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    THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA 

 (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
WEEK OF ADVENT 2


FRIDAY DECEMBER 15,  2017

TEXT: DANIEL 2:20-29
20. Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His.
21. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.
22. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
23. “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.”
24. Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; take me before the king, and I will tell the king the interpretation.” 25. Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king, and said thus to him, “I have found a man of the captives of Judah, who will make known to the king the interpretation.”
26. The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and its interpretation?”
27. Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king.
28. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these:
29. As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be.
Daniel 2: ‬20‭-‬29 NKJV

TOPIC: PRAISE GOD WHO SOLVES OUR PROBLEMS!
MESSAGE:
The revelation to Daniel of the King’s dream in yesterday’s reading proves God can do all things in line with His will; and Daniel praised Him. Thus Daniel teaches us to praise God for both who He is and what He does for us.

Like Daniel, when we praise God; we acknowledge that wisdom, power and might belong to Him; that He changes times and seasons; sets up kings and deposes them; gives wisdom to the wise; knowledge to the discerning; reveals deep and hidden things; and knows what lies in darkness, and many more:
Praise is an expression of gratitude to God for who He is and what He does for us. Job all through his calamities, including the tragic loss of his sons and property praised God (job 19:25). Paul and Silas did in prison. When we praise God, He is moved to do more for us.

PRAYER: Dear loving Father, give me a heart of perpetual gratitude to You in Jesus’ name, Amen!



  

    THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA 

 (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
WEEK OF ADVENT 2


THURSDAY DECEMBER 14,  2017



TEXT: DANIEL 2:14-19
14. Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon;
15. he answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel.
16. So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation.
17. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18. that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19. Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
Daniel 2:14‭-‬19 NKJV

TOPIC: KEYS TO SOLVING PROBLEM
MESSAGE:
Life is full of many different problems. In his day, Daniel had two major problems to grapple with: 1 the King’s order to kill all Babylon’s wise men including Daniel, and 2, the interpretation of the unknown dream of the king. The steps Daniel took should prove useful to us in confronting the problems we may face in life.

Step 1: wisdom and Tact: Wisdom is the proper application of knowledge and Tact is a particular skill or strategy we use in situations in which there are other people. Daniel’s demonstration of wisdom in going to the right person, speaking the right words, and taking the right action not allowing himself to be distracted. We should learn like David not to allow any problems we encounter cripple or carry us away.
Step 2: Daniel identified the source of the problem, and went to the King. He didn’t run around aimlessly trying to deal with the effect of the problem, He faced it.
Step 3: He partnered in prayer and writing on God with his three Hebrew companions. He didn’t keep the problem to only himself. We should learn to involve others as we seek a solution from God in payer, fasting, and so on.

Step 4: Daniel knew God as the unfailing source of solution to his problem, and he with his friends approach Him. God remains the source, and so we should learn to connect to Him with like minds in prayer and we will have astoundling result like Daniel’s.
Step 5: Daniel’s response was praise to God as the Kings dream and interpretation were given to him by God. So we should do in all our life.

PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, l am grateful to You because with You indeed all things are possible. Give me always Your wisdom and tact to handle all life’s problems that may come my way in Jesus’ name, Amen



  

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WEEK OF ADVENT 2




WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13,  2017

TEXT: DANIEL 2:1-13
1. Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him.
2. Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3. And the king said to them, “I have had a dream, and my spirit is anxious to know the dream.”
4. Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.”
5. The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap.
6. However, if you tell the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts, rewards, and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.”
7. They answered again and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will give its interpretation.”
8. The king answered and said, “I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm:
9. if you do not make known the dream to me, there is only one decree for you! For you have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the time has changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation.”
10. The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, Lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean.
11. It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”
12. For this reason the king was angry and very furious, and gave the command to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13. So the decree went out, and they began killing the wise men; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.
Daniel 2:1‭-‬13 NKJV

*TOPIC: DANIEL SOLVES THE KINGS PROBLEM*
MESSAGE:
God has the sovereign power to use us to solve problems in the life of other men. Today’s text show the king had a troubling dream that needed very urgent attention. None of his magicians, sorcerers or astrologers could help him. They confessed that it is only a god that has the power to tell and interpret the King’s dream; for men are very limited and finite beings.
The truth in the assertion of Babylon’s wise men has not changed, even in our own day. Like Daniel, God may use us to solve a frightening problem in somebody else’s life.
If we have sincere devotion to God and are willing to be His agent, God can bring a solution to somebody’s problem through you ̶ whether big or small.
The solutions God brings through us to others may include, healing of sickness, bringing/ giving forgiveness to someone estranged from a friend, a spouse, a neighbour or in fellow worker, and so on.

