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PALM SUNDAY
THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF OUR LORD




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

APRIL 5,  2020


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Sub-Theme:
The Humanity of Christ (6)
Topic:
HIS PASSION AND AGONY
Text: Matthew 27:27-49
Aims
To acquaint us with our Lord’s passion and agony for man’s sake
Introduction
Today, being Palm Sunday, we focus attention on the passion and agony of Christ. The historical record and the reality of Jesus’ passion from Gethsemane to the Cross where He was crucified remain concrete fact that He actually suffered in the flesh. His suffering was never taken over by any celestial being but by Himself. A careful study of the agony and passion of Christ will help us appreciate His humanity the more.
Study Guide
1. What do these two words – “Passion” and “Agony” mean to you?
2. Discuss the passion and agony of Christ from the following passages: Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 15:16-25, Mark 15:33-37; Luke 22:39-44
3. How did Jesus handle His agony and passion, and how can we similarly handle ours when we experience them? Luke 23:33-34; Heb. 12:2
Conclusion:
Jesus endured the Cross; bore the pains and agony in order to save mankind. He died for sins He did not commit. Let us not crucify Him a second time by living wayward and offensive lives. Moreover, Christ submitted fully to the will of God in His passion and agony through prayerful dependence, and the result was a resounding victory on the cross. We must learn from this example in our hour of trial to guarantee our victory as well.
Food for Thought:
Total submission guarantees absolute victory in the hour of trial
Memory Verse:
Luke 22:44 “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground”.







DAILY DEVOTIONAL

APRIL 4,  2020


πŸ”ŽTOPIC: WATCH OUT!
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πŸ“–TEXT: MARK 13:1-13(NKJV)
1. Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings [are here!"]
2. And Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not [one] stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
3. Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately,
4. "Tell us, when will these things be? And what [will be] the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?"
5. And Jesus, answering them, began to say: "Take heed that no one deceives you.
6. "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am [He,'] and will deceive many.
7. "But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for [such things] must happen, but the end [is] not yet.
8. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These [are] the beginnings of sorrows.
9. "But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.
10. "And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.
11. "But when they arrest [you] and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
12. "Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father [his] child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
13. "And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The disciples admired the temple’s magnificence and drew Jesus’ attention to its beauty; Jesus used the occasion to teach them about the future destruction of the same temple, warningthem not to be deceived. The temple was the pride of the Jews, and so they were alarmed when Jesus talked about its destruction. Thedisciples raised two questions namely, when would the temple be destroyed and what would be the signs?Jesus did not give any direct answer to those questions but rather told His disciples to watch out against deception.
Today,many false prophets and teachers predict dates, times and seasons when Jesus would come backbut Jesus only listed the signs of his coming such as:Spiritual deception by false messiahs, wars and wide scale violence in the world, earthquakes, famines and other natural disasters, persecution by civil and religious authorities, world evangelization, and family divisions and intense animosity against the Christian faith.
As revealed by historical events, from the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in AD 70 till now, it is clear that the end is very imminent. We are therefore admonished to stand firm in the faith, despite all challenges; for only those who endure to the end shall be saved.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Pray for believers undergoing severe trials









DAILY DEVOTIONAL

APRIL 3,  2020


TOPIC: GUILTY OF BLOOD
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πŸ“–TEXT: MATTHEW 23:29-38(NKJV)
29. "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30. "and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'
31. "Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
32. "Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' [guilt.]
33. "Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
34. "Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: [some] of them you will kill and crucify, and [some] of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,
35. "that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
36. "Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
37. " O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under [her] wings, but you were not willing!
38. "See! Your house is left to you desolate;
πŸ“ƒ STUDY
The Scribes and Pharisees pretended to honour the Prophets of old who stood for righteousness and preached against the sins of Israel. These religious leaders honoured the martyred prophets by decorating their tombs; unfortunately they possessed the same spirit and character as those who had murdered the Prophets of God. They reverenced Abraham, Moses and Jeremiah but rejected the prophets who were living. They even rejected God’s Son, Jesus, who is the greatest Prophet. They schemed to murder Jesus and actually killed him, proving that they were sons of those who murdered the prophets (vs 27 and 34). By this they made themselves hypocrites and guilty of blood as their forefathers.
Many religious leaders and followers today are guilty of the same sin. They appear to worship God by all forms of religious ceremonies. They condemn past and present sins in the government, family and the society at large,but are guilty of the same hypocritical lifestyles:Immorality, idolatry, murder, embezzlement, etc. This brings the guilt of those sins of blood of the forefathers to the present generation. We should demonstrate total repentance and separation from the sins of our forefathers who did not know God.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord deliver me from hypocritical lifestyles.





DAILY DEVOTIONAL

APRIL 2,  2020


TOPIC: WICKED TENANTS

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πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 20:9-19(NKJV)
9. Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time.
10. "Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent [him] away empty-handed.
11. "Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated [him] shamefully, and sent [him] away empty-handed.
12. "And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast [him] out.
13. "Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect [him] when they see him.'
14. "But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'
15. "So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed [him.] Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16. "He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others." And when they heard [it] they said, "Certainly not!"
17. Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone'?
18. "Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
19. And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people -- for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Jesus here gives a parable of his relationship with Israel. He– God, planted a vineyard (synonymous with Israel or the world). This means that God who created man did so for a specific purpose. God is looking for fruit in all creation or His business ventures (Jn. 15:16). Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down (Matt 3:9).It was very unfortunate that the tenants who the ‘big man’ hired to look after his vineyard were wicked and dangerous: Instead of producing fruits for the landlord, they planned and killed his son, so that they could take over the vineyard. This was what the Jews and the world did to Jesus, the Son of God.
Many in the church today are like these wicked tenants. The Lord rented to us:Health, wisdom, education, finances, jobs, children, etc.,and sentus His servants such as Priests, Pastors, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists, etc.,to ask for fruits of greater devotion to Godand godly character(Gal. 5:22-23); support for God’s work through tithes, offerings, etc).However, we resist Him in and hoard his blessings for selfish reasons.
But we must remember that the ownerfinally dispossessed and killed the wicked tenants (v.16)and likewise, God will require an account from each person and reward us according to our deeds at the end (1 Pet. 4:5).
πŸ™ PRAYER: Dear Lord, make me a profitable and not a wicked tenant.




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

APRIL 1,  2020



TOPIC: COSTLY EXCUSES
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πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 14:15-24(NKJV)
15. Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, "Blessed [is] he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!"
16. Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many,
17. "and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.'
18. "But they all with one [accord] began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.'
19. "And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.'
20. "Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'
21. "So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here [the] poor and [the] maimed and [the] lame and [the] blind.'
22. "And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.'
23. "Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled.
24. 'For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.' "
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
A Divine invitation for a great banquet has been freely given by the great King – the Lord God Almighty. It is a free invitation, but many are giving flimsy excuses why they should not honour this invitation. In our text, there were three major excuses:
(i) Business: The man had bought a piece of land and needed to take care of itbut it is very costly to allow business or any other life engagement to become a barrier to our relationship with God. Jesus said “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul”(Matt. 16:26). Our business, profession, and other affairs must not be allowed to consume our life, such that we become deaf to God’s invitation. God must be the centre of our life, the one around whom everything else revolves.
(ii) The second excuse is that he was too wrapped in new purchases and wanted to try them out – purchase of houses, cars, computers, phones, etc.
(iii) The third excuse is marriage and family life. Issues and problems arising from marriage and family life have kept many away from God. This should not be so.
Watch out for excuses that keep you away from God.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Oh Lord, help me overcome all excuses that hinder my service to you.
πŸ”ŠπŸ”ŠπŸ”ŠπŸ”ŠπŸ”Š
*SOLEMN DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING*
The LORD be with you.

His Grace, the Primate of All Nigeria and the Bishop of Abuja has directed that tomorrow Wednesday April 1, 2020 be observed as a special *Solemn Day of Prayer and Fasting* . The Primate encourages everyone to seek the face of God through prayer and fasting that God will deliver us from COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the Primate noted that prayers should be offered in these prayer hours: *12:00 noon; 3:00pm and 6:00pm.*








DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 31,  2020


TOPIC: PAUL’S MINISTRY TO THE CHURCH
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πŸ“–TEXT: COLOSSIANS 1:25-29(NKJV)
25. of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
26. the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
27. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
29. To this [end] I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
πŸ“ƒ STUDY
Paul willingly accepts the obligation to proclaim Christ and to suffer for Him.He became a minister to preach the gospel to every creature according to the stewardship from God to fulfil the word of God. Paul views himself as a divinely chosen administrator whose work was to make the word of God fully known. The mystery which refers to God’s unfolding plan for the world and for redemption through the Messiah (4:3; Eph. 1:9) was hidden for ages and revealed by God. A mystery is a spiritual truth which was once hidden, but is now revealed and which without special revelation, would have remained unknown (Romans 16:25-26).
At the heart of the mystery is the amazing result of the New Covenant which is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (v.27). God himself in the person of Christ will be directly and personally present in the lives of His people. His presence will assure them of a future life with Him when He returns. Paul’s responsibility was to make the word of God fully known.We also are to share the gospel. We need to labour, struggle and toil to make other believers grow and mature in Christ. Are you involved?
πŸ™ PRAYER: Oh God, make me an instrument of Yours to proclaim, preach and teach the gospel to others so that they may grow unto full stature in Christ. Amen!










DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 30,  2020


TOPIC: RECONCILIATION TO GOD

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πŸ“–TEXT: Colossians 1:21-24 (NKJV)
21. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
22. in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight --
23. if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
24. I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,
STUDY: Reconciliation is the process by which God and people are brought together again. The purpose of Christ death on the cross was to reconcile those who were once alienated and enemies in their mind by wicked works (v.21), presenting them holy and blameless and above reproach in His sight (v.22). This can only take place if they continue in faith, grounded and steadfast, not moved away from the hope of the gospel that they heard which was preached to every creature under heaven (v.23). God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (2Cor. 5:18-19). Through the sacrifice of Christ, people’s sins are atoned for and God’s wrath is appeased, thus changing the relationship of hostility and alienation into that of peace and fellowship.
Paul presents a strong contrast between the Colossian’s pre-Christian status- alienated, hostile, doing evil deeds; and their situation now as Christians- holy and blameless. This is the same language the Old Testament uses to describe the unblemished animals that priests brought for a sacrifice. Paul believed that not only the Colossian believers will continue in the faith but all those who have heard the gospel both Jews and Gentiles. What is lacking in the afflictions of Christ does not mean there is any deficiency in Christ’s atoning death and suffering on the cross (Heb. 9:12, 24-26) but the future suffering that Paul and other Christians will experience for the sake of the gospel (Phil. 2:30).
πŸ™ PRAYER: Dear Lord, make me an instrument of reconciling people to you.




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 29,  2020


TOPIC: REDEMPTION THROUGH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST

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πŸ“–TEXT: Hebrews 9:11-14 (NKJV)
11. But Christ came [as] High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14. how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Christ came as a High Priest appointed by the direct call of God and ministered within the true sanctuary, the eternal house of God not made with hands. He entered the most holy place with his own blood once and for all, thereby securing an eternal redemption for us. Christ’s sacrifice of His sinless self is the one perfect sacrifice that does not need to be repeated, (Heb. 7:27-28) which brought eternal redemption from sin for us (Tit. 2:14). If the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and ashes of heifer, sanctified the flesh in the Old Testament, how much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse our conscience from dead works (deeds that cannot save due to human sinfulness) to serve the living God (vs. 13-14).
Jesus was both the High Priest and the sacrifice itself (Heb. 9:25-26). The Old Testament sacrifice had to be without blemish, Jesus is holy, innocent and unstained (Heb. 7:26). Christ’s sacrifice cleanses the innermost being which the Mosaic sacrifice could not do. The New Covenant high priesthood of Jesus provides a single superior sacrifice in a superior heavenly tabernacle. It brings complete forgiveness of sins, eternal salvation and direct access to God. Christ saves His people from sin and death and saves them for fellowship with God.
Song:Oh the blood of Jesus (3ce)
It washes white as snow
There’s cleansing in the blood of Jesus
There’s healing in the blood of Jesus
There’s power in the blood of Jesus
It washes white as snow
πŸ™ PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for your sacrifice of Yourself on the cross, cleanse me from sin and give me the power to make me white as snow.





DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 28,  2020



TOPIC: THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST
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πŸ“–TEXT: COLOSSIANS 1:13-20 (NKJV)
13. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed [us] into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14. in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
15. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
18. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19. For it pleased [the Father that] in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20. and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Paul, continuing his prayers for the Colossian Church, praises the Lordship of Christ over creation and redemption and analyses the works of Christ, explaining that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God (v.15a). “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb. 1:3a,ESV). The phrase ‘first born over all creation’does not mean Christ was created, ratherHe existed eternally with the Father and the Holy Ghost and created all things for Himself, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers(v.16). Many Colossians greatly feared evil spirits and called on angels for help and protection (Col. 2:18).As a result of this, Paul reminded them of Christ’s supremacy in dealing with demonic powers (Col. 2:15).
Just as God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt (Exo. 14:30), He has now delivered us from Satan and the powers of evil (Acts 26:18) and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, having redeemed us through His blood and forgiven our sins. Christ continually sustains His creation, preventing it from disintegrating. (v.17) Hebrews 1:3 (ESV) says “…and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” He is the head of the body, the Church, who is the beginning, the first born from the dead that in all things He may have the pre-eminence. Jesus not only bears God’s glory, but all that God is also dwells in Him. Jesus is God. The basis of Christ’s reign of peace is the blood of His Cross.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Help me Oh God to fully understand what You have done for me on the Cross and appropriate it in my life. Amen.





DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 27  2020

✝πŸ”ŽTOPIC: STRENGTHENING THE SAINTS

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✝πŸ“–TEXT: COLOSSIANS 1:1-12 (NKJV)

1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2. To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ [who are] in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4. since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
5. because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
6. which has come to you, as [it has] also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as [it is] also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
7. as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
8. who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
9. For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10. that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing [Him,] being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11. strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12. giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

✝πŸ“ƒSTUDY

The Book of Colossians is an epistle of Apostle Paul and Timothy to the saints and faithful brethren at Colosse. According to the Dictionary, a Saint is one who is sanctified or made holy; a person who is consecrated and separated unto God’s service, free from blemish. Paul used the same word in Ephesians 1:1 and Philippians 1:1. He called the Christians, Saints. If in the Congregation there were some who were not saints, the letter would spur such to aspire to become one. Some qualities of the saints were mentioned:(a) Their faith in Christ Jesus; (b) Their love for other saints; (c) Their hope in Christ; (d) Their fruit in Christ. The Apostle

Paul on hearing about them responded by: (i) Giving thanks to God on their behalf (ii) Writing letter of encouragement (iii) Praying for them unceasingly that they might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (iv) That they might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing (v) That they might be fruitful in every good work (vi) And increasing in the knowledge of God (vii) That they might be strengthened with all might according to his glorious power unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness
(viii) Giving thanks unto the Father who has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints on high.


✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Make me a saint dear Lord and make me holy and perfect.






DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 26  2020

TOPIC: A DISCIPLE
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πŸ“–TEXT: ACTS 16:1-5(NKJV)
1. Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, [the] son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father [was] Greek.
2. He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium.
3. Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took [him] and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek.
4. And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.
5. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Timothy was a well-known disciple who was brought up in the Christian faith by his mother, Eunice and grandmother, Lois, both Jewish believers (2 Tim. 1:5).However, his father was Greek. He was well reported of by the brethren at Lystra and Iconium. Paul took him on his journey and both of them went around establishing the Churches in the faith and sharing with them the letter, from the Apostles as their number increased.
Who is a disciple? The term ‘disciple’ originally meant a pupil (of a teacher) or an apprentice (to a master craftsman). Originally, a disciple was someone who literally knew Jesus in the flesh and followed him. However, after Jesus was taken up into heaven, anyone who was committed to Jesus was called a disciple. A disciple of Jesus is someone who believes in Jesus, seeks to follow Him daily by studying God’s word (the Bible), listening to others teach from it and putting it into action by seeking to live the way Christ wants us to live. Many people believe they have become disciples of Jesus when He has forgiven their sins.But this is just the starting point in following Jesus. A disciple of Jesus enters a life-long learning process to live the same life as Jesus lived. The life of Jesus is a perfect expression of God’s will. “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40).Are you a disciple of Jesus?
πŸ™ PRAYER: Dear Father, make me a faithful disciple.





 





DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 25,  2020.



THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

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πŸ“–TEXT: MATTHEW 1:18-25 (NKJV)
18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
19. Then Joseph her husband, being a just [man,] and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.
20. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
21. "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
22. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23. "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
24. Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,
25. and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
According to the Dictionary, Annunciation is the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to Mary that she would give birth to a Son named Jesus. In Christianity, the Annunciation is celebrated on 25th March yearly. Before the engaged Mary got married, she was found to be with child of the Holy Ghost and Joseph wanted to end the relationship secretly. The Angel of God was sent to announce to him that the child in Mary’s womb was of the Holy Ghost and told him to name the child Jesus -for He would save His people from their sins. The birth of our Lord Jesus had been prophesied by Isaiah the prophet in the Old Testament and today’s passage is the fulfillment, “therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel” which is translated “God with us” (Isa. 7:14). About 700 years after thisprophecy, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was born into the house of David in fulfilment of the prophecy. Did you know that every Jewish girl from the time that prophecy about the Messiah was given prayed and wished that she would be the favouredone?So the Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ to Mary was not entirely a surprise, but the manner of the birth was (Luke 1:34).
Unfortunately, some people venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary and forget the Lord Our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Mary was just an instrument to fulfil God’s desire to save mankind. Let us instead celebrate the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah of the world.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Thank you Father for loving us so much that you sent Your Son Jesus to save us from our sins.




 





DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 24,  2020.




TOPIC: SUFFERING FOR PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL
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πŸ“–TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 1:8-18(NKJV)
8. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,
9. who has saved us and called [us] with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
10. but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, [who] has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
11. to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
12. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
13. Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
14. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
15. This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
16. The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain;
17. but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found [me.]
18. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day -- and you know very well how many ways he ministered [to me] at Ephesus.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Paul was encouraging Timothy his son not to be ashamed of witnessing for Christ nor of him, Paul, ‘a prisoner for Christ’s sake.’ He urged him to be ready to suffer for the same Gospel(v.8). Paul informed Timothy that he (Paul) was appointed as an Apostle and Teacher to proclaim the Good News and was suffering for this reason. He said he was not afraid because he was sure the Lord would guard what He had entrusted to him till the end. He urged Timothy to hold firmly to the ‘sound words’ and keep to the good things entrusted to him through the power of the Holy Spirit(vs. 12-14).
Witnessing for Christ is not an easy task. We witness both with our mouth and lifeand this is the main task Christ requires from us. Many that hear the Gospel do not believe it;some hate those that preach the word of God to them. This has brought suffering and even death to many proclaimers of the Word. Like Paul urged Timothy, preachers must be ready to suffer for the Gospel. Jesus urged us not to worry about what to say when we are dragged before people who antagonise us for preaching the Gospel. If such a case arises, let us hold fast and not slack our zeal. Jesus will never abandon those who proclaim His name to the world, no matter what happens (Matt. 28:20).

πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord Jesus,please strengthen Your children proclaiming Your word throughout the world, especially missionaries




 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 23,  2020.


TOPIC: WORTHY FAMILY HERITAGE

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πŸ“–TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 1:1-7(NKJV)
1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2. To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, [and] peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as [my] forefathers [did,] as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,
4. greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy,
5. when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.
6. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Paul was a mentor to Timothy and a host of others whom he brought up in the Lord. The way he addressed Timothy as a beloved son, (v.2), true son(1 Tim. 1:2), my son(2 Tim. 2:1), showed a very deep affection that existed between a father and a son, though Paul was not his biological father. Paul was very proud of Timothy as his spiritual son. He poured his entire being into Timothy in order to replicate himselfand Timothy never disappointed Paul’s confidence. Paul commended the genuine faith deposited into Timothy and which was transmitted from his mother through the grandmother. This is a challenge to present day families.
Psalm 78:1-6 talks about fathers teaching their children the commandments of the Lord which they will also teach their own children. This is the greatest heritage a father or mother can transfer to their children. Wealth is good but can be squandered after a parent dies but sound training of children with the word of God outlives everything. Proverbs 22:6 enjoins parents to train up their children the way they should go so that when they grow they will not depart from it. This was seen in the life of Timothy. What legacy are you leaving for your children?
πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord Jesus, may I set a good example for my children to emulate




 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 22,  2020.


BIBLE STUDY EPISODE 12 ON ACNN TV
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Sub-Theme:
The Humanity of Christ (4)
Topic:
HIS HUMAN NATURE -1: HUNGER
Text: Mark 11:12-14, Mark 11:20-24
Aims
To show that Jesus lived as a normal human being in His incarnate state
Introduction
In His incarnation, Jesus Christ experienced all that every human being did (Heb. 4:15). Today’s text states very clearly that “when they came from Bethany, He was hungry” (Mark 11:12.) Again, our Lord was also desperately hungry of doing the will of His Father (John 4:31-35). His being hungry, just like all of us do, is a further proof that He was truly like every human being during His incarnation.
Study Guide
1. How the reaction of Jesus to hunger in Mark 11:12-14 prove to us His humanity? Read again Mark 11:12-14, Mark 11:20-24
2. Why do you think Jesus cursed the fig tree; and what spiritual message do you think He was conveying by doing so? Matt 3:10; Matt 7:18-19; John 15:1-5.
3. Discuss the human nature of Christ in His hunger to do the will of God in John 4:31-38, and implications for us who are His followers today. See also Matt.5:6
Conclusion
Christ was hungry to show that He was a real human being while on earth. However, it must be noted that He did not allow His hunger to overshadow the hunger for God’s will in His life and mission on earth.
Food for Thought
To be hungry is real human nature and is not sinful.
Memory Verse
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”.






 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 21,  2020.


TOPIC: ASSURANCE OF GOD
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 6:33-40(NKJV)
33. Then all the Midianites and Amalekites, the people of the East, gathered together; and they crossed over and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel.
34. But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon; then he blew the trumpet, and the Abiezrites gathered behind him.
35. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, who also gathered behind him. He also sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
36. So Gideon said to God, "If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said --
37. "look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and [it is] dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said."
38. And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water.
39. Then Gideon said to God, "Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew."
40. And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The people of old normally make assurance doubly sure, to ensure God’s guidance unto them before venturing into the unknown. Gideon had to use a fleece of wool to confirm whether God would save Israel by His hand(vs. 36-39). This was done twice – one for the fleece to be wet while the ground was dry and another for the fleece to be dry and the ground wet. On both occasions, God proved Himself and reassured His servant of victory. With the Spirit of God possessing him, Gideon mobilised an army that would help him to prosecute the war.
These days, many seem to depend more on themselves and their experiences than on God. Many people no longer want to prove God and His power. We must remember that we are meant to ask, seek, and knock to receive positive answers(Matt. 7:7-8). Whatever challenge you may face, please involve God in it. We can even get assurance from God like Gideon that He will not forsake us or leave us. We may not need any fleece of wool to prove God. The ever trusted word of God and the Spirit of God are always there to guide us. Will you employ them today?
πŸ™ PRAYER: Bigger than all my problems, bigger than everything. God is bigger than every mountain I see and cannot see. (Repeatedly)







 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 20,  2020.


TOPIC: THROWING DOWN EVIL ALTARS
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 6:25-32(NKJV)
25. Now it came to pass the same night that the LORD said to him, "Take your father's young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that [is] beside it;
26. "and build an altar to the LORD your God on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down."
27. So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the LORD had said to him. But because he feared his father's household and the men of the city too much to do [it] by day, he did [it] by night.
28. And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, there was the altar of Baal, torn down; and the wooden image that [was] beside it was cut down, and the second bull was being offered on the altar [which had been] built.
29. So they said to one another, "Who has done this thing?" And when they had inquired and asked, they said, "Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing."
30. Then the men of the city said to Joash, "Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that [was] beside it."
31. But Joash said to all who stood against him, "Would you plead for Baal? Would you save him? Let the one who would plead for him be put to death by morning! If he [is] a god, let him plead for himself, because his altar has been torn down!"
32. Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, "Let Baal plead against him, because he has torn down his altar."
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Gideon came from an idolatrous family until he decided to be different. God instructed him to throw down the altar of Baal being worshipped by his father’s house and the entire community; Gideon destroyed them and built an altar for God Almighty. When the community reacted and asked for Gideon to be punished, his father answered wisely by declaring that “If he (Baal) is a god, let him plead for himself, because his altar has been torn down!” (v.31)
For you to serve God fully you must do away with those strange gods around youand these may include those ones that can be put into the pocket, amulets, talisman and some religious objects turned into gods. What is your altar like? Wasit set up by your ancestors or your father? Why not correct the wrong and follow the true God. Your father’s wrong decisions and principles could be detrimental to you and your family. What important lessons can you learn from verses 25-26, 30-31? Most times shrines, evil altars and groves have no power to fight for themselves but fight through those who institute them.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord, give me the courage to say no to evil altars of my fathers and to discontinue with their fetish practices.



 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 19,  2020

(St. Joseph of Nazareth)
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: THE MAN JOSEPH
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πŸ“–TEXT: MATTHEW 1:18-25(NKJV)
18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
19. Then Joseph her husband, being a just [man,] and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.
20. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
21. "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
22. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23. "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
24. Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,
25. and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Joseph was engaged to Maryand that engagement was carried out in purity and holiness. Though they were planning for marriage, they were not living or sleeping together. You can imagine the embarrassment of Joseph seeing Mary already pregnant when he never slept with her. Joseph was described as a just man(v.19);he thought of ways to put Mary away discreetly without causing shame to her. Mary was also a virgin up to that moment(v.23). In the midst of the embarrassment, Joseph was still thoughtful. He is really a good example to men.
The trend today is that even before there is a mention of marriage proposal or after it, the two partners will start living or sleeping together almost immediately. Even where the marriage matures, the bride comes to the altar with pregnancy and still coversher face with a veil (sign of ‘purity’). Some of these partnershipsmay collapse on the way and bring shame, especially to the lady. Thank God that He intervened and saved Joseph the embarrassment. Again, Joseph showed his maturity by not sleeping with Mary even while she was carrying the pregnancy(v.25). We thank God the controversy did not overshadow the birth of the Saviour of the world- God manifested His power that a virgin could get pregnant without sexual relationship with a man.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord may You help me to emulate the maturity of Joseph in handling thorny marital issues and family issues.




