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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.


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
JANUARY 27,  2020


TOPIC: RESIST UNGODLINESS
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πŸ“–TEXT: TITUS 1:1-16(NKJV)
1. Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,
2. in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
3. but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4. To Titus, a true son in [our] common faith: Grace, mercy, [and] peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5. For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you --
6. if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.
7. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,
8. but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,
9. holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
10. For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
11. whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.
12. One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans [are] always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."
13. This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
14. not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth.
15. To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
16. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
πŸ”° STUDY
In today’s reading, Paul reminded Titus of the reason for which he left him at Crete- to set in order the things that needed to be put in order and appoint elders in each church: A man who is to be made an elder must be blameless, a husband of one wife, having faithful children who are not accused of being wild and disobedient. Nowadays, many people have been appointed elders in churches in total disregard to the qualities set forth in this scripture. Some people are appointed elders because of their wealth;in fact, some armed robbers, notorious politicians, adulterers, occult people and polygamists with disobedientand riotous children are elders or knights in some churches. They hijack the church, brutalise the pastors, block church accounts, squander church money and cause confusion in the church. Some members even embark on election malpractices to get elected into various committees of the church.
If you are an elder, committee member, pastor or overseer in any Christian organisation, you must use sound doctrine to resist and stop the people who preach false doctrines, deceivers, idle talkers and jesters. Verse 16 shows the difference between talk and walk. People don’t really know you as a Christian because of your words, but because of your walk or lifestyle. Jesus said “by their fruits,ye shall know them.” Live your talk. Live what you profess.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord, please help me to be sober and self-controlled. Help me to use sound doctrines to overcome false doctrines in Jesus name, Amen.








DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

DATE: JANUARY 26, 2020.


CoN BIBLE STUDY 4 FOR 3RD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY [ JANUARY 26, 2020 ]
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Sub-Theme:
JESUS CHRIST (1)
Topic:
THE MEANING OF JESUS IN THE BIBLE
Text: Matthew 1:18-21
Aims
To teach us the meaning of the name of Jesus and how this works out in the lives of those who turn to Him for salvation as well as those who fail to turn to Him; and also the implication for the Church.
Introduction
In both the Old and New Testaments, the name ‘Jesus’ means “help of Jehovah or Saviour”. It is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua, which was originally Hoshea (Num. 13:8, Num 13:16), but was changed by Moses into Jehoshua (Num. 13:16; 1 Chr. 7:27), or Joshua. After the Exile it assumed the form Jeshua, hence the Greek form “Jesus”. It was given to our Lord to denote the object of his mission, “to save” (Matthew 1:21). How His name relates to His mission and the implications for us constitute the subject of this study.
Study Guide
1. From the key text, identify the meaning of the name, “Jesus”. See also John 1:29
2. What do the following texts say about those who call on or believe in the name of Jesus? Acts 2:21; Acts 16:27-33; (Rom.10:13)
3. What is the danger or implication of failing to call on, or believe in the name of Jesus for salvation? John 3:17-18; John 8:24
4. If the hope of being saved is tied directly to Jesus alone, why are there so many people, even in the Church, in whose lives this salvation is not so evidenced? 1Tim 3:1-5; Tit 1:16.
Conclusion
Jesus stands for the salvation of sinners from eternal death, and it is only those who have put their faith in Him who shall experience this. Whoever fails to receive this Salvation by failing to believe in Him cannot be saved.
Food for Thought
Failure of a sinner to believe in Jesus is to embrace death!
Memory Verse
Rom.10:13 “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

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TOPIC: JESUS THE LIGHT AND LIFE
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πŸ“–TEXT: 1 John 1:1-7(NKJV)
1. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life --
2. the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us --
3. that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
5. This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
6. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
7. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
πŸ”°STUDY
Today, John boldly bears witness of what he had seen, heard, and touched. The evidence is that Jesus is the Word of life Who was with the Father and He was made manifest to us.The way we can bear witness about Christ is by preaching to sinners and urging them to repent and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. If you do not go for evangelism, you need to buckle up. Verse 2 says that the essence of witnessing to people is to make them come into the fellowship of believers, Jesus and the Father.
Verses 5 and 6 are apt at this time when people claim they are Christians, but don’t bear fruits that befit Christianity. Some Christians go to native doctors, cheat, take or give bribes, commit sexual immorality, fightand even get drunk. Some beat their spouses while many are in secret societies, steal, cheat and tell lies comfortably. People who do these things are walking in darkness and do not practise the truth. People who walk in the light live in holiness and righteousness and depart from sin. They have fellowship with the Father and the Sonand the blood of Jesus cleanses them from all sins.
πŸ™PRAYER: Sing Hymn SS&S 379, Stanza 1 and ask God to keep you in fellowship with Him and His son.
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this Hour?
Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
*Chorus:* Are you washed…. in the Blood
In the soul-cleansing Blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

*HAPPY SUNDAY!*










DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

DATE: JANUARY 25, 2020.

