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THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
SEASON OF EPIPHANY

, JANUARY 18, 2021

DATE: MONDAY JANUARY 18, 2021
*TOPIC: PLAY YOUR PART*
READ: JOSHUA 2:15-24 (NKJV)
15. Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house [was] on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall.
16. And she said to them, "Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way."
17. So the men said to her: "We [will be] blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear,
18. "unless, [when] we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father's household to your own home.
19. "So it shall be [that] whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood [shall be] on his own head, and we [will be] guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood [shall be] on our head if a hand is laid on him.
20. "And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear."
21. Then she said, "According to your words, so [be] it." And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.
22. They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought [them] all along the way, but did not find [them.]
23. So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them.
24. And they said to Joshua, "Truly the LORD has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us."
*THE MESSAGE:*
The mandate of God may not be changed because of man, but God can change man to fulfil His mandate. Observe how a prostitute acted courageously to aid divine mandate - God works in a mysterious way. Take a second look at verses 17-2l and notice how the role of each party in the agreement was assigned to sustain the agreement reached. You have a role to play in your salvation. You also have a role to play in the salvation of your family. In the time of Ezekiel, God made him a watchman (Ezekiel 3:17).
Likewise we should see ourselves as watchmen in our different homes. We need to constantly show people the way of salvation through the word of God. This is a divine privilege that comes with high responsibilities As we can observe in verse 19, the risk in the house of Rahab would be to be outside the doors of the agreement house. We are only secure when we are in the righteous side with Jesus.
Don't dodge your responsibilities. If you do, you cannot dodge the consequences of dodging those responsibilities. Play your own part in securing your salvation and also influence the process that can lead others to know Christ. Rahab understood the times in her own generation and acted wisely. You can learn from her and do likewise. Buckle up.
*PRAYER:* Ask God for the grace to carry out His responsibility of saving souls this year.











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
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SEASON OF EPIPHANY

, JANUARY 17, 2021

(Second Sunday After Epiphany)

*TOPIC: THE MOST POWERFUL CONNECTION*
READ: JOHN 2:1 11 (NKJV)

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and [a]manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Many people today tend to think that the best way to secure their lives is to get connected with people that have economic and political powers. Take a close look at verse 2 and observe what makes a difference in human life.
Verse 2 clearly states that Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. Your purpose in this life will never be fulfilled until you invite Jesus into your life. Jesus is always ready to honour your invitations any time you open up for Him. In Revelation 3: 20, Jesus says "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him and he with me."
Imagine the type of embarrassment this couple would have had if they had made the mistake of not inviting Jesus. Jesus can change bitter water in your life to sweet (Exodus 15:25). The greatest risk in life is to live without Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate authority in this life. Get properly connected to Him. God has given you the will-power to make your choice, invite Jesus into your life and have godly peace. Overlook Him and experience embarrassment, confusion and lack of peace. He is a friend in need and indeed.
*PRAYER:* Reflect and take time today to ask Jesus to come and take the central stage in your life and family.









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SEASON OF EPIPHANY

, JANUARY 16, 2021
TOPIC: EXCELLENT DECISION*
READ: JOSHUA 2:1-14 (NKJV)
1. Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.
2. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country."
3. So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, "Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country."
4. Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they [were] from.
5. "And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them."
6. (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.)
7. Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.
8. Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,
9. and said to the men: "I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.
10. "For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who [were] on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.
11. "And as soon as we heard [these things,] our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He [is] God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
12. "Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father's house, and give me a true token,
13. "and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death."
14. So the men answered her, "Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the LORD has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you."
*THE MESSAGE:*
It is clear that tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Sensitivity to issues of life is a great act of wisdom and security. Two options were before Rahab, the prostitute, concerning what to do with the two spies sent by Joshua. One was to expose them to the city guards or to protect them. As we can observe in verses 11-12 the knowledge of the realities on ground informed Rahab's decision to choose the latter option. In the dangerous times we live in now how do you make decisions that can secure you for eternity? Rahab was a prostitute but her sensitivity to divine mandate earned her great position in the scriptures as one of the heroes of faith (Hebrews 11:31).
The price for liberty is eternal vigilance. Rahab heard and believed by faith that there was a wind of change that her country could not stop. This helped her to secure her life and that of her family. You need to be wise. Secure a covenant with Jesus as Rahab did with the spies. Events around us today in our country and beyond, point to the end of age. Better lose what you cannot keep to keep what you cannot lose. Be reconciled with Jesus and remain under His protection.
*PRAYER:* Save me my Great Redeemer, cleft for me my Rock of Ages, and let me hide myself in Thee.















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SEASON OF EPIPHANY

DATE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2021

*TOPIC: PLEASE, NO BREACH OF AGREEMENT*
READ: JOSHUA 1:10-18 (NKJV)
10. Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
11. "Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, 'Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess.' "
12. And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh Joshua spoke, saying,
13. "Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, 'The LORD your God is giving you rest and is giving you this land.'
14. "Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan. But you shall pass before your brethren armed, all your mighty men of valor, and help them,
15. "until the LORD has given your brethren rest, as He [gave] you, and they also have taken possession of the land which the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD's servant gave you on this side of the Jordan toward the sunrise."
16. So they answered Joshua, saying, "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.
17. "Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the LORD your God be with you, as He was with Moses.
18. "Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you
command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage."
*THE MESSAGE:*
When Moses was alive, the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half tribe of Manasseh asked him to allow them settle at the beautiful pasture land East of the promised land, and Moses agreed on the condition that they would help the other tribes fight, conquer and enter the promised land, after which they could go back and settle down. Now that Moses is dead and Joshua has taken over the mantle of leadership. He reminded the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half tribe of Manasseh of the existing agreement. Fortunately at verse 16, they determined to live up to the agreement.
Some people fail to keep the terms of agreement they consciously entered into. Some make promises and later renege on
them, while some tell lies to frustrate or escape the agreements they enter into. Some people buy things on credit or borrow money and refuse to pay back even when they have the money. Some others deliberately issue dud cheques to pay their debts. Worse still, some make pledges in Church while others promise God some things if He Would answer their prayers, but immediately God answers their prayers, they renege and forget to perform the promises. Breach of promises and agreements shows lack of integrity; Depart from these practices if you have been involved in them. It is better not to make pledges or enter into agreement, than to make them and fail to keep them. Fulfill your promises and keep your words even if it is painful (Psalm 15:1-4).
*PRAYER:* Dear Father pardon my unfaithfulness, and incline my heart to perform the promises I make.











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DATE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021

DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021
*TOPIC: CONFESS, PREACH, MEDITATE AND ACT*
READ: JOSHUA 1:1-9 (NKJV)
1. After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying:
2. "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them -- the children of Israel.
3. "Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
4. "From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.
5. "No man shall [be able to] stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
6. "Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7. "Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
8. "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
9. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God [is] with you wherever you go."
*THE MESSAGE:*
As at the time God was speaking to Joshua, after the death of Moses, the book of the law that was already in existence were the Books of Genesis to Deuteronomy.
Today the whole bible is the book of the law. At verse 8 of today's passage, God gave Joshua specific instructions concerning the word of God, thus: (a) The word should not depart out of his mouth. We are required to confess, speak and preach the word, in season and out of season 2 Timothy 4: 2. (b) Meditate on the word day and night. Meditating on the word is like circulating the word of God all over your body leading to the word dwelling richly in you. (c) Practise the word of God in your everyday life. You must be a doer of the word of God, and not only hearer (James 1:22). If we confess, meditate, preach and practice word of God, God will prosper us and give us good success.
*PRAYER:* Heavenly God, please give me the grace to confess, preach, meditate and practise your word without compromise in Jesus' Name. Amen















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DATE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2021
*TOPIC: CHRIST FOR ALL NATIONS*
READ: LUKE 3:23-38 (NKJV)
23. Now Jesus Himself began [His ministry at] about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) [the] son of Joseph, [the son] of Heli,
24. [the son] of Matthat, [the son] of Levi, [the son] of Melchi, [the son] of Janna, [the son] of Joseph,
25. [the son] of Mattathiah, [the son] of Amos, [the son] of Nahum, [the son] of Esli, [the son] of Naggai,
26. [the son] of Maath, [the son] of Mattathiah, [the son] of Semei, [the son] of Joseph, [the son] of Judah,
27. [the son] of Joannas, [the son] of Rhesa, [the son] of Zerubbabel, [the son] of Shealtiel, [the son] of Neri,
28. [the son] of Melchi, [the son] of Addi, [the son] of Cosam, [the son] of Elmodam, [the son] of Er,
29. [the son] of Jose, [the son] of Eliezer, [the son] of Jorim, [the son] of Matthat, [the son] of Levi,
30. [the son] of Simeon, [the son] of Judah, [the son] of Joseph, [the son] of Jonan, [the son] of Eliakim,
31. [the son] of Melea, [the son] of Menan, [the son] of Mattathah, [the son] of Nathan, [the son] of David,
32. [the son] of Jesse, [the son] of Obed, [the son] of Boaz, [the son] of Salmon, [the son] of Nahshon,
33. [the son] of Amminadab, [the son] of Ram, [the son] of Hezron, [the son] of Perez, [the son] of Judah,
34. [the son] of Jacob, [the son] of Isaac, [the son] of Abraham, [the son] of Terah, [the son] of Nahor,
35. [the son] of Serug, [the son] of Reu, [the son] of Peleg, [the son] of Eber, [the son] of Shelah,
36. [the son] of Cainan, [the son] of Arphaxad, [the son] of Shem, [the son] of Noah, [the son] of Lamech,
37. [the son] of Methuselah, [the son] of Enoch, [the son] of Jared, [the son] of Mahalalel, [the son] of Cainan,
38. [the son] of Enos, [the son] of Seth, [the son] of Adam, [the son] of God.
*THE MESSAGE:*
We can see from today's reading, the genealogy or record of Jesus' ancestors as Luke traced it backwards from Jesus Christ to Adam and to God who is the Father of all and Maker of the whole world, unlike Mathew who traced his genealogy forward from Abraham to Jesus. This genealogy traced by Luke shows us that Jesus is related not only to the Jews, but to all human beings in the world; this shows us that Jesus is not only the Saviour of the Jews, but of the whole world. This is consistent with 1 Timothy 1:15 which states that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, including you and I. Again, we notice that the gentiles are included in God's plan of salvation. Our salvation is therefore not by chance or historical accident. Now that God has you in lis salvation plan, you must work out your salvation with fear and trembling because our salvation is nearer now that when we tirst believed (Philippians 2:12; Romans 13:11).
Have you been saved? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are your garments white and spotless? Have you said 'No!" to sin? The salvation that Jesus gives is not based on ethnic group or nepotism. It is full and free to the whole world. If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, do it this beginning of the year and He will come into your heart and save you.
*PRAYER:* Oh God our Father, thank You for the privilege of making me Your child and thank You for Jesus who came into the world to save me.







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DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2021
*TOPIC: OPEN HEAVENS*
READ: LUKE 3:21-22(NKJV)
21. When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.
22. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today's scripture is arranged in sequence: Jesus was baptised, as He was praying; the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit in form of a dove alighted on Him; then God spoke to approve Him. Apart from the fact that baptism is a means of obtaining God's grace, it is a sign of acknowledging that one is a sinner and is coming to Christ in repentance for the forgiveness of sin. If Christ not being a sinner was baptised, then all of us need to be baptised.
As Jesus prayed, the heavens opened. Prayer brings open heavens; and open heavens give easy access to God. When the heavens are open, one will operate under God's wisdom, mercy, guidance and favour in all that one does. There will be no undue stress and wasted efforts and time because God will reveal to you His secrets and tactics. But the question is how many people really make out time to pray every day? If you don't want to operate under a closed heaven, then determine to pray well and study the Bible daily. If the heavens open for you, the Holy Spirit will lead you in all you do and you will obtain God's favour and approval.
*PRAYER:* Gracious God, please draw me close to You in prayer. Help me to operate under open heavens and in all my work, help me to find Your presence.













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DATE: JANUARY 11, 2021


*TOPIC: WHAT SHALL I DO?*
READ: LUKE 3:10-20 (NKJV)
10. So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?"
11. He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise."
12. Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?"
13. And he said to them, "Collect no more than what is appointed for you."
14. Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, "And what shall we do?" So he said to them, "Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages."
15. Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ [or] not,
16. John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
17. "His winnowing fan [is] in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire."
18. And with many other exhortations he preached to the people.
19. But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
20. also added this, above all, that he shut John up in prison.
*THE MESSAGE:*
John responded to the same question asked by tlhree different sets of people. The question is what shall we do? In the first response, John told them to share their clothes and food with those who did not have. The best way you can show that you love God is to share what you have with the poor. John also told the tax collectors not to collect more than they were told to collect. Today, many staff of Inland Revenue departments give people outrageous assessments and convert the proceeds to their personal use. The same applies to public servants, school principals, etc. John also told the soldiers not to take anything from any person by intimidation, and that they should be content with their wages. Some members of Nigerian security forces like soldiers, Road Safety personnel and police threaten and extort whoever comes their way. This is wrong.
Some rich men are not contented with what they have, and that's why they fall into many sorrows. I Timothy 6:6 tells us that godliness with contentment is a great gain. Do your job with integrity; shun bribery, hypocrisy, extortion and intimidation. Ask God to help you to be content with His blessings so you can have peace.
*PRAYER:* Heavenly Father, incline my heart to keep Your word. Deliver me from extortion, exploitation, greed and covetousness,
and give me peace in Jesus name Amen.