 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 18,  2020


TOPIC: THE LORD IS WITH YOU IN ALL SITUATIONS
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 6:11-24(NKJV)
11. Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which [was] in Ophrah, which [belonged] to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide [it] from the Midianites.
12. And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, "The LORD [is] with you, you mighty man of valor!"
13. Gideon said to Him, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where [are] all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, 'Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites."
14. Then the LORD turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?"
15. So he said to Him, "O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan [is] the weakest in Manasseh, and I [am] the least in my father's house."
16. And the LORD said to him, "Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man."
17. Then he said to Him, "If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me.
18. "Do not depart from here, I pray, until I come to You and bring out my offering and set [it] before You." And He said, "I will wait until you come back."
19. So Gideon went in and prepared a young goat, and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot; and he brought [them] out to Him under the terebinth tree and presented [them.]
20. The Angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay [them] on this rock, and pour out the broth." And he did so.
21. Then the Angel of the LORD put out the end of the staff that [was] in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
22. Now Gideon perceived that He [was] the Angel of the LORD. So Gideon said, "Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face."
23. Then the LORD said to him, "Peace [be] with you; do not fear, you shall not die."
24. So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD-[Is-Peace.] To this day it [is] still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
In continuation to our reading yesterday, God answered to the cry of the people of Israel by sending an Angel to Gideon to encourage him to launch an onslaught on Midian. The Angel met him trying to hide some wheat away from the plunderers. He assured him God was with the peoplebut Gideon doubted the Lord being with them because of their experience(v.13). We can sense very deep depression in the answer of Gideon to the Angel. However, the Angel addressed Gideon as a mighty man of valour; Gideon was surprised at such promotion because he never felt qualified for such title. Was he not acting out of fear and hiding grain?
God never calls the qualified. He qualifies those He calls. Never look down on your abilities.
All these came upon the people of Israel because of their sin. Our nation has also annoyed God so much that we pass through similar situations today. Animals are now left on purpose in many places to destroy crops, with threats to life if challenged! Women are raped in their farms and farmers are scared away from their farmlands. Do not panic. God will send help through a modern Gideon. It may take time but it must surely come. Don’t lose hope. The Israelites suffered it for seven years before help came. Ours may not last that long!

πŸ™ PRAYER: Almighty Father, may You forgive us and send a Gideon today to rescue us from modern day Midianites.







 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 17,  2020


TOPIC: DON’T REMAIN MUTE, CRY UNTO GOD!

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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 6:1-10(NKJV)
1. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years,
2. and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the children of Israel made for themselves the dens, the caves, and the strongholds which [are] in the mountains.
3. So it was, whenever Israel had sown, Midianites would come up; also Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them.
4. Then they would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey.
5. For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, coming in as numerous as locusts; both they and their camels were without number; and they would enter the land to destroy it.
6. So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.
7. And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried out to the LORD because of the Midianites,
8. that the LORD sent a prophet to the children of Israel, who said to them, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'I brought you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondage;
9. 'and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land.
10. 'Also I said to you, "I [am] the LORD your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell." But you have not obeyed My voice.' "
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
In this passage, the children of Israel sinned against Godand He delivered them into the hands of their enemies to torment them. They plundered them by taking away their crops while destroying those not taken. They thus impoverished them. This was an advanced terrorism. Fear was everywhere. This same scenario obtains in most countries of the world today, including Nigeria. The people of Israel cried unto God because of the Midianites and God,through a prophet,gave them the reason for their bondage – disobedience.
Evil in the land can provoke God’s anger on such land(Read Judges 2:11). When we are not in good relationship with God, we know. God may reveal such to us through His Word, through the ministration of the Holy Spirit and/or through His servants. When we are not in good terms with the Lord, we may forfeit our benefits as His children. Our privileges may also be tampered with. No matter your state now, God is expecting you to cry out unto Him for help. Don’t keep quiet, cry out. Confess your sins, no matter what they are and repent of them(1 John 1:8-10). God is ever ready to come to your rescue. Just call on Him today.
πŸ™ PRAYER: I cry out for help O Lord.I know You are able to save all those who trust in You





 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 16,  2020


TOPIC: HAND OVER YOUR CHALLENGE TO GOD
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 5:19-31 (NKJV)
19. "The kings came [and] fought, Then the kings of Canaan fought In Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo; They took no spoils of silver.
20. They fought from the heavens; The stars from their courses fought against Sisera.
21. The torrent of Kishon swept them away, That ancient torrent, the torrent of Kishon. O my soul, march on in strength!
22. Then the horses' hooves pounded, The galloping, galloping of his steeds.
23. 'Curse Meroz,' said the angel of the LORD, 'Curse its inhabitants bitterly, Because they did not come to the help of the LORD, To the help of the LORD against the mighty.'
24. "Most blessed among women is Jael, The wife of Heber the Kenite; Blessed is she among women in tents.
25. He asked for water, she gave milk; She brought out cream in a lordly bowl.
26. She stretched her hand to the tent peg, Her right hand to the workmen's hammer; She pounded Sisera, she pierced his head, She split and struck through his temple.
27. At her feet he sank, he fell, he lay still; At her feet he sank, he fell; Where he sank, there he fell dead.
28. "The mother of Sisera looked through the window, And cried out through the lattice, 'Why is his chariot [so] long in coming? Why tarries the clatter of his chariots?'
29. Her wisest ladies answered her, Yes, she answered herself,
30. 'Are they not finding and dividing the spoil: To every man a girl [or] two; For Sisera, plunder of dyed garments, Plunder of garments embroidered and dyed, Two pieces of dyed embroidery for the neck of the looter?'
31. "Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD! But [let] those who love Him [be] like the sun When it comes out in full strength." So the land had rest for forty years.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Today’s reading is a continuation of the song of praise to God by Deborah and Barak for the victory God gave to them over Sisera and his people. God used Jael, a woman, to disgrace Sisera(vs. 24-27)- he died a disgraceful death. God also mustered the elements of creation into the battle of His people- “They fought from heaven, the stars in their courses fought against Sisera” (v.20). The mother of Sisera lamented over her son, Sisera,in the same way he usually made other mothers to lament over their own children(vs. 28-30). Canaan was just a sample of the nations that ganged up against the nation of Israel(v.19). They all fell as they came.
God is still the same, yesterday, today and forever. He is also unpredictable in the defence of His children- He can adopt any method to do His will. As we serve Him all our lives, He knows how to fight our battles.
When we face threats, challenges and other life intricacies, we only need to involve God into it. What challenge are you facing today? Does it look as if it is overwhelming you that you can do nothing? Why not hand it over to God today! The same God that saved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fire and Daniel from lions will surely give you an unusual victory and put songs of praise in your mouth.

πŸ™ PRAYER: : Lord, I hand over my battles to you; I have no strength over these numerous enemies.








 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 15,  2020


TOPIC: WALKING IN CHRIST’S COMMANDMENTS
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πŸ“–TEXT: 2 JOHN 1-13(NKJV)
1. THE ELDER, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth,
2. because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:
3. Grace, mercy, [and] peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4. I rejoiced greatly that I have found [some] of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.
5. And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.
6. This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
7. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ [as] coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but [that] we may receive a full reward.
9. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
10. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;
11. for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
12. Having many things to write to you, I did not wish [to do so] with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13. The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
This letter written by an Elder of the Church, John,to the elect lady and her children is centred on walking in Christ’s commandments.He rejoiced greatly that he found some of them walking in truth as commandment received from the Father(v.4). He urged them to love one another, reminding them that it was not a new commandment. “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments”(v.6a). He warned them also to beware of deceivers who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. He called such people antichrist (v.7).
Christ summarized all the commandments of God into two – loving God with all one’s heart, soul and mind and loving one’s neighbor as one loves himself(Matt. 22:37-40).
Christ also added in John 13:34, “…That you love one another as I have loved you…”When one loves God, he will live only to please God in all areas of his life. When you love your neighbour as yourself, you will never think of committing any evil against him. As John pointed out, love to one another is not a new commandment.
The problem is:Are we walking in these commandments?In 1 John 4:20-21,we are reminded that we can love God whom we do not see through loving our fellow men whom we see. We can conveniently walk in the commandments of Christ by first surrendering our lives to Him. Christ’s commandments are not burdensome(1 John 5:3b). That is, they can be kept. Ask for the grace of Christ.
πŸ™ PRAYER: My dear Lord, help me to walk in Your commandments which arehinged on love






 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 14,  2020

TOPIC: IT WILL END IN PRAISE ….IF YOU OBEY
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 5:1-18(NKJV)
1. Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying:
2. "When leaders lead in Israel, When the people willingly offer themselves, Bless the LORD!
3. "Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, [even] I, will sing to the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.
4. "LORD, when You went out from Seir, When You marched from the field of Edom, The earth trembled and the heavens poured, The clouds also poured water;
5. The mountains gushed before the LORD, This Sinai, before the LORD God of Israel.
6. "In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, In the days of Jael, The highways were deserted, And the travelers walked along the byways.
7. Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Arose a mother in Israel.
8. They chose new gods; Then [there was] war in the gates; Not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.
9. My heart [is] with the rulers of Israel Who offered themselves willingly with the people. Bless the LORD!
10. "Speak, you who ride on white donkeys, Who sit in judges' attire, And who walk along the road.
11. Far from the noise of the archers, among the watering places, There they shall recount the righteous acts of the LORD, The righteous acts [for] His villagers in Israel; Then the people of the LORD shall go down to the gates.
12. "Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, sing a song! Arise, Barak, and lead your captives away, O son of Abinoam!
13. "Then the survivors came down, the people against the nobles; The LORD came down for me against the mighty.
14. From Ephraim [were] those whose roots were in Amalek. After you, Benjamin, with your peoples, From Machir rulers came down, And from Zebulun those who bear the recruiter's staff.
15. And the princes of Issachar [were] with Deborah; As Issachar, so [was] Barak Sent into the valley under his command; Among the divisions of Reuben [There were] great resolves of heart.
16. Why did you sit among the sheepfolds, To hear the pipings for the flocks? The divisions of Reuben have great searchings of heart.
17. Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan, And why did Dan remain on ships? Asher continued at the seashore, And stayed by his inlets.
18. Zebulun [is] a people [who] jeopardized their lives to the point of death, Naphtali also, on the heights of the battlefield.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
In Judges 4:6b & 14a, Deborah gave the Word of the Lord, Barak obeyed (4:10 & 14b) and victory was won. When the victory and deliverance was finally won and secured by the Israelites, Deborah and Barak burst forth into a song, ascribing the praise and glory to God.
They remembered their past troubles and also God’s past good deeds to them and called the delivered people to join them in praising God (vs. 6-11). Although Deborah reprimanded the tribes of Israel that did not share in fighting the battle, she did not forget to commend those who actively participated (vs. 12-18).
Obedience to God’s word/instructions (1 Sam. 15:22) will bring victory, joy and spontaneous praise.
When praise flows from a deeply grateful and joyful heart, not only is God moved to inhabit the praise, the event remains more deeply entrenched in our hearts. Whenever we are victorious or successful, we should not delay in returning all the thanks, praise and glory to God. Remember Psalm 103!
πŸ™ PRAYER: Dear Father, receive every glory, honour and praise for everything You have done for me, inJesus’ Name. Amen
πŸ€”FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “Obedience is better than sacrifice…” and whatever we have achieved – the will, power, determination, success, victory, etc., all come from God (1 Cor. 4:7).







 




DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 13,  2020
TOPIC: AND IT CAME TO PASS
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 4:17-24(NKJV)
17. However, Sisera had fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; for [there was] peace between Jabin king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
18. And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, "Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me; do not fear." And when he had turned aside with her into the tent, she covered him with a blanket.
19. Then he said to her, "Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty." So she opened a jug of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him.
20. And he said to her, "Stand at the door of the tent, and if any man comes and inquires of you, and says, 'Is there any man here?' you shall say, 'No.' "
21. Then Jael, Heber's wife, took a tent peg and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went down into the ground; for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
22. And then, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said to him, "Come, I will show you the man whom you seek." And when he went into her [tent,] there lay Sisera, dead with the peg in his temple.
23. So on that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan in the presence of the children of Israel.
24. And the hand of the children of Israel grew stronger and stronger against Jabin king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Barak moved at the Word of the Lord (v.4)and this activated God’s promise to rout Sisera and his entire army (vs. 14-16). When Sisera saw that it was not “business as usual” with the Israelites (v.17), he fled to save his life but ended up dying in the very place he thought safe….for THUS SAID THE LORD (vs. 9b, 18-21).
Meanwhile, Barak, who hadn’t yet realised the battle was over (since Sisera was already dead) continued to pursue him until Jael not only brought the news to him, but also showed him where the enemy lay dead in her tent…. thus the Word of the Lord came to pass (vs. 23-24). Barak would have been the one carrying the great news of Sisera’s death firsthand if he had accepted God’s assignment to him without excuse (cf. v.8).
What has the Lord told you through His servant or His WORD to do, concerning that situation that troubles you even now? Do you wholeheartedly believe it? Remember Numbers 23:19! Halfhearted belief can divert God’s promises/glory for you, to another. Believe and take action…the victory and the glory shall be yours firsthand.
πŸ€”FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If God has said ‘IT’, then He will do ‘IT’ for He watches over His Word to perform it (Jer. 1:12). Just do your part.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Dear Father, in my moment of confusion, help my ‘unbelief’ in Jesus’ Name. Amen.