Conversion of Saul)
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: WHO CAN BATTLE WITH THE LORD?
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πŸ“–TEXT: Acts 9:1-19(NKJV)
1. Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
2. and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
4. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
5. And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It [is] hard for you to kick against the goads."
6. So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord [said] to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
7. And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.
8. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought [him] into Damascus.
9. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10. Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."
11. So the Lord [said] to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for [one] called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
12. "And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting [his] hand on him, so that he might receive his sight."
13. Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.
14. "And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name."
15. But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.
16. "For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake."
17. And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
18. Immediately there fell from his eyes [something] like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
19. So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
πŸ”°STUDY
Saul was still uttering threats and was eager to kill all the followers of Jesus Christ in his zeal for his Jewish religion. About to enter Damascus to arrest and bring in chains to Jerusalem all the followers of Jesus Christ, a light from heaven suddenly shone around him and he fell down and became blind. From here, he became converted and lost the zeal to accomplish the mission for which he was going to Damascus.Anybody who fights a Christian fights against the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s why Jesus asked Saul “…why are you persecuting me?” He also said “it is hard for you to kick against the goad” or prick. When we stick close to Jesus Christ, nothing can harm us. When your life is hidden with Christ in God, God will fight your battles and deliver you from unseen forces of evil.
From today’s scripture, one wonders how without delay and argument, the tyrant Saul, became Brother Saul. This shows that there is nobody whose conversion is too difficult for God. Is there any member of your family or anybody at all whose conversion seems too hard? Don’t lose hope. One spectacular act from the Lord will make that person a meek Christian.
πŸ™ PRAYER: God of signs and wonders, please fight my battles and give me victories. Release your miraculous power to draw many souls unto you.




DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

DATE: JANUARY 24, 2020.


πŸ”ŽTOPIC: WISE MEN STILL SEEK JESUS
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πŸ“–TEXT: Acts 8:26-40(NKJV)
26. Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is desert.
27. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,
28. was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.
29. Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot."
30. So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
31. And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.
32. The place in the Scripture which he read was this: "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer [is] silent, So He opened not His mouth.
33. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth."
34. So the eunuch answered Philip and said, "I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?"
35. Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
36. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, [here is] water. What hinders me from being baptized?"
37. Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
38. So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
39. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.
40. But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.
STUDY:
The Eunuch from Ethiopia was a man of great authority and the treasurer of Ethiopia; a public officer of great repute!He travelled all the way to Jerusalem to worship God and on his way back was reading the Book of the Prophet Isaiah with curiosity.For this man to have travelled such a long distance to worship God shows that he must have been a man of great devotion to God. Some people who live short distances or few kilometers to churches fail on many occasions to attend church services and activities for many flimsy excuses. Some who live short distances to the church fail to attend services because they don’t want to trek. Service to God must take us costly devotion. If you fail to worship or serve God for flimsy reasons, then you are not a devoted Christian.
The Ethiopian Eunuch was not carried away by his greatness neither did his official busy schedule prevent him from going to worship God. In fact, he sought God with all his heart, just like Zacchaeus; and he found God. On your own part, if you cast away laziness, pride, excuses, and sin, and seek God with deep devotion, you will find Him. Philip obeyed God and went to where God sent him(v.26). His obedience led to his being used by the Holy Spirit for conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch. If you obey God in all situations, He will use you for signs and wonders. Try this and see the benefits!
πŸ™PRAYER: Use Hymn A&M 76 (verse 3) to ask God to make you serve Him with deep devotion.

Eastern sages at his cradle
Make oblations; rich and rare
See them give in deep devotion
Gold and Frankincense and Myrrh







DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

DATE: JANUARY 23, 2020.


πŸ”ŽTOPIC: EVERY LIVING SOUL PRAISE THE LORD
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πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 150
(NKJV)
1. Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2. Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
6. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!
πŸ“ƒ STUDY
One of the ways we can appreciate God for His mighty works and His unequalled greatness is by freely praising Him with all our hearts, our souls, minds and with all our strength. God does many mighty works such as creating us, keeping us alive, giving us our daily bread, delivering us from evil, dangers and various accidents, giving us children, giving us admissioninto schools, healing us and keeping us breathing every day. God also fights our unseen battles and gives us victories.
God is awesomeand great; His greatness cannot be equaled at all by anything or anybody. When we carefully meditate and consider God’s mercies, His kindness and compassion towards us and the incredible love He bestowed on us and the hope of eternal life, we should wholeheartedly praise His holy name. Praise God with your tongueand clapping of hands; praise Him with instruments like the trumpet, harp, guitar, organ, cymbals and tambourine. Instead of murmuring or complaining about everything, turn the occasion of complaining to the occasion of praising God. If you incline your heart to praising God, He will take away your ailments.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Carefully think and recollect all the things God has done for you and praise Him with all your heart.










DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

DATE: JANUARY 22, 2020.

TOPIC: PRAISE THE LORD ANYHOW, ANY WHERE AND ANY TIME
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πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 149(NKJV)
1. Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, [And] His praise in the assembly of saints.
2. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3. Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
4. For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
5. Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds.
6. [Let] the high praises of God [be] in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,
7. To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples;
8. To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron;
9. To execute on them the written judgment -- This honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!

