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    THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA  (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
WEEK OF PROPER 14, 

ORDINARY SEASON

FRIDAY AUGUST 19, 2017 








               
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CHURCH OF NIGERIA  (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
WEEK OF PROPER 14, 

ORDINARY SEASON

THURSDAY AUGUST 17, 2017 


TEXT: Ezra 2: 1-10
TOPIC: FAITHFUL GOD

MESSAGE:
This passage gives a long list of the families of the first set of exiles who returned from the captivity in Babylon, led by Zerubbabel the Governor and Jeshua the High Priest (v. 2; Neh. 7: 7; Haggai 1: 14). Those mentioned in verse 2 were probably the leaders of the returning exiles. Each returned to his own town (v. 1). The Babylonian exile had been a very humiliating experience for Israel as a nation! A large number of the people died by the sword or from starvation (Jer. 52: 10-11). Others were forced into exile to different cities in the vast Babylonian empire. Only the very poor were left in the land, probably under worse conditions than those who had been exiled (Jer. 52: 15-16). Yet, after 70 years of desolation, the faithful God remembered them and fulfilled His promises, “bore them on eagles’ wings”, and brought them back to their homeland (v. 1; Isa. 43: 5).

This same God remains faithful even today. You may have been humiliated, harassed or subjected to some form of captivity because of disobedience in your life. No matter what these may be or how long they may have lasted, put ourselves on the side of the redeemed and believe God for complete restoration!

Prayer: Oh God, help me to have faith in You always.






               
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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16, 2017     


TEXT: Ezra 1: 1-11
TODAY'S TOPIC: A PROPHECY FULFILLED

In Jer. 25: 12, the Lord declared that the captivity of Jerusalem in Babylon would last 70 years. This same God moved people like Daniel to pray for its fulfilment (Daniel 9: 1-4) and God used a pagan king, Cyrus to accomplish it (vs. 1-4). He also used a large number of people, led by Zerubbabel, to fulfil His promise (2: 2). God declares clearly in several places that every word He proclaims must surely come to pass (Ezek. 12: 25; Matt. 5: 18).

Our responsibility is to believe God’s word and pray for its fulfilment, like Daniel. More importantly, we must be willing to be used by God to accomplish His purposes just as those Jews who left the comfort of their life in Babylon to return to Judah to rebuild their country. However, it is not always possible for us to go; therefore, like those who stayed back in Babylon, we must be willing to give of generously to support the work. We must never leave it all to the faithful few who are generous with their resources. Our faith must always express itself in action. May we learn to trust God to fulfil His word in us and through us today.

Prayer: O Lord our God, Your Word is yea and amen. Help me to believe You always.









               
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MONDAY AUGUST 14, 2017     


TEXT:Revelation 12: 7-12
TOPIC: THE OVERCOMERS
The two groups of overcomes mentioned in today’s passage have at least one thing in common – they stand on the Lord’s side! First, Michael and the other angels who chose to obey God overcame Satan and his demons. With this defeat, the entire host of demons lost their place in heaven and were pushed down to the earth (vs. 7-9). The second group of overcomers, obviously human, also overcame Satan “by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony” (vs.10-11). Every time Satan is defeated in our lives and circumstances, we reaffirm the victory shout in v. 10 that: “… salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come …
How should we employ these two weapons today? Accepting the finished work of Christ concerning our salvation and consistent reading, study, meditation and application of the Word of God, are the obvious answers. Determine today to apply this in your life. From v. 11b, it is clear that the path to being an overcomer may involve some costs, (see also Luke 14: 27), but the benefits far outweigh these costs, as explained in Phi. 3: 7-8.

Prayer: Help me O God, to be an overcomer!

         







               
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SUNDAY AUGUST 13, 2017     


TEXT:Matthew 18: 1-14
TOPIC:STOP SIN BEFORE SIN STOPS YOU
MESSAGE:
Like the disciples in verse 1, many of us are often concerned about being “the greatest” in our own little world of influence, such as family, church, community, workplace or nation. Some may even go beyond what James and John did in Mark 10: 35-40 to scheme their way to the top, whether by dubious means. But Jesus warns us against unhealthy ambitions, attitudes, habits and practices that could prevent one from entering heaven, not to talk of being the greatest in it (vs. 3-4).
We must cut off such worldly patterns of thought and clothe ourselves with child-like humility if we must enter heaven. Other things to be cut off to enter heaven are listed figuratively in vs. 8-9 as “hands”, “feet” and “eyes”. These represent things we see and do, and places we go. Other terms used are “little foxes that spoil the vineyard” (Song of Songs 2: 15), “a little leaven that leavens the whole lump” (Gal. 5: 9), “lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and pride of life” (1 John 2: 15-17). Let us re-examine ourselves today and cut off those interests, pleasures and preoccupations that hinder our relationship with God.
Prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart; see if there is any offensive way in me.
             