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DATE: SUNDAY JANUARY 10, 2021


(Baptism of Christ)
*TOPIC: SHORT-CUTS NOT ALLOWED*
READ: 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 [a]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.”
*THE MESSAGE:*
Jesus came to John for baptism, John tried to prevent Him but Jesus insisted- He wanted to fulfil all requirements of God and identify Himself with the sinners whom He came to save. Jesus however was not baptised because He needed to repent of sin personally. Many politicians, Church and society leaders feel too superior to associate with the masses and their followers whom they lead. Today we see Jesus doing the opposite: He chose to follow the regular route rather than the short-cut, even though He is God. Let us learn to behave the Bible way: Associate with the humble (Romans 12:16).
After His baptism, Jesus had the Holy Spirit alight on Him and empowered Him throughout His ministry. No wonder Acts 10:38 tells us that God anointed Jesus Christ with Holy Ghost and power and He went about doing good and healing people. If you want to be empowered, anointed and guided in your profession, business and ministry, you need the presence of the Holy Spirit - Ask God to baptise you with the Holy Spirit. Note again that it was God the Father that announced Jesus as His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased; Jesus did not make the announcement Himself! Nowadays many people praise and project themselves in the ministry by taking on high-sounding titles. Is God pleased with the way you think, speak and act? Desist from self-praise and rather seek to please God.
*PRAYER:* Great Father, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to please You.
HAPPY SUNDAY!
















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DATE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 09, 2021
*TOPIC: PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD!*
READ: LUKE 3:1-9 (NKJV)
1. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
2. while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,
4. as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.
5. Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough ways smooth;
6. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.' 7. Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8. "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as [our] father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
9. "And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today, we hear the voice of John crying in the wilderness asking us to prepare the way of the Lord. Preparing the way of Lord means to clear aside the baggage of the past and doubt so that Jesus can come in and this can be done by making straight every crooked thing in our lives.
Specifically, we are to make straight His path and this requires forthrightness and holiness, without deceit. It's an anomaly for a Christian to cheat! We are also to fill the valleys.
Some Christians put up behaviours that are below godly expectations; even some who claim to be mature in the faith still indulge in secret sins of lying, cheating, greed, and even sexual immorality. In relation to this, verse 8 tells us to bear fruits that befit repentance. We are expected to bring low every mountain, meaning, we should deal with every excesses in our lives such as gluttony, drunkenness,
etc. These things overload and will not allow you run your heavenly race. We are also required to make straight the crooked places and smoothen the rough roads in your life. Firmly determine now to prepare the way of the Lord, and let Jesus come into your heart.
*PRAYER:* Great God, please help me to prepare my life for Your dwelling, Amen.











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DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 08, 2021
*TOPIC: OBEDIENCE BRINGS FAVOUR*
READ: LUKE 2:51-52 (NKJV)
51. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart.
52. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In our reading yesterday, we remember Jesus' response to His parents when they met Him at the temple. Verse 51 of our text today says that Jesus went down with His parents to Nazareth and was subject to them. Though Jesus knew He came from God and had a relationship with Him, yet He went with His parents to Nazareth and was obedient to them. Some Christian leaders regard themselves so highly that they no longer respect their elder siblings in the families, while some no longer honour their parents. This is wrong. Your relationship with God should make you treat your spouse and other family members with respect and honour as befitting a child of God (Romans 12:16).
Verse 52 tells us that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and men. Though Jesus is God, He took human form and came into the world. As He obeyed and served His parents, He grew in wisdom, stature and favour with God and men. As a child of God, if you respect your elders, honour your parents and live in obedience to the Word of God, you will certainly grow in wisdom, and favour with God and men. Loving God and His work, and obedience to Him word attracts favour with God and men. Decide to obey God this year and respect all people, and you will see God's favour God bestowed on you. Read Psalm 75:6, 7.
*PRAYER:* Great Father of glory, please help me to obey and respect everybody I come in contact with and let Your favour manifest in my life, in Jesus' Name. Amen.













THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: , JANUARY 07, 2021
SEASON OF EPIPHANY

✝️🔎TOPIC: MOVE ON; NO DISTRACTIONS!
📺WATCH TODAY'S DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE VIA THIS YOUTUBE LINK BELOW
✝️📖TEXT: Luke 2:41-50(NKJV)
41. His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.
42. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.
43. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know [it;]
44. but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day's journey, and sought Him among [their] relatives and acquaintances.
45. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.
46. Now so it was [that] after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
47. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
48. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously."
49. And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"
50. But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
✝️📜STUDY
When Jesus was eventually found in the temple interacting with teachers of the law, His parents were amazed, and Mary asked Him why He treated them the way He did. Jesus replied, "Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business? Here Jesus showed He had a clear understanding of His mission; He was therefore focused on it. How much are you focused on your work, business, profession and ministry? Give diligence to the service of God and pay proper attention to your work; dont allow distractions please.
Jesus indicated that He would always be about His Fathers business.
Again Luke 4:16 says it was Jesus' custom to go into the synagogue on the Sabbath. Where do you frequently find yourself: In eating and drinking joints, with jesting groups, party occasions, etc? This is wrong because you can't edification in these places! Again, from our story, we see Jesus taking the position of a student and those who heard Him were astonished at His understanding. From this, we must learn to listen attentively at church, bible study, etc., so that we may be equipped to make positive contribution if necessary. To be a teacher, you, must first be a student!
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Heavenly Father please help me to be focused in life as live for You in holiness and righteousness.















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: , JANUARY 06, 2021
EPIPHANY

✝️🔎TOPIC: WISE MEN STILL SEEK JESUS!
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✝️📖TEXT: MATTHEW 2:1-12 (NKJV)
1. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2. saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."
3. When Herod the king heard [this,] he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5. So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
6. 'But you, Bethlehem, [in] the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.' "
7. Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.
8. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found [Him,] bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also."
9. When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
11. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
✝️📜STUDY
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem during the reign of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem asking where the Christ was born; they eventually found it. When you truly seek God, you will find Him becausee those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will always be satisfied by God.
When the wise men entered the house, they saw the little
Baby Jesus and worshipped Him. Then they presented rare gifts to Him as a sign of deep devotion. True worship involves honouring Christ and being willing to give Him what is valuable and important to you. Such valuable things may include your time, talent, money, knowledge, etc. How much offering do you give to God every Sunday or fellowship time? How much time do you spend in prayer, in the church, in mission and in other of God's work, how much of your knowledge and wisdom do you offer for od work? If you have been stingy or frugal in your giving to God repent now and start giving to God great and valuable things, God is worthy of the best you have.
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Oh God, take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I
withhold. Take my intellect and use every power as Thou shalt
choose.











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: , JANUARY 05, 2021


*TOPIC: SIMPLE OBEDIENCE*
READ: LUKE 2:39-40 (NKJV

39. So when they had performed all things accordi)ng to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their [own] city, Nazareth.
40. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Verse 39 tells us that the parents of Jesus performed all things according to the law of the Lord; that is, they brought Jesus to the temple and the Priest dedicated Him while they offered all the sacrifices that the law required. The ceremony of bringing Jesus to the temple and dedicating Him to the Lord is required by God in the Old Testament (Leviticus 12:3), and of course, the New Testament realy does not abolish the laws of the Old Testament, but fulfils them. Today, many Christians choose and pick Old Testament scripture to obey at their convenience and comfort. Some refuse to pay tithes branding it an Old Testament law requirement, while some others do not find it necessary to offer their new born babies to the Lord with tangible offerings and sacrifices, yet they are very fast to claim Abraham's blessings, forgetting that Abraham paid tithe and offered his, son, Isaac to God as a sacrifice.
We learn from our text today, the necessity to humble ourselves and do what is rightfully required of us by God and men. So many of us refuse to queue up: Drivers when there is a little delay; shoppers at the mall/market; customers at banks, etc. We are fast to cut corners to speed up! Some Christians, including some chutrch leaders, are also unwilling to give offerings today. But the parents of Jesus willingly submitted themselves to the law of God and leadership of men. We must learn from this and change from today. If we obey God and our leaders, God will highly exalt us.
*PRAYER:* Lord have mercy upon me, and incline my heart to obey Your Word.















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: MONDAY, JANUARY 04, 2021


*TOPIC: UNDISTRACTED DEVOTION*
READ: LUKE 2:36-38 (NKJV)
36. Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;
37. and this woman [was] a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day.
38. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Hannah was a prophetess as well as a widow of a very old age. Today's passage tells us that she did not depart from the temple, but too busy. Some just pray to fulfil all righteousness, usually with served God with prayer and fasting days and nights. Unfortunately today, many Christians are too lazy to pray and fast, while some are distracted attention. For example, some people while praying receive and make calls on their phones from time to time!
Fasting is a good way of subduing the flesh to give our prayers more fervency - we should fast as much as God enables us. We can also show devotion to God by constantly attending Church or fellowship just as Hanna did. Some Christians miss Church services on Sundays in order to watch football matches. Some Christian businessmen/women stay away from Church services on some Sundays because they are expecting customers/clients. This is a total show of lack of commitment and devotion to God. This year, let our devotion to God be total and undivided - it demands our prayers, fasting, time, money, our life and our all!
*PRAYER:* Great King, You deserve my worship. Please give me the grace to be devoted to you in prayer fasting and attendance to Church and fellowship, in Jesus' Name. Amen.










THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 03, 2021
(Second Sunday After Christmas)
*TOPIC: APRIL FOOL!*
READ: MATTHEW 2:1-23 (NKJV)
1. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2. saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."
3. When Herod the king heard [this,] he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5. So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
6. 'But you, Bethlehem, [in] the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.' "
7. Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.
8. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found [Him,] bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also."
9. When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
11. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
13. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him."
14. When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,
15. and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son."
16. Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
17. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
18. "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping [for] her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more."
19. But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20. saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child's life are dead."
21. Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.
22. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.
23. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene."
*THE MESSAGE:*
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, Herod was greatly disturbed. He was afraid that the new born king would one day take his throne. This is a clear misunderstanding about the reason Christ came into the world. Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and not to take the throne of Herod! Herod falsely told the wise men to not to take search diligently for Christ and tell him so that he would go and worship Him (verse 8). However, God having warned them, the wise men did not return to Herod. God therefore made April fool of Herod to protect Jesus. In this New Year, God will give us the revelation and wisdom to escape harms and untimely death.
An angel of God told Joseph in a dream to take the child to Egypt, a country outside the territory of Herod (verse 13). Not knowing Jesus had escaped, Herod killed all the boys under 2 years in a bid to kill Jesus. God will protect you at all costs and no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). But for this to happen, you must remain outside the territory of the enemy. A Christian who lives in sin lives inside the dangerous territory of the enemy! This year, when trouble, diseases and demonic attacks come, God will keep you out of their territory .
*PRAYER:* Great and awesome God, please keep me under your banner and help me to overcome sin in Jesus' Name. Amen.











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: JANUARY 2, 2021


*TOPIC: FULFILLED EXPECTATION*
READ: LUKE 2:25-35 (NKJV)
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."
*THE MESSAGE:*
In today's reading, we see the righteous and devout Simeon so eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come to rescue Israel.
The Holy Spirit was upon him and revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah spoken of by the prophets. From the case of Simeon, we learn that righteousness and true devotion to God draws us near to Him and gives us revelations. Simeon waited patiently and at the appointed time, the Holy Spirit led him to the temple at the time Jesus was presented to the Lord in the temple and he saw and touched the Messiah. Let us learn to patiently wait upon God for the performance of His promises. If we live righteously and serve God patiently with true devotion, He will reveal to us the solutions to the puzzles in our lives. He will also direct us as He directed Simeon as to time, place and circumstances of what He would want us to be and to do.
If you seek God with all your heart, He will reveal Himself to you as He revealed Jesus to Simeon. God, in His truth and faithfulness, did not disappoint Simeon. In the same vein, if you live a devout, righteous and patient life, God will lead you aright in all the circumstances of your life; and you will end your earthly journey well.
*PRAYER:* Dear Father, thank You for the entrance of Your Word into my heart. Help me to seek Your will all my heart, and to find You, in Jesus'Name. Amen.













THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: JANUARY 1, 2021

FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME
New Year Day/Circumcision of Christ)
✝️🔎TOPIC: CIRCUMCISE YOUR HEART!
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✝️📖TEXT: LUKE 2:21-24 (NKJV)
21. And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
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."
✝️📜STUDY
In Genesis 17:4-12, God entered into a covenant with Abraham - He would make Abraham a father ofa multitude of nations, and on the part of Abraham and his descendants, they must cut off the flesh of their foreskin. From generation to generation, every male child was to be circumcised on the&" day after birth. The parents of Jesus took Him to Jerusalem and presented Him to the Lord and offered the sacrifices required in fulfilment of the law of the Lord though Jesus was the Son of God. As much as lies within us, let us keep the laws of God, and also the laws of men which are not against God; Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfil it.
God gave Abraham and his descendants the mark of
circumcision as a physical reminder that they were cut off from the world and set apart to the true living God. For us, this covenant of God is symbolised by physical circumcision, but more importantly by circumcision of the heart. In Jeremiah 4:4 we are called upon to circumcise our hearts to the Lord and this refers to having a pure heart separated unto God. Inward repentance and change are needed in us in order to be right with God. In this New Year, let us reject all sin, compromise, unrighteousness, greed, covetousness, malice, bribery and everything that contaminates. Let us cling to Jesus, the fulfilment of the law and through Him, we are made right with God. Have a new year of peace.
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for graciously bringing me into the
New Year I ask for Your grace to reject that which makes it hard for me to live for You.
*HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!!!*








THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 31, 2020

*CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)*
DATE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2020
(New Year’s Eve)
*TOPIC: FINISHING WELL AND STRONG*
READ: HEBREWS 3:16-4:1-10 (NKJV)
16. For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, [was it] not all who came out of Egypt, [led] by Moses?
17. Now with whom was He angry forty years? [Was it] not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?
18. And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?
19. So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
20. Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
4:1. Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
2. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
3. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;
5. and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”
6. Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
7. again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”
8. For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
9. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
10. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The last day of the year naturally gives us a craving for taking stock of our life. And this definitely includes our walk with the Lord in the light of His word.
The people of Israel left Egypt and looked forward to reaching the promised rest in Canaan under the leadership of Joshua. But many of them failed to enter that rest because of their disobedience. But even those who “made it” to that rest discovered that it was only temporary. But there is a “rest” promised to us, God’s faithful children. It is the final “rest” to which Jesus Christ would bring His faithful people. Their salvation (rest) will be perfected as they will be free from sin and sorrow for ever more. This is the Sabbath rest (1 Corinthians 2:9). Will you be there?
*PRAYER:* Grant Oh Lord, that I will partake of the blessings which You have prepared for those who love You, in Jesus’s name. Amen!











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 30, 2020

*CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)*
DATE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2020
*TOPIC: DO NOT TAKE GOD FOR GRANTED!*
READ: HEBREWS 3:1-15 (NKJV)
1. Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
2. who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also [was faithful] in all His house.
3. For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.
4. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things [is] God.
5. And Moses indeed [was] faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken [afterward,]
6. but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
7. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear His voice,
8. Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,
9. Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years.
10. Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, 'They always go astray in [their] heart, And they have not known My ways.'
11. So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.' "
12. Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;
13. but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
15. while it is said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."
*THE MESSAGE:*
One major reason why Israel seemed to have taken Jehovah for granted as they journeyed to the Promised Land was their assumption that God had already chosen them and shepherded them as a chosen race. In that regard, they were “over-pampered.” But when they overreached themselves, God punished them.
In the same way, the Bible teaches that while we were still in our sins and ignorant of God’s love, Christ Jesus died for us. And yet we enjoy the full benefits of this salvation. The author of Hebrews warns that we might run into the same error as the Israelites of old, if we do not pay heed to Him as the Author and High Priest of our faith. He is by far, superior to Moses whom the Jews revered. Jesus is the Son of God. In our reading of His word, let us be careful not to harden our hearts in disobedience. Let’s not take Him for granted!
*PRAYER:* Lord, may Your grace that brought me salvation not be despised, in Jesus’s name. Amen!














THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 29, 2020

*CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)*
DATE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2020
*TOPIC: ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE & EVANGELIST*
READ: 1JOHN 1:1-9(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.
8. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The author of the epistles of John is identified as a close associate of Jesus Christ right from the very beginning of His ministry. The apostle John teaches us that as diverse philosophies and teachings infiltrate and try to saturate the Church, the only way to combat them is to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). It is only when we live out His Word that we can convince the heretics and unbelievers that our faith is genuine.
John’s emphasis on “light” and “love” is to show that both are qualities of God’s life. When we love, we are in God and the light which shines dispels the works of darkness. Darkness symbolizes sin. Whoever practises these things cannot be said to have fellowship with God. Beloved, are you born again? Then pray that as you feed on the word of God daily, the entrance of it into your life will bring in the light that will expose and chase away the ugly darkness in your heart, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
*PRAYER:* (Developed) Help me O Lord to be the light of God in this dark world that I may also show forth the love of God and thus bring the lost to the Kingdom of God. Amen.












THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 27, 2020


*TOPIC: GOD’S GREAT LOVE*
READ: JOHN 3:16-21 (NKJV)
16. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19. "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20. "For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21. "But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
*THE MESSAGE:*
The nocturnal visit of Nicodemus to Jesus Christ revealed God’s great love for mankind. Nicodemus, like many religious leaders, was very conversant with the religious rites and rituals of the day but ignorant of the deeper truths of God’s relationship with man. But he was taught this truth by Jesus because he humbled himself to admit his ignorance.
Beloved, what will make it difficult for you to learn at the Lord’s feet? In John 3:16, we learn about God's great love for the whole world. He proved this love by giving His only Son, Jesus, in order to save sinners. But this leaves man with a choice: Whosoever believes is saved. But whoever does not believe is condemned (John 3:18). Beloved, the choice is yours: What will you do with God’s free choice: To make Him your Saviour and Lord or to turn Him away from your life (Hebrews 2:3).
*PRAYER:* Loving Jesus, You are the Father’s free “love gift” to me. Help me not to despise You, but make You my Lord and Saviour. Amen!












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DATE: DECEMBER 26, 2020

DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2020
(St. Stephen's Day)
*TOPIC: ST. STEPHEN (THE FIRST MARTYR)*
READ: ACTS 6:1-15 (NKJV)
1. Now in those days, when [the number of] the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
2. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.
3. "Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of [good] reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;
4. "but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
5. And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch,
6. whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
7. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
9. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen.
10. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
11. Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God."
12. And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon [him,] seized him, and brought [him] to the council.
13. They also set up false witnesses who said, "This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law;
14. "for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us."
15. And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Stephen was not a Jew by birth, and not one of the Apostles. He was elected one of the deacons to serve food amongst the widows. Someone described him as mere “dining hall prefect.” But he was “a man full of the Holy Spirit and with faith” (verse 5). The power and grace of God working in a man transforms the most menial work into great miracles and wonders. But his appointment exposed him to the challenge of being the first Christian martyr. What a glorious death! (Acts 7:54-60; Psalm 119:15).
Today, all over the world, many Christians are daily persecuted and killed for Christ’s sake. We must not forget to continually pray for them!
Those who suffer and die for their faith in Christ must not despair or think that they have died in vain. On the contrary, the Lord Jesus is waiting to welcome them.
*PRAYER:* Lord Jesus, give us the grace that You gave to Your servant Stephen to persevere to the end. Amen!







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DATE: DECEMBER 25, 2020

CHRISTMAS DAY

DATE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2020

*TOPIC: JOY TO THE WORLD!*
READ: MATTHEW 2:1-12 (NKJV)
1. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2. saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."
3. When Herod the king heard [this,] he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5. So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
6. 'But you, Bethlehem, [in] the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.' "
7. Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.
8. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found [Him,] bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also."
9. When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
11. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
*THE MESSAGE:*
“Glory be God on high and
Peace to the earth amongst men
the Saviour is born!”!
One great event in human history is that God took upon Himself, the human body, that He might save His people from their sin. But those who received the promise of the coming Messiah neither recognised nor received Him. It took complete strangers to announce the birth of Christ to the king, Herod and “all Jerusalem.” However, the event which brought joy and worship in these “gentile” Magi, brought sorrow and mourning to those who were supposed to be the privileged first recipients. Herod’s real desire in worshipping the “Star” (Jesus) was to destroy Him. But God destroyed his plans. My dear friend, as you remain in Christ, any plan by Satan and his cohorts to put you out or destroy you, will come to nothing in Jesus’ name!
King Herod was the “Star Hunter” wanting to destroy the Star of Baby Jesus because he saw the Baby as threat. But God thwarted his plans. Even so, all “Star hunters” looking for your “shining children” will have their plans turned against them. The joyful song of the angels announcing the birth of the Messiah will drown every sigh and sorrow that has been your experience, in Jesus’ name.
*PRAYER:" Dear Heavenly Father, may the joy of Christmas brighten my life for Your glory, in Jesus’ name.
*MERRY CHRISTMAS*













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DATE: DECEMBER 24, 2020

DATE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2020
*TOPIC: GRACE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL (JOHN THE BAPTIST)*
READ: ACTS 13:16-26 (NKJV)
16. Then Paul stood up, and motioning with [his] hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:
17. "The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it.
18. "Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness.
19. "And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment.
20. "After that He gave [them] judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21. "And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22. "And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after My [own] heart, who will do all My will.'
23. "From this man's seed, according to [the] promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior -- Jesus --
24. "after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25. "And as John was finishing his course, he said, 'Who do you think I am? I am not [He.] But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.'
26. "Men [and] brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent.
*THE MESSAGE:*
It was customary for strangers who came into the fellowship in the synagogue to be invited by the administrators to share a message with the worshippers, if they had any. Here in Antioch in Pisidia, Paul and Barnabas were very much at home with this invitation. They were missionaries and had the sense of urgency to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to Jews and the Gentiles. What was their methodology? Paul recounted the family’s history of God’s dealing with His chosen people Israel, that as God bore with their weaknesses, He was gradually but steadily leading them to the consummation of their history in the person of the Saviour, Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David and, God’s favourite.
John the Baptist whom we celebrate today was anointed by God to be the forerunner of the Messiah. There is one major thing, among others, which characterises the lives and ministries of the Apostles (Paul and Barnabas) and John the Baptist - they were conversant with the scriptures and always ready to proclaim Christ. They were not hindered by the people’s reaction. The blessing of sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit is one great reward: Paul’s and Barnabas’ ministry was boosted and their tent expanded. As for John the Baptist, even though he was murdered, Jesus pronounced on him the glory of being the “greatest of the prophets that had ever lived.” The challenge to us is to feed daily on the word of God and be ready to defend our faith always.
*PRAYER:* Dear heavenly Father, give us Your grace to be ready always, to preach the Gospel, in Jesus name. Amen.









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DATE: DECEMBER 23,, 2020

*DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE*
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DATE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2020
*TOPIC: JESUS, MADE LIKE US*
READ: HEBREWS 2:10-18 (NKJV)
10. For it was fitting for Him, for whom [are] all things and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified [are] all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12. saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You."
13. And again: "I will put My trust in Him." And again: "Here am I and the children whom God has given Me."
14. Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
15. and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
17. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like [His] brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
*THE MESSAGE:*
How gladdening to know that Jesus came into this world and was made like us. Jesus became like us - He was hungry, thirsty and tired. He was tempted and even wept when Lazarus died. In the midst of these human weaknesses, Jesus did not succumb to temptation. He remained obedient at all times. So, Jesus understands our weaknesses and we can run to Him always to turn our weakness into strength (cf 2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Jesus can and will help to restore our broken relationship with God. As a merciful and faithful High Priest, as we commit ourselves fully to Him, trusting completely in what He has done for us on the cross, we are set free from sin’s domination.
Beloved, let us come to Jesus to be restored to the Father. It is not God’s will “that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
*PRAYER:* Father, I renew my allegiance to Your Son Who had to become like me so that I will not be damned, in Jesus’s name. Amen!















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DATE: DECEMBER 22,, 2020

DATE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2020
*TOPIC: DON’T DRIFT AWAY!*
READ: HEBREWS 2:1-9 (NKJV)
1. Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.
2. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,
3. how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard [Him,]
4. God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
5. For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.
6. But one testified in a certain place, saying: "What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him?
7. You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.
8. You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing [that is] not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
9. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The passage begins with a passionate appeal to the Hebrews to give careful consideration to the message of salvation they have heard, lest they drift away. In verse 2, we read that the salvation message was spoken earlier by angels to people in the past which some who heard it did not give heed and were punished for their stubbornness. Verse 3 calls the salvation the Hebrews must not neglect, “so great a salvation!” God has confirmed that great salvation historically with signs and wonders through the Holy Spirit(verses 3-4). Therefore, to neglect such a great salvation would mean facing God’s judgment. The Collect for Advent II enjoins us to pray to the Lord to:
...prepare our minds to receive the gospel, help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of Your holy word, we may embrace and forever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which You have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Beloved, this is a call to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (cf Philippians 2:12). Let us desire to be with the Lord through prayer and meditation on His Word, seizing every opportunity to be at prayer meetings and Bible Study/Sunday School. If we are not to drift away, let us be alert and prepare for that great Day; living everyday as if it is our last; and confident that at the final salvation, we would be partakers of the glorious Church, not having any spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but holy and without blemish.
*PRAYER:* Father, help us never to neglect such a great salvation in Jesus’ name. Amen!













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DATE: DECEMBER 21, 2020
DATE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020
*TOPIC: THE SON, SUPERIOR TO ALL*
READ: HEBREWS 1:1-14 (NKJV)
1. God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
2. has in these last days spoken to us by [His] Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
3. who being the brightness of [His] glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4. having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5. For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son"?
6. But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him."
7. And of the angels He says: "Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire."
8. But to the Son [He says:] "Your throne, O God, [is] forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness [is] the scepter of Your Kingdom.
9. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions."
10. And: "You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
11. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;
12. Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail."
13. But to which of the angels has He ever said: "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"?
14. Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
*THE MESSAGE:*
Jesus Christ the Son of God is superior to all; this is because He is the end of revelation. He is the incarnate Word of God Who is God Himself (John 1:1). By Him and through Him, the universe was made (verse 2). It has also pleased God the Father to appoint Him heir of all things as He radiates the glory of God; being the exact representation of His being (verse 3).
Jesus being equal with the Father, is no doubt superior to all. No wonder all angels were commanded to worship Him (verse 6). Those who seek God the Father or worship Him must seek Him through Jesus. He is the way, the Truth and the Life – there is simply no other Way! No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). He is the only way or means for the salvation of mankind. The Bible declares that, “he who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son does not have life” (1 John 5:12). We must tell it to the world loud and clear, “no other faith leads to life, no other name by which mankind can be saved” (Acts 4:12). To receive eternal life, we must receive Him and believe in Him (John 1:2).
*PRAYER:* Help me, Oh Lord, to receive and believe in Jesus Christ as my only Lord and Saviour. Amen.