πŸ”° STUDY
In our reading today, we are enjoined to praise God with dancing, with tambourine and harp. Verse 5 enjoins us to praise God for joy even as we lie on our beds. Why should we praise the Lord any how! The reason is that the Lord is our Maker; without our aid He did us make. Again the Lord delights in us and He crowns us with victory and salvation whenever we humble ourselves. The Lord honours the faithful. When we praise the Lord, He will execute vengeance on the nations that hate us and punishment on the people who afflict us. The Lord will bind the kings and leaders that trouble us with fetters and shake and execute judgement against them. God executed judgement against Jericho and pulled down its wall.
One of the ways you can defeat your spiritual and physical enemies is by giving true and pure praise borne out of holiness and gratitude to God. Jehoshaphat praised his way to victory and defeated Moab and Ammon(2 Chronicles 20:21, 22). If you understand the power of praise, you will concentrate more effort on praising the Lord than in chasing your enemies and praying for their death. Praise God always, and He will fight your battles!
πŸ™ PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please teach and help me to praise you with a holy heart and in the beauty of your holiness.
Sing Hymn A&M 166, stanza 1:
All people that on earth do dwell
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice
Him serve with fear His praise forth tell
Come ye before Him and rejoice.









DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: 2020-01-21
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: LET ALL CREATURES PRAISE THE LORD!
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πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 148(NKJV)
1. Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
2. Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!
3. Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!
4. Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens!
5. Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.
6. He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away.
7. Praise the LORD from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths;
8. Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9. Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10. Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl;
11. Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth;
12. Both young men and maidens; Old men and children.
13. Let them praise the name of the LORD, For His name alone is exalted; His glory [is] above the earth and heaven.
14. And He has exalted the horn of His people, The praise of all His saints -- Of the children of Israel, A people near to Him. Praise the LORD!
πŸ”°STUDY
Today’s scripture enjoins all creatures - living, and non-living, talking and non-talking, angelic and human, heavenly and earthly, plants and animals, aquatic, aerial and terrestrial beings, kings and subjects, the poor and the rich, young and old, high and low to praise the Lord. God loves to be praised. God is holy and He inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). God does not eat physical foods like yam, beans, salad, etc. The food He eats is praises from His creatures. It is wonderful to notice that apart from men, other living and non-living things praise the Lord. The flowers praise the Lord; the birds praise the Lord when they sing. Read the wording of stanza 2 of Hymn 442 (A&M)
Each little flower that opens
Each little bird that sings
He made their glowing colours
He made their tiny wings.
God so deserves to be praised that if we His children refuse to praise Him, the stones will immediately cry out in praise to God. In all our situations, whether good or bad, painful or easy, let us give praise to God. Sing Hymn 290 (A&M), stanza 1
Through all the changing scenes of life
In trouble and in joy
The praises of my God shall still
My heart and tongue employ.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord, my King, please help me to see reasons to praise You in all situations




 JANUARY 20, 2020

TOPIC: AWESOME GOD, WE PRAISE YOU
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πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 147(NKJV)
1. Praise the LORD! For [it is] good to sing praises to our God; For [it is] pleasant, [and] praise is beautiful.
2. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
3. He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
4. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
5. Great [is] our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding [is] infinite.
6. The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
7. Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God,
8. Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
9. He gives to the beast its food, [And] to the young ravens that cry.
10. He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
11. The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.
12. Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
13. For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you.
14. He makes peace [in] your borders, [And] fills you with the finest wheat.
15. He sends out His command [to the] earth; His word runs very swiftly.
16. He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes;
17. He casts out His hail like morsels; Who can stand before His cold?
18. He sends out His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, [and] the waters flow.
19. He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel.
20. He has not dealt thus with any nation; And [as for His] judgments, they have not known them. Praise the LORD!
πŸ”°STUDY
God is really awesome. The Psalmist shouts praises to God for His awesomeness, mighty works and care for Israel and the children of men.
God is so awesome that He counts the number of the stars and calls them by their names. Surely there are innumerable stars, yet God knows their names. Verse 9 tells us that God gives food to the beasts. Humans are surely greater than the stars and beasts. If God knows the names of these stars, He certainly knows us by our individual names. If He cares for the beasts, surely He cares for us in His mercies just as He cares for the children of Israel. We don’t need to worry about our lives, what we shall eat, wear or drink. Let us do our part by working hard and casting our burdens upon the Lord because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7).
One of the things you can do so that God will take pleasure in you is to fear Him and depend on His mercies. Fearing God means to depart from sin and live righteously, while hoping in God’s mercies includes trusting Him, acknowledging His kindness and looking forward to benefiting from His kindness and mercies. Are there any difficulties, problems, sicknesses and unpleasant situations you are passing through? Tell them to God in prayer and then depend on His mercy to see you through.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Awesome God, I give You praise! Please help me to carry my burdens to You, for You care for me. Help me to completely trust You, hope and depend on Your mercies.





