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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.