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THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
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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





THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
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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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THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
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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.













THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
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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.







THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
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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.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
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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
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DATE: NOVEMBER 17, 2020


✝️πŸ”ŽTOPIC: WHEN GOD IS INVOLVED!

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✝️πŸ“–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.

✝️πŸ“œSTUDY

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.

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











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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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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.







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DATE: NOVEMBER 14, 2020

DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2020
*TOPIC: A GREAT REVELATION!*
READ: GENESIS 45:1-15 (NKJV)
1. Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, "Make everyone go out from me!" So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
2. And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard [it.]
3. Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I [am] Joseph; does my father still live?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence.
4. And Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come near to me." So they came near. Then he said: "I [am] Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
5. "But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
6. "For these two years the famine [has been] in the land, and [there are] still five years in which [there will be] neither plowing nor harvesting.
7. "And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8. "So now [it was] not you [who] sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
9. "Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph: "God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry.
10. "You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children's children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have.
11. "There I will provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty; for [there are] still five years of famine." '
12. "And behold, your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that [it is] my mouth that speaks to you.
13. "So you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you shall hurry and bring my father down here."
14. Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
15. Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The very emotional speech by Judah in yesterday’s reading, reached a climax and Joseph could hold himself no longer. He had to reveal himself to his brothers and they were too terrified and speechless to reply. It was like a ghost of 22 years resurrecting to life! How would you have responded if you were Joseph? They must have been surprised, shocked and dismayed to hear that concerning the famine, they hadn’t seen anything yet: There were 5 more years to go! Joseph tried to put them at ease and spoke soothing and comforting words to them. He even had a ready plan in place to cater for all of them.
Read verses 5-8 again. We can choose to see the Lord’s hands in the events of life, especially the not-so-pleasant ones; or choose to wallow in bitterness and pain and gradually pine away. Our choices will determine to a great extent, the next phase. There is always something new to learn in whatever God allows to happen to us. Remember: “God is his own interpreter and He will make it plain” (if He chooses to!)
*PRAYER:* Lord, just as I have tasted the bitterness of the bud in life’s experiences, please let me know the sweetness of the flower. Amen.





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DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2020

DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020
*TOPIC: THE EVIL OF GUILTY CONSCIENCE*
READ: GENESIS 44:18-34 (NKJV)
18. Then Judah came near to him and said: "O my lord, please let your servant speak a word in my lord's hearing, and do not let your anger burn against your servant; for you [are] even like Pharaoh.
19. "My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Have you a father or a brother?'
20. "And we said to my lord, 'We have a father, an old man, and a child of [his] old age, [who is] young; his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother's children, and his father loves him.'
21. "Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes on him.'
22. "And we said to my lord, 'The lad cannot leave his father, for [if] he should leave his father, [his father] would die.'
23. "But you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you shall see my face no more.'
24. "So it was, when we went up to your servant my father, that we told him the words of my lord.
25. "And our father said, 'Go back [and] buy us a little food.'
26. "But we said, 'We cannot go down; if our youngest brother is with us, then we will go down; for we may not see the man's face unless our youngest brother [is] with us.'
27. "Then your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons;
28. 'and the one went out from me, and I said, "Surely he is torn to pieces"; and I have not seen him since.
29. 'But if you take this one also from me, and calamity befalls him, you shall bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.'
30. "Now therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad [is] not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad's life,
31. "it will happen, when he sees that the lad [is] not [with us,] that he will die. So your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father with sorrow to the grave.
32. "For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him [back] to you, then I shall bear the blame before my father forever.'
33. "Now therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad as a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers.
34. "For how shall I go up to my father if the lad [is] not with me, lest perhaps I see the evil that would come upon my father?"
*THE MESSAGE:*
Recall it was Judah and Reuben who provided alternative means of disposing off of Joseph instead of killing him as previously planned, just to arrest his dreams (Genesis 37:21, 22; 26-27). Now, imagine the same Judah, unknowingly announcing Joseph’s supposed ‘obituary’ directly to him (verses 20, 28). The lie they told their father long ago had since become and has remained their reality! And Joseph must have wondered where they saw him being ‘torn to pieces…’! Guilty conscience is a deadly evil. Judah was still able to recall the sequence of events with vivid clarity! How they must have been tormented for 22 years, especially as they saw their father mourn day after day! Evil never pays. Wicked people often make the mistake of thinking that the pain associated with their evil deeds will somehow, soon be forgotten, but how wrong they can be!
Can you count the number of times the phrases “… my lord,” or “…your servants…” appeared in this passage out of cringing fear of “this ruler”? This was the very thing they wanted to prevent based on the dreams Joseph had long ago. What the Lord has decreed concerning our lives, no one can thwart. He is able to accomplish His plans for our lives.
*PRAYER:* Lord keep me from a lying tongue and uproot every seed of wickedness in me.










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DATE: NOVEMBER 12, 2020

DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020
*TOPIC: THE FRUIT OF YIELDEDNESS*
READ: GENESIS 44:1-17 (NKJV)
1. And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's money in the mouth of his sack.
2. "Also put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his grain money." So he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.
3. As soon as the morning dawned, the men were sent away, they and their donkeys.
4. When they had gone out of the city, [and] were not [yet] far off, Joseph said to his steward, "Get up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid evil for good?
5. '[Is] not this [the one] from which my lord drinks, and with which he indeed practices divination? You have done evil in so doing.' "
6. So he overtook them, and he spoke to them these same words.
7. And they said to him, "Why does my lord say these words? Far be it from us that your servants should do such a thing.
8. "Look, we brought back to you from the land of Canaan the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house?
9. "With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's slaves."
10. And he said, "Now also [let] it [be] according to your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and you shall be blameless."
11. Then each man speedily let down his sack to the ground, and each opened his sack.
12. So he searched. He began with the oldest and left off with the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
13. Then they tore their clothes, and each man loaded his donkey and returned to the city.
14. So Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and he [was] still there; and they fell before him on the ground.
15. And Joseph said to them, "What deed [is] this you have done? Did you not know that such a man as I can certainly practice divination?"
16. Then Judah said, "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; here we are, my lord's slaves, both we and [he] also with whom the cup was found."
17. But he said, "Far be it from me that I should do so; the man in whose hand the cup was found, he shall be my slave. And as for you, go up in peace to your father."
*THE MESSAGE:*
The timespan between Joseph’s dreams and their fulfilment should be over twenty years. Within that period, he endured his brothers’ antagonism that culminated in terrible betrayal. When favour began to smile on him in Potiphar’s house – to assuage the painful separation from his family – the devil struck again and landed him in a maximum security prison. It was a life sentence that could have easily led to beheading, judging by the baker’s fate. In all this, however, Joseph did not break his intimacy with God. He could have developed a sullen, bitter attitude. On the contrary, his cross drove him closer to God, which was why his spiritual gift flourished in the midst of inexplicable suffering.
Joseph’s submission to God’s dealings made him a blessing not only to Egypt but the entire known world. In today’s passage, Joseph was testing his brothers’ hearts to know whether they were still as hardened as when they had sold him in order to undo both him and their father. Note the difference now in verse 16. As a child of God, note that there is a fiery trial period for you. Let Joseph and the Lord Jesus be examples to help you hold on, undeterred. You never know the magnitude of fruit that your ordeal can yield (Psalm 126:5-6).
*PRAYER:* Grant me, Lord, to always submit to Your will by faith.





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DATE: NOVEMBER 11, 2020
: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2020
*TOPIC: HELL IS REAL!*
READ: REVELATION 14:9-13 (NKJV)
9. Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives [his] mark on his forehead or on his hand,
10. "he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
11. "And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."
12. Here is the patience of the saints; here [are] those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
13. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed [are] the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' " "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."
*THE MESSAGE:*
In today’s reading, the unequivocal doom that awaits the rebellious is clearly described. Scriptures have warned in sundry places that hell is REAL. As frightening as it is, mankind has nevertheless continued to degenerate into Satanism. Many have joined cults today in the quest for power and influence, wealth or protection for longevity. Sorcery and occult practices are choking life out of many that lack the stamina to withstand the onslaught. Many films and even children’s cartoons promote witchcraft while several so-called pastors are Satan’s contractors and soul-winners. The church of Satan is brimming with membership. All these constitute the worship of the beast.
What is more? The mark of the beast (irrevocable claim of ownership) is already here! Amazing how Biblical prophecy can be accurate in fulfillment! Though the scheme has been stalled for now, it is still on the way. Verse 13 describes the trauma of satanic worship as almost unbearable for the faithful. If one cannot buy or sell, how will one survive? That is why those who die will be better off. Are you willing to resist to the end or have you bowed? Ponder deeply on verses 10 and 11. No sacrifice, even death, is too much to escape such everlasting torment.
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, please grant me the grace and courage not to bow.







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DATE: NOVEMBER 10, 2020

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✝️πŸ”ŽTOPIC: INTEGRITY AND UPRIGHTNESS WILL PRESERVE YOU
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✝️πŸ“–TEXT: GENESIS 43:18 - 34 (NKJV)
18. Now the men were afraid because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, "[It is] because of the money, which was returned in our sacks the first time, that we are brought in, so that he may make a case against us and fall upon us, to take us as slaves with our donkeys."
19. When they drew near to the steward of Joseph's house, they talked with him at the door of the house,
20. and said, "O sir, we indeed came down the first time to buy food;
21. "but it happened, when we came to the encampment, that we opened our sacks, and there, [each] man's money [was] in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight; so we have brought it back in our hand.
22. "And we have brought down other money in our hands to buy food. We do not know who put our money in our sacks."
23. But he said, "Peace [be] with you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money." Then he brought Simeon out to them.
24. So the man brought the men into Joseph's house and gave [them] water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys feed.
25. Then they made the present ready for Joseph's coming at noon, for they heard that they would eat bread there.
26. And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which [was] in their hand into the house, and bowed down before him to the earth.
27. Then he asked them about [their] well-being, and said, "[Is] your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? [Is] he still alive?"
28. And they answered, "Your servant our father [is] in good health; he [is] still alive." And they bowed their heads down and prostrated themselves.
29. Then he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, "[Is] this your younger brother of whom you spoke to me?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son."
30. Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought [somewhere] to weep. And he went into [his] chamber and wept there.
31. Then he washed his face and came out; and he restrained himself, and said, "Serve the bread."
32. So they set him a place by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves; because the Egyptians could not eat food with the Hebrews, for that [is] an abomination to the Egyptians.
33. And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth; and the men looked in astonishment at one another.
34. Then he took servings to them from before him, but Benjamin's serving was five times as much as any of theirs. So they drank and were merry with him.
✝️πŸ“œSTUDY
Living righteously is becoming increasingly difficult in our society. However, in today’s reading, we notice that Joseph’s brothers followed that difficult path, as instructed by their father (v.12), and were preserved. They were afraid because they were brought into Joseph’s house, but the just challenges of their consciences prompted them to immediately disclose the “error” of their money being returned. They thus laid their case bare before the steward, and as a substantial proof of their honesty, before they were charged with taking back their money, they produced it.
Notice the action of Joseph’s brothers in verses 26 & 28; cf 37:5-8. Times and seasons will come and go, but God will always fulfil that which He has said concerning the non-compromising righteous. Note also the way Joseph lavishly entertained the same brothers that sold him into slavery. What lessons do we learn from this? (Read Romans 12:17-21).
✝️πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord, grant me the grace to follow the path of integrity and uprightness as I journey with You daily.