 




MARCH 12,  2020


TOPIC: GOD’S SERVANT IN NATION-BUILDING

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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 4:1-16(NKJV)

1. When Ehud was dead, the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD.
2. So the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army [was] Sisera, who dwelt in Harosheth Hagoyim.
3. And the children of Israel cried out to the LORD; for Jabin had nine hundred chariots of iron, and for twenty years he harshly oppressed the children of Israel.
4. Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time.
5. And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.
6. Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, "Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, 'Go and deploy [troops] at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun;
7. 'and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand'?"
8. And Barak said to her, "If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!"
9. So she said, "I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman." Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.
10. And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; he went up with ten thousand men under his command, and Deborah went up with him.
11. Now Heber the Kenite, of the children of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, had separated himself from the Kenites and pitched his tent near the terebinth tree at Zaanaim, which [is] beside Kedesh.
12. And they reported to Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor.
13. So Sisera gathered together all his chariots, nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people who [were] with him, from Harosheth Hagoyim to the River Kishon.
14. Then Deborah said to Barak, "Up! For this [is] the day in which the LORD has delivered Sisera into your hand. Has not the LORD gone out before you?" So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him.
15. And the LORD routed Sisera and all [his] chariots and all [his] army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from [his] chariot and fled away on foot.
16. But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth Hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left.

πŸ“ƒSTUDY

The Israelites were like horses or mules without understanding and thus they needed to be harnessed with bit and bridle (Ps. 32:9). For 20 years, in our text, God allowed this ‘harnessing’ before the Israelites came to their senses and cried out to God for help (vs. 1-3). God still answered. God, through His servant, Deborah - a Prophetess, (one in whom was the ‘Word from God’), called up a deliverer – Barak. She gave him the Word from the LORD concerning the nation, Israel. Barak believed, though half-heartedly (vs. 4a, 6-8). This resulted in the ‘glory of winning the battle’ being transferred to a woman (v.9).
As a redeemed child of God, you are God’s servant (Rev. 1:6; 1 Pet. 2:9; Ex. 19:6) and your mouth should preserve knowledge.

Whatever office you occupy according to your calling (1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:7), and wherever you may be sent (Ezek. 3:4-6 - government, church, school, market-place, etc.), the Word of God concerning issues, should be in and clear to you.

Through that you can instruct, direct or re-direct people (cf. vs. 6, 14), or deliver them from sin (Ezek. 3:17; 33:7); whether they will hear and believe or not.

πŸ€”FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Am I functioning as God’s servant in my ‘work’ place to build my nation?

πŸ™ PRAYER: LORD helpme to realise who I am in You and what to do with what You have given me to help deliver Your people, in Jesus’ Name





 




MARCH 11,  2020


TOPIC: “AGAIN…EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF GOD!”
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 3:12-31(NKJV)
12. And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD strengthened Eglon king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.
13. Then he gathered to himself the people of Ammon and Amalek, went and defeated Israel, and took possession of the City of Palms.
14. So the children of Israel served Eglon king of Moab eighteen years.
15. But when the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for them: Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. By him the children of Israel sent tribute to Eglon king of Moab.
16. Now Ehud made himself a dagger (it was double-edged and a cubit in length) and fastened it under his clothes on his right thigh.
17. So he brought the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. (Now Eglon [was] a very fat man.)
18. And when he had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who had carried the tribute.
19. But he himself turned back from the stone images that [were] at Gilgal, and said, "I have a secret message for you, O king." He said, "Keep silence!" And all who attended him went out from him.
20. And Ehud came to him (now he was sitting upstairs in his cool private chamber). Then Ehud said, "I have a message from God for you." So he arose from [his] seat.
21. Then Ehud reached with his left hand, took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly.
22. Even the hilt went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the dagger out of his belly; and his entrails came out.
23. Then Ehud went out through the porch and shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
24. When he had gone out, Eglon's servants came to look, and [to their] surprise, the doors of the upper room were locked. So they said, "He is probably attending to his needs in the cool chamber."
25. So they waited till they were embarrassed, and still he had not opened the doors of the upper room. Therefore they took the key and opened [them.] And there was their master, fallen dead on the floor.
26. But Ehud had escaped while they delayed, and passed beyond the stone images and escaped to Seirah.
27. And it happened, when he arrived, that he blew the trumpet in the mountains of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mountains; and he led them.
28. Then he said to them, "Follow [me,] for the LORD has delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand." So they went down after him, seized the fords of the Jordan leading to Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross over.
29. And at that time they killed about ten thousand men of Moab, all stout men of valor; not a man escaped.
30. So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years.
31. After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed six hundred men of the Philistines with an ox goad; and he also delivered Israel.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The word “AGAIN” (v.12) tells us that an act is a ‘repeat performance.” This ‘repeat performance’ of the Israelites followed after the death of a leader whom God raised for their deliverance, and was in direct disobedience to His commands (Judges 2:19a). The “evil in the sight of the LORD” was their going back to living their lives the way they wanted - following after, serving, obeying and bowing down to other gods (Judges 2:19b), while neglecting their Maker and Deliverer (cf. Ex. 20:3). Their evil actions thus provoked God to fight against them by raising a heathen king and nation that tortured them for 18 years (vs. 12b-14). But, when they cried out to the LORD, He raised a deliverer, whom He gave the wisdom and strategy to deliver them. Thus, peace reigned again (vs. 15-31).
It is true that God will answer when you call Him in your troubles (Ps.50:15), but GOD HATES IDOLATORY in all its forms. Do you keep going back to doing evil in God’s sight after He has rescued and delivered you? Desist from such to avoid attracting punishment (Duet. 28:47-50).
πŸ€”FOOD FOR THOUGHT: ROMANS 6:1-2
πŸ™PRAYER:
Help me dear Father, to learn to love You wholeheartedly and not take Your Mercy for granted, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.





 




MARCH 10,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

TOPIC: FORGETTING THE LORD
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πŸ“–TEXT: Judges 3:7-11(NKJV)
7. So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs.
8. Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the children of Israel served Cushan-Rishathaim eight years.
9. When the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
10. The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the LORD delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.
11. So the land had rest for forty years. Then Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The memory of the people of Israel seemed very shallow- once they came out of their travail, they easily forgot the Lord their God and served other gods. In our reading, the people annoyed the Lord and He sold them to the king of Mesopotamia whom they served for eight years. They cried to God and He sent them Othniel, Caleb’s brother, who served as Judge and deliverer. During his tenure, the land had rest for forty years before he died.
Forgetting God and His acts brings torment. When things are normal for us, many of us do not have space for God. It is only when we are in a tight corner- which most times we may have caused for ourselves- that we remember that God exists! Many treat God like a spare tyre which is not remembered unless the main tyre deflates. Thank God that His mercy is everlasting. When we get frustrated and cry out to Him like the Prodigal son, He comes to our rescue. He can raise people like Othniel as instruments He can use to rescue us. God can also use you as someone’s Othniel. Can you make yourself available as God’s instrument today?
πŸ™PRAYER: :Dear Lord, may You help me not to forget You and may Your mercy.Rescue me from every pit I am in today.




 




MARCH 9,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

πŸ”ŽTOPIC: TEACHING US TO WAR
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 3:1-6(NKJV)
1. Now these [are] the nations which the LORD left, that He might test Israel by them, [that is,] all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan
2. ([this was] only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it),
3. [namely,] five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwelt in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entrance of Hamath.
4. And they were [left, that He might] test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commandments of the LORD, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
5. Thus the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
6. And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons; and they served their gods.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The Lord left some nations around and among the Israelites in order to teach the new generation who never knew war to learn how to fight. Another reason was to test their obedience to His commands one of which was to avoid inter-marriage. Unfortunately, thepeople were already engaged in such marriages(v.6). God had already promised them the land of Canaan and their environments but they had to fight to possess it and with God on their side, victory was always assured.
Life is full of war situations- we face battles of life on a daily basis. Jesus stated in Mark 3:27 that ‘no man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.’ We must fight spiritual battles to obtain whatever we need. Each one needs training and preparation to be able to overcome. Many persons get consumed in the cross-fire, reason being that they had not been trained for war. Those who are experienced should train and guide the inexperienced. Nothing of worth comes easy. We must first start the fight on our kneesand while we fight,we need to follow God’s instructions and commandments. Are you shying away from war or are you afraid of war? Look up to the Lord – the Man of War today(Exo. 15:3).

πŸ™ PRAYER: Oh Lord, may You teach your people to war so that victory will be assured.





 




MARCH 8,  2020



DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

(Lent 2)
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: WHAT MANNER OF LOVE

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πŸ“–TEXT: 1 JOHN 3:1-10(NKJV)
1. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
2. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
3. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
4. Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
5. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
6. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
7. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
8. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
9. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
10. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor [is] he who does not love his brother.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY:
The world that He gave His Only Begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life(John 3:16). Verse 1 of our text captures this in another way, “…what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” To be called a child of God is the highest honour one can ever get in life. It is a very great privilege and should not be toyed with(John 1:12).
Lent reminds us of the sacrifice of Christ to redeem man from his sinful habits. God so loved
The devil is never happy with anyone who understands this love of God and accepts it. He ensures that such a person derails, by enticing him to sin. The writer declares that he who sins is of the devil and the person must have neglected the love of God. The Son of God was manifested to destroy the works of the devil(v.8). Beloved, the decision is yours; to accept the love that God offers through His Son- Jesus Christ - or to follow the deceit of the devil and be doomed. Moses told the Israelites to choose life (Jesus) and be saved than choose death (the devil)(Deut. 30:19).
SONG: What manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us (2x), that we should be called the sons of God (2x).
πŸ™ PRAYER: Thank you so much dear Lord, for this unquantifiable love You have bestowed upon me.





 




MARCH 7,  2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: SPIRITUAL CYCLE
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 2:11-23(NKJV)
11. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals;
12. and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from [among] the gods of the people who [were] all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger.
13. They forsook the LORD and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.
14. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
15. Wherever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for calamity, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn to them. And they were greatly distressed.
16. Nevertheless, the LORD raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those who plundered them.
17. Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the LORD; they did not do so.
18. And when the LORD raised up judges for them, the LORD was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them.
19. And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they reverted and behaved more corruptly than their fathers, by following other gods, to serve them and bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way.
20. Then the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and He said, "Because this nation has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and has not heeded My voice,
21. "I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died,
22. "so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the LORD, to walk in them as their fathers kept [them,] or not."
23. Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out immediately; nor did He deliver them into the hand of Joshua.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Our reading yesterday indicated that the people served the Lord during the lifetime of Joshua and the elders who outlived him. However, when Joshua and the leaders died, there was a complete U-turn - the next generation forsook the Lord. We see from today’s reading what followed. The spiritual life of the people now depended more on their leaders than on God. When they sinned, God handed them over to their enemies to deal with them. When they cried to the Lord, the Lord would send a Judge who would serve as a deliverer. While the Judge was alive, all the people would be ‘born again!’ Once the Judge died, everyone would go back to their normal ways of following the gods of the nations until the same cycle was repeated.
Many people just maintain a routine spiritual life. Nothing seems to excite or move them spiritually now. Someeven personal become judges to check how qualified those that are to teach them the word of God are!Their spiritual life now moves in cycles with no particular direction. There is no real spiritual growth. Is that where you are now? May you cry to God today to come to your rescue! The Spirit of God is always available to renew your spiritual life. Invite Him today.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord Jesus, may You hear my heart-cry and revive me again!







 




MARCH 6,  2020


TOPIC: GENERATIONAL GAP
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 2:6-10(NKJV)
6. And when Joshua had dismissed the people, the children of Israel went each to his own inheritance to possess the land.
7. So the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD which He had done for Israel.
8. Now Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died [when he was] one hundred and ten years old.
9. And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at Timnath Heres, in the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash.
10. When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
A sad commentary ended the glorious era of Joshua’s leadership of the people of Israel. When Joshua’s generation ended, it was recorded that another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord or the work which He had done for Israel(v.10). The people were said to have served the Lord all the days of Joshua and of the elders who outlived Joshua. What must have happened that the next generation could not continue from where these leaders stopped?
Every successful leader must be able to replicate himself, or he would be seen to have failed in his leadership. While we are at the height of our leadership, we must apply the principle in 2 Timothy 2:2 to raise those that will take over from us. Joshua was ministering to Moses while he was leading Israel. It was very easy for God to appoint Joshua to continue with the assignment to Moses. Why did Joshua not have someone around him that could understudy him? This created a big vacuum in leadership. The same applies to us today. Who are we training to take over from us? We cannot occupy our current position forever! The earlier we started, the better for us so that there will be no generational gap. Reflect on Psalm 78:1-6.
πŸ™ PRAYER: May you help me dear Lord in my leadership that I may raise another generation after me when I have left the stage.







 




MARCH 5,  2020


TOPIC: DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD’S COMMAND
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πŸ“–TEXT: Judges 2:1-5(NKJV)
1. Then the Angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said: "I led you up from Egypt and brought you to the land of which I swore to your fathers; and I said, 'I will never break My covenant with you.
2. 'And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.' But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this?
3. "Therefore I also said, 'I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be [thorns] in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.' "
4. So it was, when the Angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voices and wept.
5. Then they called the name of that place Bochim; and they sacrificed there to the LORD.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
As we saw in yesterday’s devotion, God gave an express instruction and command to the Israelites in verse 2: “And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.” They did not heed to the voice of God and He was not pleased. They decided to cut corners and use their own wisdom to operate. God took a hard-line against them. In verse 3, He said: “…I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.” Thank God they found the solution to their problem. They cried to the Lord(v.4).
James 2:10 says “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” How many of God’s commands have you disobeyed? It is not by your own efforts that you can keep the commandments of God. It is through the power got by accepting Jesus as Lord and personal Saviour and becoming a child of God(John 1:12). God does not take kindly to disobedience of any kind –“small or great!” He told Saul that rebellion is as the sin of witch-craft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry (1 Sam. 15:23). We must be careful.

