformation God’s intervention brought about; You turned my wailing into dancing, you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy (verses 11-12).
Your miracle is on your way. Don’t concentrate on your problems. Look beyond where you are, see with the eye of faith, and trust God for even the impossible. God will answer your prayers and grant you what is written in verse 11. It is expected of you to follow the example of the Psalmist in verse 12. Your victory or success is secured in God.
Prayer Point: In faith, thank God in advance for answering your prayers.
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
In most cases, students fail examinations not necessarily because they do not read but because they fail to follow the examiner’s simple instructions. God knows our challenges. He knows we need to pay house rents, school fees, and meet other obligations. Yet, He instructed us not to worry. The best way to get peace and rest of mind in life is to obey God’s word. In 1 Peter 5:7, God instructed us to cast our cares upon Him for He cares for us. All these assurances are good enough to remove pressure of life from us. Worry and anxiety are signs of faithlessness. The simple truth remains that more than 90% per cent of what we worry and fear about do not come true. Most of them are solved in time; some even solve themselves. God is faithful. He will surely make a way where there is no way if you trust Him. Your family will not starve, and hope for the education of your children will be fulfilled. Believe in His assurances.
Encourage yourself. God is in control. Good things lie ahead of you. Don’t kill yourself before your appointed time. If you do, life will still go on. Now that you have heard God say you should not worry, carry all those burdens and cast them upon Him. Work, pray and trust God. Very soon, the cloud will clear and you will rejoice.
Prayer: All to You oh my Lord, I surrender all my burdens.
5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.
8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
A step by step study of today’s text will reveal vital secrets of success. In verse 4, the Psalmist asked God to show him His ways. In Psalm 103:7, the Bible says that God made known His ways to Moses, and His acts to the children of Israel. Regrettably, most of us are more interested in asking God to endorse our will than asking Him to teach us His ways. Some even think that God’s ways are anti-social and so need not to be sought for. In verse 9, the Psalmist pointed out that God guides the humble in justice and teaches him His ways. Those who fear Him, He shows them His covenant (verse 14).
Are you humble? Do you fear the Lord? You need to have these basic requirements to access the benefits that are associated with them. The Psalmist in verse 21 desired to be preserved by integrity and uprightness as he waited for the Lord. Pause and rate your life in terms of integrity and uprightness.
Life is a choice. Your choice makes the difference. Take decisions that can give you good results. God knows the best for you and you can attain fulfillment when you follow God’s instructions. Kindly tune down the world’s volume so that you can hear God clearly. You are secured when you are under His leading.
The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 4 July 2019 – Do The Right Thing
TOPIC: Do The Right Thing
READ: Psalms 24:1-10 King James Version (KJV)
1 The earth is the Lord ’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord ? Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord , And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah
7 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah
One of the greatest mistakes a caretaker in a house can make is to take the trust given to him by the landlord for granted. A caretaker can be changed and his privileges withdrawn but the ownership of the house will always remain with the Landlord.
Our text is a great reminder to us of who is in-charge of the earth. The earth and the world belong to the Lord. All the riches, possessions and material things are God’s own. We should not lose sight of this reality. The money we have, the cars, the houses and other material things are held in trust for God.
Even the life we live is not ours. In Luke 12:16-21, a rich man was described as a fool because he made wealth and forgot God who owns his life and all his wealth. There is no room for argument with the Creator. The way we use what God has given to us must be pleasing to Him.
Do not betray trust. Our homes, cars and money are to be used for the service of God. Avoid the temptation of thinking that you are self-made because of your life experiences. Without the grace of God, you can do nothing. So begin to think on how to put your possession into God’s work.
PRAYER: Merciful God, give me the grace to follow.
The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 1 July 2019 – Cheer Up
TOPIC: Cheer Up
READ: Psalm 22:1-31 King James Version (KJV)
1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.
29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.
One basic lesson of life is that nobody is immune to problems. Even a lion has to fight off flies. But the joy in any life challenges is that no matter how dark the night is, it must surely break into day. Our text today offers us a deep insight into our Christian faith. The Psalmist in his suffering appeals to God for deliverance. Faith does not prevent sufferings. Even Jesus went through suffering. As we follow Him, we may likely experience the same. The good news however is that God is near to help us. We need to beware of fair weather Christians that are selling the idea of a Christian faith without suffering. Suffering is not always a sign of someone’s sin or a sign that God has abandoned a person.
Cheer up: Weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). You are in safe hands. God cares. He is working His purpose out for your life. Be patient. The husbandman waits until he reaps his harvest. Out of that challenge, you will give special testimony. Do not be discouraged.
Prayer Point: Present your needs before God and tell Him exactly how you feel.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
An introduction to Vine/Branch relationship was made in the Devotion of 23rd June, 2019. The summary of the relationship is stated in verse 5: I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without Me, you can do nothing. Verse 6 describes the danger of not abiding as follows:
(1) The person is thrown out like a branch, indicating loss of fellowship
(2) The person withers and dies, indicating a loss of spiritual vitality
(3) The person is burned, indicating a loss of reward
According to verse 7, the mutuality (of abiding) is the basis of answered prayer by the Father. When a prayer is miraculously answered, more people are drawn to Christ (Acts 3:11).
The text explains the heart of Christianity. You are saved by the grace of God that resulted from His love for you. You remain in God’s love by loving Him and the brethren (1 John 4: 19 -21). Fullness of Joy comes from knowing that you please God in obedience to His commandments concerning love, the first fruit of the Spirit. Your love for God is measured by your love for the brethren and God’s work. What is your love-life like?
Prayer: Pray for a heart deeply in love with Jesus and the brethren.
The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 28 June 2019 – Thanksgiving for Deliverance
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TOPIC: Thanksgiving for Deliverance
READ: Psalms 21:1-11 King James Version (KJV)
1 The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
5 His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.
6 For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
7 For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.
9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
10 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.
11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.
David faced many foes before his throne as a King was finally established. Yesterday’s text was David’s request that he, with his people, be delivered from an imminent attack. God gave the victory and today’s psalm is thanksgiving for that victory. David gave thanks for past and anticipated blessings from God (verses 2, 3). For anticipated blessings, the King’s request is that his enemies, those who hate him, be found out, consumed, and burned with fire (verses 8-9) and their offspring destroyed from among the children of men (verse 10). This fiery prayer of David is premised on his belief that any enemy of his and his people, is God’s enemy, because God has chosen them (David and his people) as His own.
David is a good example of a man who rejoices in the Lord in and outside trouble times. He is so confident that God will always hear him when he prays. He understands his divine relationship with God and believes that whoever troubles him is troubling God and will receive commensurate judgment from God Himself. What is your relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ like? Is He your first port of call in time of trouble, confident that He will deliver you or is He a stand-by in case other sources fail? Those who trust in the Lord, are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever (Psalm 125:1).
PRAYER: Lord build in me the king David’s confidence to trust in You in my every life situation.