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DATE: NOVEMBER 9, 2020

✝️πŸ”ŽTOPIC: ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD
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✝️πŸ“–TEXT: GENESIS 43:1-17 (NKJV)
1. Now the famine [was] severe in the land.
2. And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, "Go back, buy us a little food."
3. But Judah spoke to him, saying, "The man solemnly warned us, saying, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother [is] with you.' "
4. "If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.
5. "But if you will not send [him,] we will not go down; for the man said to us, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother [is] with you.' "
6. And Israel said, "Why did you deal [so] wrongfully with me [as] to tell the man whether you had still [another] brother?"
7. But they said, "The man asked us pointedly about ourselves and our family, saying, '[Is] your father still alive? Have you [another] brother?' And we told him according to these words. Could we possibly have known that he would say, 'Bring your brother down'?"
8. Then Judah said to Israel his father, "Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you [and] also our little ones.
9. "I myself will be surety for him; from my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him [back] to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever.
10. "For if we had not lingered, surely by now we would have returned this second time."
11. And their father Israel said to them, "If [it must be] so, then do this: Take some of the best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man -- a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.
12. "Take double money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight.
13. "Take your brother also, and arise, go back to the man.
14. "And may God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release your other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved!"
15. So the men took that present and Benjamin, and they took double money in their hand, and arose and went down to Egypt; and they stood before Joseph.
16. When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, "Take [these] men to my home, and slaughter an animal and make ready; for [these] men will dine with me at noon."
17. Then the man did as Joseph ordered, and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.
✝️πŸ“œSTUDY
Jacob and his sons were occupied with the thought of getting relief from the severe famine that was ravaging the land. They could not see the famine as part of God’s overall plan of sending them to Egypt to be reunited with Joseph as well as feed from Egypt’s storehouses. If you are praying for relief from suffering, pressure or any other need and God does not answer as quickly as you expect, remember that He may be leading you to special treasures.
In verse 9, Judah accepted full responsibility for Benjamin’s safety. He did not know what that might mean to him, but he was determined to do his duty. In the end, it was his stirring words that caused Joseph to break down with emotion and reveal himself to his brothers (Gen. 44:18-34). Accepting responsibility is difficult, but it builds up character and confidence, earns others’ respect and motivates us to complete our work. When you have been given an assignment to complete or responsibility to fulfil, commit yourself to seeing it through.
✝️πŸ™ PRAYER: God, help me to know that beyond my present state, there is a better plan for me.











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DATE: NOVEMBER 8, 2020

TOPIC: THE EFFICACY OF THE NEW COVENANT

*TOPIC: THE JOY OF SEEING JESUS CHRIST*
READ: JOHN 16:21-24
21. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
22. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
23. “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
24. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
John 16:21‭-‬24 NKJV
*THE MESSAGE:*
Jesus said to the Disciples that "A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, you will see me". He was speaking of his suffering and death. It would be a time of trauma, sorrow, weeping and pain for the Disciples. The enemy and the world would be happy but victory shall come by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
There is the Resurrection joy which Jesus brings. When the Disciples saw the Risen Jesus came, the rest of the Disciples said to him with joy and excitement "we have seen the Lord". (John 20:25a). When a sinner in repentance meets with Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord, and believes in Him, there is always the joy of salvation. The grief and pain of Jesus on the cross is like the travail of child birth. When we repent and give our lives to Christ, there is joy in heaven (Luke 15:7). The greatest joy is when we see Jesus Christ in His glory, when He shall come to take the saints. Will you see Jesus Christ the Risen and exalted Lord? Come to Jesus now and you shall have the joy of our salvation.
*PRAYER:* Risen Lord Jesus Christ, touch my life and help me to see You that I may have real joy that You alone can give.












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DATE: NOVEMBER 7, 2020

TOPIC: THE EFFICACY OF THE NEW COVENANT
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✝πŸ“–TEXT: HEBREW 9:11-22(NKJV)
11. But Christ came [as] High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14. how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15. And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
16. For where there [is] a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17. For a testament [is] in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.
18. Therefore not even the first [covenant] was dedicated without blood.
19. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
20. saying, "This [is] the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you."
21. Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.
22. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
✝πŸ”ŽSTUDY
The Old Covenant brought relief to those who were under itsuch as the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctified by the purifying of the flesh. It was a vicious cycle undergone by the patriarchs of old. One wonders how many individuals and families these days can afford these and the monotony associated with it. It was so obvious that there was a need for a more excellent way by which humanity would be salvaged and this would not be possible without the shedding of blood (v.22)
Christ came as a high priest of good things to come by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands. The blood of Christ through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God and has the efficacy of purging our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Jesus by His sacrificial death became the mediator of the New Covenant such that those who were bowed down by sins and transgressions have the hope to receive the eternal promises of God once and for all. No wonder the scriptures say that there is no name given among men whereby we can be saved except by the name of Jesus (Acts4:12).
✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord thank you for the excellent way that is provided for us in Christ. Help me to be always satisfied in you.








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DATE: NOVEMBER 6, 2020

TOPIC: A SUPERIOR TABERNACLE*
READ: HEBREWS 9:1-10 (NKJV)
1. Then indeed, even the first [covenant] had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.
2. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first [part,] in which [was] the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary;
3. and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All,
4. which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which [were] the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
5. and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
6. Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing [the services.]
7. But into the second part the high priest [went] alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and [for] the people's sins [committed] in ignorance;
8. the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
9. It [was] symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience --
10. [concerned] only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The writer of Hebrews digs through the Old Testament to bring out the history that led to where we are and what we have today. He talks about the two rooms, “The Holy Place” and the “Holy of Holies” and their significance (verses 1-3) The contents of these rooms help us to understand Christ’s work of redemption. The lamp stand which provides light represents the light of God; the gold table has the twelve loaves of consecrated bread on it, which represents the twelve tribes of Israel; the “Holy of Holies” has a golden altar of incense which symbolises prayers ascending to God; the ark of covenant itself symbolises the presence of God.
Before the coming of Christ, only the High Priest had access to the “Holy of Holies” and just once in a year. But Christ has broken the dividing wall of tyranny for every believer to have unhindered access to the Father. When you give your life to Christ, this becomes one of the privileges you enjoy any day, anytime, anywhere. Come to Him today and your life will not be the same again.
*PRAYER:* I come to You heavenly Father, through the access I have in Christ Jesus. Meet me at the point of my need both spiritually and physically in Jesus Name -Amen.








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

DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2020


*TOPIC: SUPERIOR COVENANT*
READ: HEBREWS 8:1-13 (NKJV)
1. Now [this is] the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
2. a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
3. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore [it is] necessary that this One also have something to offer.
4. For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;
5. who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See [that] you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
6. But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
7. For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
8. Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah --
9. "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.
10. "For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
11. "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
12. "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
13. In that He says, "A new [covenant,"] He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The writer of Hebrews has tried to prove in the previous chapter that Jesus’ priesthood is better than that of other priests (verse 22). In this chapter, he expands on that idea with reasons why Jesus’ priesthood is better:
● A Superior High Priest: The High Priest of this new covenant - Jesus Christ - is not busy offering sacrifices. Instead, He did it once and for all when He offered up Himself and is now seated in the place of authority (verse 1).
● A Superior Heavenly Sanctuary: As High Priest, Jesus serves in the heavenly sanctuary, the “true tabernacle set up by the Lord” rather than in one made by humans (verse 2).
● A superior Foundation and Promise: The ministry of Jesus is “founded on better promises” (verse 6). God recognised that the old covenant was not effective. The writer quotes Jeremiah 31:31-34 in which God promises a new covenant (verses 7-9) to support this point.
The new covenant would not only govern people’s outward behaviour, but would transform their lives by making profound changes in their hearts and minds. It will restore relationship with God and help them to know Christ through the mercy and forgiving grace of God (verses 11-12). You can be part of this new covenant by experiencing divine transformation.
*PRAYER:" Lord Jesus, I acknowledge You as the Author of this superior covenant. I yield my life to You. Transform me to Your own glory. Amen.










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

DATE: NOVEMBER 4, 2020

DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2020
*TOPIC: IS YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?*
READ: REVELATION 20:11-15 (NKJV)
11. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
12. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
13. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Our scripture reading today reveals that there are books that shall be opened at the end of our sojourn on earth. The great and small shall stand before the throne of God and books shall be opened - books properly containing the biography of the individual human life as seen by divine eyes and recorded by divine pen. This book contains all of man’s activities - things done in the secret and things done in the open, and which shall be brought to judgment.
After this, another book shall be opened, this book is called the Book of Life and it determines man’s final state. All whose names are not found in this second Book are cast into the lake of fire, but those whose names are found in the Book of Life will enter into eternal joy – a place of rest, peace, love, abundance, joy, etc. Our work on earth determines our placement in eternity. Those whose names are found in the Book of Life are people who have made a commitment of their lives to God and are living to please Him. Have you made peace with God? Think about it.
*PRAYER:* Lord I thank You for saving me and writing my name in the Book of life. Help me to stand strong in You and never give up.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
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CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: NOVEMBER 3, 2020

*TOPIC: THE GREAT DECEPTION*
READ: REVELATION 20:7-10 (NKJV)
7. Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison
8. and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number [is] as the sand of the sea.
9. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
10. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet [are.] And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
*THE MESSAGE:*
At the end of the millennium reign of believers, we see a dramatic appearance of Satan on earth again. Even though Satan has been bound in the pit for 1000 years, he has not lost any of his cunning ways. He knows that evil nature, whether confined in a prison or subject to righteous rules, does not change (Romans 8:7-8) and having been loosed, Satan goes on to deceive the nations, leading them into a battle against God.
This has been Satan’s trick all along. This reaction shows that he will never repent; it also shows that humans are poised to rebel against God no matter how long or how many chances they are given to repent. Satan is still in the business of deceiving men and women and luring them to their destruction. He is the father of lies and deception right from the time of Adam and Eve. He is a rebel against God. We must therefore know that the devil’s purpose in the life of any man is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). We must flee from Satan’s plots and cling to Jesus, come what may.
*PRAYER:* Father please help me to be sensitive and vigilant to the antics of the enemy and help me never to give in to his deception.










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

DATE: NOVEMBER 2, 2020
PRAYER POINTS ON TODAY’S DAILY FOUNTAIN
MONDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2020
VICTORIOUS MARTYRS
1. Thank you Father, for the gift of life and sound health
2. Thank you Lord for counting me among the living this day, to you be all the praise.
3. Merciful Lord, please forgive me all my sins and cleanse me with the blood of Jesus.
4. Father, give me full knowledge and understanding of my calling that even persecution cannot erase, in Jesus name
5. Father, help me to stand firm and remain faithful even in the face of death, in Jesus name
6. Father, any forms of persecution that I may face in life, let it make me more stronger and committed to You, in Jesus name
7. Devil listen very well, I speak with authority that nothing will separate me from the love of God, not even death, in Jesus name
8. Father, we pray for as many who are presently going through threat of death because of the Gospel, see them through, and give them the hope that is beyond the grave, in Jesus name
9. Lord Jesus, I make covenant with you today, my living is for You, and my death is also for You.
10. Whatever may comes my way, Lord Jesus my life is in Your hands.
11. Whether devil like it or not, I will make heaven and receive my Eternal reward in Jesus name.
12. This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
13. Personal and family requests.
14. Confession: God bless the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, and bless our country . 1Chronicles 17:27
15. Thank you Lord for answered prayers, in Jesus’ Mighty name we pray. Amen


DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2020
(All Souls’ Day)*

TOPIC: VICTORIOUS MARTYRS*
READ: REVELATION 20:1-6 (NKJV)
1. Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is [the] Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
3. and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
4. And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then [I saw] the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received [his] mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
5. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.
6. Blessed and holy [is] he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
*THE MESSAGE:*
All over the world, Christians are facing death and other forms of persecution because of their faith and witness for Jesus. This should not be strange: It is part of our calling (1 Peter 2:2). The passage we read today tells us about those believers who were killed for their faith in Christ Jesus. Though they were beheaded for their witness for Jesus, they were pictured in heaven as victorious saints. “For your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:36-37).
We are on the eve of persecution. Are you facing any form of suffering, pain, humiliation or are you threatened with death because of the Gospel? Verse 4 gives us hope beyond the grave. We shall not only be in heaven, but shall judge with Christ and also reign with Him. Stand firm therefore and do not compromise your faith, nor deny your Lord for faithful is He that called you. Do not fear them that can kill the body, for there is going to be victory for all martyrs at last (Matthew 10:28, Romans 8: 38-39).
*PRAYER:* God, please help me to be faithful even unto death.