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DATE: DECEMBER 20, 2020

DATE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2020
(Advent 4)
*TOPIC: SAVED TO SERVE OTHERS*
READ: ROMANS 1:1-7 (NKJV)
1. Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated to the gospel of God
2. which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
3. concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,
4. [and] declared [to be] the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
5. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,
6. among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
7. To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today, Paul introduces himself as a servant of Jesus Christ, set apart for the gospel. He meant that he had separated himself for God’s service. The Old Testament Prophets prophesied about this gospel of a suffering Messiah for the salvation of mankind and as a sure proof, God confirmed Jesus as the Messiah by raising Him from the dead.
Paul committed his whole life to preaching the gospel; he also reminded the Romans that they too were called to witness to this faith (verse 6). The grace of salvation to believers is to, “call people from among all the gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith” (verse 5). It is the duty of the saved to preach the gospel. We are saved to serve others. Like Paul, all believers must be ready to put the world behind them and preach the gospel willingly and support this course without compulsion. As living saints, we are called out of darkness of sin into His marvellous light. We are duty bound to proclaim the praises of God (1 Peter 2:9).
*PRAYER:* Lord Jesus, grant me grace to preach the gospel in and out of season. Amen!








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DATE: DECEMBER 19, 2020


DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2020
*TOPIC: WE MUST GO VERY FAR AWAY*
READ: EXODUS 8:20-32 (NKJV)
20. And the LORD said to Moses, "Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh as he comes out to the water. Then say to him, 'Thus says the LORD: "Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
21. "Or else, if you will not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms [of flies] on you and your servants, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms [of flies,] and also the ground on which they [stand.]
22. "And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms [of flies] shall be there, in order that you may know that I [am] the LORD in the midst of the land.
23. "I will make a difference between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall be." ' "
24. And the LORD did so. Thick swarms [of flies] came into the house of Pharaoh, [into] his servants' houses, and into all the land of Egypt. The land was corrupted because of the swarms [of flies.]
25. Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, "Go, sacrifice to your God in the land."
26. And Moses said, "It is not right to do so, for we would be sacrificing the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God. If we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, then will they not stone us?
27. "We will go three days' journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD our God as He will command us."
28. And Pharaoh said, "I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. Intercede for me."
29. Then Moses said, "Indeed I am going out from you, and I will entreat the LORD, that the swarms [of flies] may depart tomorrow from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people. But let Pharaoh not deal deceitfully anymore in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD."
30. So Moses went out from Pharaoh and entreated the LORD.
31. And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; He removed the swarms [of flies] from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people. Not one remained.
32. But Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also; neither would he let the people go.
*THE MESSAGE:*
God asked Moses to “get up early in the morning, and confront Pharaoh as he goes to the water”, to warn him to let His people go and worship Him. If he refused, swarms of flies would be sent into the land. Interestingly, none of these plagues which ravaged the Egyptians affected Goshen, the region where God’s own children dwelt (verses 22-23). God shows that He is capable of protecting His people; all who separate themselves from the world enjoy God’s security.
Pharaoh seemed to have succumbed to the ruins caused by the flies (verse 25), but he would not let the Hebrew people go very far. Like Pharaoh, Satan does not want God’s children to go far away from the world. Let us take to heart in Jesus’ words “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me”(John 14:30), and resist the devil.
*PRAYER:* Lord help me to follow You till the end while I keep away from the world Amen!











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DATE: DECEMBER 18, 2020


DATE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2020
*TOPIC: LET THE PEOPLE GO*
READ: EXODUS 8:1-19 (NKJV)
1. And the LORD spoke to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD: "Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
2. "But if you refuse to let [them] go, behold, I will smite all your territory with frogs.
3. "So the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house, into your bedroom, on your bed, into the houses of your servants, on your people, into your ovens, and into your kneading bowls.
4. "And the frogs shall come up on you, on your people, and on all your servants." ' "
5. Then the LORD spoke to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Stretch out your hand with your rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.' "
6. So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.
7. And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs on the land of Egypt.
8. Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, "Entreat the LORD that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD."
9. And Moses said to Pharaoh, "Accept the honor of saying when I shall intercede for you, for your servants, and for your people, to destroy the frogs from you and your houses, [that] they may remain in the river only."
10. So he said, "Tomorrow." And he said, "[Let it be] according to your word, that you may know that [there is] no one like the LORD our God.
11. "And the frogs shall depart from you, from your houses, from your servants, and from your people. They shall remain in the river only."
12. Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh. And Moses cried out to the LORD concerning the frogs which He had brought against Pharaoh.
13. So the LORD did according to the word of Moses. And the frogs died out of the houses, out of the courtyards, and out of the fields.
14. They gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank.
15. But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not heed them, as the LORD had said.
16. So the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Stretch out your rod, and strike the dust of the land, so that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.' "
17. And they did so. For Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and struck the dust of the earth, and it became lice on man and beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
18. Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast.
19. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This [is] the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the LORD had said.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The plague of frogs was God’s third miracle to Pharaoh. The Egyptians had a national goddess - Heqet - who had the body of a woman and the head of a frog. Because Heqet was the goddess of fertility and of birth, frogs were sacred and were not to be killed, so Pharaoh asked Moses and Aaron to pray to God to remove the frogs (verse 8). The menace of the frogs was so unbearable to Pharaoh that he promised to let the people go. Moses prayed to God and the frogs died; but Pharaoh changed his mind soon after. Consequently, God brought the fourth plague of lice (gnats) to compel Pharaoh to let His people go. Egypt’s magicians could not perform this miracle and they acknowledged that it was the “finger of God!”
Sometimes, we behave like Pharaoh. When faced with difficulties, we make promises, but go back on our words once the danger is removed. Can you recall when you last failed to keep a promise you made? Bring this to the Lord in prayer who is slow to anger and of great kindness.
*PRAYER:* O Lord, help me to keep the promises and vows I make to You and people in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen!











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DATE: DECEMBER 17, 2020

*TOPIC: GOD’S ROD IN YOUR HAND*
READ: EXODUS 7:14-15 (NKJV)
14. So the LORD said to Moses: "Pharaoh's heart [is] hard; he refuses to let the people go.
15. "Go to Pharaoh in the morning, when he goes out to the water, and you shall stand by the river's bank to meet him; and the rod which was turned to a serpent you shall take in your hand.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today’s passage shows God’s weapon which the LORD told Moses to use to guard himself as he confronted Pharaoh on his mission to rescue Israel from captivity – The “rod… which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.” Though it was an ordinary staff commonly used by shepherds in his day, it became an extraordinary weapon in Moses’ hand with which he performed a number of miracles. For example, in Exodus 4:2-4, the rod became a snake, to show that, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob truly appeared to him. In Exodus 9:22-23, the LORD raised hail against the land of Egypt. With the rod, the LORD blew an east wind across Egypt that brought an invasion of locusts. The same rod brought total darkness over the whole of Egypt (Exodus 10:21-22).The miracle of parting and closing of the red sea was also with the rod – (Exodus 14:16, 21, 26-27). With the rod, Moses brought water from the rock in Horeb and Kadesh (Exodus 17:5-7; Numbers 20:8-13).
As a believer in Christ, you have a “rod” in your hand with which you also can conquer every “Pharaoh” that may come against you. Apostle Paul has written that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds …” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6). So, he counsels all to, “put on the whole armour of God …” (Ephesians 6:1). Take God’s “rod” with you daily and be victorious.
*PRAYER:* O Lord my God, thank You for the weapons of warfare You have given me; I am more than a conqueror, in Jesus Christ name. Amen.














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DATE: DECEMBER 16, 2020

DATE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020
*TOPIC: GOD TO PHARAOH*
READ : EXODUS 7:1-13 (NKJV)
1. So the LORD said to Moses: "See, I have made you [as] God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.
2. "You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land.
3. "And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.
4. "But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies [and] My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
5. "And the Egyptians shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them."
6. Then Moses and Aaron did [so;] just as the LORD commanded them, so they did.
7. And Moses [was] eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.
8. Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
9. "When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, 'Show a miracle for yourselves,' then you shall say to Aaron, 'Take your rod and cast [it] before Pharaoh, [and] let it become a serpent.' "
10. So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, just as the LORD commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
11. But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
12. For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.
13. And Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the LORD had said.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The children of Israel found themselves in slavery in Egypt as a consequence of their disobedience to God. The Egyptians made their lives bitter with hard labour in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the field (Exodus 1:11-14). But the merciful God, in His great mercy heard their cry, and sent a deliverer (Moses) to them (Exodus 3&4). In stiff opposition to the move of God to deliver His children, Pharaoh, declared,“ … who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go” (Exodus 5:2). However, the unstoppable and indomitable God showed His supremacy over Pharaoh in various ways. For example, in today’s passage, the LORD said to Moses, “ … see, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet” (Exodus 7:1 NET). By that, Moses was to act in this business as God’s representative, to act and speak in His name and perform things beyond the ordinary course of nature. Aaron his brother was to be his “voice.” God was not going to waste His time struggling with a mere mortal - Pharaoh.
Beloved, you have a greater power and authority than any “Pharaoh” who wants to stop you from entering into your inheritance (1 John 4:4; Jeremiah 1:9-11). Arise with boldness, and declare your victory over that “Pharaoh” for the Scripture says, “Thou shalt also declare a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways” (Job 22:28).
*PRAYER:* Father, help me to understand and exercise daily my authority as Your representative in all things in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen!









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DATE: DECEMBER 15, 2020

READ: EXODUS 6:14-30 (NKJV)
14. These [are] the heads of their fathers' houses: The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel, [were] Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. These are the families of Reuben.
15. And the sons of Simeon [were] Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. These [are] the families of Simeon.
16. These [are] the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. And the years of the life of Levi [were] one hundred and thirty-seven.
17. The sons of Gershon [were] Libni and Shimi according to their families.
18. And the sons of Kohath [were] Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. And the years of the life of Kohath [were] one hundred and thirty-three.
19. The sons of Merari [were] Mahali and Mushi. These [are] the families of Levi according to their generations.
20. Now Amram took for himself Jochebed, his father's sister, as wife; and she bore him Aaron and Moses. And the years of the life of Amram [were] one hundred and thirty-seven.
21. The sons of Izhar [were] Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri.
22. And the sons of Uzziel [were] Mishael, Elzaphan, and Zithri.
23. Aaron took to himself Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Nahshon, as wife; and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
24. And the sons of Korah [were] Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. These are the families of the Korahites.
25. Eleazar, Aaron's son, took for himself one of the daughters of Putiel as wife; and she bore him Phinehas. These [are] the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites according to their families.
26. These [are the same] Aaron and Moses to whom the LORD said, "Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies."
27. These [are] the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt. These [are the same] Moses and Aaron.
28. And it came to pass, on the day the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt,
29. that the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "I [am] the LORD. Speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you."
30. But Moses said before the LORD, "Behold, I [am] of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh heed me?"
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today’sreading gives us the genealogical (succession history) of Levi, the third son of Jacob through Leah. It also identifies Moses and Aaron as descendants of Levi. Verse 26 tells us that Aaron and Moses named in this list are the same persons to whom God said “Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.” This word of power spoken by God to Moses and Aaron should have inspired faith and hope in them, but verses 29 and 30 show disappointment from Moses and Aaron. God said to Moses “I am the Lord, speak to Pharaoh, King of Egypt all that I say to you!” However, Moses argued with the Lord and said “Behold I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh heed me?”His argument shows:
1. He was afraid of Pharaoh and did not consider God all-powerful.
2. He was very reluctant to go for the mission and did not believe or understand what God told him in verse 26.
This is not a good example to follow. Whenever God speaks to you, His word comes with power and authority. Psalm 62:11 makes it clear: “God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God.” David was a small boy but he did not consider or fear the height or stature of Goliath, rather he considered and trusted the strength and omnipotence of the God of the armies of Israel. In life, do not consider the enormity of your problem or the strength of your adversary; rather consider the greatness and the omnipotence of your God.
*PRAYER:* Carefully consider those problems, challenges and situations that have seemed impossible to handle and boldly pray to God for solutions now











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DATE: DECEMBER 14, 2020

🔎TOPIC: COVENANT-KEEPING GOD
📺WATCH TODAY'S DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE VIA THIS LINK BELOW 👇🏻
✝️📖TEXT: EXODUS 6:1-13 (NKJV)
1. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land."
2. And God spoke to Moses and said to him: "I [am] the LORD.
3. "I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but [by] My name LORD I was not known to them.
4. "I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers.
5. "And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.
6. "Therefore say to the children of Israel: 'I [am] the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
7. 'I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I [am] the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
8. 'And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you [as] a heritage: I [am] the LORD.' "
9. So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.
10. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
11. "Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the children of Israel go out of his land."
12. And Moses spoke before the LORD, saying, "The children of Israel have not heeded me. How then shall Pharaoh heed me, for I [am] of uncircumcised lips?"
13. Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them a command for the children of Israel and for Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
✝️📜STUDY
Today’s passage reveals God’s assurance of reaction against Pharaoh for maltreating the Israelites. In verse 1 God says “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh…” God is poised to fight the battle of His people and to put the enemies to rout. You should not therefore be afraid. In the fullness of time, God will react on your behalf. No wonder David cried out in Psalm 68:1 “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered…”Whenever your life or peace is threatened, do not panic. Call upon God and He will react on your behalf.
In verse 5, God said Hehad heard the groaning of His people Israel and had remembered His covenant. This shows us that God remembers His covenant and promises to His people. In all the changing scenes of your life, be assured that God will never forget His promises to you. In Psalm 89:34, God says“My covenant will I not break nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lip….”
When you are sick, remind God of His promise to heal you. When you ask, remind Him of His promise that you will receive; when you seek, remind God of His promise that you will find; when you knock, remind God of His promise that it will be opened to you. When you are in trouble remind God of His promise to deliver you. God has said He would never leave nor forsake you. Let these covenants restore your hope and increase your faith.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Pass me not,Oh gentle Saviour!