PRAYER: Our Heavenly Father who is interested in the affairs of men; kindly make me an instrument in Your hand to solve the problems in other lives. Thank you LORD in Jesus’ name, Amen.




  

    THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA 

 (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
WEEK OF ADVENT 2




TUESDAY DECEMBER 12,  2017


TEXT: DANIEL 1:11-21
11. So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12. “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.
13. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” 14. So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.
15. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.
16. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
17. As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
18. Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
19. Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king.
20. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.
21. Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.
Daniel 1:11‭-‬21 NKJV

TOPIC: DESTINED TO EXCEL
MESSAGE:
God’s plan for everyone who belongs to Him as children is that they excel like Daniel and his three Hebrew friends did in Babylon. God knows the challenges you face where you are; and He knows your personal weaknesses as well. God has what you need and will give it to you, if only you will ask; so that as you determine, you will succeed to live for and serve Him in your generation.

We must look intently into God’s Word to discover His purpose for us and walk thereby daily. When God guides you; you will not stray but perform excellently. Like Daniel and his companions, you have implanted in you God’s seed to live and serve with excellence in every place of opportunity.
Arise and shine! This is God’s plan for you. Pray more; read your Bible more; love God more; and be diligent in all your work and strive to be exceptional in whatever station God has put you in the world.

PRAYER: I thank You, O God O God for all Your gift and endowments in my life. Help me to excel in all that l do to the glory of Your name in Jesus name, Amen!


  

    THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA 

 (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
WEEK OF ADVENT 2


MONDAY DECEMBER 11,  2017


TEXT: DANIEL 1:1-10
1. Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him.
2. Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3. And the king said to them, “I have had a dream, and my spirit is anxious to know the dream.”
4. Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.”
5. The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap.
6. However, if you tell the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts, rewards, and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.”
7. They answered again and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will give its interpretation.”
8. The king answered and said, “I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm:
9. if you do not make known the dream to me, there is only one decree for you! For you have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the time has changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation.”
10. The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, Lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean.
Daniel 2:1‭-‬10 NKJV

TOPIC: RESOLVE TO LIVE FOR GOD
MESSAGE:
The time we live in now is more than any before when we must do only God’s will. Daniel’s example while in service in the King’s palace in Babylon sets us a pattern to follow; to serve Israel’s God only. Yes, he did this in spite of the great privilege and advantage of his training and service in the royal Babylon’s palace. His first challenge was the change of his name to that of a pagan deity (from “God is judge” to” Belteshazzar” ̶ “Bel protect this one”). Unless we resolve like Daniel, it is impossible for us not to eat and drink, sing, worry, trust in money likethe world. Daniel didn’t allow the change of his name and his Jewish education to the Babylonian’s to affect him. Daniel turned down the offer of a sumptuous royal dish, because he didn’t want to be defiled. 

How much he challenges us who are leaders in the Church and in the world today ̶ see how many have fallen prey to the offer of one juicy political position, or a juicy lady, or some other juicy lifestyle. We are to stand, resolved to obey and serve God, like Daniel.

PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, l depend on you in the midst of the distractions around me not to fall from Your grace. Forgive my compromises and failures in the past in Jesus name. Amen.




  

    THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE

CHURCH OF NIGERIA 

 (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
WEEK OF ADVENT 2


SUNDAY DECEMBER 10,  2017

TEXT: 1 TIM. 3: 10-16
10. But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. 
11. Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 
12. Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13. For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 14. These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 
15. but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

I Timothy 3:10‭-‬16 NKJV

TOPIC: BE A WORTHY LEADER
MESSAGE:
We have here today Paul’s picture of the leader in God’s household: as genuinely converted, saved or born again; having a good reputation; full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom; walking with God as a vessel of honour and blameless. Christians should exercise great care in choosing marriage partners. A deacon, for example, should be the husband of one wife, who is chaste and a home builder; sober, grave, and faithful in all things. A deacon and his wife are to rule their home well with their good examples to their children, others in their household and in the Church of God. The same qualification applies to priests (presbyters) Bishops and all leaders of men, women and youth in the Church.

There is no one above the law in God’s Church; so whatever the credentials leaders may have; they are to promote orderliness in the house of God. All who lead and serve in the Church should fear God and keep His laws.

PRAYER: Lord, grant that your Word will be the rule for my life and service in Jesus name, Amen.