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

DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 2020

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
✝️πŸ”ŽTOPIC: ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB?
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✝️πŸ“–TEXT: REVELATION 7:9-17 (NKJV)
9. After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
10. and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation [belongs] to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
11. All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
12. saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, [Be] to our God forever and ever. Amen."
13. Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?"
14. And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15. "Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.
16. "They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;
17. "for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
✝️πŸ“œSTUDY
Today is All Saints’ Day, it is a day set aside to remind us of our call to be Saints- we have been called to separate ourselves from the world and be dedicated to God. Our sainthood starts from here, and ends in heaven; and our reading today highlighted some facts about saints: They came from all nations, and diverse backgrounds: Not only from one’s own tribe or denomination (v.9). They proclaim the message of salvation that only Jesus can save (v.10); they are constantly in white robes signifying purity of life (v.13); and they suffer for Jesus and remain faithful to the end (v14).
Most importantly, they are washed by the blood of the Lamb – Jesus Christ, (not by their merits), and they will perpetually remain in God’s service, both here and in all eternity, constantly protected by God’s presence (v.15). It must be noted however that their sufferings and pains will end one day and there will be joy at last in heaven (vs. 16-17). God’s people are Saints. Are you one of them? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are your robes clean daily or stained by sin? Be the Saint you are called to be.
✝️πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please wash me today by your blood and help me to remain a faithful Saint.














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

DATE: OCTOBER 31, 2020

DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020
*TOPIC: PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE*
READ: PSALM 13 (NKJV)
1. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
2. How long shall I take counsel in my soul, [Having] sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
3. Consider [and] hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the [sleep of] death;
4. Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed against him"; [Lest] those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5. But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6. I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In our reading today, David did not allow the pain in his soul, sorrow and agony in his heart and attacks from his foes and enemies to destroy his trust in God’s steadfast love. He made God his fortress, even when he was shaken as a person. Native doctors will fail and charms will disgrace! Sacrifices to demons will only give spiritual wounds! Do not put your trust in riches, in princes or kings - men and women of affluence will fail! Your good friends can also disappoint you in time of need; even a mother can forget her child! God will not leave or forsake His faithful servant.
When storms of life and hardship surround you, look up, your help will come from God. When you pass through the valley of the shadow of death, fear not, for out of the dungeon, God lifts up His own and makes him sit with princes and kings. Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord (Jeremiah 17:5-8). Trust in God is a powerful anchor and those who trust in Him are like mount Zion that cannot moved.
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, please grant me grace to trust and obey You in Jesus name. Amen.







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

DATE: OCTOBER 30, 2020

DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020
TOPIC: FLATTERING, …LYING
READ: PSALM 12 (NKJV)
_To the Chief Musician. On an eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David_ .
1. Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
2. They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; [With] flattering lips [and] a double heart they speak.
3. May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, [And] the tongue that speaks proud things,
4. Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips [are] our own; Who [is] lord over us?"
5. "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set [him] in the safety for which he yearns."
6. The words of the LORD [are] pure words, [Like] silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.
7. You shall keep them, O LORD, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.
8. The wicked prowl on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Lies sent Ananias and Sapphira to an untimely death. Lying is as deadly as any other sin; it is a spiritual poison that contaminates one’s spirituality. The tongue is a fire, an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature and set on fire by hell (James 3:6).
This calls for caution on how to use the tongue: Life and death are in the power of tongue and when it is misused, there are terrible consequences! God hates flattering lips and lying tongue of a false witness who breathes out lies and a man who sows discord among brethren. People engage in several lies today - business lies, handset lies, witness lies in law courts, academic lies, certificate forgery, family lies among family members, production of fake products in our markets, lies in the Church by false brethren and hypocrites, etc.
Buy the truth, do not sell it; it is a divine mandate. Let your yes be yes, likewise your no be no. Satan is a liar and father of all liars; their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. Truth liberates; lies keep in bondage.
*PRAYER:* Oh God, help me to control my tongue so as to bring forth Your praise and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.











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

DATE: OCTOBER 29, 2020

DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020
TOPIC: GOD LOVES RIGHTEOUS DEEDS
READ: PSALM 11 (NKJV)
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1. In the LORD I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, "Flee [as] a bird to your mountain"?
2. For look! The wicked bend [their] bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.
3. If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?
4. The LORD [is] in His holy temple, The LORD's throne [is] in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
5. The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
6. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind [Shall be] the portion of their cup.
7. For the LORD [is] righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The righteous God will never have the wicked for children because, like begets like. Righteous deeds are proof producers of genuine conversion and adequate repentance. Faith without work is dead:“I believe in God without righteousness” is fallacy and a deception. We must bear the fruits that befit our repentance: “The upright shall behold His face” (Psalm 11:7).
Righteousness exalts a nation while sin is a reproach. Weapons fashioned against us shall not prosper only when we are established upon righteousness (Isaiah 54:14-17). If the foundations are destroyed, the righteous should raise up foundations built on Christ (Isaiah 58:12).
Righteous deeds include obeying the word of God, avoiding wicked works of any kind, being truthful, being holy, honest, upholding faithfulness, paying your tithes sincerely, helping the widows, the needy and the orphans; keeping yourself unstained, being far from bribery and corruption; walking blamelessly, not slandering people, etc. God’s decree is “Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds” (Isaiah 3:10). In the righteous, you see the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlenessand self-control. These things God loves. Let us strive for peace and holiness without which no eyes shall see the lord.
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, help us to seek Your kingdom and righteousness first, so that other things will be added to us in Jesus’ name . Amen









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

DATE: OCTOBER 28, 2020

THEY DEVOTED
THEMSELVES TO PRAYER
1. Father in the name of Jesus, I praise and worship you because you are a prayer answering God
2. Father in the name of Jesus, please forgive me for my prayerlessness in Jesus name
3. Father in the name of Jesus, please heal me of every infirmity in my prayer life so that I can pray more efficiently, in Jesus name
4. Father in the name of Jesus, pour out your Spirit of Grace and supplication upon your church afresh; let the prayer altar in your churches catch fresh fire, in Jesus name
5. Father in the name of Jesus, rekindle my fire on my prayer altar and let me burn afresh for you, in Jesus name
6. Father in the name of Jesus, unite the body of Christ as one so that our prayers can have a greater effect, in Jesus name
7. Father in the name of Jesus, and by the blood of Jesus, I overcome every distraction in the place of prayer in Jesus name
8. Father in the name of Jesus, teach us to pray as you also taught your disciples to pray, in Jesus name
9. Father in the name of Jesus, pour fresh fire upon the prayer altars in your churches and let our church meetings come alive, in Jesus name
10. Father in the name of Jesus, give us praying men and women who will devote themselves to seek your face with fervent prayers, in Jesus name
11.Whether devil like it or not, I will make heaven and receive my Eternal reward in Jesus name.
12. This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
13. Personal and family requests.
14. Confession: God bless the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, and bless our country Nigeria. 1Chronicles 17:27
15. Thank you Lord for answered prayers, in Jesus’ Mighty name we pray. Amen


DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020
TOPIC: THEY DEVOTED THEMSELVES TO PRAYER
READ: ACTS 1:12-14 (NKJV)
12. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey.
13. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James [the son] of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas [the son] of James.
14. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The apostles were deeply devoted to prayer as they carried out the ministry of preaching, teaching and healing. The prayer of one accord in the upper room made things happen: They were baptised with Holy Spirit, fire and power and their story instantly changed. Learn to be in the gap for your church, family and nation (Ezekiel 22:30).
A Christian who is dry in his closet cannot be a giant in the public. Knees that cannot bend in prayers cannot bless. A glutton with a constantly filled stomach will end as a bench warmer in the Church. No prayer, no power; no prayer, no fire! Praying and fasting will make things to happen; the prayer of a righteous man has great power. Do not wait for others to pray for you; learn also to pray for yourself and others.
In our churches and homes today, we need not only organisers, we need great intercessors! Men ought always to pray and not to faint! The apostles devoted themselves to the ministry of the word and prayer (Acts 6:4);let us follow their pattern. Through prayer, spiritual distortions and bankruptcy, blindness and dryness will be crushed. Warriors, arise and be in the gap! When watchmen sleep, enemies take the city. Pray and watch before the storms come. Awake!
*PRAYER:* Dear God, teach us to prevail in prayers till things happen in Jesus name. Amen.















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

DATE: OCTOBER 27, 2020

TOPIC: THE DEEDS OF THE WICKED
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✝️πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 10 (NKJV)
1. Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? [Why] do You hide in times of trouble?
2. The wicked in [his] pride persecutes the poor; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
3. For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire; He blesses the greedy [and] renounces the LORD.
4. The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek [God;] God [is] in none of his thoughts.
5. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments [are] far above, out of his sight; [As for] all his enemies, he sneers at them.
6. He has said in his heart, "I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity."
7. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue [is] trouble and iniquity.
8. He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the secret places he murders the innocent; His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
9. He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; He lies in wait to catch the poor; He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.
10. So he crouches, he lies low, That the helpless may fall by his strength.
11. He has said in his heart, "God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see."
12. Arise, O LORD! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble.
13. Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, "You will not require [an account."]
14. But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, To repay [it] by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.
15. Break the arm of the wicked and the evil [man;] Seek out his wickedness [until] You find none.
16. The LORD [is] King forever and ever; The nations have perished out of His land.
17. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,
18. To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
✝️πŸ“œSTUDY
The wicked are agents of abominable deeds; they operate with dead consciences and are like a troubled sea tossing up mire and dirt. The wicked boasts of achievements, devises evil schemes, is very greedy for gain, curses and renounces the Lord.While he puffs at his foes, his mouth is filled with cursing, deceit, oppression, mischief and iniquity.He is a lover of money; in hidden places, he murders the innocent.He sinks down and crushes the hopeless, and he thinks God will not call him to give account of his life. It is appointed for a man to die once, after this judgment follows (Heb. 9:27).
Do not envy the wicked, no matter how he prospers. Do not imitate the wicked.If you are a wicked man or woman, repent and be saved. God’s decree is “Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him” (Isaiah 3:11). His so called prosperity simply means his destruction. The evil man cannot know, the stupid cannot understand this:That though the wicked sprout like grass and evil doers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever (Psalm 92:6-7).
God is not interested in the death of a sinner; He wants the wicked to turn away from his sins so that he can live. Come to Jesus and find rest for your soul.Now is the day of salvation.
✝️πŸ™ PRAYER: Help us O God, to live righteously and soberly in this world in Jesus’ name. Amen.





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


DATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020
TOPIC: THE WICKED IS CONDEMNED TO HELL
READ: PSALM 9 (NKJV)
1. To the Chief Musician. To [the tune of] "Death of the Son." A Psalm of David. I will praise [You,] O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
2. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
3. When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
4. For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
5. You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6. O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished.
7. But the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment.
8. He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.
9. The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.
10. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
11. Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.
12. When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.
13. Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14. That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.
15. The nations have sunk down in the pit [which] they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
16. The LORD is known [by] the judgment He executes; The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah
17. The wicked shall be turned into hell, [And] all the nations that forget God.
18. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall [not] perish forever.
19. Arise, O LORD, Do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
20. Put them in fear, O LORD, [That] the nations may know themselves [to be but] men. Selah
*THE MESSAGE:*
In our reading today, we can see the horrors that befall the wicked - stumbling and eradication, destruction, deletion of names forever, vanishing in everlasting ruins, snared in their own works with an end (Psalm 9:3-6, Psalm 9:17). There is no peace for the wicked; he is like a troubled sea.
Brethren, hell is real; it is not a myth but a concrete reality. Hell is a place of eternal torment and punishment for the wicked. It is a place of wrath, fury, distress, furnace of fire, wailing and gnashing of the teeth (Matthew 13:50). Your sins will take you to hell if you refuse to repent: “...Depart from me, you cursed into the eternal fire prepared for the devils and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
Never join the jokers who say hell is filled up. Listen, hell is never full or satisfied. Hell never says, “it’s enough.” (Proverbs 27:20; 30:10). Instead, hell has enlarged its appetite and opened its mouth beyond measure (Isaiah 5:14). There is nothing like purgatory. This is the truth; God’s word is the standard and cannot be broken. Hell will accommodate all who want to be there. Only Jesus can save you from hell now you are living; no repentance in the grave! Escape for your dear life now!
*PRAYER:* Lord Jesus, save me now and deliver me from the torments in hell in Jesus name. Amen.