πŸ™ PRAYER: May You empower me,Oh Lord to dedicate my life to obeying your commands all the days of my life.








 




MARCH 4,  2020


TOPIC: UNCOMPLETED AND UNFINISHED BUSINESS
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 1:27-36(NKJV)
27. However, Manasseh did not drive out [the inhabitants of] Beth Shean and its villages, or Taanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, or the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, or the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages; for the Canaanites were determined to dwell in that land.
28. And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites under tribute, but did not completely drive them out.
29. Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; so the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
30. Nor did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron or the inhabitants of Nahalol; so the Canaanites dwelt among them, and were put under tribute.
31. Nor did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Acco or the inhabitants of Sidon, or of Ahlab, Achzib, Helbah, Aphik, or Rehob.
32. So the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; for they did not drive them out.
33. Nor did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh or the inhabitants of Beth Anath; but they dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land. Nevertheless the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath were put under tribute to them.
34. And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountains, for they would not allow them to come down to the valley;
35. and the Amorites were determined to dwell in Mount Heres, in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim; yet when the strength of the house of Joseph became greater, they were put under tribute.
36. Now the boundary of the Amorites [was] from the Ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela, and upward.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
We see from these readings the inability of the tribes to completely defeat the inhabitants of the lands within their allocated territories. God’s clear instruction was for them to completely root out these nations and not to form any alliance with them. Many tribes decided to put them to tribute instead of looking for ways of overcoming them. In our reading two days ago, Judah showed that combined effort achieves much. Other tribes seemednot to have copied that blueprint,neither did they ask God how to tackle the issue. These nations later became thorns in their flesh(Judges 2:3).
When God gives us an assignment,He expects us to thoroughly handle it and bring it to conclusion. Many of us have many unfinished businesses both physically and spiritually. Many of us enthusiastically have started many projects which have remained abandoned or uncompleted till today. Jesus stated in Luke 14:28-32 that before embarking on any project, we should first calculate what it will cost to complete it. God never abandons projects. Even our lives are work in progress;we need not cut corners or compromise. We have to go to God in prayer and ask for the way forward.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Oh my Father, may You help me to tackle all unfinished businesses in my life and may my efforts never become fruitless ones




 




MARCH 3,  2020


TOPIC: TAKING UP THE CHALLENGE
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πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 1:11-26(NKJV)
11. From there they went against the inhabitants of Debir. (The name of Debir [was] formerly Kirjath Sepher.)
12. Then Caleb said, "Whoever attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give my daughter Achsah as wife."
13. And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah as wife.
14. Now it happened, when she came [to him,] that she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she dismounted from [her] donkey, and Caleb said to her, "What do you wish?"
15. So she said to him, "Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water." And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.
16. Now the children of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up from the City of Palms with the children of Judah into the Wilderness of Judah, which [lies] in the South [near] Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.
17. And Judah went with his brother Simeon, and they attacked the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. So the name of the city was called Hormah.
18. Also Judah took Gaza with its territory, Ashkelon with its territory, and Ekron with its territory.
19. So the LORD was with Judah. And they drove out the mountaineers, but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the lowland, because they had chariots of iron.
20. And they gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses had said. Then he expelled from there the three sons of Anak.
21. But the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who inhabited Jerusalem; so the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.
22. And the house of Joseph also went up against Bethel, and the LORD [was] with them.
23. So the house of Joseph sent men to spy out Bethel. (The name of the city [was] formerly Luz.)
24. And when the spies saw a man coming out of the city, they said to him, "Please show us the entrance to the city, and we will show you mercy."
25. So he showed them the entrance to the city, and they struck the city with the edge of the sword; but they let the man and all his family go.
26. And the man went to the land of the Hittites, built a city, and called its name Luz, which [is] its name to this day.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Caleb threw a challenge that goes with a reward to whoever that would attack KirjathSepher and take it. The person would take his daughter Achsah as wife. Of all the young men around, it was only Othniel, his younger brother that accepted the challenge.
Many other young men around may have shied away because of the task involved. They may have desired Caleb’s daughter as wife but could have been afraid to face the task at hand. The English have a saying that you cannot make an omelette without breaking an egg.
Life is full of challenges. We either face them headlong or shy away from them. Someone must carry out the task. If we run away, nothing will be done or achieved in life, especially for Christ.Many places are unreached for Christ; God is still asking; “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” (Isa. 6:8). Many people are in the mission field struggling to reach souls for Christ but the statement of the Lord that the harvest is plenty but the labourers are few still stareus all in the face(Luke 10:2). Who will take up the challenge today and enlist in the army of Christ. May we all align with Paul that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us(Phil. 4:13).

πŸ™PRAYER: My Lord, may you move me to take up the challenge of conquering territories for you through reaching souls






 




MARCH 2,  2020

TOPIC: THE POWER OF UNITY

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✝πŸ“–TEXT: JUDGES 1:1-10(NKJV)

1. Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, "Who shall be first to go up for us against the Canaanites to fight against them?"
2. And the LORD said, "Judah shall go up. Indeed I have delivered the land into his hand."
3. So Judah said to Simeon his brother, "Come up with me to my allotted territory, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I will likewise go with you to your allotted territory." And Simeon went with him.
4. Then Judah went up, and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand; and they killed ten thousand men at Bezek.
5. And they found Adoni-Bezek in Bezek, and fought against him; and they defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
6. Then Adoni-Bezek fled, and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes.
7. And Adoni-Bezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to gather [scraps] under my table; as I have done, so God has repaid me." Then they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
8. Now the children of Judah fought against Jerusalem and took it; they struck it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire.
9. And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites who dwelt in the mountains, in the South, and in the lowland.
10. Then Judah went against the Canaanites who dwelt in Hebron. (Now the name of Hebron [was] formerly Kirjath Arba.) And they killed Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai.

✝πŸ“ƒSTUDY

The tribe of Judah invited their brethren - the tribe of Simeon - to join them to wage war against some of the Canaanite nations around their inheritance. Together, they made swift raids that gave them resounding victories. Mighty kings like Adoni-Bezek were subdued and made to pay for their past sins(v.7). Judah knew that they could achieve little fighting alone. “How could one chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had surrendered them?” (Deut. 32:30). Nehemiah received the vision of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. He did the survey and the preliminary work alone but he had to involve people for the actual execution. That got the project completed in 52 days(Neh. 6:15).

Many of us do not achieve much, either for God or for ourselves, because we love to do it alone. Out of selfishness and out of the desire to take the glory alone, many of us struggle with our vision. The vision may have come to you alone but you may need to share it to achieve more. Working alone delays projects. The Tower of Babel progressed fast because of unity that even God observed(Gen. 11:6). Do you wish to do great things for God this year and beyond, look for credible partners?


✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Oh Lord, may you help me to identify credible partners to work with as to achieve greater things for you







 




MARCH 1,  2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS
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πŸ“–TEXT: JAMES 1:2-19(NKJV)
2. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3. knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4. But let patience have [its] perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
5. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
6. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
7. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
8. [he is] a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9. Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation,
10. but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away.
11. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
12. Blessed [is] the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
13. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
14. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
15. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
16. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
18. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
19. So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
πŸ™STUDY
The testing or trial of our faith is quite different from temptation. Testing is like examination and involves God trying to know what one will do in the face of challenges of life. God is usually involved in testing. Temptation is being enticed by what we love or desire. It comes from the devil. God does not tempt us(vs. 13-14). When we come out of trial unharmed, we receive a very great reward. Being tempted is not sin but yielding to it, is. When we yield to temptation, we end up in disaster(v.15). Abraham went through testing when he was asked to offer Isaac his son(Gen. 22:1-2). He passed the test and was commended and promoted. Samson was tempted by the devil through Delilah. He yielded to the temptation and ended up being blind and finally committing suicide(Judges 16:20-21, 30). Both testing and temptation help our faith to grow or cause disaster to our faith.
What are you going through presently – testing or temptation? How are you handling it? God is interested and is watching how you will come out of it. Will you allow your experience end you up in victory or disaster? We have this assurance from God in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that He will not allow any temptation to overcome us but will make a way of escape for us. Hand over what you are passing through now to God and allow Him to be in charge.

πŸ™ PRAYER: My times are in your hands O Lord; do not allow me to derail from you.




 




FEBRUARY 29,  2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: CARRIED BY ANGELS
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πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 16:19-31(NKJV)
19. " There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.
20. "But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,
21. "desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22. "So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
23. "And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24. "Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'
25. "But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.
26. 'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'
27. "Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house,
28. 'for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'
29. "Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
30. "And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
31. "But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' "
πŸ™STUDY
There are two popular opinions about the end and means of a matter. Some believe that the means justifies the end while for many, the end justifies the means. For the believer, the former stands. The story of the rich man on earth ended with “died and was buried” while that of Lazarus ended with “died and was carried by the angels.” In life, the rich man enjoyed affluence but ended up with an eternity full of anguish while Lazarus, having been a destitute in pain, received an unending joy and comfort in the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man’s problem wasn’t his wealth but his means, “negligence of God’s precepts.” He missed the means which is “hearing and adhering to the word of God.” Hence, instead of being carried by angels, he was buried into an everlasting torment.
There is no doubt that Lazarus, being a beggar, must have suffered. The fact that he was carried by angels shows that he got his means right and thus ended well. Abraham’s fatherly recommendation is that here on earth we have Moses and the prophets and should hear them. Take heed to this fatherly advice because there is no repentance in the grave.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Father, please grant me the grace to hear and to keep Thy precepts in Jesus Name. Amen













 




FEBRUARY 28,  2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: CHRIST COMMENDS CROOKEDNESS?
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πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 16:1-13(NKJV)
1. He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
2. "So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.'
3. "Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.
4. 'I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.'
5. "So he called every one of his master's debtors to [him,] and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
6. "And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'
7. "Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'
8. "So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.
9. "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.
10. "He who [is] faithful in [what is] least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in [what is] least is unjust also in much.
11. "Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches?]
12. "And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own?
13. "No servant 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."
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
And the Lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely. For the children of this world are wiser than the children of light” (v.8).The question now is - does Christ commend crookedness? All endowments, talents and leadership positions come from or are allowed by God and hence, He is interested on how theyare managed. We are custodians of God’s gifts and endowments (v.2).
When the rich man in today’s text commended his unjust steward,it was not because he liked how the steward squandered his resources, but he commended his skill and shrewdness in making provisions for his future (v.4). Jesus used this parable to teach his followers – children of light - to be skillful and wise in using the resources He gave them to secure a place in heaven for themselves (Mt. 6:19-20). Using our resources to show love to others, secures us a place in God’s Kingdom (Mt. 25:35, 36, 40). The point this passage brought out is clear enough, which is, being generous and responsible with one’s resources. It is only then the Lord can commit more valuable spiritual things to you (vs. 10-13). Our Lord Jesus did not commend crookedness but shrewdness and wisdom. Be wise! Use your resources wisely.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord, help me to understand that by helping the needy, I’m investing in heaven. Amen




 




FEBRUARY 27,  2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: A BROTHER TO THE PRODIGAL

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πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 15:25-32(NKJV)
25. "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26. "So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
27. "And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.'
28. "But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.
29. "So he answered and said to [his] father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.
30. 'But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.'
31. "And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.
32. 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
In today’s lesson, we see the reaction of the elder brother of the prodigal son. He had been a wonderful son, serving their father faithfully without transgressing in anyway. Hearing the sound of music and dancing as he returned from where he had been toiling in the field, he became angry, to the extent that he would not go inside the house. It took the father’s loving plea to help him to understand.
As this son was angry, so were the Pharisees with Christ for receiving sinners. So, too, the eminently respectable self-righteous in the church often are,when sinners, the despised and outcast, are converted. As his father pleaded with him, God in Christ still entreats all such to join in the welcome of the repentant. He laid hold on the fact that he never transgressed, portraying a self-righteous spirit. His charges also show that while living with his father, he was far away from him in spirit. The father pleaded with him, trying to bring him to a better frame of mind, as Christ pleads with Israel. From the beginning, all the estate belonged to him, yet he was not aware of it. The father affirmed that all he had belonged to him. “And if children, then heirs -heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ …” (Romans 8:17). Are you like this envious son?
πŸ™ PRAYER: Father, teach me not to be envious, and help me to realise my place in your House. Amen.