 JANUARY 19, 2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: 2020-01-19
(Epiphany 2)
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: ROAD BLOCKED: SEXUAL IMMORALITY FORBIDDEN!
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πŸ“–TEXT: 1CORINTHIANS 6:11-20(NKJV)
11. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
12. All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body [is] not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
15. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make [them] members of a harlot? Certainly not!
16. Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body [with her?] For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh."
17. But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit [with Him.]
18. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
19. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
20. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
πŸ”°STUDY
I have never seen a man arrested by the police for overfeeding.However, overfeeding, though not unlawful, is not profitable. In today’s passage, Paul enjoins us to exercise self-control. Overfeeding, drunkenness, over-sleeping, pornography and other riotous living may not be expressly banned anywhere, but they are not beneficial to us in our relationship with God and one another. Philippians 4:5 enjoins us to make our moderation clear to all men. Even though food, drink and leisure are good, we should not allow them to dominate or conquer us. Verse 15 warns us against moral laxity and sexual immorality. As Christians, our bodies are members of Christ; that is, we are in union with Christ. If any believer commits sexual immorality, He removes himself from the union with Christ and makes his body a member of an immoral woman.
These days many people live in sexual immorality. Some men sleep with their maids; some sleep with their office secretaries, receptionists, waitersand sisters in-laws.Some other men fondle, caress and romance strange ladies. At the same time, some married women sleep with other men in hotels. If you are guilty, repent immediately and forsake it. Sexual immorality is a terrible sin which desecrates the body - the temple of the Holy Spirit. Verse 18 commands us to flee sexual immorality. Do not have any relationship with any man or woman who seduces you.
πŸ™ PRAYER: I am weak, but You are mighty, please Lord hold me with your powerful hands and help me to flee sexual immorality and all appearances of evil.




 JANUARY 18, 2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: 2020-01-18
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: THE GOD WHO NEVER FAILS!

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πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 146(NKJV)
1. Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2. While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3. Do not put your trust in princes, [Nor] in a son of man, in whom [there is] no help.
4. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.
5. Happy [is he] who [has] the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope [is] in the LORD his God,
6. Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that [is] in them; Who keeps truth forever,
7. Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.
8. The LORD opens [the eyes of] the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous.
9. The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
10. The LORD shall reign forever -- Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!
πŸ”°STUDY
Today’s Psalm begins with a soliloquy with the Psalmist telling himself to praise God now that he (the psalmist) was alive. As long as you are alive, find reasons to praise God because those who are in the graves do not praise him. Praising God brings joy to your heart and strength to body. That’s why Nehemiah 8:10 says the joy of the Lord is my strength.
Verse 3 enjoins us not to put our trust in man. However, many trust in their connections.Do you trust in man, charm, occult ringsor secret societies? Many people who put their trust in connections from man have been woefully disappointed in their time of need. Some who trusted in great men for help did not get the help because of the sudden death of such great men. No wonder Psalm 118: 8, 9 says that it is better to trust in God than put confidence in man (princes). If you trust in God, He will never disappoint you because He keeps His truth forever. He will never be partial to you because He executes justice for the oppressed. He will never allow you to starve because He gives food to the hungry. He will deliver you from captivity because He gives freedom to prisoners. In fact, the Lord will watch over you, establish you in righteousness and give you peace. Psalm 125 concludes the matter by saying that those who trust in the Lord are like mount Zion which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
πŸ™ PRAYER: God help me to trust in You in all circumstances of my life.



 JANUARY 17, 2020

TOPIC: PRAISE MY SOUL, THE KING OF HEAVEN!
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πŸ“–TEXT: Psalm 145
(NKJV)
1. I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3. Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness [is] unsearchable.
4. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5. I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.
6. [Men] shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness.
7. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness.
8. The LORD [is] gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9. The LORD [is] good to all, And His tender mercies [are] over all His works.
10. All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You.
11. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power,
12. To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
13. Your kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion [endures] throughout all generations.
14. The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all [who are] bowed down.
15. The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season.
16. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17. The LORD [is] righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
18. The LORD [is] near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
19. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
20. The LORD preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.
21. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.
πŸ”° STUDY
This Psalm is a psalm of praise and expression of gratitude to God. The Psalmist begins by extolling the Lord; in verse 2 he says that he would bless God every day of his life. He took time to mention the qualities and goodness of God for which God deserves to be praised. Unfortunately many of us do not praise and extol the Lord. Some people concentrate their attention on counting their losses and woes. They fail to see all the good things God does for them. The devil will only show you woes and losses, but if you pause, count your many blessings and name them one by one, it will surprise you what the Lord has done. The truth is that in every circumstance of your life, there are some reasons to praise God. Carefully find these reasons.
One brother got wedded in November 2018. Ten days after, he was taking his wife to her place of work a couple of kilometers from their residence, and on the way, had a near fatal accident. He lost one of his eyes and sustained multiple injuries. The wife had a fracture and wounds and both of them were admitted in a Teaching hospital. Many people asked “where is God?” “Why did God allow this to happen to this faithful brother?” Some others blamed God. When this brother was visited in the hospital, he was praising God for not allowing the devil execute his plan of killing him and his wife. People shuddered at this state of mind that could praise God in such a negative situation.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Sing this Hymn and pray with it.