               
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WEEK OF PROPER 13, 

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SATURDAY AUGUST 12, 2017     


TEXT: Revelation 12: 1-6
TOPIC: DIVINE PROTECTION

MESSAGE:

Today, the Apostle John describes his vision of a pregnant woman in labour pains. She gave birth to a Son who would rule all the nations (v. 5). Before the Child was born, evil forces were already prepared to destroy Him (v. 4), but the Child was protected by being miraculously snatched up to God (v. 5). This is similar to the events described in Matt. 2 concerning the birth of Jesus. King Herod had planned to kill Jesus when he learnt of His birth and mission, but God delivered Him miraculously (Matt. 2: 13-15).

In the same manner, God has continued to protect us His children from the plans of the enemy to destroy us. God has prepared a place to take care of us, and put His shield around us; He is our Shepherd (Ps. 23: 1), our Refuge, the Rock on which we stand. Even when we come face to face with strange events we cannot understand or handle, let us trust God to snatch us out of them all with His mighty power (v. 5).

Prayer: Oh mighty God, help me to trust You always as my helper and protector in Jesus name. Amen.

         




               
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FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 2017



TEXT: Rev. 11: 15-19
TOPIC:KINGDOM OF THE WORLD VERSUS THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST
The sounding of the trumpet by the 7th angel was followed by loud voices in heaven proclaiming that “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” The kingdom of the world is controlled by Satan and is characterised by sin, darkness and disobedience to God (Eph. 2: 1-4). In contrast, the Kingdom of Christ is characterised by righteousness, peace, joy and everlasting life (v. 17; Rom. 14: 17; 1 Cor. 4: 20; Rev. 12: 10; 19: 6-8). 

If anyone repents of his sins, believes the gospel and gives his life to Christ, he transfers from the kingdom of the world and darkness to the Kingdom of Christ (Col. 1: 13-14; Eph. 2: 12-13). He also receives eternal rewards (v. 18; 2 Tim. 4: 8). But those who refuse to repent are judged and condemned (v. 18; 20: 11-15). Let us use our God-given opportunity to make the most important decision of our lives which will determine our eternal destiny. Let us submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives, and with the heavenly throng, proclaim that supremacy of Christ over the devil!

Prayer: Oh God, help me to become and remain a member of the kingdom of Christ. Amen.









              
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THURSDAY AUGUST 10, 2017

                                          
TEXT: Revelation 11: 7 -14
TOPIC: THE EVER VICTORIOUS LORD

We are told that the two supernatural witnesses whom we encountered yesterday will be killed by the beast from the bottomless pit after they had accomplished their mission, and their body will be left unburied in the street for three-and-half days. There was great rejoicing and exchange of gifts to celebrate their death. However, after three-and-half days, they will be resurrected and raptured. And so it happened.
It is gratifying that the witnesses accomplished their assignment before death. We must be careful to use our God-given abilities to serve Him faithfully while we have time, because there is blessing in so doing (John 9: 4; 2 Chron. 31: 21). Verses 9-10 show that in the final days when God sends His witness to prophesy concerning future judgement, many will prefer to align with evil and will gloat over the death of God’s prophets. The resurrection and rapture of the prophets (vs. 11-12) stuns satan and the world. It is an experience similar to Christ’s. Christ lived a supernatural life, surrendered His life (in death) on completion of His assignment and He ascended into heaven. Because satan can never understand divine agenda, Christ will ever remain the Victor. The victory of Christ over satan and his cohorts is victory for the saints.
Prayer: May I never be caught unawares. 

         




                      
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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 9, 2017
TEXT:Revelation 11: 1-6
TOPIC:JUDGEMENT BEGINS IN GOD’S HOUSE

MESSAGE:
We note two things in today’s text: (i) the measuring of the temple, altar and worshippers (v. 1); (ii) activities of the supernatural witnesses (v. 3). Measuring here is seen as judgement symbolised by the reed / rod (2 Sam.7: 14; Ps. 89: 32). Judgement must begin in the house of God (1 Pet. 4: 17). The temple in Jerusalem is the starting point and God’s chosen people, the Jews, the first. The issue of which temple: Solomon’s, Zerubbabel’s or Herod’s, is irrelevant here. God’s is only interested in the human component of the temple: temple administration, priests and congregation. The Jews, God’s chosen people will face His judgement first and then all others. Are you ready to appear before the judgement seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5: 10)? Take heed unto yourself how you live your life.

Events surrounding the supernatural witnesses (v. 3) shows that God has ultimate power. Satan ‘overcomes’ the saints only with divine consent and to achieve a divine purpose. The life of God’s child is in His hands. (Matt. 10: 15, 17-18; Job 1: 12; 2: 6). The Christian’s life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3: 3). So Christians need not fear the fiery darts of satan.