 




FEBRUARY 26,  2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

ASH WEDNESDAY



TOPIC: NO PLACE LIKE HOME
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πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 15:11-24(NKJV)
11. Then He said: "A certain man had two sons.
12. "And the younger of them said to [his] father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls [to me.'] So he divided to them [his] livelihood.
13. "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
14. "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
15. "Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16. "And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him [anything.]
17. "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18. 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
19. "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." '
20. "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
21. "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
22. "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put [it] on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on [his] feet.
23. 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill [it,] and let us eat and be merry;
24. 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Today is Ash Wednesday, a Christian Holy day of prayer, fasting and repentance. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and marks the beginning of Lent. It takes place 46 days before Easter Sundayand is a golden opportunity for coming back of whoever has drifted from the source- Christ.
Today’s reading presents before us the popular story of the boy that left home popularly known as the “prodigal son”, a name he obtained based on the wasteful life he lived. He must have been on top of his world, swimming in the affluence of the wealthy possession that he had acquired not knowing that tough time lay ahead of him. Just as soon as he was dry and empty, came the famine. The situation was so severe that he joined himself to a stranger and would have been glad to dine with the pigs. Poor him, a wealthy man’s son reduced to the worst pauper! But the good thing is that he came back to his senses, swallowed the shame and pride and found his way home.
As he experienced famine outside home, we cannot strive where the grace of God cannot keep us. No matter how far you stray from God, you can still find your way back to HIM. Child of God, you can use this Lenten season starting today as a means of returning to the Father. As this prodigal was welcomed with love, you too will experience an unspeakable joy and love from the Father. Welcome back home.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Father, I come to you. Please help me to experience Your grace and compassion through Jesus Christ, Amen.










 




FEBRUARY 25,  2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

Shrove Tuesday

πŸ”ŽTOPIC: THE HEARTBEAT OF GOD
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πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 15:1-10(NKJV)
1. Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.
2. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them."
3. So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
4. "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
5. "And when he has found [it,] he lays [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6. "And when he comes home, he calls together [his] friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
7. "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
8. " Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds [it?]
9. "And when she has found [it,] she calls [her] friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!'
10. "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Many Christians do many things, device many things, think many things, all to show what nature of Christians they are in their relationship with God. Some believe in and run after miracles, prophesiesand signs and wonders. Others enjoy singing to cheer men and spirits as their best way to honour God. Still, many pride themselves in their “capability to expound the word of God.” They also believe that it is the best way to lift up the name of the Lord Jesus. Some have nothing to show for why they are Christians. They come to church, sit, watch, sing, give offering, dance and go home. This continues till they die. Again, many believe in holding tight to the tradition of the ancients of the church;they hold to it tenaciously until they die. Lastly, even so called ministers of the gospel roam aimlessly in their churches making incoherent and unbiblical statements, in the name of presenting the mind of God.
But the heartbeat of God is: Go into the world and make disciples of all nations. For in this, God is glorified (Matt. 28:18-20; John 15:8). How many souls have you won for God? There is joy in heaven over ONEsinner that repents.
πŸ™ PRAYER:
Shall I go to heaven empty handed?









 




FEBRUARY 24,  2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


(St. Matthias Day)
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
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TEXT: Acts 1:15-26(NKJV)

15. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
16. "Men [and] brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;
17. "for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry."
18. (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.
19. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20. "For it is written in the book of Psalms: 'Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it'; and, 'Let another take his office.'
21. "Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22. "beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection."
23. And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24. And they prayed and said, "You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen
25. "to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place."
26. And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
God made it clear in Isaiah 55:11 and Jeremiah 1:12 that His spoken words must be fulfilled. Consequently, someone would accomplish what was spoken in Psalm 69:25. How to attend such commission was conspicuously written also (Acts1:20). Judas Iscariot might have read these passages; He was one of the disciples of Jesus. He was the treasurer of the company of God’s men - a privileged position! He knew Jesus came to die for the salvation of mankind (Mark 10:32-34; 14:17-21)and Jesus told them plainly that one of them would betray Him. Nevertheless, Judas Iscariot, having heard all these warnings, allowed his heart to become darkened with sin and seared with a hot iron of the devil. He therefore died spiritually and subsequently, died horribly. He was a thief and this destroyed him (John 12:1-6). Mathias who we are celebrating today had to take his place.
Friend, you go to church and are baptised,you are a communicant and can pray; you can perform miracles, signs and wonders.However, you have refused to let go of that sin or those sins that so cling to you. It has so eaten you up that you don’t care about the warnings from God again. Repent now. Your continued claim to be born again will not save you. You must LEAVE SIN,else someone will take your position and crown. ESCAPE FOR YOUR LIFE!
πŸ™ PRAYER: :Lord, I surrender, save me and keep me. Amen.









 




FEBRUARY 23,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: ONLY ONE WAY TO GOD

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πŸ“–TEXT: COLOSSIANS 1:18-26(NKJV)
18. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19. For it pleased [the Father that] in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20. and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
22. in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight --
23. if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
24. I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,
25. of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
26. the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Different people have adopted different ways or means of getting to heaven. Such means include: personalities, names, religion, ideology, etc.
However, from our passage today, it is glaringly clear that ONLY through Christ that ANYONE can make it to God or heaven. This is because God was pleased to reveal Himself in Christ Jesus who came from heaven to earth to save us from sin. He reconciled us to God by the cruel death He went through on the cross of Calvary. By shedding His blood, new life was transmitted to as many as would receive Him as their Lord and Saviour. This sacrifice pleased God so much that He threw the door open to all who would mind to come to Him for cleansing. He makes us His children through Christ Jesus. Therefore, there is no other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Friend, turn to Jesus now;surrender your life to Him. Your good deeds, philanthropy, religion, ideas or philosophies-nothing other than repenting from your sin and embracing Jesus Christ will take you to God (read Hebrews 2:14-18, 10:14, 19-23).
πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord, I am a sinner without excuse; I come to you, save me now, Amen.





 




FEBRUARY 22,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: OVERCOMING THE DEVIL, HOW?

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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 6:10-20(NKJV)
10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places.]
13. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15. and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16. above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18. praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints --
19. and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20. for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Our passage informs us that we are in a serious battle against powerful but invisible enemies. These include “principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this age and spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Certainly, we cannot see or identify them physically,therefore, only Him who overcame them through His death on the cross can decisively crush them for us(See John 10:27-29; 1 John 5:18).Nevertheless, He expects us to be involved in this battle.Therefore, He provided for us every battle instrument for the engagement. These include:
1. Being strong in the Lord and depending solely on His power and might.
2. To put on the whole amour of God- (a) The truth: standing on truth always, in all situations and circumstances (b) Putting on the breastplate of righteousness (salvation) in Jesus (1 Cor. 1:30); (c) Always confessing Jesus to the world as the way of our salvation (preaching). (d) Stand in faith always, to be able to stand and ward off the fiery darts of the enemy. (e) Have the sword of the Spirit (God’s word) fill our spirit (Psalm 119:9,11). (f) Prayer –always praying without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). (g) Put on the helmet of salvation. Are you saved by being born again? (John 3:3, 6).
πŸ™ PRAYER: Not by might, not by power, oh Lord can I be saved. So Lord, take holdof me to overcome in Jesus name Amen.






 




FEBRUARY 21,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: CHRISTIANS SERVING ONE ANOTHER
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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 6:1-9(NKJV)
1. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise:
3. "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."
4. And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
5. Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;
6. not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
7. with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,
8. knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether [he is] a slave or free.
9. And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
As Christians, we are called to serve one another in different capacities and settings. The hallmark of genuine Christianity is service to God through serving others in the family or society. Paul in this letter stipulates how Christian services should be, both at home and in the work place. It is important to emphasise that we have our heavenly Father who is the Master of all and He will reward everyone accordingly without favouritism (vs. 8-9). Both Jesus Christ and His early disciples gave themselves to serving one another (Mk. 10:45; Acts 2:44-47). Knowing this therefore, our goal should always be to serve and treat others in a manner acceptable and pleasing to God. Then our homes and society will be filled with the beauty of Christian service.
In the home, children should be taught to obey and serve their parents in the name of the Lord; the promise of God’s promise of long life to such children must be stressed. Fathers in particular are admonished not to provoke their children to wrath (v.4). They need to depend on God on how to train and instruct their children in love; so they need to be careful not to displease their children under intense anger. Christian workers, especially those working for fellow Christians, should serve with sincerity; not with eye service, but as servants of Christ (v.6). God is faithful and will never allow our true service to go unrewarded. Christian masters are to treat their servants/workers as though they are serving the Lord, with love and sincerity. As Christians, our services should reflect the gospel we believe and proclaim.
πŸ™ PRAYER: :Lord, thank you for the privilege of serving in my family, the church and the society. May my services bring and establish souls in your kingdom, Amen!










 




FEBRUARY 20,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

πŸ”ŽTOPIC: CHRISTIAN HUSBAND AND WIFE RELATIONSHIP
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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 5:21-33(NKJV)
21. submitting to one another in the fear of God.
22. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
24. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in everything.
25. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
26. that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
27. that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
28. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
29. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord [does] the church.
30. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
31. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
32. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife [see] that she respects [her] husband.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
True Christian marriage is the one where a husband and wife seek to honour Christ as Lord in their marriage by submitting to the word of God willingly. It is a marriage where the authority and Lordship of Jesus Christ is accepted by both husband and wife. In the beginning, God instituted marriage between a man and a woman for mutual benefit and to bring glory to His name (Gen. 1:26-31, 2:15). Later, sin entered the world and corrupted all things, including the marriage relationship. But through Christ, God is restoring all things to His glory.
We should aim tohave Christian marriages and not marriage as practised in the world outside Christ. To achieve this, the word of God has provided the unfailing wisdom to guidea man and his wife.
God instructed the woman to submit to her own husband as unto the Lord (v.22). Accepting and obeying this is a proof of the wife’s love for the Lord and trust in His ability to produce a glorious godly marriage through her. So refusal to submit to a husband’s leadership is refusal to submit to Christ’s authority as Lord. God commanded theman to love his wife as Christ loves the church (v.25); even when the wife fails to submit, the husband is to still love her; doing otherwise is dishonouring the Lord.
Therefore as husband and wife honour the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit empowers them to submit to one another and a marriage honourable and pleasing to God results.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Father thank you for the gift of Christian marriage, help me to always strive to honour Jesus Christ in my marriage. Amen










 




FEBRUARY 19,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: THE CHRISTIAN AND THE EVIL DAYS
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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 5:15-20(NKJV)
15. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
16. redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord [is.]
18. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
19. speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
20. giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
A Christian is one who is saved from sin and satanic activities in the world through faith in Jesus Christ, the Lord and Saviour. As a result of this salvation and pure faith in Christ, the world hates the Christian (Jn. 17:14).
This world that hates the Christian has Satan as its master just as the Christian has Jesus Christ as his Master. It is the deception and works of Satan through men that has brought about the evil days. “Evil days” are times of progressive increase in ungodliness and unrighteousness. It manifests itself in strong opposition to the gospel of Christ, truth and justice; subtle corruption of the gospel and the church of God. These call for wisdom and godly actions on the part of the Christian.
Our reading today gives instructions of what Christians must do regarding the evil days. They include: to be careful and live wisely not as fools (v.15); to utilise every opportunity for the advantage of God’s kingdom (v.16); to seek to understand God’s will in all matters (v.17); to be sober, yield fully to the control of the Holy Spirit and worship God in spirit and truth (vs. 18-20); to giving thanks always to God for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (v.20). These are God’s prescription for the Christian to overcome the evil days, succeed in this present world and finally inherit the everlasting kingdom of God. Every Christian should accept and practise this divine wisdom.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for your provision for me to overcome the evil days; help me to commit myself to practising them in Jesus name. Amen






 




FEBRUARY 18,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: LIVE AS CHILDREN OF GOD
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πŸ“–TEXT: Ephesians 5:1-14(NKJV)
1. Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
2. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
3. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
4. neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
5. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
6. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
7. Therefore do not be partakers with them.
8. For you were once darkness, but now [you are] light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
9. (for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
10. finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
11. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them.]
12. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
13. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
14. Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
One sure evidence of salvation is living the new life of Christ. From our text today, the scripture clearly shows the expected lifestyle of believers who have been delivered from the darkness of this world into the kingdom of Light in Christ Jesus our Lord (Col. 1:13). God is Light in whom there is no darkness at all, and the fruit of that light consists of all goodness, righteousness and truth (v.9). As children of God, every Christian should produce a fragrant fruit of outstanding moral and ethical character. The Holy Spirit enables the Christian to flee from all forms of evil and purse after righteousness as seen in Jesus’ earthly life. Moreover, the love for God and the sincere desire to obey His word keeps His children from sinful works. Surely, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin …” (1 John 3:9a,NIV).
Unfortunately, these days many profess to be children of God, yet indulge in sinful practices- idolatry, fornication, adultery, cheating, stealing, lying, covetousness, drunkenness, etc. Beloved, examine yourself in light of these for Jesus said “wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. “Not everyone who says unto me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father…..” (Matt.7:20 & 21). True children of God strive to be imitators of their Father, living a life of love and purity and avoiding participating in works of darkness but rather exposing them. (vs. 1-3,11). Therefore prove your faith by the way you live.
πŸ™PRAYER: Lord please help me to live as your child and bear the fruit of the Spirit daily in Jesus name. Amen








 




FEBRUARY 17,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: NO FOOTHOLD FOR THE DEVIL

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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:25-32(NKJV)
25. Therefore, putting away lying, ["Let] each one [of you] speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
26. "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
27. nor give place to the devil.
28. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with [his] hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
29. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
32. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The Church, which is the body of Christ, should be one, holy and spotless as the bride of the coming Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Unity in holiness should be her watchword and goal.
The Church would be dysfunctional if bitterness, rage, brawling and slander, falsehood, unforgiveness, laziness, stealing, backbiting, pulling down one another and other vices, exist. The Holy Spirit of God who is with the Church, would be grieved and desert her if these things exist and persist. Then the Church would be at the mercy of the devil who always seeks opportunities to take advantage of her. Therefore, every Christian should be careful about his or her conduct  and make every effort to build up one another - tolerating, sharing with and caring for one another. Brethren, we must work hard to keep the body of Christ one and exclude every vice that the devil may hold on to trouble us.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Dear Lord, may I have the zeal for your church and keep in step with the Holy Spirit. Amen.