Praise my soul the King of heaven
To His feet thy tribute bring,
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me His praise should sing,
Halleluiah, halleluiah
Praise the everlasting King.









 JANUARY 16, 2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: 2020-01-16
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK I STAND!
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πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 144(NKJV)
1. A Psalm of David. Blessed [be] the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, [And] my fingers for battle --
2. My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and [the One] in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.
3. LORD, what [is] man, that You take knowledge of him? [Or] the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
4. Man is like a breath; His days [are] like a passing shadow.
5. Bow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6. Flash forth lightning and scatter them; Shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.
7. Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, From the hand of foreigners,
8. Whose mouth speaks vain words, And whose right hand [is] a right hand of falsehood.
9. I will sing a new song to You, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
10. [The One] who gives salvation to kings, Who delivers David His servant From the deadly sword.
11. Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, Whose mouth speaks lying words, And whose right hand [is] a right hand of falsehood --
12. That our sons [may be] as plants grown up in their youth; [That] our daughters [may be] as pillars, Sculptured in palace style;
13. [That] our barns [may be] full, Supplying all kinds of produce; [That] our sheep may bring forth thousands And ten thousands in our fields;
14. [That] our oxen [may be] well-laden; [That there be] no breaking in or going out; [That there be] no outcry in our streets.
15. Happy [are] the people who are in such a state; Happy [are] the people whose God [is] the LORD!
πŸ”°STUDY
Verses 1 and 2 of our text today show us that God is our Rock and Solid Foundation. If we remain in Him, He helps us in our fight against principalities, powers and spiritual forces of wickedness. He will not allow us to be defeated in battle; He will show us lovingkindness, defend, protect and deliver us and subdue our enemies. We are safe in the hands of God.
From verses 3 and 4, we see how frail we are and how short our lives are. Even when we are highly connected with great people, or when we are educated, rich, beautiful, handsome, and very healthy, our lives are just like a vapour that appears for a while and vanishes. Psalm 39:5 teaches that every man in his best state is altogether vanity. This is seen in the fact that men die, women die; great people die, small people die; the wise die, fools die; the rich die, the poor die; students die, teachers die; patients die, doctors die; clients die, lawyers die.What doesthis call for? Simple: Humility and wisdom. We must humble ourselves and remain in God so that He will protect us, fight our battles and give us life. Let us not boast since we cannot keep ourselves and can only stand firm if we are standing on the solid rock, Jesus Christ.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Pray with Psalm with 90:12:So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.







 JANUARY 15, 2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: 2020-01-15
TOPIC: TRUST AND OBEY
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πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 143(NKJV)
1. A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, [And] in Your righteousness.
2. Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no one living is righteous.
3. For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead.
4. Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed.
5. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
6. I spread out my hands to You; My soul [longs] for You like a thirsty land. Selah
7. Answer me speedily, O LORD; My spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
8. Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
9. Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; In You I take shelter.
10. Teach me to do Your will, For You [are] my God; Your Spirit [is] good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
11. Revive me, O LORD, for Your name's sake! For Your righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
12. In Your mercy cut off my enemies, And destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I [am] Your servant.
πŸ”° STUDY
As Chinua Achebe put it, as humans, “we need to know where the rain began to beat us.” In continuation of his prayers for help, the Psalmist, in verse 5, reflected on his past experiences. He remembered the days of old. He equally meditated on all the works of God. You need a good sense of history to face the task ahead. Think about the challenges you have faced in the past and how God helped you to overcome them. Pause and reflect on the past. Why then do you lose trust in the same God? God does not change. Your approach to Him concerning that problem you are facing now may be seen as a loss of confidence in Him.
Gather yourself and go back to God in trust. Lamentations 3:37says, “Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, when the Lord has not commanded it?”Let the Lord who has been your help in the years past continue to be your hope now and in the years to come. Do not give up. Your miracle may be closer than you expect. Just cast all your burdens unto Him, for He cares for you (1Peter 5:7). No one can lead you to excellence as your creator can. Cheer up!
πŸ™ PRAYER: In line with the word of God,cast all those burdens on God and ask Him to take care.









 DAILY  DEVOTIONAL 
 JANUARY 14 2020

πŸ“•DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
Date: 2020-01-14

✝πŸ”ŽTOPIC: BE WISE

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https://youtu.be/QkG6xjiRRHo

✝πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 142(NKJV)

1. A Contemplation of David. A Prayer when he was in the cave. I cry out to the LORD with my voice; With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
2. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.
3. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.
4. Look on [my] right hand and see, For [there is] no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.
5. I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, "You [are] my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.
6. Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.
7. Bring my soul out of prison, That I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me."