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DATE: DECEMBER 13, 2020

DATE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020
(Advent 3)
*TOPIC: HUMILITY AND FAITHFULNESS- INDISPENSABLE VIRTUES"
READ: 1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-5 (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.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In today’s reading, Paul urged the Corinthian Christians to think of him and other Christian leaders as mere servants of Christ who were entrusted with the mysteries of God. This virtue of humility is lacking in the Church and society today where workers in the Church want people to see them as great men and women of God. They want people to blow trumpets for them and praise them in the open. Many of them boast that it was only through their prayers that Mr. A or B was healed, helped or delivered. They want to be seen as semi-gods and thus encourage people to mention their names in testimonies they give in the Church. Some of God’s workers even claim ministerial and academic titles they never earned.
The next virtue mentioned in verse 2 is faithfulness. Many Christians are not faithful in their places of work: They are habitual late comers; some embezzle official funds while some others cheat their business partners, masters and colleagues. More still, some married people cheat on their spouses. As a Christian, if you do not possess the virtue of faithfulness, you will miss the kingdom of God. No wonder we are enjoined in Revelations 2:10b to be faithful unto death and God will give us the crown of life.
*PRAYER:* My gracious God and King, please help me to be humble and faithful at all times.










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DATE: DECEMBER 12, 2020
*TOPIC: TAKE IT EASY, GOD IS ON THE THRONE!*
READ: EXODUS 5:15-23 (NKJV)
15. Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, "Why are you dealing thus with your servants?
16. "There is no straw given to your servants, and they say to us, 'Make brick!' And indeed your servants [are] beaten, but the fault [is] in your [own] people."
17. But he said, "You [are] idle! Idle! Therefore you say, 'Let us go [and] sacrifice to the LORD.'
18. "Therefore go now [and] work; for no straw shall be given you, yet you shall deliver the quota of bricks."
19. And the officers of the children of Israel saw [that] they [were] in trouble after it was said, "You shall not reduce [any] bricks from your daily quota."
20. Then, as they came out from Pharaoh, they met Moses and Aaron who stood there to meet them.
21. And they said to them, "Let the LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us."
22. So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why [is] it You have sent me?
23. "For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all."
*THE MESSAGE:*
You may remember that in yesterday’s passage, Pharaoh increased the task of the Israelites because Moses and Aaron went to him to demand the release of the children of Israel. The foremen of Israel went to Pharaoh and pleaded that he should reduce their sufferings and remove the added work load, but in verse 17, Pharaoh referred to them as being idle or lazy and insisted that they must do the increased task.
In verse 20, the foremen of Israel left Pharaoh and met Moses and Aaron and complained bitterly against Moses and Aaron and even blamed them for their (Israelites) woes and predicament. This is not a good example to follow. When you fall into trouble, do not complain, abuse or blame your leaders. Complaining against your leaders does not solve the problem. God had a better purpose in mind for the Israelites. If only they had been patient, they would have seen what God would do. In every situation, instead of blaming God or people, simply turn to God in prayers and you will see His mighty works. In Jeremiah 11:29 God says He knows His thought or plan towards us; He wants to give us a future and a hope. Look at the omnipotence of your God, wait upon Him, and He will establish and settle you (Read 1 Peter 5:10).
*PRAYER:* Sing Hymn A&M 181, stanza 4 and pray with it.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust him for his grace
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face













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DATE: DECEMBER 11, 2020


*TOPIC: THE WICKED TASK MASTER*
READ: EXODUS 5:1-14 (NKJV)

1. Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.' "
2. And Pharaoh said, "Who [is] the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go."
3. So they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go three days' journey into the desert and sacrifice to the LORD our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword."
4. Then the king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their work? Get [back] to your labor."
5. And Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land [are] many now, and you make them rest from their labor!"
6. So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying,
7. "You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.
8. "And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, 'Let us go [and] sacrifice to our God.'
9. "Let more work be laid on the men, that they may labor in it, and let them not regard false words."
10. And the taskmasters of the people and their officers went out and spoke to the people, saying, "Thus says Pharaoh: 'I will not give you straw.
11. 'Go, get yourselves straw where you can find it; yet none of your work will be reduced.' "
12. So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
13. And the taskmasters forced [them] to hurry, saying, "Fulfill your work, [your] daily quota, as when there was straw."
14. Also the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten [and] were asked, "Why have you not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as before?"
*THE MESSAGE:*
In today’s passage, Moses and Aaron approached Pharaoh and demanded for the release of the Israelites who were in bondage in Egypt, but Pharaoh arrogantly defied that instruction from the Lord and even questioned “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice...?” Instead of releasing the Israelites, Pharaoh reacted to their request by adding more task and burden to them, and by so doing made them to groan in pain. The reason Pharaoh crushed them was because Israel was in bondage in Egypt.
Today, many people as a result of sin are groaning in pain because of the bondage of the devil. Sin is the greatest bondage and Satan is the worst and most wicked task master. Satan manipulates and attacks people; he causes diseases, sicknesses, sexual immorality and various other forms of attacks. The more the Israelites asked Pharaoh for mercy, the more they were afflicted. In the same vein, the more people ask the devil for mercy, the more they are crushed, harassed, humiliated and reproached by the devil. The only escape route from the devil is Jesus Christ. If you give your life to Jesus and live in holiness and righteousness, then sin will not have dominion over you and Satan will not have power or authority over you (Romans 6:14). Do you want to be free from every reproach and harassment from the devil? Confess your sins now to God and ask Him to give you the power to overcome Satan.
*PRAYER:* Gracious God, please give me the power to fight valiantly under my banner against sin, the world and the flesh. Make me a true Christian solider until life's end.














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DATE: DECEMBER 10, 2020

DATE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020
*TOPIC: YOU MUST GO IN PEACE!*
READ: EXODUS 4:18-31 (NKJV)
18. So Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him, "Please let me go and return to my brethren who [are] in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive." And Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace."
19. And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead."
20. Then Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
21. And the LORD said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
22. "Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD: "Israel [is] My son, My firstborn.
23. "So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn." ' "
24. And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the LORD met him and sought to kill him.
25. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast [it] at [Moses'] feet, and said, "Surely you [are] a husband of blood to me!"
26. So He let him go. Then she said, "[You are] a husband of blood!" -- because of the circumcision.
27. And the LORD said to Aaron, "Go into the wilderness to meet Moses." So he went and met him on the mountain of God, and kissed him.
28. So Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which He had commanded him.
29. Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.
30. And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. Then he did the signs in the sight of the people.
31. So the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Verse 18 of today’s passage shows how Moses peacefully disengaged from Jethro his father-in-law. Moses said to him “Please let me go and return to my brethren in Egypt.” Despite that God had called Moses as a national leader and “deliverer” of Israel from the bondage of Egyptians, Moses did not look down on his father in law, but was very courteous in telling him that he was leaving. He did not leave with quarrel but in peace. In return to Moses’ humble approach, Jethro replied Him “Go in peace!”
Today we hardly find humble leaders. Many leaders trample upon their old friends and fathers. Some religious leaders who feel they are called by God treat their congregations with contempt. May this never be your portion! Today many junior pastors disengage from their senior pastors with quarrels and enmity.
Some transfers in the public service, Church and other private organisations come about as a result of quarrel and fighting. There are young ladies who disengage from their parents and guardians and go into marriage through quarrel. As a Christian, ensure you settle every quarrel and difference with everyone you relate with before disengaging from them. Let your disengagement be like that of Moses so that you may receive a response of “Go in peace!” which Moses received from Jethro.
*PRAYER: *My Father, please give me the humble mind which was also in Christ Jesus. Help me to treat all persons with courtesy and humility.













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DATE: DECEMBER 9, 2020

*TOPIC: FAKE EXCUSES!*
READ: EXODUS 4:10-17 (NKJV)
10. Then Moses said to the LORD, "O my Lord, I [am] not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I [am] slow of speech and slow of tongue."
11. So the LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? [Have] not I, the LORD?
12. "Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say."
13. But he said, "O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever [else] You may send."
14. So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and He said: "Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
15. "Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do.
16. "So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God.
17. "And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs."
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today again, Moses tried his best to evade the call of God upon him and to avoid being sent to do the duty God wanted him to do. He therefore disqualified himself by saying that he was not eloquent, but slow of speech and slow of tongue. God rejected all the excuses.
In our time, some people use fake excuses and selfish reasons to dodge the call and will of God for their lives and to frustrate the demands of God upon them. Some Christians fail to go to church for reasons of pressure of work. Some who don’t give to God claim that economy is bad, yet they pay their rents, feed well, train their children and executehuge projects. The truth is that human beings pay more attention to the things they value more. Check deep down your heart and see whether your reasons are fake or genuine.
In response to Moses’ evasive excuse, God in verse 11 asked him “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing or the blind? God actually made them all, and He can make them function any way He desires. Here, we see that God is more interested in our willingness to serve Him than in our ability to serve Him. No matter how weak we are, God will make His strength perfect in our weakness and use us if we are willing (2 Corinthians 12:9). Whenever we are willing to serve God, He will turn our weakness to strength and our foolishness to wisdom. Decide now to answer the call of God and He will give you peace and strength.
*PRAYER:* All to Jesus I surrender! God please accept my life, my soul, my money, my knowledge and my all.







THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
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DATE: DECEMBER 8, 2020

DATE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2020
*TOPIC: ACCREDITATION PROBLEM*
READ: EXODUS 4:1-9 (NKJV)
1. Then Moses answered and said, "But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, 'The LORD has not appeared to you.' "
2. So the LORD said to him, "What [is] that in your hand?" He said, "A rod."
3. And He said, "Cast it on the ground." So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.
4. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Reach out your hand and take [it] by the tail" (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand),
5. "that they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you."
6. Furthermore the LORD said to him, "Now put your hand in your bosom." And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand [was] leprous, like snow.
7. And He said, "Put your hand in your bosom again." So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his [other] flesh.
8. "Then it will be, if they do not believe you, nor heed the message of the first sign, that they may believe the message of the latter sign.
9. "And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour [it] on the dry [land.] And the water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry [land."]
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today’s Scripture is a continuation of chapter 3 of Exodus. God wanted to send Moses to Pharaoh so that Moses would lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. In today’s reading, Moses was unsure and insecure about his leading the people of Israel; he therefore proposed a hypothetical situation of people not believing him or not listening to him, or even saying that it was not God that sent him. In response to Moses’ question, God gave him 3 signs to accredit him as having been chosen by God.
In our generation, many ministers of the gospel and believers face the problem of how they could make people believe they are true ministers called by God.
Some print big banners, billboards and posters and put them in strategic places. Some advertise themselves by taking names such as demon destroyer, powerful man of God, anointed man of God, etc. Some of these people do not really advertise Christ; they market themselves and their ministries. If you want people to believe that God sent you, you must submit to the word of God, love what God loves and do what He would do because by their fruits, we shall know them. Again you must be faithful to God in all your ways; faithfulness will commend you to people, and not you commending yourself (2 Corinthians 10:18; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2). Finally, if you are a true and faithful believer in Christ, signs and wonders will follow you (Mark 16:17-18).
*PRAYER:* Heavenly Father, please help me to submit to Your word, believe and obey You! Amen.











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 7, 2020

*TOPIC: DON’T BETRAY TRUST*
READ: 2 TIMOTHY 3:14-4:1-5 (NKJV)
14. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned [them,]
15. and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16. All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17. that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
4:1. I charge [you] therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
2. Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
3. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
4. and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
5. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
*THE MESSAGE:*
A managing director of a company once said that when he reflected on the lives of young children, youths and the elderly who were sustained by the earnings of those who work under him, he often feared the damage he would cause if the company collapsed. This made him to take his work seriously. In verse 14 of our text today, Timothy is strictly advised to be different in an evil generation. There are many people whose compromise can be dangerous in our society. Yes, other people may do the way they like but you must not follow them to betray trust. God has made an investment in your life and so your disappointment in this evil generation will be costly. The Bible is God’s inspired word; we should read it and apply it in our lives (verses 16-17). Again, it is equally important for us to preach the gospel so that our Christian faith will spread.
Always do the right thing irrespective of what others around you are doing. The stars shine when it is dark; be and remain a soldier of Christ that stands for Him in all situations. Read the word of God, apply it in your life and preach it to others. Let your life also preach to people around you. Be sincere, honest and contented. Never lose sight of God’s trust upon your life; don’t also overlook the damage your simple life of compromise can cause to the faith. Let your main focus in life be to please God.
*PRAYER:" Heavenly Father, help me to remain faithful to You in our changing world.







THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 6, 2020

DATE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2020
(Advent 2)
*TOPIC: LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE!*
READ: ROMANS 15:4-13 (NKJV)
4. For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
5. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
6. that you may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
8. Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises [made] to the fathers,
9. and that the Gentiles might glorify God for [His] mercy, as it is written: "For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name."
10. And again he says: "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!"
11. And again: "Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!"
12. And again, Isaiah says: "There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope."
13. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Our relationship with God should be a daily guideline for living; the Bible should be our guideline in decision-making. As we study the Bible and know what God has done in the past years, it will help us to build our confidence on what He will do in the days ahead. The more we know God through His word, the more we build our trust in Him. As we grow in faith and come to know Jesus better, we will develop the attitude of love towards other Christians. Verses 8 and 9 show that Jesus came to bring the truth to the Jews and create access for the Gentiles to glorify Him. Everyone is part of God’s plan for salvation;there is no more barrierto anyone who accepts God’s gift of salvation.
God expects us to promote oneness, regardless of our individual backgrounds.
Love among brethren needs not to be disregarded. Our tribal and ethnic sentiments should not be allowed to destroy our high gift of oneness from God. Whether Jews or Gentiles, we are one! The word of God should be our daily bread, not food for special occasions. God is worthy of your trust; He has been your help in years past. Still trust Him for other things you expect from Him. Past experience and help you have received from Him should build your confidence for success in the expectations you have in Him.
*ACTION:* Reflect on victories you have recorded in the past through God’s help and anchor your hope on Him as you present your needs today






THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 5, 2020

DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2020
*TOPIC: YOU CAN DO IT*
READ: EXODUS 3:11-22 (NKJV)
11. But Moses said to God, "Who [am] I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
12. So He said, "I will certainly be with you. And this [shall be] a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain."
13. Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, [when] I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What [is] His name?' what shall I say to them?"
14. And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.' "
15. Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This [is] My name forever, and this [is] My memorial to all generations.'
16. "Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, "I have surely visited you and [seen] what is done to you in Egypt;
17. "and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey." '
18. "Then they will heed your voice; and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him, 'The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now, please, let us go three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.'
19. "But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand.
20. "So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go.
21. "And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed.
22. "But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put [them] on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians."
*THE MESSAGE:*
God knows your capacity and He knows your strength. Quite often, people who are fit for great mission often think themselves unfit. Considering the state in which Moses found himself, it was natural for him to act the way he did. Put yourself in the same picture and imagine what it will look like to be called out from the bush to go and give the President of your country the kind of message Moses received.
But God was not asking Moses to work alone; He would go with him. Another thing Moses feared was how to convince his own people on the mission. His previous experience with them when he wanted to assist them was not encouraging because he was exposed for committing murder. But one with God is majority; this time, there was no cause for alarm. He was to work under divine protection and leading; God would only use him to fulfil His purpose.
You are born for a purpose. Every experience of your life may be to succeed in that purpose. Be careful not to reject that calling. If you are sensitive in the spirit, you will know the call of God upon your life. It may be to help others, encourage the weak, bring the knowledge of Christ to your people, change things around you for good, etc. Accept the offer and do it. The Lord is with you.
*PRAYER:* Oh Lord, I am now ready to obey. Help me to surrender my will to You.
















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 4, 2020

DATE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2020
*TOPIC: DIVINE ARRANGEMENT*
READ: EXODUS 3:1-10 (NKJV)
1. Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
2. And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush [was] not consumed.
3. Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn."
4. So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
5. Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand [is] holy ground."
6. Moreover He said, "I [am] the God of your father -- the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
7. And the LORD said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who [are] in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
8. "So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
9. "Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
10. "Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
*THE MESSAGE:*
Be hopeful, God is working His purpose out for you. It is very clear from our text today that God sees our afflictions, hears our cry, and knows our sorrows (verse 7). This should be a serious encouragement to us not to relent in our prayers despite how long we may have waited. While the Israelites were crying in Egypt, they never knew that God was working behind the scenes. Through divine arrangement, God drew the attention of Moses where he saw a bush burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed (verse 2). In the process, Moses was given a divine mandate to go and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt.
Some experiences in life are divinely designed to draw us to God. Moses’ attention was drawn for him to hear the message of God and receive a divine assignment. For us to hear from God, we need to tune down the world volume and draw closer to God. Always make out time to be alone with God. God knows the problems you are facing; you will soon sing a song of victory. Only don’t relent in your prayers. Your miracle is on your way.
*PRAYER:* Pray with Hymns A&M 165, Stanza 2:
Beneath the shadow of thy throne,
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone.
And our defence is sure.











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 3, 2020


TOPIC: YOU WILL MAKE IT
📺WATCH TODAY'S DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE AND SHARE WITH OTHERS 👇🏻
✝️📖TEXT: EXODUS 2:1-10 (NKJV)
1. And a man of the house of Levi went and took [as wife] a daughter of Levi.
2. So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he [was] a beautiful [child,] she hid him three months.
3. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid [it] in the reeds by the river's bank.
4. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.
5. Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it.
6. And when she had opened [it,] she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."
7. Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?"
8. And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go." So the maiden went and called the child's mother.
9. Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give [you] your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him.
10. And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, "Because I drew him out of the water."
✝️📜STUDY
With strong faith and courage, one can change difficult situations. Any person who does not see what this woman (Moses’ mother) did from the point of view of faith, will consider her action as a reckless courage. Imagine what it means for a woman to surrender her son to be killed because a fellow human being issued such an order. It took faith for the woman to sustain the child for 3 months before resolving to make an Ark of bulrushes for him and kept him by the river’s bank. One thing is sure, the life of a person whom God has a special interest in can never be destroyed. Moses survived because he was born to deliver others. Everything works according to God’s plan because God works in a mysterious way.
God makes a way where there is no way; He can change situations for good irrespective of how helpless and hopeless they may look. Don’t give up;keep on trusting in His words and saving grace. Our text today gives an account of a difficult experience for a family, yet God saved the life of the child and secured his future. God will intervene in your own case; He will work out His purpose in your family. Nobody will destroy your life or your future. Only trust and obey Him.
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Rock of ages cleft for me, let me hide myself and my future in you.










THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 2, 2020

✝️🔎TOPIC: YOU WILL MAKE IT
📺WATCH TODAY'S DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE AND SHARE WITH OTHERS 👇🏻
✝️📖TEXT: EXODUS 2:1-10 (NKJV)
1. And a man of the house of Levi went and took [as wife] a daughter of Levi.
2. So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he [was] a beautiful [child,] she hid him three months.
3. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid [it] in the reeds by the river's bank.
4. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.
5. Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it.
6. And when she had opened [it,] she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."
7. Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?"
8. And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go." So the maiden went and called the child's mother.
9. Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give [you] your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him.
10. And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, "Because I drew him out of the water."
✝️📜STUDY
With strong faith and courage, one can change difficult situations. Any person who does not see what this woman (Moses’ mother) did from the point of view of faith, will consider her action as a reckless courage. Imagine what it means for a woman to surrender her son to be killed because a fellow human being issued such an order. It took faith for the woman to sustain the child for 3 months before resolving to make an Ark of bulrushes for him and kept him by the river’s bank. One thing is sure, the life of a person whom God has a special interest in can never be destroyed. Moses survived because he was born to deliver others. Everything works according to God’s plan because God works in a mysterious way.
God makes a way where there is no way; He can change situations for good irrespective of how helpless and hopeless they may look. Don’t give up;keep on trusting in His words and saving grace. Our text today gives an account of a difficult experience for a family, yet God saved the life of the child and secured his future. God will intervene in your own case; He will work out His purpose in your family. Nobody will destroy your life or your future. Only trust and obey Him.
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Rock of ages cleft for me, let me hide myself and my future in you.










THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: DECEMBER 1, 2020

🔎TOPIC: DO THE RIGHT THING

✝️📖TEXT: EXODUS 1:15-22 (NKJV)
15. Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one [was] Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah;
16. and he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see [them] on the birthstools, if it [is] a son, then you shall kill him; but if it [is] a daughter, then she shall live."
17. But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.
18. So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?"
19. And the midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women [are] not like the Egyptian women; for they [are] lively and give birth before the midwives come to them."
20. Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty.
21. And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them.
22. So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive."
✝️📜STUDY
Do not allow any person to use you to achieve evil intentions against others. Obey your leaders but ensure that your obedience to people does not contradict the will of God. Nobody should compel you to do something that is against your will.
We see courage, faithfulness and wisdom in the lives of the two Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah. They did not allow the powerful influence of pharaoh to make them to do something they knew was against the will of God. Their work was to help women deliver safely;they were called to save, not to kill, and they realised that and kept to the rule of their calling. They disobeyedPharaoh because they feared the Lord (v.17). The result of their wise action made the Israelites to increase in number (v.20). God rewarded them by giving them their own families (v.21).
Just pause and reflect. Given the same experience these midwives had, how would you have behaved? Who do you obey his command? Many lives are lost on a daily basis today because some of our doctors place money above lives. Some lawyers defend injustice and promote evil. Some of the drugs we buy do not reflect their time value because certain pharmacists obey the voice of ungodly riches. Where are the Shiphrahs and Puahs of our time? Let God count on you. Always do the right thing no matter the pressure.
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Give me the grace oh Lord to always stand and defend what is right.












THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: NOVEMBER 30, 2020

DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020
(St. Andrew’s Day)
*TOPIC: CALLED, BUT NOT IDLE!*
READ: MATTHEW 4:18-22 (NKJV)
18. And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
19. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
20. They immediately left [their] nets and followed Him.
21. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,
22. and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Simon and Andrew; James and John; two brothers in each case: similar trades (fishing); similar request from the Lord (‘come, follow me’); similar responses (at once, immediately, they left…); similar situations or circumstances (a lucrative job to be left behind); similar traits (amazing willingness and swift response); similar sacrifices (for Simon Peter and Andrew, not just the fish, but very major equipment - their nets; and for James and John, possible alienation from their father for gross misconduct and disregard!). As we celebrate St. Andrew today, it is important to remind ourselves of these amazing qualities.
Meanwhile, having just emerged from ‘the wilderness of temptation’ (Matthew 4:1-8), and just began His earthly ministry, Jesus needed to constitute a team of hardworking and faithful people who would follow, observe and emulate Him. He needed a team He could train, first to be with Him, and then to be entrusted with service (cf. Mark 3:13-15), and He found here those already gainfully employed. Certainly, the Lord did not want idle and unfaithful people as disciples, unlike the erroneous notion some people have about God’s calling into service. Here, He chose those who were already faithfully in active service! Surely, Jesus has no use for lazy and idle people. What of you?
*PRAYER:* Lord, help me to be fully engaged and hardworking even as I strive to labour for You in Jesus’ name. Amen!












THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: NOVEMBER 29, 2020
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT


*TOPIC: A SERIOUS WARNING!*
READ: ROMANS 13: 8-14 (NKJV)
8. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if [there is] any other commandment, are [all] summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
10. Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love [is] the fulfillment of the law.
11. And [do] this, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation [is] nearer than when we [first] believed.
12. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
14. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to [fulfill its] lusts.
*THE MESSAGE:*
A story was told of an elderly man who discovered from his balcony at about 4.30 am, that a raging storm had destroyed part of a heavy traffic bridge during the night. Alarmed, he ran into the heavy downpour with his hurricane lamp to warn of the danger ahead. But alas! He was ignored. He watched in horror, as each passing car crashed to their death. His old age and the piercing cold notwithstanding, he kept on urging the cars to stop. Much later, a pastor’s family who recognised him stopped to ‘offer help’ to the old man who could barely manage to warn of the broken bridge before he fainted from the cold. It was the Pastor who now joined to stop others and helped resuscitate him. Unfortunately, many needless tragedies had already occurred. Similarly, there are countless many today who are ‘driving’ into a Christless eternity!
As we celebrate another Advent Sunday, the warning by Paul in today’s text offers us fresh opportunity. Read verses 11-14 again and identify the warnings! Wake up! Your salvation is nearer now (Jesus’ coming is near)! ‘The day is at hand’ (time is almost up!). Behave decently! Stop carousing! Drunkenness is risky! Stop feeding the flesh! As you’re reading this, are you possibly guilty of any of these? Then the warning is for you!
*PRAYER:* Lord, please help me to heed Your timely warnings.







THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: NOVEMBER 28, 2020


DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2020
*TOPIC: GOD’S PEOPLE ALWAYS TRIUMPH*
READ: EXODUS 1:1-14 (NKJV)
1. Now these [are] the names of the children of Israel who came to Egypt; each man and his household came with Jacob:
2. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah;
3. Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin;
4. Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
5. All those who were descendants of Jacob were seventy persons (for Joseph was in Egypt [already).]
6. And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation.
7. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.
8. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
9. And he said to his people, "Look, the people of the children of Israel [are] more and mightier than we;
10. "come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and [so] go up out of the land."
11. Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses.
12. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel.
13. So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor.
14. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage -- in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve [was] with rigor.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Rigour is the quality of being extremely thorough and careful. Rigour describes a condition of stiffness or strictness. It refers to a process of adhering absolutely to certain constraints, or the practice of maintaining strict consistency with certain predefined parameters.These were the conditions in which the children of Israel found themselves in Egypt after the death of Joseph, when a new king that knew not Joseph emerged. Before the new king, the children of Israel were prosperous (verse 7).
Today’s text is teaching us that those whom God has blessed cannot be cursed. Their adversaries can only make their life miserable, but in the end, God’s people will always triumph. Nigerian Christians are today passing through excruciating pains from the murderous activities of Boko Haram, herdsmen, etc. Brethren, may we not faint in adversity. Read Psalm 30:5. Believers in Christ will surely triumph over their enemies if they stand firm till the end.
*PRAYER:* Oh God, may we always triumph over the enemy in Jesus name, Amen.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2020

DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2020
*TOPIC: OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD*
READ: GENESIS 50:15-26 (NKJV)
15. When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him."
16. So they sent [messengers] to Joseph, saying, "Before your father died he commanded, saying,
17. 'Thus you shall say to Joseph: "I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you." ' Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
18. Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, "Behold, we [are] your servants."
19. Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for [am] I in the place of God?
20. "But as for you, you meant evil against me; [but] God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as [it is] this day, to save many people alive.
21. "Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
22. So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father's household. And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years.
23. Joseph saw Ephraim's children to the third [generation.] The children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were also brought up on Joseph's knees.
24. And Joseph said to his brethren, "I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
25. Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, "God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here."
26. So Joseph died, [being] one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The guilt of what Joseph’s brothers had done to him in selling him into slavery still lingered in their minds (Genesis 37:12-28). When Jacob their father died, they remembered the evil which they meted to Joseph; they were afraid he would revenge (verse 15). They sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, “Thy father did command before he died; Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil…” (verses 16-17). Joseph’s brothers went and fell down before his face and said, “Behold, we are your servants” (verse 18; Genesis 37:7,10). Joseph said to them, “Fear not: For am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (verses 18-20).
Joseph reassures his brothers (verse 21). Here, we can see Joseph applying the Christian conduct which says, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Joseph did not avenge for himself. He forgave his brothers. Read Romans 12:19-21. Brethren, we must learn to forgive and show love to one another. Remember, love covers a multitude of sins.
*PRAYER:* Oh Lord, grant me the grace to forgive my offenders in Jesus name, Amen.













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DATE: NOVEMBER 26, 2020

DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020
*TOPIC: THE END OF A FULFILLED LIFE*
READ: GENESIS 49:29-50:1-14 (NKJV)
29. Then he charged them and said to them: "I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that [is] in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
30. "in the cave that [is] in the field of Machpelah, which [is] before Mamre in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite as a possession for a burial place.
31. "There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah.
32. "The field and the cave that [is] there [were] purchased from the sons of Heth."
33. And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.
34. Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him, and kissed him.
50:1 Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him, and kissed him.
2. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.
3. Forty days were required for him, for such are the days required for those who are embalmed; and the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.
4. Now when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the hearing of Pharaoh, saying,
5. ‘My father made me swear, saying, “Behold, I am dying; in my grave which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me.” Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father, and I will come back.’
6. ” And Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear.”
7. So Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
8. as well as all the house of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s house. Only their little ones, their flocks, and their herds they left in the land of Goshen.
9. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen, and it was a very great gathering.
10. Then they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and they mourned there with a great and very solemn lamentation. He observed seven days of mourning for his father.
11. And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a deep mourning of the Egyptians.” Therefore its name was called Abel Mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.
12. So his sons did for him just as he had commanded them.
13. For his sons carried him to the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite as property for a burial place.
14. And after he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers and all who went up with him to bury his father.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Jacob’s life was full of ups and downs - he suffered hard times. From Jacob to Israel, he left Canaan to Padan-aram, running away from his brother, Esau.He was a cheat and snatcher of birthrights. However, on his way, he encountered God at Bethel. He later wrestled with God and his life was changed - God gave him a new name. In Canaan, he experienced famineyand the shock of the news of Joseph and Rachael’s death but God also blessed him with many sons, and herds, servants and protection. He finally found himself in Egypt to meet his son Joseph. His early life of struggle was rewarded with great plenty.
How is your life like today? Is it full of riches or struggles, suffering or enjoyment, in the world or in Christ? The end of a thing is better than the beginning. Jacob started with a deceitful life, entered into struggles and sufferings and found God on his way, ended up in a palace in Egypt and died a fulfilled man. His burial was a national one. No matter your life, the question is, have you received Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour? Remember that palace, money, high position, titles and wealth alone cannot make your life fulfilled. A fulfilled life is a life that ends in Christ.
*PRAYER:* Oh God, may I start my life with You, continue to dwell in You all the days of my life on earth and finish strong and finally inherit eternal life.








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DATE: NOVEMBER 25, 2020

DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2020
*TOPIC: EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS BLESSING*
READ: GENESIS 49:14-18 (NKJV)
14. "Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens;
15. He saw that rest [was] good, And that the land [was] pleasant; He bowed his shoulder to bear [a burden,] And became a band of slaves.
16. "Dan shall judge his people As one of the tribes of Israel.
17. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, A viper by the path, That bites the horse's heels So that its rider shall fall backward.
18. I have waited for your salvation, O LORD!
*THE MESSAGE:*
The patriarch, Jacob, in his old age saw the need to pour out his blessings on his children, to reproduce himself, to multiply the covenant his fathers - from Abraham to Isaac, to Jacob- to his twelve sons. Every godly father should copy this act of Jacob and never die with what he has alone. As Jacob opened his mouth, the Spirit of God took over to bring out the destinies of future Israel. This is a lesson for us to respect our parents. Again, as a father or mother, you must watch the behaviour of your children. Know that blessing them is blessing yourself and cursing them is also cursing yourself.
Jacob’s blessing on them is somehow based on the meaning of their names, their personal characters and personal achievements. You need to understand that you have a lot to contribute towards your destiny. Each of them received his own blessings according to the volume of things written concerning them. Nevertheless, do not envy another person’s blessings but discover yours and fight to fulfil them. You can re-write yours with prayers if you discover a negative trait as in the case of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1.3-4). The Spirit gave to everyone severally as He will (1 Corinthians 12:11) Know that you are blessed.
*PRAYER:* Lord help me to discover my God-given blessings and destiny and live to fulfil them in Christ.










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DATE: NOVEMBER 24, 2020


*TOPIC: THE REUBEN TRAGEDY*
READ: GENESIS 49:1-13 (NKJV)
1. And Jacob called his sons and said, "Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:
2. "Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, And listen to Israel your father.
3. "Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.
4. Unstable as water, you shall not excel, Because you went up to your father's bed; Then you defiled [it -- He] went up to my couch.
5. "Simeon and Levi [are] brothers; Instruments of cruelty [are in] their dwelling place.
6. Let not my soul enter their council; Let not my honor be united to their assembly; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox.
7. Cursed [be] their anger, for [it is] fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel.
8. "Judah, you [are he] whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand [shall be] on the neck of your enemies; Your father's children shall bow down before you.
9. Judah [is] a lion's whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
10. The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him [shall be] the obedience of the people.
11. Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey's colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
12. His eyes [are] darker than wine, And his teeth whiter than milk.
13. "Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He [shall become] a haven for ships, And his border shall adjoin Sidon.
*THE MESSAGE:*
We are familiar with the great blessings and privileges that accompany the firstborn position in most families. Reuben as the firstborn son, represented the primacy of his father’s manly strength in procreation, and held the place of power and dignity. The birthright with its double portion belonged to him. It was possible that by the time Jacob called all his children to speak into their future, Reuben may have been the most excited and eager to receive the double portion as his birthright demanded. But he never knew that he forfeited his pre-eminence on the day he boiled over with dark passion and slept with Bilhah, his father’s concubine.
Beloved, life is a seed and whatsoever we do with our lives, we will reap the fruits in the future. Certain things we do today whether good or bad will speak for or against our lives when it matters most. The tragedy of Reuben must bring us to the realities that even though sin is forgiven, the consequences and scars of some may remain to our detriment. We must therefore make up our minds to exercise great caution as we live in this land of our pilgrimage.
*PRAYER:* Father, help me to avoid the errors that will scatter Your plans for my life.
















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DATE: NOVEMBER 23, 2020

*TOPIC: THE WONDERS OF GOD’S MERCIES*
READ: GENESIS 48:13-22 (NKJV)
13. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought [them] near him.
14. Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid [it] on Ephraim's head, who [was] the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh [was] the firstborn.
15. And he blessed Joseph, and said: "God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has fed me all my life long to this day,
16. The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."
17. Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.
18. And Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this [one is] the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."
19. But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations."
20. So he blessed them that day, saying, "By you Israel will bless, saying, 'May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!' " And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
21. Then Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am dying, but God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers.
22. "Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow."
*THE MESSAGE:*
Our application of the word ‘mercy’ most times is limited only to forgiveness of sin, but God’s mercies cut across every issue of life. The word mercy from a broader sense means: To bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior or to bestow favour on someone. From our text, we can see a graphic example of how a rule was changed by God’s mercy in favour of Ephraim who was the younger brother of Manasseh. Even when Joseph protested, yet Jacob insisted that the younger brother would be greater than the elder. God, in preferring men, sometimes gives more blessings to whomsoever He wills, regardless of position, qualification or achievements. For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whomsoever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomsoever I will have compassion on. So then it is not of Him that wills, nor of Him that runs, but of God who shows mercy (Romans 9:15-16).
Beloved, the mercies of God can position the obviously unlikely candidates for God’s richest blessings! In this season, may the mercies of God that changes rules and breaks protocols in a way that contradicts common sense, locate you in an unusual way.
*PRAYER:* Lord, let the wonders of Your mercies be displayed in every area of my life, Amen





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DATE: NOVEMBER 22, 2020

Sunday Before Advent)
*TOPIC: JOY AT LAST!*
READ: HEBREWS 9:24- 29 (NKJV)
24. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, [which are] copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
25. not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another --
26. He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
27. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
28. so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Man is empowered by Divine providence to make choices for himself. Therefore, man is a product of the decisions he makes. Nevertheless certain choices have led to great regrets and to the detriments of those who made them (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25). However, there is a choice that when made only leads to a joyous end. It is the choice of accepting the once and for all sacrifice made for us by Christ Jesus (verses 26-28). To everyone who has made the choice of following after Christ, whose faith is intact and who earnestly awaits His second coming, there awaits a Joy at last (verse 28). The God who never lies and whose covenant can never be broken says He is coming back again for those who are earnestly awaiting Him. Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Don’t conform to this world! There is a JOY AT LAST. Remember: Physical death does not end conscious existence. There is an after this. (verse 27)
Accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour now and be shortlisted for this joyous end. Believers must keep looking; never letting our guards down. Remember: It is only him that endures to the end that shall be saved (Matthew 24:13)
*PRAYER:* Heavenly Father, we receive grace to follow You till the end in Jesus name. Amen
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DATE: NOVEMBER 21, 2020

DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020
*TOPIC: GOD OF WONDERS*
READ: GENESIS 48:1-12 (NKJV)
1. Now it came to pass after these things that Joseph was told, "Indeed your father [is] sick"; and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
2. And Jacob was told, "Look, your son Joseph is coming to you"; and Israel strengthened himself and sat up on the bed.
3. Then Jacob said to Joseph: "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
4. "and said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and give this land to your descendants after you [as] an everlasting possession.'
5. "And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, [are] mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
6. "Your offspring whom you beget after them shall be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
7. "But as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when [there was] but a little distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem)."
8. Then Israel saw Joseph's sons, and said, "Who [are] these?"
9. And Joseph said to his father, "They [are] my sons, whom God has given me in this [place."] And he said, "Please bring them to me, and I will bless them."
10. Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, [so that] he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
11. And Israel said to Joseph, "I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!"
12. So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth.
*THE MESSAGE:*
We see God’s Sovereignty, Supremacy and pre-determinate counsel turn things around, give hope to the hopeless and bring joy in the place of sorrows and a garment of praise in the place of mourning, as Jacob confessed: “I had not thought to see thy face: and lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed” (verse 11). Note that Jacob did not only see Joseph but also his sons too.They were not wretched and destitute but were clothed in the splendor of the palace! God still does mind-blowing, unbelievable and unimaginable things!
Beloved, regardless of what we may have lost or what conditions that may have made us conclude about life, marriage, career, business, family, childbirth, job, etc., God is still saying to us: we will not only see our Joseph, we will also see his sons! Assuredly, for your shame, God will give you double, exceeding your expectations. Like Jacob, we must hold on to the promises of God to us (verses 3-4). We must never surrender our convictions to our condition.(See Genesis28:15; Ephesians 3:20; Isaiah 61:7; Hebrews 13:5).
*PRAYER:* Father, I thank You for though the night tarries, my daylight shall surely break forth in Jesus name. Amen.