Prayers: Father, give me the grace to persevere and to be a partaker of Your divine privileges.










                      
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TUESDAY AUGUST 8, 2017


TEXT:Revelation 10: 1-11
TOPIC:NO MORE DELAY

MESSAGE:
This chapter opens with the profile of an angel who is mighty, surrounded by cloud, has rainbow above his head, with a face shining like the sun and feet like pillars of fire. He stands with his right foot in the sea and his left foot on the land – symbol of power and authority over the land and sea. His voice roars like a lion and stimulates a thunderous reply. Then he swore by Him who lives forever, the creator of heaven and earth and all that is in it, that “there will be no more delay…”

This declaration is made in the name of the Most High: “The mystery of God” (hidden over the years) namely: (i) the casting out of satan; (ii) the victory of God over the forces of evil forever; (iii) the re–instatement of man into his lost inheritance is will soon take place. Scoffers had taunted: “where is the promise of his coming...?” (2 Pet. 3: 4). Here it is! No pilgrim should give up “for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed”. (Rom. 13: 11). No more delay.

Prayer: My faith looks up to Thee; Thou Lamb of Calvary. Inspire my zeal and be my guide to the end.







             
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MONDAY AUGUST 7, 2017



TEXT: Revelation 9: 13-21
TOPIC:REPENTANCE IS TIME-BOUND
MESSAGE:
On Saturday, we read about the first demonic invasion of the earth during the tribulation. Today we read about the second. The leaders of the invasion are four satanic angels (v. 14) living in the great river Euphrates; the region of the ancient powers of Assyria and Babylon that devastated the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. 

These terrible judgements and the suffering they brought, did not cause the people to repent (vs. 20-21) proving the statement true, that “men who do not repent under mercy are not likely to repent under judgement”. (Kincheloe). Read also Rom. 1: 18-24. Reprobates tend to find pleasure in sin and rebellion against God. They worship the powers that destroy them and don’t care about the grave consequences of their actions. They will not change even under pressure. Their behaviour and value system may sound strange and evil to the God-fearing, but unfortunately, they are like people under a spell; they do know not themselves. Now that we have the opportunity, is the time to repent of our rebellion against God and seek His mercy. There is no repentance when judgement starts, or at death.

Prayer: Almighty God, loving and caring Father, grant me and my people freedom from worldly wisdom; that we may avail ourselves of today’s opportunity for repentance.





             
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SUNDAY AUGUST 6, 2017


TEXT: Matthew 16: 24; 17: 9
TOPIC: NEED FOR A TRANSFORMED LIFE
MESSAGE: 

It is so easy for us to only focus on the blessings in Christianity which Christ procured through His suffering, death and resurrection, without realizing that those blessings came at a huge cost. The disciples failed to understand the deeper implications of the life and ministry of Christ; hence Peter rebuked Him when He talked of His death. Jesus had to set the record straight. Following Him would bring suffering, and His disciples must choose to die daily to their own desires and live only for His will and purpose in their lives.

Following this teaching and encounter, Jesus gave a revelation of who He truly is to His inner circle on the Mount of Transfiguration. Moses and Elijah appeared to confirm that He was the fulfilment of both the Law and the Prophets. Peter’s request tried to put them on the same level as Jesus, but God spoke to teach them that Jesus is unique and they must believe and obey Him alone. What Jesus is in His glory, we too can become as we take up our cross daily and follow Him in the power of His Spirit who alone can conform us to His image (Rom 8: 29).

Prayer: Father, sustain this hope for eternal glory in me till I have realised it.




             
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FRIDAY AUGUST 4, 2017


TOPIC: UNFOLDING DIVINE JUDGEMENTS
MESSAGE:

Today, we read about the effects of the four trumpets sounded. The judgements are really disastrous: a third of trees, vegetation and earth’s consumables are destroyed with fire; a third of the earth’s sea turn into blood and its aquatic life die; a third of rivers and fountains become bitter and poisonous. Many die of thirst. All these remind us of God’s judgement on Pharaoh and Egypt (Ex. 7-12). The fourth trumpet judges all things pertaining to light. There is darkness. The effects of these judgements on the environment made life miserable and unbearable; but worse was to come (v. 13). It is really a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God! (Heb. 10: 31).

The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof (Ps. 24: 1). In His anger, He judges His creations the way He wants. Where are the gods that contend for power? Is. 45: 5-7 clearly declare the supremacy of God. He is the ultimate. Only those who run into Him for refuge are saved (Prov. 18: 10). Have you taken that step? If not, today is your chance to secure your eternal destiny. Do not delay.

Prayer: My God, You are my shelter from the stormy blasts and my eternal home (A & M 165).