✝πŸ”°STUDY

It was Jean–Jacques Rousseau, an 18th century French Philosopher that said, “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” Nobody is immune to trouble– you will change your perception of the people you think are better than you if they tell you their own challenges. In our text, the Psalmist acknowledged that he was in trouble and he poured out his complaints before God and equally declared his trouble to Him. His experience in verse 4 is a lesson to us. At this time of trouble, people abandoned him and no one cared for his soul. Stop complaining. Expecting so much from human beings will only bring you disappointment. It is a general experience that people often abandon one when one is in trouble. The only friend in need is Jesus who is also a friend indeed.

Your problem may not be the troubles you have but the approach you adopt in seeking solution. Trust in God: The arms of flesh will fail you (Jeremiah 17:5). Every person has his own headache and it’s only God that knows how to bring solutions to every problem and such solutions can even come from sources you least expected help. If God does not help you, no one will. Encourage yourself and draw strength from God. It is well with you.

✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Take time to present those problems before God and tell Him exactly how you feel.











 DAILY  DEVOTIONAL 
 JANUARY 13 2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
Date: 2020-Jan-13
TOPIC: CONSIDER YOUR WAYS
TEXT: Psalm 141(NKJV)
1. [A Psalm] of David. I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
2. I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
3. In the day when I cried out, You answered me, [And] made me bold [with] strength in my soul.
4. All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, When they hear the words of Your mouth.
5. Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, For great [is] the glory of the LORD.
6. Though the LORD [is] on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.
7. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.
8. The LORD will perfect [that which] concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, [endures] forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
STUDY: The word of the Lord gives us deep insight on how to live a fulfilled life. The first two verses in our text is a call for help. There is a striking lesson in verses3-6. Take another closer look at them and observe that the Psalmist asks God not to allow him to join evil things or to practise wicked works with men who work iniquities. Today, we live in a society where young men in their numbers are joining occult groups for protection, worldly possessions, and influence; girls and women who ought to be responsible are selling their bodies. Different cult groups exist evenin secondary schoolsand young people are joining in their numbers. Don’t be part of them. You have a special assignment from God; God is interested in your life. The last sentence in verse 5 explains one major reason the Psalmist said he would not join evil doers. The reason is that he prays against evil deeds. 2Cor. 10:6 says “And being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” Those who are evil cannot pray against evil.
Consider your ways. Don’t betray the trust God has on you. Don’t be involved in any act that will destroy your relationship with Him. The presence of our Lord Jesus in you is your hope of glory. Be a faithful partner with God in this wicked generation. Let God count on you! Repent and renounce if you are already on the wrong side.
PRAYER: Help me oh Lord to be drawn closer and closer to you in my daily life.





 DAILY  DEVOTIONAL 
 JANUARY 12 2020

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
CoN 2020 BIBLE STUDY SHOW EPISODE 2
1 Sunday after Epiphany January12, 2020
THEME: IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST

SUB-THEME: INTRODUCTION (2)
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TOPIC: Understanding the use of names in the Bible
TEXTS: Gen 35:18, 1 Sam 4:20-21; 1 Chron. 4:9
AIMS:
i. to show us that the names we give to our children carry significance
ii. to help warn against the danger of giving names based on prevailing unhealthy life’s experiences, circumstances and
iii. to acquaint us with a more balanced view about names and how negative names
might be positively transformed
INTRODUCTION: Names have gone to a great extent to foster order in our world. Imaginea world where nothing and nobody is given any name! As a matter of fact, names have
been found in the Holy Scriptures of the Bible that has shaped the future of individualsand nations. The importance of names cannot therefore be overemphasized. In this
study, we shall look critically at the importance of names from all possible angles.
STUDY GUIDE/QUESTIONS:
1. Explain the circumstances surrounding the names given in these texts, and point out
the possible implications for their lives, if any: Gen 35:18, 1Sam 1:20; 4:20-21; 1 Chron.4: 9-10
2. “Sometimes, we become what we are called, and at other times, we come to be calledwhat we have become”. Discuss in line with Gen.17:5; 32:27-28. (Ben-oni andBenjamin mean Son of my sorrow and son of my old age respectively)
3. ‘Some people have joyous names, yet they lived or died sadly”. Why is this so? Note:examples include Lazarus (Luke 16:20-21), a Greek name meaning ‘God is my help’;Absalom, which means ‘father of peace’ (2 Samuel 13:28-29; 15:14)
4. How can negative names become positively transformed? Gen. 32:27-28; John 1:42; 2
Cor.5:17; Phil.2:9-11
CONCLUSION: Quite often, the name given to a person turns out to influence who he/shebecomes, as it was in the cases of Jabez and Jacob. It is also true that what some otherpersons like Peter became was defined by their names where Christ was involved.
However, whatever the name (that is where a mistake has already been made), a genuine relationship with God through Jesus Christ can and does make all the difference.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Be careful, of the name you bear, and give to others!
MEMORY VERSE: 1Samuel 1:20 “So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying,



DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL

DATE: 2020-01-12
(Sunday, Epiphany 1)
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: PLAY YOUR OWN PART
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πŸ“–TEXT: MATTHEW 3:13-17(NKJV)
13. Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.
14. And John [tried to] prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?"
15. But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit [it to be so] now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him.
16. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
17. And suddenly a voice [came] from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
πŸ”°STUDY
In most cases in life, people are often enthroned by the people they will lead. John the Baptist had been explaining that Jesus’ Baptism would be much greater than his own baptism. Suddenly, Jesus appeared on the scene, walking up to John to be baptised. John felt unqualified;he rather wanted Jesus to baptise him (v.14). Jesus told John that his baptism was necessary to fulfil all righteousness (v.15). To fulfil all righteousness here is likened to accomplishing God’s mission. Jesus’ baptism was a step of obedience at the beginning of His public ministry to identify Himself with John’s message of repentance. Jesus never sinned and so His baptism was not for repentance from sin. In this passage, all three Persons of the Trinity are present. God the Father speaks; God the Son is baptisedas God the Holy Spirit descends:
There are striking lessons from today’s text. First, Jesus was humble to allow John to baptise him. Humility is the key to successful life and ministry. Regrettably, it is lacking today among us. Second, Jesus was dependent on the Holy Spirit for His ministry. If Jesus could be dependent on the Holy Spirit, it means that we can do nothing on our own. Third, God tells us what Heaven thinks about Jesus: He is a beloved Son. What does Heaven say about you? Who lays claim over your life? Baptism is a public declaration of our status as children of God. Make sure your life follows the pattern of your calling.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Help me merciful God to play my part in fulfilling Your purpose in my family, church and society.
HAPPY SUNDAY!






 DAILY  DEVOTIONAL 
 JANUARY 11 2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: 2020-01-11

πŸ”ŽTOPIC: YOU ARE SAFE

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πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 140(NKJV)
1. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men,
2. Who plan evil things in [their] hearts; They continually gather together [for] war.
3. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps [is] under their lips. Selah
4. Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men, Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
5. The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set traps for me. Selah
6. I said to the LORD: "You [are] my God; Hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
7. O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.
8. Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; Do not further his [wicked] scheme, [Lest] they be exalted. Selah
9. "[As for] the head of those who surround me, Let the evil of their lips cover them;
10. Let burning coals fall upon them; Let them be cast into the fire, Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
11. Let not a slanderer be established in the earth; Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow [him."]
12. I know that the LORD will maintain The cause of the afflicted, [And] justice for the poor.
13. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence.
πŸ“ƒ STUDY
Do not be afraid- you are under divine care,you are safe! God cares for His people. King David who is accredited with this Psalm ruled Israel for 40yearsbut a good portion of his youthful age was spent in battle field.Despite his day-to-day challenges from enemies, he survived and lived a fulfilled life of 120 years before he died. If a war-like man like David survived, you will survive. The same God that preserved the life of David will keep your life! Surely, they will gather but because their gathering is not of the Lord, they will scatter.
The word of the Lord in Psalm 32:8 says “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life, I will advise you and watch over you” (NLT). No weapon formed against you will ever prosper. However, do not form any weapon against your life and other people’s lives. They that kill by the sword will also die by the sword. If you want access road, do not be a barrier to others. God is with you when you are with Him. The oppressors will not triumph. The Lord will make sure that justice triumphs and He will not abandon the needy (v.12). He will take charge over your life while you will owe Him praises and thanks. You are safe under God’s care.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Rock of ages cleft for me and let me hide myself in Thee.






 DAILY  DEVOTIONAL 
THURSDAY JANUARY 9, 2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL


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WEDNESDAY JAN. 8, 2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: 2020-01-08
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: BE CAREFUL
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https://youtu.be/wM84COsVPiM
πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 137(NKJV)
1. By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion.
2. We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it.
3. For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who plundered us [requested] mirth, [Saying,] "Sing us [one] of the songs of Zion!"
4. How shall we sing the LORD's song In a foreign land?
5. If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget [its skill!]
6. If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth -- If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.
7. Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, "Raze [it,] raze [it,] To its very foundation!"
8. O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, Happy the one who repays you as you have served us!
9. Happy the one who takes and dashes Your little ones against the rock!
πŸ”°STUDY
To be proactive is to control a situation by making things happen rather than waiting for things to happen and then reacting to them. For many years, prophets warned the Israelites that they would be punished if they did not repent;they did not heed to this advice. Then in 587BC, they were invaded by the Babylonians and taken captive. As we can observe from our text, the captives sat and wept- it was the destruction of their cherished house of God that caused them the greatest grief. The Edomites were happy to see the destruction of Jerusalem;they wanted it destroyed (v.7). Don’t rejoice at the downfall of people. The measure you give will be the measure you will also receive. There was a call for vengeance against the Babylonians for their inhuman treatment to the Israelites especially the children (vv.8-9).
The Israelites were not comfortable in a strange land;they even refused to sing the Lord’s song there. The Lord has given you freedom through the death of Jesus Christ;don’t put yourself into any form of slavery again. Sin is a reproach and it can make you to lose your right and freedom. The Israelites were not relaxed in a strange land. In the same way, don’t live and act as if life ends here - heaven is our home. Be more conscious of eternity than of earthly things. Remember, it is never late to make a fresh and strong beginning.
πŸ™ PRAYER: Heavenly Father, do not cast me away from Your presence, rather restore to me the joy of your salvation