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DATE: NOVEMBER 20, 2020

DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020
*TOPIC: DWELLING IN GOSHEN*
READ: GENESIS 47:13-31 (NKJV)
13. Now [there was] no bread in all the land; for the famine [was] very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.
14. And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, for the grain which they bought; and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
15. So when the money failed in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us bread, for why should we die in your presence? For the money has failed."
16. Then Joseph said, "Give your livestock, and I will give you [bread] for your livestock, if the money is gone."
17. So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread [in exchange] for the horses, the flocks, the cattle of the herds, and for the donkeys. Thus he fed them with bread [in exchange] for all their livestock that year.
18. When that year had ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, "We will not hide from my lord that our money is gone; my lord also has our herds of livestock. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our lands.
19. "Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants of Pharaoh; give [us] seed, that we may live and not die, that the land may not be desolate."
20. Then Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for every man of the Egyptians sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. So the land became Pharaoh's.
21. And as for the people, he moved them into the cities, from [one] end of the borders of Egypt to the [other] end.
22. Only the land of the priests he did not buy; for the priests had rations [allotted to them] by Pharaoh, and they ate their rations which Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their lands.
23. Then Joseph said to the people, "Indeed I have bought you and your land this day for Pharaoh. Look, [here is] seed for you, and you shall sow the land.
24. "And it shall come to pass in the harvest that you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh. Four-fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and for your food, for those of your households and as food for your little ones."
25. So they said, "You have saved our lives; let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants."
26. And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, [that] Pharaoh should have one-fifth, except for the land of the priests only, [which] did not become Pharaoh's.
27. So Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly.
28. And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the length of Jacob's life was one hundred and forty-seven years.
29. When the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, "Now if I have found favor in your sight, please put your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me. Please do not bury me in Egypt,
30. "but let me lie with my fathers; you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place." And he said, "I will do as you have said."
31. Then he said, "Swear to me." And he swore to him. So Israel bowed himself on the head of the bed.
*THE MESSAGE:*
King Pharaoh granted the request for Israel to dwell in Goshen, a place in Egypt. While there was famine in other parts of Egypt and as long as Jacob and his descendants (the Israelites) dwelt in Goshen, they had great possessions, grew and multiplied (verse 27). Israel’s case in Goshen was different from that of the Egyptians who had to give up their cattle, lands and even bodies for bread. God’s will for His people is that “when men are cast down, then thou shalt say, there is lifting up’ (Job 22:29, KJV). However there is a Goshen for God’s people to dwell, which is The Secret Place of The Most High (Psalm 91:1). The Secret Place of the Most High is the place of regular fellowship and communion with God in prayer and in study of His word. God’s word provides solution to every need and God is His word. (John 1:1).
Are you hard pressed by the present harsh economic situation? Are you indebted? Do you have numerous unmet needs? Does the future seem bleak? There is an invitation for you, to “come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). There is rest in God.
*PRAYER:* Lord may I find succour in You as I come to You.







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DATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2020

TOPIC: A RIGHTEOUS PETITION*
READ: GENESIS 47:1-12 (NKJV)
1. Then Joseph went and told Pharaoh, and said, "My father and my brothers, their flocks and their herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan; and indeed they [are] in the land of Goshen."
2. And he took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.
3. Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, "What [is] your occupation?" And they said to Pharaoh, "Your servants [are] shepherds, both we [and] also our fathers."
4. And they said to Pharaoh, "We have come to dwell in the land, because your servants have no pasture for their flocks, for the famine [is] severe in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen."
5. Then Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, "Your father and your brothers have come to you.
6. "The land of Egypt [is] before you. Have your father and brothers dwell in the best of the land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know [any] competent men among them, then make them chief herdsmen over my livestock."
7. Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob and set him before Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8. Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How old [are] you?"
9. And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage [are] one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage."
10. So Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
11. And Joseph situated his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
12. Then Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father's household with bread, according to the number in [their] families.
*THE MESSAGE:*
We read from our text how Joseph led his brethren to king Pharaoh of Egypt with the request, “Let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen” (verse 4). This request was borne out of the dire need for food, pasture and general comfort of Joseph’s brethren and their flock who were driven by famine out of the land of Canaan. Recall that Joseph’s brethren mentioned here, (excluding his father, Jacob and younger brother, Benjamin), were those who conspired to kill him but who ended up selling him out as a slave (Genesis 37:17-28).
Humanly speaking, Joseph ought to have sought the comfort of only his father and younger brother, but he chose to do as God commanded: “bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you” (Luke 6:28)- Joseph gave his brethren comfort. Perhaps what helped Joseph act this way is what he told his brethren, “but as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good” (Genesis 50:20a). Have you been ill-treated, hurt, betrayed, cheated, despised or jilted? It is working out for your good. Dare to make the righteous petition, not for those “enemies” to die, but for God to bless them and you will see the healer manifest to heal you and put smiles on your face.
*PRAYER:* Ask for grace to always pray for your enemies and to do good to them.









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DATE: NOVEMBER 18, 2020

DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020
*TOPIC: FULFILLING OF PROPHECY IGNITED*
READ: GENESIS 46:26-34 (NKJV)
26. All the persons who went with Jacob to Egypt, who came from his body, besides Jacob's sons' wives, [were] sixty-six persons in all.
27. And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt [were] two persons. All the persons of the house of Jacob who went to Egypt were seventy.
28. Then he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to point out before him [the way] to Goshen. And they came to the land of Goshen.
29. So Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; and he presented himself to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.
30. And Israel said to Joseph, "Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you [are] still alive."
31. Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and say to him, 'My brothers and those of my father's house, who [were] in the land of Canaan, have come to me.
32. 'And the men [are] shepherds, for their occupation has been to feed livestock; and they have brought their flocks, their herds, and all that they have.'
33. "So it shall be, when Pharaoh calls you and says, 'What is your occupation?'
34. "that you shall say, 'Your servants' occupation has been with livestock from our youth even till now, both we [and] also our fathers,' that you may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd [is] an abomination to the Egyptians."
*THE MESSAGE:*
In today’s reading, Israel arrives Egypt with all members of his household, fully prepared to take permanent residency, a development which essentially marked the beginning of the fulfilling of the divine pronouncement in Genesis 15:13-14. He dispatches Judah - the fourth of his children - to announce their arrival and to inquire from Joseph the way to Goshen.This was a leadership responsibility that should have traditionally fallen on Reuben. But it does appear that Judah had previously asserted himself. Jacob's meeting with his favourite son who had been formerly declared dead was a testimony so touching that Jacob would declare his readiness to die, not in the sense that he had become tired of life itself but as a tacit declaration of his satisfaction with the miracle of having a lost treasure restored to him.
Worthy of note in this passage also is Joseph's wise scheme to ensure that Israel settled in Goshen, distinctly separate from their hosts. Three things would be achieved: They would settle in the choicest part of Egypt; they would enjoy relative freedom to exercise their faith, and would not be tainted by the idolatrous posture of their hosts, as should be the case with all children of God.
*PRAYER:* Grant, OhLord, that I shall live to see your goodness in the land of the living.






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THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: NOVEMBER 17, 2020


✝️🔎TOPIC: WHEN GOD IS INVOLVED!

📺 WATCH TODAY'S DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE VIA THIS LINK BELOW 👇🏻


✝️📖TEXT: GENESIS 46:1-25(NKJV)

1. So Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
2. Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, "Jacob, Jacob!" And he said, "Here I am."
3. So He said, "I [am] God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.
4. "I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up [again;] and Joseph will put his hand on your eyes."
5.  Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob, their little ones, and their wives, in the carts which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
6.  So they took their livestock and their goods, which they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went to Egypt, Jacob and all his descendants with him.
7.  His sons and his sons' sons, his daughters and his sons' daughters, and all his descendants he brought with him to Egypt.
8.  Now these [were] the names of the children of Israel, Jacob and his sons, who went to Egypt: Reuben [was] Jacob's firstborn.
9.  The sons of Reuben [were] Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
10.  The sons of Simeon [were] Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman.
11.  The sons of Levi [were] Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
12.  The sons of Judah [were] Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan). The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.
13.  The sons of Issachar [were] Tola, Puvah, Job, and Shimron.
14.  The sons of Zebulun [were] Sered, Elon, and Jahleel.
15.  These [were] the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Padan Aram, with his daughter Dinah. All the persons, his sons and his daughters, [were] thirty-three.
16.  The sons of Gad [were] Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.
17.  The sons of Asher [were] Jimnah, Ishuah, Isui, Beriah, and Serah, their sister. And the sons of Beriah [were] Heber and Malchiel.
18.  These [were] the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter; and these she bore to Jacob: sixteen persons.
19.  The sons of Rachel, Jacob's wife, [were] Joseph and Benjamin.
20.  And to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him.
21.  The sons of Benjamin [were] Belah, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard.
22.  These [were] the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob: fourteen persons in all.
23.  The son of Dan [was] Hushim.
24.  The sons of Naphtali [were] Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem.
25.  These [were] the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, and she bore these to Jacob: seven persons in all.

✝️📜STUDY

The excitement and eager expectation of seeing and reuniting with a favourite son he had long thought to be dead must have spurred Jacob into hastily embarking on what could be aptly described as a journey to uncertainty. However, midway into that journey, reality may have begun to stir in him some inexplicable fear that probably made him branch to Beer-Sheba to court divine attention. Jacob’s decision to offer sacrifice to God at Beer-Sheba could have been driven by some memorable family history at the place (Gen. 21:33 & 26:25), which probably culminated in their pitching a family altar there as the patriarchs were most likely to do. 

True to His type, God was pleased with Jacob’s sacrifice and instantly reassured him that there was no cause for alarm because He would be with him all the way. Assurance of divine presence, guidance, security and favourwas a strong morale booster for Jacob, as it should be for whoever else that obtains it. Much more than that however, is the guarantee of success it conveys on whatever venture one undertakes in conformity with divine plans and purposes, just as was the case with Jacob’s migration to Egypt at this point.

✝️🙏 PRAYER: Grant, Oh Lord, that Your presence abide with me always. Amen.











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THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2020


DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020
*TOPIC: “I WILL SEE JOSEPH BEFORE I DIE!”*
READ: GENESIS 45:16-28 (NKJV)
16. Now the report of it was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, "Joseph's brothers have come." So it pleased Pharaoh and his servants well.
17. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'Do this: Load your animals and depart; go to the land of Canaan.
18. 'Bring your father and your households and come to me; I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.
19. 'Now you are commanded -- do this: Take carts out of the land of Egypt for your little ones and your wives; bring your father and come.
20. 'Also do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt [is] yours.' "
21. Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them carts, according to the command of Pharaoh, and he gave them provisions for the journey.
22. He gave to all of them, to each man, changes of garments; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred [pieces] of silver and five changes of garments.
23. And he sent to his father these [things:] ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and food for his father for the journey.
24. So he sent his brothers away, and they departed; and he said to them, "See that you do not become troubled along the way."
25. Then they went up out of Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father.
26. And they told him, saying, "Joseph [is] still alive, and he [is] governor over all the land of Egypt." And Jacob's heart stood still, because he did not believe them.
27. But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.
28. Then Israel said, "[It is] enough. Joseph my son [is] still alive. I will go and see him before I die."
*THE MESSAGE:*
Jacob had long lost hope of ever seeing his beloved son, Joseph again. He had earlier convinced himself, “A wild beast has devoured him, Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces” (Genesis 37:33); and when his sons tried to console him, he refused to be consoled, saying, “I shall go down into the grave to my son, mourning” (Genesis 37:35). The God we serve however is a miraculous God. He indeed raises the poor from the ash heap and makes them sit with princes (Psalm 113:7). Unknown to Jacob, God has raised his son Joseph as a prince in the land of Egypt. He introduced his brothers to Pharaoh who immediately ordered that Jacob and the entire family come over to live in Egypt. He equally pledged. “Do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours” (verse 20)
As part of preparing his father for the journey down to Egypt, Joseph sent some goods to his aged father, Jacob – “ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread and food for the journey” (verse 23). His other sons came back to the land of Canaan with the goods, and broke the heart-melting news to their father: “Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt” (verse 26). For Jacob, the news was too good to be true. He doubted his children, but when he saw the goods Joseph sent, his spirit revived and out of joy, exclaimed, “It is enough, Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.” (verse 28) What a mighty God we serve! Have you lost hope? Today, God will restore your hope. You will see your “Joseph” before you die!
*PRAYER:* Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. You did not fail Jacob; You will not fail me in Jesus’ name – Amen.
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THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2020

(Trinity 23)
*TOPIC: SONS OF LIGHT AND SONS OF THE DAY*
READ: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-11(NKJV)
1. But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
2. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
3. For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
4. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
5. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
6. Therefore let us not sleep, as others [do,] but let us watch and be sober.
7. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
8. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and [as] a helmet the hope of salvation.
9. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10. who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
*THE MESSAGE:
Apostle Paul in this chapter addressed the necessity of being ready for the coming of the Lord. His audience were eager to know when Jesus would return in glory, so Paul reminded them that “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (verse 2). Thieves and evil perpetrators choose to work in the darkness of the night when others are asleep or drunk (verses 6-7) However, the children of God are “sons of light and sons of the day” (verses 4-5). They should not be found sleeping or drunk when that day comes. Instead, they should be in full control of themselves, spiritually vigilant and standing readily dressed in the amour of light (verse 8, Romans 13:12).
In view of the nearness of the coming of Christ, it is expected of believers to walk as children of light so that the Day will not come upon them unawares. “Walk as children of light” is a command (Ephesians 5:8). “Walking” here implies lifestyle. We must distinguish ourselves from those who are still living in darkness. Watch! Be on the alert. Awake! Commit yourself to growing in your relationship with the Lord which includes prayer, worship and studying to understand the Word of God. This is the lifestyle of the children of light, who have salvation in Jesus.
For further Reading: Ephesians 5:8-21
*PRAYER:* Dear heavenly Father, help me to show the world around me through my lifestyle that I belong to You. Help me not to follow the dark path but walk in the light of God. Amen.