 




FEBRUARY 16,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: ADVICE FOR MEETING SPECIFIC NEEDS

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πŸ“–TEXT: JAMES 5:13-16(NKJV)
13. Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
14. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16. Confess [your] trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The Christian life is not always rosy;as long as we are in this world, we,as believers must face trials, temptations and tribulations. Our reading today tells us how to approach specific needs we encounter as believers:
i. Are we suffering? The Bible encourages us to pray (v.13).
ii. Are we happy and cheerful?Let us sing psalms and praises (v.13).
iii. Are sick (v.14)?We should call the elders (Ministers and other faithful believers) of the church to pray for us.
iv. These elders are to anoint such as are sick with oil in the name of the Lord. Such prayer of faith will heal the sick or save the sick if he/she is not a believer. If the sickness is as a result of sin or unconfessed sin in the life of a believer, he/she is assured of forgiveness (vs. 14-15).
v. The importance of confession of sin and prayer by mature believers is paramount (v.16). Such effective fervent prayer, God will surely answer (vs. 16-17).
πŸ™ PRAYER: Thank you O Lord,for providing us various ways of help in our difficult situations.











 




FEBRUARY 15,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: CALLED TO BE DIFFERENT
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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:17-24(NKJV)
17. This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
18. having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
19. who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20. But you have not so learned Christ,
21. if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22. that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
23. and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24. and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Becoming a Christian or having a true association with Christ entails deserting every old life of sin. Our text tells us that the thoughts of the gentiles (unbelievers) are futile, their understanding darkened and their living separated from God. They have lost all sensitivity of God and spiritual things, thereby becoming carnal in their living.
Ponder a minute: What influences your judgments?Where do you spend your time?On what do you spend your strength, money and wealth? Do you focus on material gains, vengeance, sectionalismand fleshly desires or do you meditate on fulfilling God’s purpose – mercy, loveand godliness? Now judge within yourself, are you a church goer (unbeliever)?Are you really different from the world? A Christian business man once told me of a colleague who, wanting to avoid being regarded as one of the evil men in society, decided to join a church. He happily invited him to join his church, but before he met him again, he had joined another church which people advised him would hide his evil ways. If you are called to be a Christian, put off your old self, and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Father please help me to live a life that will make me different from the world. Amen















 




FEBRUARY 14,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL



πŸ”ŽTOPIC: DON’T BE A BABY CHRISTIAN
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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:13-16(NKJV)
13. till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14. that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15. but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head -- Christ --
16. from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Our text today in verse 14 points out that as long as one doesn’t mature in the faith (our common faith) and in the knowledge of Christ,such a one will continue to be tossed around by every wind of teaching and craftiness of men. Such an unsteady person, according to James 1:7 should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Many men are out there to prey on the gullible, unsteady people with their sweet but untrue teachings, flashybut fake magical miracles, thereby enslaving them in the confines of their so called ministries. Our faith is one; our salvation is one in our one Lord and Christ. Obedience to the truth, which involves studying the scriptures, makes one experience that truth and stand firm as a member of the body of Christ. Growing in the Lord: In love, knowledge of the truth, faith, righteousness and peace, is maturity. Be mature, don’t be deceived but be beneficial to the Lord.
πŸ™ PRAYER: O Lord, help me to grow to maturity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God. Amen!












 




FEBRUARY 13,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: CHRISTIAN MATURITY

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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:1-12(NKJV)
1. I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
2. with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
3. endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4. [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
5. one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6. one God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.
7. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
8. Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."
9. (Now this, "He ascended" -- what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10. He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
11. And He Himself gave some [to be] apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12. for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
It is a fact that growth and maturity are characteristics expected of any living thing. Paul’s target as a labourer was to see Christ formed in these young believers (Gal. 4:19). Christian maturity hence can be simply described as formation of Christ in us. A mature Christian is known by the life he/she lives; a life worthy of the calling characterised by humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, unity and peace (vs. 2&3). Christian maturity is a virtue that is critically needed among the people of God in these last days if the Church must rise up to the great commission that was handed over to her. To do this, it is important that we recognise that Christianity is all about one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God (vs. 4-6).
Christian maturity brings about maturity in Christian service. Christians worldwide are called upon to understand that what makes for a mature service includes recognising the fact that we have all received the gifts we operate today. It does not therefore call for any form of pride or self-centeredness. Also we have been gifted in order to equip our fellow saints for the work of the ministry and further building up of the body of Christ. We should make this our target. That way, the church can look beyond some of the negative attitudes in her which project her as immature.
πŸ™ PRAYER: O Lord, it is my sincere desire that Christ be fully formed in me and may I in turn be a worthy vessel in Your hands to build others up through the free gifts you have given to me. Amen








 




FEBRUARY 12,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

TOPIC: BUILDING UP THE SAINTS THROUGH PRAYER
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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 3:14-21(NKJV)
14. For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15. from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16. that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
17. that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18. may be able to comprehend with all the saints what [is] the width and length and depth and height --
19. to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21. to Him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The ministry of the word and prayer was well-recognized by the early disciples as being vital tools in nurturing the newly founded Christian assembly (Acts 2:42). As evident in most of Paul’s epistles, he was genuinely interested in the establishment and building up of the saints also. Instructions through writing and sincere compassionate prayers were very prominent in his letters (Rom. 1:9; Eph. 1:16; Phil. 1:4). Prayer is a responsibility that every believer must take seriously. Jesus showed this example also in His ministry, for not only did He pray but also taught the disciples to pray. This shows the importance of prayer in building up the Church.
Do we as believers really devote time to pray for the Church? Are we burdened by the need to get young believers rooted and grounded in the love of God and love for neighbours? Several concerns have today taken over the attention of many believers to the neglect of the spiritual needs of the growing Church. Notable among these is the undue emphasis on material acquisitions of the Church. Paul’s key interests as he mentioned were strengthening their inner man, ensuring that Christ indwelt their hearts and increasing their power to understand the full dimensions of God’s love. Can we pause and consider the havoc being done to today’s Church as a result of weak Christians being raised up in these last days.
πŸ™ PRAYER: : Lord, please teach us as believers to pray for the Church.








 




FEBRUARY 11,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


TOPIC: PRISONERS FOR CHRIST
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πŸ“–TEXT: Ephesians 3:1-13(NKJV)
1. For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles --
2. if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,
3. how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,
4. by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),
5. which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
6. that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,
7. of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.
8. To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
9. and to make all see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;
10. to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly [places,]
11. according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12. in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
13. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Apostle Paul gives a concise account of his ministry in the verses of today’s passage. It is very important that we appreciate that his labelling himself a ‘prisoner’ is not in the negative sense as is usually associated with the word. Anyone who is imprisoned is often viewed as one who has committed a crime. It is rather an expression of commitment to a course or role from which he wishes not to escape, no matter what it cost him. For this, he prayed the Christians at Ephesus not to be dismayed or discouraged by his sufferings.
To discharge our ministries effectively and successfully, we need to have a good understanding (v.4) of the contents of the gospel and our specific roles in sharing it. It is very pertinent that we realise that in this ministry, we are nothing but servants and privileged carriers of the mystery of Christ. Anyone who must make his mark needs to know that executing this task requires the grace of God (v.7). Leaning on the grace of God boosts our confidence and enhances our availability. Mention is to be made of God’s special disposition towards all who are of the ‘lowly estate’ (v.8),that is, humility. Can we therefore like Apostle Paul, count ourselves as both prisoners ‘for’ and ‘of’ Christ?

πŸ™ PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I yield myself totally to you as a prisoner for the sake of the gospel. Grant me a perfect understanding of my specific role in sharing this gospel, Amen!






 




FEBRUARY 10,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
Date: 2020-02-10
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: CHRISTIAN UNITY
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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 2:16-22(NKJV)
16. and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
17. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
18. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
19. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
20. having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner[stone,]
21. in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
22. in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Today’s reading reminds us that Christ is the source of Christian unity; the Chief Cornerstone of the Holy Temple- the body of Christ. It shows us how Christ removed the barriers of sin and offences separating us from God and from one another; how He reconciled us not only to God but also to all who were hitherto our enemies. By His death on the cross, the enmity with God and His people died and we have become friends and united with God and with all people under the banner of Christ.
Shall we make void this Christian unity which Christ purchased with His precious blood? No! Shall we recreate the barriers of separation between us and God and continue to live in enmity with Him by committing secret sins? No! Shall we continue to live in unforgiveness, discrimination, acrimony and rancour with people whom Christ has enjoined us to live with in peace and unity? No! If your answers are No!, like mine, let us pray.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Almighty God, please forgive me all past sins as I forgive those who sinned against me, and grant me the grace to uphold Christian unity all the days of my life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.









 




FEBRUARY 9,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: 2020-02-09
(Septuagesima)
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: FOLLOWING CHRIST SHEEPISHLY
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πŸ“–TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-13(NKJV)
1. Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
3. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
4. For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.
5. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God.
6. Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
7. For who makes you differ [from another?] And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive [it,] why do you boast as if you had not received [it?]
8. You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us -- and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
9. For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
10. We [are] fools for Christ's sake, but you [are] wise in Christ! We [are] weak, but you [are] strong! You [are] distinguished, but we [are] dishonored!
11. To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
12. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
13. being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
I
n today’s Scripture, Paul indirectly uses his life experience to advise the Corinthians to stick to the right Christian lifestyle, to be faithful, humble, non-judgmental, and true Christians who would bless when reviled, endure when persecuted, and entreat when defamed.
This lifestyle implies following Christ sheepishly, following Him faithfully and steadfastly, doing His will without complaining or doubting, being humble like Him, allowing God to be Judge in all situations, blessing our revilers, enduring all pains and persecutions, entreating our defamers, and seemingly being “fools for Christ’s sake” (vs. 10-13). Ironically, the truly wise Christians are those who are fools, like Paul, for Christ’s sake. As we prepare for the forthcoming Lenten Season, let us consider/evaluate our lifestyles and determine to follow Christ sheepishly for the eternal gains of doing so.
πŸ™ PRAYER: LORD, please grant me the grace to follow Christ wholeheartedly, to maintain a truly Christian lifestyle like Paul a
nd make heaven at last, in Jesus’ name. Amen.








DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

FEBRUARY 8,  2020

TOPIC: CHRIST IS OUR PEACE
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πŸ“–TEXT: Ephesians 2:11-15(NKJV)
11. Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh -- who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands --
12. that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
15. having abolished in His flesh the enmity, [that is,] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man [from] the two, [thus] making peace,
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
Today, many nations, societies and families are facing various forms of conflicts, crises, discriminations, disunities, and hardships. Broken marriages, broken relationships, acrimonies, social stigmatisations, political betrayals, economic problems, spiritual/demonic attacks, psychological traumas, unfulfilled dreams, and loneliness have also stolen the peace of many minds, luring them to contemplate suicide.
But the good news (Ephesians 2:11-15) is that Jesus Christ, with His precious blood, has secured an enduring reconciliation, unity and perfect peace for all mankind who truly believe in Him. He knows the social and economic crises, the discriminations and deprivations, the disappointments and frustrations, and the pains and persecutions we are experiencing day. Even your own deep-rooted worries are bare to Him now. So, let not your heart be troubled. Just trust Jesus and believe that He has washed away your sins with His blood and reconciled you back to God; He has removed all ordinances against your destiny; He is smoothening your relationships and asking you to forgive all who offended you. He stands before you today saying, I am your peace, look onto Me.

πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I believe that You are my peace; please grant me the grace to keep looking onto You in all my situations. Amen







DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

FEBRUARY 7,  2020


πŸ”ŽTOPIC: GOD’S WORKMANSHIP 

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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 2:1-10(NKJV)
1. And you [He made alive,] who were dead in trespasses and sins,
2. in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
3. among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5. even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6. and raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in the heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus,
7. that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God,
9. not of works, lest anyone should boast.
10. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
We were saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ (v.8) and all He did for us on the cross. Works cannot save us; instead our works are the result of our salvation, not the cause of our salvation.
From our meditation today, we discovered that God is at work in the life of the believer. It is good for us to look back and appreciate God for what He has done for us in Christ Jesus. We were once dead in trespasses and sins. We were living worldly lives under the spirit of the power of the air (spirit of Satan) (vs. 1-2). This spirit is at work in the life of unbelievers and leads to eternal damnation in hell. Thanks be to God that He saved us from all these and continues to work in us by His Holy Spirit to make us more and more like His son Jesus Christ, Alleluia!
πŸ™ PRAYER: Appreciate God now for your salvation and continual work in your life. If you have not yet repented of your sins, ask God to save you and work in your life.





DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

FEBRUARY 6,  2020


TOPIC: PRAY FOR SPIRITUAL WISDOM

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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 1:15-23(NKJV)
15. Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16. do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
17. that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
18. the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19. and what [is] the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
20. which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated [Him] at His right hand in the heavenly [places,]
21. far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22. And He put all [things] under His feet, and gave Him [to be] head over all [things] to the church,
23. which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
In the past few days we have meditated on the spiritual blessings that are the believer’s in Christ Jesus.
There is a big difference between having the blessings of God and enjoying them. We move from having these blessings to enjoying them by faith. For us to appropriate these blessings and live in them, we need to pray, asking God to give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowing Christ more. The disciples continually marvelled at the overwhelmingly powerful miracles that The Lord performed (Matt.9:33; Mark 4:41, etc.). The same power is available to the believer by faith. So we need to pray for spiritual wisdom to walk in this. We learnt from our meditation today that Christ is far above principalities and powers, might and dominion, and every name that is named, in this world and even in the one to come. Christ is the head over all things and of the Church. We are even seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). How can the believer understand, appreciate, and walk in these? We need to pray for spiritual wisdom. That was the prayer of St Paul for believers
πŸ™ PRAYER: : O God, grant me spiritual wisdom! Amen






DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

FEBRUARY 5,  2020


TOPIC: SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 1:11-14(NKJV)
11. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
12. that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13. In Him you also [trusted,] after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14. who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
πŸ“ƒ STUDY
Yesterday we meditated on the spiritual blessings that are ours when we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Let usconsider another great promise we received in Christ- the Holy Spirit. When Christ was about to leave this world, He made a promise to believers that He would send the Holy Spirit to help us and be our comforter (John 16:7-9).
In our meditation today, we also see the Holy Spirit as a seal (mark, stamp) that God has made on those that receive Christ. He is a deposit (guarantee, down payment) that God has made on behalf of believers that all these spiritual blessings would surely be ours at the resurrection(v.14). Remember these blessings were bought for us by the blood of Jesus Christ to the glory of God. This is a great consolation to all believers. No matter what you are passing through, do not be discouraged. God is working out His purpose for us. It will surely be well in Christ!
πŸ™ PRAYER: Thank you Lord Jesus for great and exceeding promises you have made to us, Amen.






DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


FEBRUARY 4,  2020
TOPIC: SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

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πŸ“–TEXT: EPHESIANS 1:1-10(NKJV)
1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly [places] in Christ,
4. just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5. having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6. to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
7. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
8. which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
9. having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
10. that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth -- in Him.
πŸ“ƒ STUDY
Our reading today dealt with spiritual blessings belonging to us as a result of our redemption in Christ. To redeem is to buy back from the slave market. God bought us back from the slave market of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ who paid our price on the cross of Calvary. He also rose again from the death to seal this deal of our redemption.
Great spiritual blessings belong to whoever will believe in Christ. From our passage, these blessing include:
• Being “Saints” of God - God sees us as “The faithful in Christ Jesus”
• Grace of God abides with us - Peace from God and The Lord Jesus Christ
• God becomes “our Father” - We become “Chosen” by God
• God sees us as “holy and blameless” - We become adopted as sons and daughters of God
• We become acceptable to God - Our sins are completely forgiven
• We have access to the mystery of God’s will
In fact, every spiritual blessing in heaven becomes available to us in Christ. All these are by the grace of God. Are you in Christ?
πŸ™ PRAYER: O Lord Jesus, come into my heart and save my soul.






DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
FEBRUARY 3,  2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
Date: 2020-02-03
(The Presentation of Christ in the Temple)
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: HOLY TO THE LORD
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πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 2:22-35(NKJV)
22. Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present [Him] to the Lord
23. (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD"),
24. and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."
25. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,
28. he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29. "Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;
30. For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31. Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32. A light to [bring] revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel."
33. And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.
34. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this [Child] is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against
35. "(yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The presentation of Christ in the Temple comes 40days after Christmas. That is the interval between the birth of a male Child and his presentation as prescribed by the Law (Lev. 12:3, 4, 8; Deut. 16:16-17). This corresponds to our present day Churching of women after Child birth.
The parents of Jesus obeyed the command that every first born male belonged to the Lord and had to be redeemed (Exodus 13: 1-2; Numbers 18: 15-16). Jesus was presented in the Temple as holy to the Lord. And as we commemorate His presentation, we are requested to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service (Romans 12: 1).
When Jesus was brought to the Temple, Simeon sang the Nunc Dimittis which announced that with the coming of the Messiah, the old order is superseded. He declared that in Jesus, salvation had come (v.30; Mal 3:1-6). Jesus is the light to the Gentiles and glory to His people Israel (v.32; Isa. 49:6). He continues “Behold, this Child (Jesus) is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel…’’ (Luke 2:34). I implore you to accept Him today as LORD or you will stand before Him tomorrow as your Judge.

πŸ™ PRAYER: LORD Jesus, I present my spirit, soul and body toYou. Help me to live for you forever. Amen.







DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
FEBRUARY 2,  2020



(Epiphany 4)
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: THE CROSS: THE FOUNDATION OF SALVATION

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πŸ“–TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 1: 18 -25 (NKJV)
18. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
20. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
22. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
23. but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,
24. but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
I Corinthians 1:18‭-‬25 NKJV
πŸ“ƒ STUDY
The Jews believed that anyone who is hung on the cross/tree is under God’s curse (Deut. 21:23).In spite of Isaiah 53, they could never envisage a suffering Messiah. They sought for a sign that would prove that the Prophet or Messenger was from God. To them, a crucified Christ indicated weakness, not power. They looked for a Messiah who would restore the kingdom of David, not one who would die on the cross (v.22; Mat 16:1-4). To the Jews, this message of the cross is a stumbling block and to the Greeks, foolishness, but to those who are called (both Jews and Greeks); Christ is the power and wisdom of God (vs. 22-24).
The total debt for sin was paid on the Cross, thereby granting pardon to guilty men and at the same time, vindicating the justice of God which stands out as the wisest and most remarkable plan of all time. The cross is the foundation of the Christian message. It is the place of reconciliation. Jesus suffered and died on the Cross just to save you from eternal damnation. Come to Him in repentance now without delay before it is too late.
πŸ™PRAYER: Jesus keep me near the Cross; And help me walk with you day to day, till I reach Heaven. Amen.
HAPPY SUNDAY TO YOU!




DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
FEBRUARY 1,  2020


TOPIC: DIVISION IS SIN

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πŸ“–TEXT:
1 CORINTHIANS 1:10-17(NKJV)
10. Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you, but [that] you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's [household,] that there are contentions among you.
12. Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ."
13. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14. I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15. lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.
16. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.
17. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The Corinthian Church was endowed with many Spiritual gifts (vs. 5-7), but it was a problematic Church: Some members had committed sexual immorality (1Cor. 5:1). It was a divided Church –at least four groups were mentioned from today’s passage (1Cor. 1:12-13; cf. 3:3-7). Some claimed to belong to Paul because he was a preacher of the gospel of grace, of Christian freedom and the end of the law. Others belonged to Apollos because he was an administratorand also an eloquent and passionate preacher. Cephas’ supporters were most likely Jews who insisted on the observance of the Jewish law. There were those who self-righteously claimed to follow Christ. These groups probably considered themselves the true Christians;and the Church was divided along these personalities. All those who were supporting particular parties in the Church were relying on human thinking and ignoring God’s desire that the body of Christ be united (Jn. 17:20-23).
We still make the same mistake today. We frequently witness Church divisions based on factors such as age, education, class, loyalty to the pastors, ethnicity, etc. Such divisions are wrong. Examine yourself now and make sure that you are not an instrument of division in the Church. If you are, kindly repent and ask God for forgiveness. Remember, division is one of the things the Lord hates and it is an abomination before Him (Proverbs 6:16-19).
πŸ™ PRAYER: : Heavenly Father, deliver Your Church from party spirit; and may unity overcome division in Jesus Name, Amen.








DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
JANUARY 31,  2020

πŸ”ŽTOPIC: GOOD WORK MATTERS

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πŸ“–TEXT: TITUS 3:8-15(NKJV)
8. This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
9. But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.
10. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition,
11. knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.
12. When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
13. Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with haste, that they may lack nothing.
14. And let our [people] also learn to maintain good works, to [meet] urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
15. All who [are] with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace [be] with you all. Amen.
πŸ“ƒSTUDY
The beginning of today’s passage is very crucial. Paul would want it to be stressed and repeated continually that Christians should be careful to keep doing good work, because it is profitable. Many people have hidden under the saying that we are saved by grace through faith and not by our works as a reason not to do good works. This is wrong! The Bible enjoins us to do good work, help the poor, the orphans, the fatherless, the widows, etc,(Read Acts 9:36-43). Dorcas was raised from the dead because of the good work she did towards people. Inasmuch as it is not our good works that saved us, good work is a sign of people who have been saved by grace through faith.
Many times we are in positions to help people but we postpone doing so and eventually fail to do altogether. Proverbs 3:28 discourages us from postponing doing good work. Psalm 41:1 enjoins us to help the poor. Christians should not involve themselves in foolish and noisy arguments, contentions and strivings; they are not good work and are unprofitable and useless. The best way to treat a contentious person is to cut him off after the first and second warnings. From today, whenever it is within your power to do good work, or to show mercy, don’t delay. Do not delay or frustrate people because they did not give you bribe, or because they did not bow to you.In your place of work, once a person merits a position or thing, give it to him/her without undue delay and useless technicalities.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Ask God to direct a person to you, or direct you to a person whom you will help by your good work.





DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
JANUARY 30,  2020

πŸ”ŽTOPIC: NO COMPROMISE!

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πŸ“–TEXT: TITUS 3:1-7(NKJV)
1. Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
2. to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
3. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
4. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
5. not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6. whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7. that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
πŸ“ƒ STUDY
Today’s Bible passage sets the boundary within which a Christian should operate. As Christians, we should be subject to the government, rulers and authorities and obey the courts and laws of the land. People who engage in anti-social and anti-economic practices contravene the laws of the land contrary to the word of God. Are you involved?
Verse 1 of the passage requires us to be ready to do whatever is good. This word of God supersedes the law of the land and constitution of the country. For example, if rulers or superiors command you to do a work that is evil, like election malpractice, assassination of opponents, importation of contraband or dangerous weapons,money laundering,etc., you should not obey. Such commands are manifestly unlawful. A person who commits sexual immorality with a boss in the office and claims he/she only obeyedacommand is acting contrary to the word of God. Acts 4:19 says that that it is right to obey God more than man.
If you find yourself breaking the commandment of God because you want to obey the rulers of this world or please your superiors in office, you have no justifiable reason before God. From Mark 7:9,we see that as Christians we should not speak evil of anybody, but should be gentle, peaceable and humble.
πŸ™PRAYER: My Father, please give me the humility to obey the rulers and authorities, and the boldness to say “No” to ungodly orders and instructions in Jesus name, Amen.







DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
JANUARY 29,  2020


TOPIC: GRACE IS A GREAT TEACHER

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πŸ“–TEXT: TITUS 2:11-15(NKJV)
11. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12. teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
13. looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
14. who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself [His] own special people, zealous for good works.
15. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
πŸ”°STUDY
The Bible tells us that we are saved by grace through faith. Verse 11 of our text makes it clear that the grace of God brings salvation, and this grace has appeared to all men. What does grace do? Grace teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly lust. If really we have been saved by grace, we should desist from such ungodly acts like lying, cheating, bribery, stealing, sexual immorality, gossiping. Some fuel stations owners who claim to have been saved by grace reset their metres and cheat the masses, some electricity distribution company staff exploit and extort people by giving them outrageous bills; some civil servants cheat, deceive, extort and exploit naΓ―ve persons who come to their tables. Many policemen, military men and other law enforcement agents intimidate and extort money from the citizens. Some teachers and lecturers exploit students, aid examination malpractice and sleep with students of the opposite sex, yet they claim to be children of God.
The grace of God does not make us sin, instead it teaches us to live soberly, righteously and godly in this world. Any person who is living in sin and claims that he is covered by grace is deceiving himself. Romans 6:1 clearly shows that we should not continue in sin that grace may increase. If you want to enter into the kingdom of God through grace, you must depart from sin and cling to righteousness.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Sing Hymn (SS & S) 601 stanza 2 and pray with it
All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at His feet I bow
Worldly pleasure all forsaken
Take me, Jesus, take me now
Chorus: I surrender all …. I surrender all ……
All to thee my blessed Saviour, I surrender all.




DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
JANUARY 28,  2020


TOPIC: LIVING ACCORDING TO THE STANDARD

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πŸ“–TEXT: Titus 2:1-10(NKJV)
1. But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:
2. that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
3. the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things --
4. that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
5. to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
6. Likewise exhort the young men to be sober-minded,
7. in all things showing yourself [to be] a pattern of good works; in doctrine [showing] integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,
8. sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
9. [Exhort] bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all [things,] not answering back,
10. not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
πŸ”°STUDY
Sound doctrine requires that older men should be sober, worthy of respect, temperate, sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Older women should also by their conduct command respect; they should not be slanderers or drunkards but teachers of good things. They should teach the young women,especially, the newly married,to love their husbands and children. However, some older women have deceived some newly married through gossip and bad advice to disobey and hate their husbands and this has led to many broken.
Verse 5 enjoins young women to be self-controlled, chaste, busy at home and obedient to their husbands. But instead of heeding this injunction, some youngwomen live riotous lives, sleep with men in their offices and hotels and thereafter develop the impetus to neglect their own husbands. Some are incurable liars.
Young men should be sober and people with integrity, good workand sound doctrine. Young men who harass, abuse, insult and beat their wives lack integrity, self-respect and self-control. Servants and apprentices who are disobedient, answer back to their masters and steal their masters’ money fall short of the word of God. Ask God for the grace to comply in full with the word of God.
πŸ™ PRAYER: , have mercy upon me and incline my heart to keep your word.