 DAILY  DEVOTIONAL 
TUESDAY JANUARY 7, 2020





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THE  ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA

DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
Date: 2019-DEC-22
ADVENT IV
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN!
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πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 1 :26-38(NKJV)
26. Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27. to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name [was] Mary.
28. And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored [one,] the Lord [is] with you; blessed [are] you among women!"
29. But when she saw [him,] she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
30. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31. "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
32. "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33. "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
34. Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"
35. And the angel answered and said to her, "[The] Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
36. "Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.
37. "For with God nothing will be impossible."
38. Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
πŸ“ƒ STUDY
Today's topic, as found in verse 28 of our text, was beyond every expectation, an unprecedented but glorious salutation of Angel Gabriel to a maidservant whom God had granted favour. Mary was just a virgin betrothed to a carpenter named Joseph, of the house of David. At first, she was confounded by the words and manner of greeting by the Angel who came to deliver the Good News of the Messiah to be born. Though she was of a lowly status, yet God chose her to be highly blessed among other women.
Mary was fortunate to be blessed among other women as the mother of Jesus not because she was the finest, or smartest or even holiest, but because she availed herself by living a life of humility and purity. Her humble heart and background attracted the favour of God to her. What can God find in us that will attract His blessings to our lives? God is looking for a man or woman He would bless and who would in turn become a blessing to others. Have you any room for Jesus that He may come in and announce to you, 'Blessed are you among people'? Therefore, let us humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt us in due time (I Peter 5:6).
πŸ™ PRAYER: Hymn A&M 89: My Spirit longs for thee within my troubled breast, though I unworthy be of so divine a guest.






THE  ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA
DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
Date: 2019-DEC-21
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: THE BLESSEDNESS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
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πŸ“– BIBLE TEXT:
LUKE 1:1-26(NKJV)
1. Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us,
2. just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us,
3. it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus,
4. that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.
5. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife [was] of the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elizabeth.
6. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.
8. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division,
9. according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.
11. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12. And when Zacharias saw [him,] he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13. But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
14. "And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
15. "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
16. "And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.
17. "He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
18. And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."
19. And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.
20. "But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time."
21. And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple.
22. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.
23. And so it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.
24. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,
25. "Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on [me,] to take away my reproach among people."
26. Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
πŸ“ƒ GUIDE STUDY
This Bible passage is the familiar story of a priest named Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth. Both of them were advanced in age and were without a child. Despite all odds, there is something very remarkable and revealing about them: they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly (vs 6). In other words, both of them were faithful in their walk with God even in the midst of their difficult moments. They would not give up on their services unto God. And because of this, God was not finished with them even though they were advanced in age.
While serving before God in the temple, a divine message was delivered to Zacharias through the Angel Gabriel that he (Zacharias) would become a father and that his wife, Elizabeth, who was called 'barren' would bear a son who would be called John. God indeed remembered them by blessing them with the fruit of the womb. They were blessed for their righteous living and for walking faithfully with God.
Can we be found faithful in the sight of God to the point of attracting His blessings? Do you know that God can make dry bones in your life and ministry live again? God can change that mess into a message; that test into a testimony and that gory into glory. Walk with God henceforth and you will forever be blessed.
πŸ™PRAYER: Lord grant me the grace to walk righteously with and for You in Jesus Name. Amen.









THE  ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA

 DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL
Date: 2019-DEC-20
πŸ”ŽTOPIC: THE THREEFOLD WITNESS
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πŸ“– BIBLE TEXT:
1 JOHN 5:1-13(NKJV)
1. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
2. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.
3. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
4. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith.
5. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6. This is He who came by water and blood -- Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
8. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
9. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.
10. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
11. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may [continue to] believe in the name of the Son of God.
πŸ“ƒ GUIDE STUDY
A popular Christian hymn reads; ‘Courage brother, do not stumble, though your path is dark as night. There's a star to guide the humble; Trust in God and do the right.’ As revealed in today's text, whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God and therefore overcomes the world through faith (vs 1 and 4). The scriptures say, ‘Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith ‘(Hebrews 12:2) and ‘without faith (Jesus), it is impossible to please God’ (Hebrews 11:6).
How many today can really boast of this faith as to overcome on earth?
As children of God, there are three realities that bear witness in heaven as we express this faith on earth: The Father, the Word [Jesus] and the Holy Spirit; and the three are one (vs 7). On the other hand, there are three realities that bear witness on earth as we continue to express this faith on earth: the Spirit (Comforter), the water (Forgiver) and the blood (Redeemer); all also agree as one (vs 8).
This threefold witness both in heaven and on earth can only be made manifest in our lives when we surrender all to Jesus. Let us run to Him today and our lives will never remain the same.
πŸ™PRAYER: O Lord, strengthen my faith that I may overcome always, Amen.