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

DATE: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020
(Trinity 20)
TOPIC: THE POWER AT WORK WITHIN US
READ: EPHESIANS 3:20-21(NKJV)
20. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21. to Him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The dazzling power of God has no comparison; it is the great power to walk in realms beyond human description! This power subdues and destroys all powers of darkness and devils. It is the power of resurrection at work in us. Paul desired to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10). Any person who does not have this power is in danger - such a person will be prey to demonic attacks and manipulations. However, instead of coming to God for His protective power, many sell their souls for satanic power in secret societies and charms. And this always leads them into bondage.
Child of God, you shall receive this power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and when Jesus is in you (Acts 1:8; John 1:12). Through God’s divine power, you have authority over all demons; you will march upon serpents, scorpions and all the powers of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you! This is the power to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant. In all your getting, get this power, lest dryness becomes the badge of your powerless spirituality.
*PRAYER:* God, endue us with power from above to enable us do exploits in Jesus name. Amen.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 24, 2020

TOPIC: WHAT IS MAN THAT GOD IS MINDFUL OF HIM?
READ: PSALM 8 (NKJV)
1. To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent [is] Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2. Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4. What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
5. For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all [things] under his feet,
7. All sheep and oxen -- Even the beasts of the field,
8. The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.
9. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent [is] Your name in all the earth!
*THE MESSAGE:*
Man, the image of God, was created to be a god, not an animal. “I say, you are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you” (Psalm 82:6). He was created to take dominion, subdue and rule the earth in deep reverence to God, the awesome Creator of all things; the only Being worthy to be worshipped and feared. Fear God and keep His commandments. This is man’s duty under the sun.
God gave man dominion over the works of His hands and put all things under man’s feet. He crowned man with glory and honour. Regardless of all this, man still fell short of God’s glory because of sin (Romans 3:23) Instead of taking dominion, man is dominated; instead of doing exploits, he is exploited; claiming to be wise, man has become a fool, without God’s knowledge.
Let humanity know that man lives by God’s mercy without which he would be consumed. While he pursues vainglory and vanities of this life in rebellion against God, he forgets he is just dust; vapour, and can vanish anytime. Man needs repentance and return to this great God who is mindful of him. In Jesus Christ the Saviour, will man’s dignity be restored. Receive Him now. (John 1:12)
*PRAYER:* God, help us never to leave the Creator and serve creatures, let Your fear be in us in Jesus’ name. Amen.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 23, 2020

(St. James Brother of the Lord)
TOPIC: THE PURE GOSPEL
READ: GALATIANS 1:10-24 (NKJV)
10. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
11. But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.
12. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught [it,] but [it came] through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13. For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and [tried to] destroy it.
14. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called [me] through His grace,
16. to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,
17. nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those [who were] apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
18. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.
19. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord's brother.
20. (Now [concerning] the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)
21. Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22. And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which [were] in Christ.
23. But they were hearing only, "He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once [tried to] destroy."
24. And they glorified God in me.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The pure gospel of salvation has supernatural origins with divine inspiration, no wonder it is a life-changing Gospel - the same Gospel James, brother of the Lord, preached and defended. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness. Paul did not receive this Gospel from men, nor was he taught by them, it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. We must cherish this Gospel and jealously guard it.
Violent persecution of the Church cannot destroy it. Even revisionist theories, vain philosophies of men and human ideologies cannot change or tamper with the gospel of life.
This incorruptible seed - the Gospel - is the power of God for salvation. In it, the righteousness of God is revealed. The just shall live by faith contained therein. We must hold on to this Gospel, preach and teach the words of this Gospel to all generations. Above all, we must live by this Gospel because it is the only hope for humanity. We preach no other person than Jesus Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. It pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:24-25).
*PRAYER:* Dear God, help us to declare Your Word - the Gospel of salvation in Jesus name. Amen.








THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 22,, 2020
TOPIC: GOD, THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE!
READ: PSALM 7 (NKJV)
_A Meditation of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite._
1. O LORD my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me,
2. Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending [me] in pieces, while [there is] none to deliver.
3. O LORD my God, if I have done this: If there is iniquity in my hands,
4. If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, Or have plundered my enemy without cause,
5. Let the enemy pursue me and overtake [me;] Yes, let him trample my life to the earth, And lay my honor in the dust. Selah
6. Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; Rise up for me [to] the judgment You have commanded!
7. So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; For their sakes, therefore, return on high.
8. The LORD shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me.
9. Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.
10. My defense [is] of God, Who saves the upright in heart.
11. God [is] a just judge, And God is angry [with the wicked] every day.
12. If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.
13. He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.
14. Behold, [the wicked] brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
15. He made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch [which] he made.
16. His trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.
17. I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In our earthly courts, anything can happen, but in God’s judgment, justice, equity and righteousness will always prevail. St Paul said, “It is the Lord who judges me” (1 Corinthians 4:4), truth will triumph over falsehood.
From our reading today, unrepentant sinners have been condemned already. God’s judgment will reveal our true colour - the secrets of men and hidden things of darkness. Things done while living in this world all will be accounted for. David made it clear that God is the righteous Judge; He tries even the minds and hearts. In His judgment, God will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, adulterers, sodomites, liars, idol worshippers, murderers, the unclean, homosexuals and oppressors. “Woe to him that strives with his Maker” (Isaiah 45:9)
God’s judgment will be based on the Law of conscience (Romans 2:14-16); the Law of memory (Luke 16:25); the Law of Moses (Romans 2:12-13); the Law of character (II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12-13); the gospel (John 12:47-48); all Acts and Words (Matthew 12:36, Luke 12:2-3, Jude 14-16) and The Book of Life (Revelation 20:11-15).
Do not forget that judgment will begin with the household of God (II Peter 4:17-18). Now is the day of salvation, believe in Jesus and turn to God to save you from the horrors of the day of doom.
*PRAYER:* God grant us grace to be found worthy in Your faithfulness in Jesus’ Name.










THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 21, 2020

DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020
TOPIC: GOD, THE SURE ANCHOR IN TIMES OF TROUBLE
READ: PSALM 6 (NKJV)
1. To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. On an eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David. O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
2. Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I [am] weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
3. My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O LORD -- how long?
4. Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies' sake!
5. For in death [there is] no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?
6. I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.
7. My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.
8. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
9. The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.
10. Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back [and] be ashamed suddenly.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In our reading today, David was buffeted with troubles; his bones and soul were troubled and his bed was flooded with tears and weeping because of grief from his foes. He made God his sure anchor and was delivered; his trust in God was not shaken. Troubles around us are not static, as visitors, they will vanish one day.
God our present help in times of trouble will lift up the burdens. Problems help sharpen us and can turn to our promotion - Joseph became Prime Minister of Egypt from prison. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, yet God delivers him (Psalm 34:19)
What are your troubles? Does it feel like you are burning because of the trials in your office?Keep your faith! Are you persecuted in your family or community because of your faith? Do not throw in the trowel. Never allow life’s challenges - barrenness, delayed promotion, unemployment, delayed marriage, death of loved ones, piled up debts, academic failures, sicknesses, false allegations and family troubles to weigh you down. Weeping may last throughout the night but joy comes in the morning. Don’t give up; your miracle is on the way. Trust in God and make Him your sure anchor, all is well.
*PRAYER:* God, on my way to the Promised Land, deliver me from excruciating wilderness experiences of this life in Jesus’ name. Amen.








THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 20, 2020

DATE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020
TOPIC: THE LORD FAVOURS THE RIGHTEOUS WITH FAVOUR
READ: PSALMS 5 (NKJV)
1. To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my meditation.
2. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray.
3. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct [it] to You, And I will look up.
4. For You [are] not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You.
5. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.
6. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7. But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
8. Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face.
9. For [there is] no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part [is] destruction; Their throat [is] an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue.
10. Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, For they have rebelled against You.
11. But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.
12. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as [with] a shield.
*THE MESSAGE:*
This passage began as a complaint and request for God’s intervention. A clear evidence in this text is the knowledge of who God is as displayed by the Psalmist. Although he felt surrounded by the enemies and their malicious activities, yet his absolute trust in God’s ability to deliver, protect, and favour was never in doubt.
The world is filled with so many people who position themselves as the enemies of God’s people; they bear different names and appear in different forms. Once we are open to God to lead us in His righteousness (verse 8), take refuge in God, and continue to sing in joy (verse 11), we will begin to see them collapse like pack of cards. His protection will be seen over us and He will surround us with His favour.
Are you at the moment sandwiched in the manipulations of those that hate you for Christ’s sake? Do you feel like giving it back to them in their own way? Relax, the protection of God is over you and that’s why they have not succeeded. The favour of God which surrounds you will manifest in tangible blessing very soon. Keep trusting on!
*PRAYER:* Lord, may Your favour upon my life rise above the manipulations of my enemies to their amazement.











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 19, 2020

(St. Luke the Physician and Evangelist)

✝️πŸ”ŽTOPIC: PEN DOWN THE EXPERIENCE
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πŸ™πŸ“–TEXT: LUKE 1:1-4(NKJV)
1. Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us,
2. just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us,
3. it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus,
4. that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.
✝️πŸ“œSTUDY
Luke as a Physician and a disciple of Paul(Col. 4:14) never met Jesus while He was on earth. He however, didn’t allow his ‘disadvantage’ of not seeing Jesus physically to stop him from contributing to the spreading of the gospel. It is widely accepted that he was the author of the Acts of Apostles.
In our text today, we saw him write to Theophilus. He acknowledged the fact that some other people had writtenand also that he was not an eyewitness. Yet he felt persuaded to contribute to the concretizing of the things that Theophilus had been taught about Christ and His work on earth.
God takes us through diverse experiences in our Christian journey; He does so not only for our consumption, but also for other people who are running the race with us or will come after us. He expects us to put theseexperiences down on paper so that other people will be edified through it. Short pen, they say, is more powerful than a long memory.Resolve today to pen down the experiences God exposes you to in order to benefit others just like Luke did.
✝️πŸ™ PRAYER: God grant me the grace and discipline to document your works so that my generation will be blessed through it.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 18, 2020

(19th Sunday after Trinity)
TOPIC: LIVE IN THE SPIRIT AND NOT IN THE FLESH
READ: ROMANS 8:12-17 (NKJV)
12. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors -- not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
13. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
15. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
16. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
17. and if children, then heirs -- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with [Him,] that we may also be glorified together.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The Spirit of God is given to us as a guarantee that God means everything He has told us. If someone presents a guarantee for a pledge, it is taken as done. The Spirit of God occupies a very important place in our relationship with Him. The ability to subdue the flesh to God’s pleasing comes from the Spirit; no man who does not have the Spirit of God will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. In Luke chapter 4, Jesus filled with the Spirit, was led into the wilderness by the same Spirit and when temptation arose from the devil, the Spirit helped Him to overcome.
The flesh is weak with evil tendencies and any Christian who allows the flesh to take upper hand in his life will come to frustration. If we submit to the purging power of the word of God through His Spirit, our Christian lives will be fruitful. Then can we have this witness within our hearts, that we are truly children of God! The Spirit of God strengthens our hearts and resolution in the midst of sufferings associated with our faith. Therefore, if we must share in the glory that will be revealed when Jesus comes, we must allow the Spirit of God in us to subdue the nudging of the flesh.
*PRAYER:* Lord, may the power of the Holy Spirit manifest greatly in my Christian life, Amen.











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 17, 2020


TOPIC: LIFE’S SUMMARY
READ: ECCLESIASTES 12:9-14(NKJV)
9. And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out [and] set in order many proverbs.
10. The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and [what was] written [was] upright -- words of truth.
11. The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.
12. And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books [there is] no end, and much study [is] wearisome to the flesh.
13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.
14. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.
*THE MESSAGE:*
As a free moral agent, man has the freewill to choose his way of life. This has caused a lot of people to live independently of God and His desires,as if they are gods on their own. Our text today tells us that though there may be a lot of chapters and pages about life, but certainly, there is a conclusion and this conclusion is the most important: “…Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
The Creator of man has an original plan that man should worship, serve and walk in His ways. This means that our profession, business and academic pursuits are all minor parts of life (though necessary), while the fear of God is the key issue. As a result of this therefore, our eyes must always focus on this all-important conclusion. Our allegiance to God and His ways must be total and we must remember that He has instituted a day of judgment when all our actions, seen and unseen, will be brought to the open and judged. The end of all things is closer to us than before. We must watch our actions and ensure that they align with the original plan of God, lest we be caught unawares.
*PRAYER:* Lord, may my heart know and fear You that I might keep Your commandments.








THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 16, 2020

✝πŸ”ŽTOPIC: VANITY
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✝πŸ“–TEXT: Ecclesiastes 12:1-8(NKJV)
1. Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them":
2. While the sun and the light, The moon and the stars, Are not darkened, And the clouds do not return after the rain;
3. In the day when the keepers of the house tremble, And the strong men bow down; When the grinders cease because they are few, And those that look through the windows grow dim;
4. When the doors are shut in the streets, And the sound of grinding is low; When one rises up at the sound of a bird, And all the daughters of music are brought low;
5. Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, The grasshopper is a burden, And desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, And the mourners go about the streets.
6. [Remember your Creator] before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well.
7. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
8. "Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "All [is] vanity."
✝πŸ”°STUDY
An oldman on his sick bed was surrounded by his children. Knowing that their father had little chance of recovering according to medical advice, they all cried. The man looked at his children and said, “Don’t weep for me for I am already an old man. I drove the best of cars, built and lived in the best of houses, and had fun all my life.” As good and consoling as this may have appeared to his hearers, he failed to mention the most important thing as far as God is concerned - true service to the Almighty God and the hope of an eternal home in heaven.
At the bloom of life, we are filled with strength to do most of the biddings of our hearts: Get married, build houses, train children, buy carsand travelaround the world. These things are good, but do not last.
That which lastsand bears eternal consequence should form the basis of our decisions.A great reward awaits people who serve God in truth and Spirit. For this reason therefore, we must take a decision today to not only work for God but also walk with Him in order to secure a glorious eternity.
✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord, please help me not to be distracted from You by the vanities of this life.











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 15, 2020

✝πŸ”ŽTOPIC: PROCRASTINATION
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✝πŸ“–TEXT: Ecclesiastes 11:1-10(NKJV)
1. Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days.
2. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.
3. If the clouds are full of rain, They empty [themselves] upon the earth; And if a tree falls to the south or the north, In the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie.
4. He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.
5. As you do not know what [is] the way of the wind, [Or] how the bones [grow] in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
6. In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike [will be] good.
7. Truly the light is sweet, And [it is] pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun;
8. But if a man lives many years [And] rejoices in them all, Yet let him remember the days of darkness, For they will be many. All that is coming [is] vanity.
9. Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.
10. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and youth [are] vanity.
✝πŸ”°STUDY
Procrastination is deferring, delaying, or putting off an opportunity. ‘Tomorrow’ is the busiest day of people's lives. This is because many people defer until tomorrow what they should do todayand end up never really performing the tasks. There is a common understanding that the more an opportunity is delayed in being taken advantage of, the longer and more difficult it becomes. Verse 4 of our text says that He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap. There is always a time of sowing and it comes before harvest. If a man wastes his sowing time looking at human fears and discouragements, harvest time may be put off forever.
Circumstances sometimes discourage us from doing what we are supposed to do, but the Scripture today is encouraging us to move beyond the discouragements. What is it that God is leading you to do? What task has He laid in your heart to accomplish? Do not look at the size of your challenges but consider He who has promised to see you through. Go ahead and sow your seed as God leads you and allow Him to bring the fruits in due time.
✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from my fears and fill my heart with faith.







THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 14, 2020

TOPIC: GRACIOUS WORDS
READ: ECCLESIASTES 10:11-20 (NKJV)
11. A serpent may bite when [it is] not charmed; The babbler is no different.
12. The words of a wise man's mouth [are] gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;
13. The words of his mouth begin with foolishness, And the end of his talk [is] raving madness.
14. A fool also multiplies words. No man knows what is to be; Who can tell him what will be after him?
15. The labor of fools wearies them, For they do not even know how to go to the city!
16. Woe to you, O land, when your king [is] a child, And your princes feast in the morning!
17. Blessed [are] you, O land, when your king [is] the son of nobles, And your princes feast at the proper time -- For strength and not for drunkenness!
18. Because of laziness the building decays, And through idleness of hands the house leaks.
19. A feast is made for laughter, And wine makes merry; But money answers everything.
20. Do not curse the king, even in your thought; Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; For a bird of the air may carry your voice, And a bird in flight may tell the matter.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Words are powerful; they can bring healing, curse, blessing and condemnation or inflict injury on the heart. When words are released from the fountain of Wisdom, it is like cold water down the throat of a thirsty man. When words spring from the foolish heart of anger and hatred, it only brings destruction. God expects us to speak as His oracle. We speak as God’s oracle when our words stem from the word of God regarding every situation. When we declare healing to the sick, proclaim love to the hated, declare liberty upon the oppressed according to the Scriptures, God multiplies grace upon them for their salvation. Our words will definitely be devoid of wisdom if the word of God does not pervade our hearts.
It is not so for the fool. They are rather consumed by their own lips, and multiply the sorrows of their hearers. Before we speak, whether in a Christian or social gathering, let us make sure that we draw inspiration from the Holy Spirit, for only then can our words accomplish God’s purpose, and be counted as gracious, saving us from unnecessary troubles.
*PRAYER:* Lord, may my words be filled with Your wisdom and bring healing to the hurt.












THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 13, 2020

TOPIC: THE INJUSTICE IN OUR TIME
READ: ECCLESIASTES 10:1-10 (NKJV)
1. Dead flies putrefy the perfumer's ointment, And cause it to give off a foul odor; [So does] a little folly to one respected for wisdom [and] honor.
2. A wise man's heart [is] at his right hand, But a fool's heart at his left.
3. Even when a fool walks along the way, He lacks wisdom, And he shows everyone [that] he [is] a fool.
4. If the spirit of the ruler rises against you, Do not leave your post; For conciliation pacifies great offenses.
5. There is an evil I have seen under the sun, As an error proceeding from the ruler:
6. Folly is set in great dignity, While the rich sit in a lowly place.
7. I have seen servants on horses, While princes walk on the ground like servants.
8. He who digs a pit will fall into it, And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.
9. He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, [And] he who splits wood may be endangered by it.
10. If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Humans have the intricate nature of helping their own people alone, particularly when they are in positions of power. This has led to tribalism and nepotism in our time. In a nation like ours where things should be done on the basis of merit, we see people sharing our common benefits on the basis of personal relationship. Intellectuals are governed by the weak and the wise are ruled by those the Scripture describes as fools. This is not God’s will for us. The danger therein is that we create room for mediocrity, affecting our commonwealth negatively. This is one of the reasons things are not in order for us as a nation. Verse 10 of our text reads thus “If the axe is dull and its edge is unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success” (NIV).
God expects our actions especially as leaders to be directed by His standards. The problems we create as leaders today will eventually affect us sooner than later. We must in our little corners make sure that things are done accordingly. However, wisdom comes from God and He will graciously give to anyone who lacks it, and who seeks for it.
*PRAYER:* Lord, grant us and especially our leaders, the grace to follow Your standards.







THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 11, 2020


(18th Sunday After Trinity)
TOPIC: THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME
READ: II CORINTHIANS 5:1-15 (NKJV)
1. It is actually reported [that there is] sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles -- that a man has his father's wife!
2. And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3. For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.
4. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5. deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6. Your glorying [is] not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
7. Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
8. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.
9. I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.
10. Yet [I] certainly [did] not [mean] with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner -- not even to eat with such a person.
12. For what [have] I [to do] with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
13. But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person."
*THE MESSAGE:*
The body we wear is but a tent housing our being. This body will be put off someday. We are strangers, passing through the world, so, we are bound to have troubles as the Bible already told us. This only reminds us that we have a home outside here; which is heaven. Therefore God has deposited His Holy Spirit in us in preparation for this blessed hope. It is therefore an imposed responsibility on us by God, that all men will appear before Him someday in final judgment, to live as unto Him and at the same time persuade men and women around to be reconciled to Him.
Anything other than this exposes us to the danger of being found naked before Him.
Jesus died for all on the cross of Calvary, hence pleading with all men to come unto the already-prepared salvation. His love therefore mandates us to give up selves to Him, living for Him who paid the price on our behalf. Although we are at the risk of being misunderstood, we must declare this precious love of Christ to all men.
*PRAYER:* Lord, may I live my life to please You, winning men over to eternal life.





THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 10, 2020

DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020
TOPIC: LIVE RIGHT
READ: ECCLESIASTES 9:1-8 (NKJV)
1. For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them.
2. All things come alike to all: One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath.
3. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
4. But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
5. For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.
6. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun.
7. Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works.
8. Let your garments always be white, And let your head lack no oil.
*THE MESSAGE:*
An adage says that there is more to what the eyes can see, which implies that we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Galatians 5:16-17 admonishes us to walk in the Spirit and not to gratify the desires of the flesh. Walking daily in the Spirit helps us understand the mind of God that He chooses whom He will show mercy. His kindness could flow to both the wicked and the righteous. This He did by sending Jesus Christ to die both for the righteous and the unrighteous (1 Corinthians 2:11; Romans 9:15; Matthew 5:45; Romans 5:8). Despite the fact that there is so much injustice, hatred and bitterness in the world, we are advised to continue in the path modelled by Jesus Christ, Who never walked by sight but always sought to do the will of His father (John 6:38).
Now that we are still alive in the world, we have a great opportunity as there is no hope for the dead. We are advised in verses 7-8 to rejoice as people whom God has redeemed and accepted despite our inadequacies, and continue to live a righteous life in Christ Jesus, having our head greased with the oil of salvation.
*PRAYER:* Almighty God, thank You for the gift of life in Christ Jesus; help me to live right in Jesus' name. Amen.


















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN
COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 09, 2020
DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2020
TOPIC: GOD REWARDS THE GOOD AND THE WICKED
READ: ECCLESIASTES 8:9-17 (NKJV)
9. All this I have seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun: [There is] a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt.
10. Then I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of holiness, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done. This also [is] vanity.
11. Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
12. Though a sinner does evil a hundred [times,] and his [days] are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him.
13. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong [his] days, [which are] as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
14. There is a vanity which occurs on earth, that there are just [men] to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked [men] to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also [is] vanity.
15. So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor [all] the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.
16. When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night,
17. then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover [it,] yet he will not find [it;] moreover, though a wise [man] attempts to know [it,] he will not be able to find [it.]
*THE MESSAGE:*
God is a righteous judge who rewards everyone according to his deeds. The Psalmist says “Do not fret over evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity” (Psalm 37:1). We are advised not to pay attention to the end of the wicked but rather to concern ourselves daily with growth in our personal trust in God. It might seem like it takes a long period for the wicked to be punished, the truth is that what we think or see as long life of pleasure or riches of the wicked is a torture since anything outside of Christ is doomed.
Furthermore, we have the assurance of the comfort that comes to those who trust God (Isaiah 3:10). We might not have a complete understanding of the fact that the person who offended you went away justified and without blame, all you have to do is to focus on God. You must also bring your offenders to God, praying that they will come to the full knowledge and acceptance of our Lord Jesus Christ. Don't occupy yourself with what the reward of the wicked will be, rather occupy your thoughts with the word of God and every work of righteousness according to the Holy Spirit.
*PRAYER:* Faithful God, I pray today for our brethren whom Satan has taken captive to do his wicked works to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and be saved. Amen.


















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE:, OCTOBER 08, 2020

TOPIC: BEFORE TWO OPINIONS
READ: ECCLESIASTES 8:1-9 (NKJV)
1. Who [is] like a wise [man?] And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom makes his face shine, And the sternness of his face is changed.
2. I [say,] "Keep the king's commandment for the sake of your oath to God.
3. "Do not be hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand for an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him."
4. Where the word of a king [is, there is] power; And who may say to him, "What are you doing?"
5. He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful; And a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment,
6. Because for every matter there is a time and judgment, Though the misery of man increases greatly.
7. For he does not know what will happen; So who can tell him when it will occur?
8. No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit, And no one has power in the day of death. [There is] no release from that war, And wickedness will not deliver those who are given to it.
9. All this I have seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun: [There is] a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Every Christian is called to be a law-abiding citizen and to respond to godly policies of government. This includes payment of taxes and obedience to certain policies which can even negates our views. From this scripture, the writer makes reference to the king and the ruler. There are several references to the one in charge - “the command of the king” (verse 2); “the word of the king is authoritative” (verse 4); “he who keeps the royal command” (verse 5); “a man has exercised authority over another” (verse 9).The scripture makes mention of the minister or the officer or the attendant in the royal court who has the obligation to hear and execute the ruler’s commands. In almost every condition, there is the one in charge and the one who must follow the command.
Looking at the scripture, you will find that kings had almost unlimited power: the power of life and death. In Joseph’s world, there was Pharaoh; in Daniel’s world there was Nebuchadnezzar; in Nehemiah’s world there was Cyrus. All these dealt with difficult bosses, but they all exercised enormous wisdom. What happens when a king gives an order that is neither just nor wise? What happens when a king orders a servant to do evil? This is when wisdom is needed most! Our options include:
1. Don’t do it (disobey);
2. Desert it (runaway);
3. Defy it;
4. Discernment.
Like Joseph, like Daniel, like Nehemiah, we need wisdom
*PRAYER:* Lord, make us disciplined and submissive to Your authority as our King and to those whom You have appointed to lead us.






THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2020
TOPIC: PUBLIC OPINION AND MAN’S WISDOM
READ: ECCLESIASTES 7:21-29 (NKJV)
21. Also do not take to heart everything people say, Lest you hear your servant cursing you.
22. For many times, also, your own heart has known That even you have cursed others.
23. All this I have proved by wisdom. I said, "I will be wise"; But it [was] far from me.
24. As for that which is far off and exceedingly deep, Who can find it out?
25. I applied my heart to know, To search and seek out wisdom and the reason [of things,] To know the wickedness of folly, Even of foolishness [and] madness.
26. And I find more bitter than death The woman whose heart [is] snares and nets, Whose hands [are] fetters. He who pleases God shall escape from her, But the sinner shall be trapped by her.
27. " Here is what I have found," says the Preacher, "[Adding] one thing to the other to find out the reason,
28. Which my soul still seeks but I cannot find: One man among a thousand I have found, But a woman among all these I have not found.
29. Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes."
*THE MESSAGE:*
The scripture today reveals two vital things that should help in our walk with God. First, the scripture describes the first as public opinion towards our life. It notes that we cannot see it nor touch it, yet it is a great factor required to shape the character and actions of men, nations, families and organisations. Public opinion can be utterly wrong in most cases. Most times, some of us might do well to pay a little more attention than we do to the tone of thought and feeling around us. If a man sees that his manners and lifestyle are affecting others negatively, that he is a stumbling block to his neighbours, irrespective of how weak some brethren appear; and he goes on thoughtlessly, regardless of what men say or think, he will not be able to free himself from guilt (Exodus 23:2; 1 Samuel 15:24; Deuteronomy 5:28, 29).
Secondly, the scripture talks about the limitation of man's wisdom; true Wisdom is not easily accessible without a detailed search of the scripture and God's gift (Proverbs 2:1-6). In 1 Corinthians 3:18-23, Paul challenges his Corinthian brothers and sisters in Christ about their love of human wisdom. He carefully contrasts the wisdom of this world in verses 18-20 with the wisdom of God in verses 21-23. What these Corinthian Christians have done in pretending to be wise by the standards of the world show them to be foolish in the eyes of God. Paul encourages them to stop exalting men, to put an end to divisions, to deny human wisdom and embrace God's wisdom and the tremendous riches and blessings that God gives.
*PRAYER:* Lord grant us wisdom from above. Let the flesh retire. Direct us in true love, sincerity and right judgment.








THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, OCTOBER 6, 2020
TOPIC: CONSIDER GOD’S WORK
READ: ECCLESIASTES 7:13-20 (NKJV)
13. Consider the work of God; For who can make straight what He has made crooked?
14. In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing [that will come] after him.
15. I have seen everything in my days of vanity: There is a just [man] who perishes in his righteousness, And there is a wicked [man] who prolongs [life] in his wickedness.
16. Do not be overly righteous, Nor be overly wise: Why should you destroy yourself?
17. Do not be overly wicked, Nor be foolish: Why should you die before your time?
18. [It is] good that you grasp this, And also not remove your hand from the other; For he who fears God will escape them all.
19. Wisdom strengthens the wise More than ten rulers of the city.
20. For [there is] not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.
THE MESSAGE:
“The Preacher”, as the author of Ecclesiastes is often called, generally looks at life in its meaninglessness, especially the world in its fallen condition. He argues that the ultimate in life is finding value in God’s eternal purpose for one noting that wealth, sex, power or pleasure are altogether vanity and void of any true meaning. In today’s passage, he provides two sides to the coin; in each case; 1) The day of prosperity and the day of adversity (verse 14); (2) The just perishing in his righteousness, whereas the wicked man’s life is prolonged in his wickedness(verses 15-17). He advises us not to be over righteous; however, the righteousness which we have received from Christ by grace through faith could never be too much. His second advice, “be not wise over much” is an admonition against self-conceit, which he argues could lead to untimely death. Finally he advises, “Do not be over wicked”, in other words, don’t escalate your sins by your foolishness which could lead to premature death (verse 17). However this does not encourage any measure of wickedness at all.
He concludes by referring us again to wisdom, which is to fear God (verses 19-20) as a way to handle the whole vanity of life. Beloved as we get into the last quarter of the year, let us fear God by taking Him seriously in the midst of life’s limitations.
PRAYER: Merciful Lord, give us grace to seek Your guidance in our journey through this fallen world.














THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, OCTOBER 5, 2020


TOPIC: SUBMISSION TO AUTHORITY
READ: 1 PETER 2:13-20 (NKJV)
13. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme,
14. or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and [for the] praise of those who do good.
15. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men --
16. as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
17. Honor all [people.] Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
18. Servants, [be] submissive to [your] masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.
19. For this [is] commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.
20. For what credit [is it] if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this [is] commendable before God.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In order to understand the above text, you may need to know the general background of this letter of Peter. In Chapter 1 verse 1, Apostle Peter established his authorship of the letter and further established that he was writing to the Church that was scattered all over the Roman Empire as at then. A recurring theme in Peter’s letter here reveals that we are pilgrims in this world and as such, even if we have our Lord Jesus Christ as our Heavenly Master, we also have to deal with earthly masters, by way of political and community leaders or even leaders or bosses at the workplace.
Submission literally implies coming under the Mission of another, in this case, the “Authority”, one possesses that confers the ability to enforce orders or directives. It is a very integral Christian virtue to respect or honour the authority of man in all things lawful and right in the sight of the Lord (verse 13). Verse 15 even says that it is God’s will and way of silencing ignorant men, who derogate our faith, without proper understanding of what we believe as Christians. Peter explains further in verse 16 that it is freedom for us, to be God’s slaves, in upholding state laws, although living free from the tyranny of the state. He encouraged household servants to obey their earthly masters for Christ’s sake. We are therefore encouraged to give honour to whom honour is due. Archbishop Benjamin A. Kwashi said “When you submit to Authority as a Christian should, you may suffer, but it is not punishment.”
*PRAYER:* Heavenly Father, we pray that we may understand that we are serving Your kingdom’s purpose as we submit to the authority of men in every righteousness. Amen.











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, OCTOBER 4, 2020


✝πŸ”ŽTOPIC: THE END OF ALL THINGS
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✝πŸ“–TEXT: 1 PETER 4:7-11(NKJV)
7. But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
8. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."
9. [Be] hospitable to one another without grumbling.
10. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11. If anyone speaks, [let him speak] as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, [let him do it] as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
✝πŸ”°STUDY
Have you ever imagined what the end of the world would look like? Contemplating the end of all things and the events that will subsequently follow is usually the reason for the hope and courage of the church. When we got saved, we were told that Jesus is coming soon, and that the world will also come to an end.Very true, and yet that understanding has never left us, because, it is the motivation we have for pressing on as Christians.
Bible scholars believe that Peter, the author of the above text, had the judgment of Israel in mind which apparently happened 10 years later, when he talked about the end of all things. The author, recommends the following, considering the impending judgment:
1). Be Sober
2). Watch unto prayer
3). Have fervent love among yourselves
4). Be hospitable to one another without grudging. As we consider the end of all things today, the advice by Peter should be our focus. I asked the Lord few years ago, to tell me what to do to remain steadfast in the face of current apostasy. He said to me, “continue in the things you have been doing” (Jn. 8:31-32). I urge us to continue steadfastly in sobriety, prayer, love and hospitality among others as the end of all things draws near. Verses 10 and 11urge us to serve the Lord and His church with our gifts, according to the grace we have received, not imitating others’ ability, and to speak as His oracle always.
✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Almighty God, give us grace to remain hopeful in you, continue steadfastly in service as we see the end of all things approachingso we may share in Your eternal kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.












THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, OCTOBER 3, 2020

TOPIC: RESTORED IN CHRIST
READ: PHILEMON 1:1-25 (NKJV)
1. Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,
2. to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,
5. hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,
6. that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
7. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
8. Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting,
9. yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you —being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ—
10. I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,
11. who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.
12. I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,
13. whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel.
14. But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.
15. For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever,
16. no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
17. If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me.
18. But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.
19. I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay—not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.
20. Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
21. Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
22. But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.
23. Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
24. as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.
25. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Onesimus, the escaped slave of Philemon encountered Jesus while in prison with Apostle Paul. While working under Paul’s ministry, he (Paul) discovered that Onesimus had issues with his master, Philemon. Paul understood as a leader that a loving appeal is often better than an authoritative command. Having been restored to Christ, Paul had to appeal to Philemon to accept his former slave back as a brother, friend, fellow-labourer and fellow-soldier. Proving that if anybody is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature; old things have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17).
It can be inferred from the life of Onesimus that everyone is profitable to the kingdom; no one is useless. Onesimus’ salvation brought tremendous transformation in his relationship with God and man. Are you saved? If you are, then know that old things have passed away. All blackmail and accusations are all gone if you are in Christ Jesus. It is not too late, you can start today. We encourage you to emulate the role played by Paul in reconciling the one time enemies to becoming friends and fellow labourers. Forgiveness is for the strong and not for the weak.
*PRAYER:* God help me to be reconciled to You fully. Amen.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, OCTOBER 2, 2020

TOPIC: DEPENDING ON GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
READ: PSALM 127 (NKJV)
1. A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
2. [It is] vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; [For] so He gives His beloved sleep.
3. Behold, children [are] a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb [is] a reward.
4. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So [are] the children of one's youth.
5. Happy [is] the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The writer of this Psalm appreciated the ability of man; he also maintained that without God, man’s labour is in futility. No building can stand with God not taken into the equation and though the watchman has his role to play in staying awake, God’s work and blessing is needed to truly secure the city. Though God welcomes and even commends human effort and input, His works and blessings are even more important.
Solomon decries the dependence and trust we put in hard work and the anxiety that shows we rely on self, rather than on God. He recommends trusting the Lord in one’s work and that we should be at peace, knowing that God’s hand is at work and He is awake even as we sleep. He understood that a home is built by more than bricks and wood. He said children are rewards and blessings and like weapons in the hand of a warrior, they should be carefully shaped and formed. As the arrows protect the warrior, so the godly man need not be afraid, when blessed with children because they will administer justice at the gate. Let this understanding and perception of God’s greatness and manifestation fill our lives in Jesus name, Amen.
*PRAYER:* Oh God my Father: let Your favour rest upon my labour; I will not labour for another to harvest; watch over my life and family so I will not sorrow over my children.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, OCTOBER 1, 2020

TOPIC: AMAZED AT GOD’S HANDIWORK
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✝πŸ“–TEXT: PSALM 126(NKJV)
1. A Song of Ascents. When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream.
2. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
3. The LORD has done great things for us, [And] we are glad.
4. Bring back our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South.
5. Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy.
6. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves [with him.]
✝πŸ”°STUDY
The Psalmist sang of a time when God’s people were freed from their captivity, and they were restored to Jerusalem (Zion). Most scholars associate this Psalm with the return from exile under Ezra and Nehemiah. He illustrated his contentment, gratefulness, astonishment at the awesome display of God’s power and goodness in bringing back His people from the captivity. It seemed too good and great to be true, but it was true. The people knew about the promises of restoration, but when the actual moment of restoration came, it was an overwhelming experience. They celebrated God’s amazing work with laughter and singing.This sense of joyful amazement was not confined to the people of God. Othernationsaffirmed that Yahwehin His greatness could only do this. They accepted it, emphasized on it repeatedly, and personalised it. It became the declaration of what God had done for them!
The Psalmist prayed for continued deliverance and for God to further the work of restoration among His people. He reminded himself and all of us that great joy is often preceded by a season oftears. As God delivered the people and turned their sorrows into joy, so will God visit you with amazing grace(Ps.30:5b)
✝πŸ™ PRAYER: My Father, over turn and break every captivity in my life, family and nation; deliver me and this nation from the captivity of them that are too strong for us; fill my mouth and that of this nation with laughter and make your name glorious in my life and in my country.










THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

✝πŸ”ŽTOPIC: ANGER RESTS IN THE BOSOM OF FOOLS
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✝πŸ“–TEXT: Ecclesiastes 7:1-12
(NKJV)
1. A good name [is] better than precious ointment, And the day of death than the day of one's birth;
2. Better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For that [is] the end of all men; And the living will take [it] to heart.
3. Sorrow [is] better than laughter, For by a sad countenance the heart is made better.
4. The heart of the wise [is] in the house of mourning, But the heart of fools [is] in the house of mirth.
5. [It is] better to hear the rebuke of the wise Than for a man to hear the song of fools.
6. For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, So [is] the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.
7. Surely oppression destroys a wise [man's] reason, And a bribe debases the heart.
8. The end of a thing [is] better than its beginning; The patient in spirit [is] better than the proud in spirit.
9. Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
10. Do not say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.
11. Wisdom [is] good with an inheritance, And profitable to those who see the sun.
12. For wisdom [is] a defense [as] money [is] a defense, But the excellence of knowledge [is that] wisdom gives life to those who have it.
✝πŸ”°STUDY
The Bible speaks extensively on the subject of anger. In our passage today, we read “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools” (v.9).Anger is a destroyer of destiny;it worked against Moses and prevented him from entering into the Promised Land. A man who is always angry cannot express the love of God meaningfully. The Bible confronts us this day that anger rests in the bosom of fools. Anger is so destructive to the extent that it can rob one of entering into the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20). A man who is given to anger can destroy in a minute what was built in fifty years or more.
Beloved, there are cases of people who in the heat of their anger, killed their family members, friends or colleagues at work. Some have torn friendship of many years apart while some others have broken long existing fellowships. There are cases of children who maim or kill their parents and some deliberately destroy property bequeathed to them by their forebears. Anger is terrible- only a foolish man will entertain it. The Bible says “Be angry, and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26). As a child of God, do not let the devil rob you of your destiny through uncontrolled anger. Be aware that anger is a weapon of destruction in the hands of the enemy. May the Lord give you grace to overcome it.
✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Dear Father in heaven, I ask you for grace to do away with anger completely, in Jesus name. Amen.









THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

TOPIC: MEANING OF MICHAEL
READ: JUDE 1:8-13(NKJV)
8. Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.
9. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
10. But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.
11. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
12. These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving [only] themselves. [They are] clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;
13. raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Michael means who is like God. The title is given to one of the chief angels (Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:21) who had special charge of Israel as a nation. He is represented as warring against the old serpent called the devil and Satan which deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:7-9). In verse 9, the archangel Michael was sent to bury Moses’ body, but according to Jewish tradition, the devil argued with the angel about the body, apparently claiming the right to dispose it. But Michael, though powerful and authoritative, did not dare dispute with Satan, so he left the matter in God’s hands, saying, “The Lord rebuke you!” Michael would not dare slander Satan, chief of the fallen angels. He was bidding God’s commandment therefore, he was a messenger of God.
Despite the exalted position of Michael among the angels, he remains a faithful messenger to God. Many Christians today worship, pray to and venerate the angels whereas they are mere messengers of God like us. You are not expected to venerate angels, rather you can only learn their obedience. Some Church members have turned their pastors to idols which they worship; some ministers have taken the position of God in the hearts of their followers and God cannot be happy with such. You are not supposed to worship your pastors but to honour and respect them.
PRAYER: Lord, may I find it pleasing to do Your bidding all the days of my life in Jesus name. Amen.















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

*CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)*
DATE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
TOPIC: NOTHING IS WORTH DYING FOR
READ: ECCLESIASTES 6:1-12 (NKJV)
1. There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it [is] common among men:
2. A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it. This [is] vanity, and it [is] an evil affliction.
3. If a man begets a hundred [children] and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say [that] a stillborn child [is] better than he --
4. for it comes in vanity and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.
5. Though it has not seen the sun or known [anything,] this has more rest than that man,
6. even if he lives a thousand years twice -- but has not seen goodness. Do not all go to one place?
7. All the labor of man [is] for his mouth, And yet the soul is not satisfied.
8. For what more has the wise [man] than the fool? What does the poor man have, Who knows [how] to walk before the living?
9. Better [is] the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. This also [is] vanity and grasping for the wind.
10. Whatever one is, he has been named already, For it is known that he [is] man; And he cannot contend with Him who is mightier than he.
11. Since there are many things that increase vanity, How [is] man the better?
12. For who knows what [is] good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?
THE MESSAGE:
God has designed life in such a way that man must work before he can eat. Right from the beginning of man’s existence, God has not left him without something to do. In Genesis 2:15 the Bible says “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and to keep it.” In other words, man must work; he must engage his productive life to do something tangible. In our passage today, we are made to see the vanity of what man runs after every now and then (verses 1-2). What we see here is that man may work hard and have his efforts crowned with outstanding success but may not eat of it. It is vanity when a man’s hard work is enjoyed by a foreigner. This indeed is a reality that has played out very prominently many times.
Beloved, as Christians, we must undertake all our activities as God’s own children, in a discreet manner; nothing should rub us of our commitment to godliness. The riches of this world are not worth dying for; we must not lose our focus because of the riches of this world. We must never involve in any ungodly act in the name of becoming rich. 1 Timothy 6:9-10 says “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”Therefore, as you go on in your life pilgrimage, be careful that you do not venture into ungodliness as means of becoming rich. Be satisfied with whatever God gives you and it shall be well with you.
*PRAYER:* Dear Father in heaven, help me to keep my focus on You always. Amen.












THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

DATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
TOPIC: HOLD UNTO GOD’S LOVE
READ: 1JOHN 4:18-21(NKJV)
18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
19. We love Him because He first loved us.
20. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
21. And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God [must] love his brother also.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today the bible says, ‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment, but he who fears has not been made perfect in love’ (v.18). The love of God in the heart of any man casts our fear. Because such a man is rested on the fact that God loves him. And the genuine discovery that God loves us makes us love Him in return(verse 19). But If a man says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar…’;a genuine love for God will translate to real and unfeigned love for others.
Dear friend, are you afraid? Are your actions and experiences of the past bringing you to fear what the future holds? Has someone so hurt you that you are scared to trust anyone else? Get to discover the love of God in Christ Jesus. This love washes away the guilt of the past, of the present and even of the future. Hold unto it and let it permeate your whole being, it will heal every wound. And the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your heart. Have you discovered God’s love? Then extend the same to others around you in your words and deeds. It is in doing so that your love for God can be called genuine and effective.
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, help me to lay hold of Your love and so heal all wounds that I have sustained over the years, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
HAPPY SUNDAY TO YOU....

















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020

TOPIC: YOU WILL ENJOY THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOUR
READ: ECCLESIASTES 5:8-20 (NKJV)
8. If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.
9. Moreover the profit of the land is for all; [even] the king is served from the field.
10. He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also [is] vanity.
11. When goods increase, They increase who eat them; So what profit have the owners Except to see [them] with their eyes?
12. The sleep of a laboring man [is] sweet, Whether he eats little or much; But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.
13. There is a severe evil [which] I have seen under the sun: Riches kept for their owner to his hurt.
14. But those riches perish through misfortune; When he begets a son, [there is] nothing in his hand.
15. As he came from his mother's womb, naked shall he return, To go as he came; And he shall take nothing from his labor Which he may carry away in his hand.
16. And this also [is] a severe evil -- Just exactly as he came, so shall he go. And what profit has he who has labored for the wind?
17. All his days he also eats in darkness, And [he has] much sorrow and sickness and anger.
18. Here is what I have seen: [It is] good and fitting [for one] to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it [is] his heritage.
19. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor -- this [is] the gift of God.
20. For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps [him] busy with the joy of his heart.
*THE MESSAGE:*
It is one thing to labour and toil; it is another thing for one to enjoy the fruits of his labour. No one prays for labour loss. Every person who works has a reward and the joy of every labourer is in this reward. However, our passage today points out that eating the fruits of one’s labour is a gift of God (verses 18-20).That is, it is God who gives riches to man and grace to enjoy the fruits of his labour. Man may work tirelessly to gather riches but it is God who gives success. No man has the power to keep himself alive; we all are alive by the mercy of the Lord. In Lamentations 3:22-23, the Bible says “Through the Lord’s mercies, we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Beloved, it is very important for you to know that your life belongs to God; He is the Author of all things visible and invisible. You do not have any power over your life and there is nothing you can do to help yourself. It is God who prospers your labour and supplies power and sound health to enjoy the fruits of labour. Some persons die at the verge of their breakthroughs while some parents suffer loss of their children at the point of reaping the fruits of their labour. Some others are afflicted once they are promoted. The message of the Lord to you today is that you will live in sound health to enjoy the fruits of your labour, in Jesus name. You will not labour in vain.
*PRAYER:* Dear Father, give me long life to enjoy the fruits of my labour, in Jesus name. Amen.










THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

DATE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020
TOPIC: WATCH YOUR WORDS
READ: ECCLESIASTES 5:1-7(NKJV)
1. Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.
2. Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God [is] in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.
3. For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool's voice [is known] by [his] many words.
4. When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For [He has] no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed --
5. Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.
6. Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger [of God] that it [was] an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands?
7. For in the multitude of dreams and many words [there is] also vanity. But fear God.
*THE MESSAGE:*
It is interesting to note that God places caution on how we engage our tongues to express our thoughts and feelings in life. Words are very powerful and Christians are constantly admonished to use them with careful consideration of their positive and negative impacts. In our passage today, we are told “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything before God. For God is in heaven and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few” (verse 2). James 3:7-10 reveals what we can achieve with our words. It is a reality that our words are prompted by our feelings, thoughtsand inspiration. As Christians, we must not stumble in word but rather control what comes out of our mouths.
Beloved as you go out today, be aware that there are people who will annoy you; there are situations that could prompt negative reactions from you. Your response to them will communicate your Christianity and virtues to those around you. There are Christians who rain curses at every slightest provocation. Some even go to the extent of declaring publicly that Christ be put aside when they are angry. There are Christian homes that have become a place of noise and trouble owing to inability to engage the tongue for positive purposes. Our words can defile us before God if we misuse them. Jesus Christ says “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a person but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man” (Matthew 15:11). It is interesting to note that a man speaks from the abundance of his heart, therefore, in all your endeavours today, do not be hasty to utter anything prompted by situations around you. Let your words be seasoned with grace so your hearers will be edified. Do not speak rashly today.
*PRAYER:* Dear heavenly Father, grant me grace to be watchful in the way I use my tongue, in Jesus name. Amen.








THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

DATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
TOPIC: BE A TRUE COMPANION
READ: ECCLESIASTES 4:9-16 (NKJV)
9. Two [are] better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him [who is] alone when he falls, For [he has] no one to help him up.
11. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm [alone?]
12. Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
13. Better a poor and wise youth Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more.
14. For he comes out of prison to be king, Although he was born poor in his kingdom.
15. I saw all the living who walk under the sun; They were with the second youth who stands in his place.
16. [There was] no end of all the people over whom he was made king; Yet those who come afterward will not rejoice in him. Surely this also [is] vanity and grasping for the wind.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Our passage today focuses among other things, on companionship. A companion is an available assistant with a defined relationship. He is a suitable helper at every point in time. The Bible says “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up”(verses 9-10). Similarly, in Genesis 2:18, the Bible says “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” God is the Author of companionship; He is always interested in providing helping hands for man and has a desire to see His children grow up in fellowship with one another. As a matter of fact, no human being can survive without others. Even the director of an organisation needs the support of other workers including the cleaner.
Though God established companionship for mutual understanding and growth of human beings, there are betrayals all over the place. Marriages have shattered because one partner failed to do what must be done to foster peace and progress; friendships have been broken because of unfaithfulness. Prophet Amos says “Can two work together except they agree?” (Amos 3:3). Agreement is very key in being a faithful and true companion. Determine to be a true companion in your marriage, business and family, even when situations are not favourable. Psalm 133:1 says “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”Be a trustworthy companion.
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, make me a true, faithful and dependable companion, in Jesus name. Amen.













THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020


DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL GUIDE FOR 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 - THE VEN. TUNDE OYESINA
✝πŸ”ŽTOPIC: THE VANITY OF LIFE
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✝πŸ“–TEXT: Ecclesiastes 4:1-8(NKJV)
1. Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun: And look! The tears of the oppressed, But they have no comforter -- On the side of their oppressors [there is] power, But they have no comforter.
2. Therefore I praised the dead who were already dead, More than the living who are still alive.
3. Yet, better than both [is he] who has never existed, Who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
4. Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. This also [is] vanity and grasping for the wind.
5. The fool folds his hands And consumes his own flesh.
6. Better a handful [with] quietness Than both hands full, [together with] toil and grasping for the wind.
7. Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun:
8. There is one alone, without companion: He has neither son nor brother. Yet [there is] no end to all his labors, Nor is his eye satisfied with riches. [But he never asks,] "For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good?" This also [is] vanity and a grave misfortune.
✝πŸ”°STUDY
The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes, by popular opinion, was King Solomon, the son of David. Solomon was a man endowed with wisdom and riches so much that he had been named among the most influential people that ever lived. He enjoyed affluence at its highest point and understood by the wisdom of God, the science of human life and spiritual philosophy of man’s endeavours. He concluded that running up and down to make a name for oneself is all vanity. He said, “I praised the dead who were already dead, more than the living who are still alive. Yet better than both is he who has never existed, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun”(vs. 2-3). In other words, the vanity of life according to Solomon makes life undesirable and the only one who can escape from the oppression and struggles of life is he who has never existed. Life is full of unavoidable challenges and crisis.
Beloved, while it is a good thing to be active, hardworking and diligent in order to excel in life, we must understand that our struggles are not supposed to be “do or die.” There is absolutely nothing ahead of us that is worth dying for. It is painful to see Christians who are known to be committed in church lose their sense of control at the minutest opportunity to improve their economic well-being. Christians must learn to be cautious, careful and contented, especially when it comes to meeting their daily needs. Furthermore, our labour and toiling should not be made to maim but to encourage our fellow human beings. Wemust run away from whatever will make others weep today!
✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to know that life without You does not count and to give my all to You, in Jesus name. Amen.










THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020


TOPIC: GOD KNOWS ALL THINGS AND WILL CALL TO ACCOUNT
READ: ECCLESIASTES 3:16-22 (NKJV)
16. Moreover I saw under the sun: [In] the place of judgment, Wickedness [was] there; And [in] the place of righteousness, Iniquity [was] there.
17. I said in my heart, "God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For [there is] a time there for every purpose and for every work."
18. I said in my heart, "Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are [like] animals."
19. For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all [is] vanity.
20. All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.
21. Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?
22. So I perceived that nothing [is] better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that [is] his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?
*THE MESSAGE
E:*In continuation of our thoughts yesterday, Solomon was asking ‘How can God be in control when there is so much evil in our world, with the wicked prospering in their sin and the righteous suffering in their obedience?’ (verses 16 &17). He responded with two sure statements: God has a time for everything, including judgment (Ecclesiastes 8:6, Ecclesiastes 8:11), and God is working out His eternal purposes in and through the deeds of humans, even the deeds of the wicked. God will judge when history has run its course, though He is judging now (verse 18). In the experiences of life, God is testing humans. (The word ‘test’ - barur- literally means "to sift or to winnow.") God is revealing what man is really like; He is sifting him. For, when man leaves God out of his life, he becomes like an animal. He lives like a beast and dies like a beast.
Child of God, it is true evil surrounds us day-by-day. We see things happen that question not only the existence of God, but also His love for us. It is not that God is not in control, He is only allowing the wicked to have a time for an amendment of life, without which judgement will come. Then in the wisdom of God, He brings out beauty and good out of life’s ugliness and evil. Be patient with God and continually trust Him. He shall surely turn your life around for good, and you will forget your present sorrow. He has power over all situations and circumstances; yours cannot be out of His control. All you need now is to continue to trust Him to lead on. Obey His command, even when it seems not easy. Forgive, persevere, be kind, even when the recipients do not deserve these from you. And at the end, it shall be your victory and breakthrough.
PRAYER: Time goes by swiftly and gets away from us, but God keeps track of it and will, at the end of time, call into account what we have done with time.













THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

(St. Matthew the Apostle)
TOPIC: THE CALL OF MATTHEW
READ: MATTHEW 9:9-13 (NKJV)
9. As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
10. Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, [that] behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
11. And when the Pharisees saw [it,] they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
12. When Jesus heard [that,] He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
13. "But go and learn what [this] means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today is the commemoration of St. Matthew the Apostle. He is also called Levi in the Gospel of St. Mark and St. Luke. The name ‘Matthew’ means the Gift of God. Ministers are God’s gifts to the Church; their ministry and ability are God’s gifts to them. Matthew was a publican, from among a group who were notoriously unscrupulous in the collection of taxes. Because of their extortion and position as agents of Rome, the publicans were socially rejected, religiously excommunicated and politically viewed as traitors. Nevertheless, their job was lucrative. When Jesus called Matthew, saying “follow me” (verse 9), he forsook his lucrative position to become the Lord’s disciple. How many of us would walk away from a high-paying job to be the Lord’s servant?
Having seen what Jesus had done for him, he used his influence to introduce others to Christ. He invited his friends to a feast in honour of Jesus that they too might become acquainted with Him (verse 10). How many of us have opened our home to our neighbours and friends to introduce them to Christ? Can you open your home for House-fellowship? Matthew’s example of using his influence to bring others to Christ should be instructive to each one of us.
*PRAYER:* Lord, make me an instrument to bring sinners to Your kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.













THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

ATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020
(Trinity 15)
TOPIC: BE MOTIVATED BY LOVE
READ: ROMANS 12: 9-21 (NKJV)
9. [Let] love [be] without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10. [Be] kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
11. not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12. rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13. distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
19. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but [rather] give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance [is] Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
20. Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
21. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In our text, Apostle Paul charges the Corinthian Christians to love sincerely. This sincere love would enable them give honour to and live in harmony with others (verses 10 & 16); it would help them to be zealous in serving the Lord hopefully and patiently even in trouble; never giving up on God (verse 12).This genuine love would make them contribute towards the needs of others (verse 13); enable them bless those who were cruel to them; not repay evil for evil but feeding the enemy when the need arose (verse 14, verse 17 & verse 20). The Christian is expected to strive to live at peace with everyone; never seeking to avenge himself/herself, for vengeance belongs to the Lord, but to run away from all evil and hold fast to that which is good.
Child of God, the Lord’s way is the way of love. He does nothing without love and His actions are motivated by the same. That is why He has not dealt with us according to our sins nor has He rewarded us according to our iniquities. As His children, He would have us act in love towards others whether they are our friends or foes. The love we are to display must be sincere and not pretentious. This is when we can be like our Father in heaven who rains on both the evil and the good. So, today let your actions be motivated by love, that will see you bless those who curse you, and feed your enemy when he is hungry. It will enable you provide for the needy and strengthen you to live at peace with all people. And those who come across you today will feel the impact of God’s love through you.
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, help me to genuinely love others as You love me










THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

TOPIC: YOUR TIMES ARE IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD
READ: ECCLESIASTES 3:1-15 (NKJV)
1. To everything [there is] a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
2. A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck [what is] planted;
3. A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
4. A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
5. A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
6. A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
7. A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
8. A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.
9. What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?
10. I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.
11. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
12. I know that nothing [is] better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives,
13. and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor -- it [is] the gift of God.
14. I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does [it,] that men should fear before Him.
15. That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Solomon continues to beautifully present the essence of the life of a natural human being, in contrast to a believer in the Lord. In chapters one and two, He had presented arguments proving that life without the presence of God was nothing but unprofitable, boring and meaningless chasing after the wind. But he, beginning from Ecclesiastes 3, started examining factors that must be considered before one can say that life is meaningful and purposeful. He saw something above humans- a God who controls time and balances life's experiences (verse 1-8). Then he saw something within them that link them to God - eternity in his heart (verses 9-11).
So the preacher is really saying ‘Look up and look within,’ then you will discover that your life is not meaningless. But today we shall examine only one of the two – ‘Look up.’ There is a purpose for your life. Your belief that there is a loving God, Who had taken steps to be your Father through the work of redemption on the cross of Jesus Christ, assures you that your existence is not in vain. Whatever you are going through, God loves you. He demonstrates that He loves you by Christ dying for you when you were yet sinning (Romans 5:8). Understand this love, and then you shall find meaning for your life. In fourteen statements, Solomon affirmed that God is at work in our individual lives, seeking to accomplish His will through all circumstances of life, using the twenty-eight as examples (verses . 2-8). Will you allow Him to order the circumstances of your life? Will you allow Him to order your time for you? He promised Abraham three times - ‘this time next year’ (Gen 17:21); ‘according to the time of life’ (Genesis 18:10); ‘at the appointed time’ (Genesis 18:14); and He fulfilled His promise ‘at the set time...’ (General 21: 2). Your times are in the hands of the Lord; He will beautify them at the set time. Please pray with this Hymn.
*PRAYER:* My times are in Thy hand,
My God, I wish them there;
My life, my friends, my soul I leave
Entirely to Thy care. Amen











THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020


DATE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
TOPIC: ACCEPT LIFE AS GOD'S GIFT AND ENJOY IT IN GOD'S WILL
READ: ECCLESIATES 2:12-26 (NKJV)
12. Then I turned myself to consider wisdom and madness and folly; For what [can] the man [do] who succeeds the king? -- [Only] what he has already done.
13. Then I saw that wisdom excels folly As light excels darkness.
14. The wise man's eyes [are] in his head, But the fool walks in darkness. Yet I myself perceived That the same event happens to them all.
15. So I said in my heart, "As it happens to the fool, It also happens to me, And why was I then more wise?" Then I said in my heart, "This also [is] vanity."
16. For [there is] no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever, Since all that now [is] will be forgotten in the days to come. And how does a wise [man] die? As the fool!
17. Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun [was] distressing to me, for all [is] vanity and grasping for the wind.
18. Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me.
19. And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also [is] vanity.
20. Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun.
21. For there is a man whose labor [is] with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also [is] vanity and a great evil.
22. For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun?
23. For all his days [are] sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.
24. Nothing [is] better for a man [than] that he should eat and drink, and [that] his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.
25. For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I?
26. For [God] gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who [is] good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to [him who is] good before God. This also [is] vanity and grasping for the wind.
*THE MESSAGE:*
It appears that Solomon hated life in this passage. First in verses 12-17, he mused that since both the wise man and the fool will die, then what is the value of wisdom? He further said that we can leave our wisdom and wealth for the guidance and use of the next generation, but how can we be sure they will value them? Second, after both the wise man and the fool die, they are forgotten (verse 16). In other words, he found out that one cannot keep his wealth (verse 18), cannot protect it (verses 19-20), and cannot enjoy it as he/she should (verses 21-23). He therefore concluded that he was disgusted with life, although he was not contemplating suicide. Of course, he would not have wanted to leave all the good life behind.
The healthy Christian believer certainly would not hate life, no matter how difficult the situations might be. What gives him/her the ability to ‘love life’ and live it happily? 1 Peter 3:10, quoted from Psalms 34:12 ff gives believers the secret of putting the most into life and getting the most out of it. Life becomes worthwhile when we live it to glorify God. First, we live to please Him by not hurting our fellow humans, and second, through living by the promises of God in faith, and expecting better things to come as we journey on in life, even in eternity. Knowing that our life is not lived in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58) drives us on to live it to glorify God. We may not enjoy everything in life, or be able to explain everything about life - that is not important. Accept life as God presents it to you and enjoy it, in obedience to His will.
*PRAYER:* Lord, I thank You for the life You have given me. I shall live it for Your glory and honour till the end, in Jesus’ name. Amen.












THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

TOPIC: FUTILITY OF EARTHLY PLEASURE
READ:: ECCLESIASTES 2:1-11 (NKJV)
1. I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure"; but surely, this also [was] vanity.
2. I said of laughter -- "Madness!"; and of mirth, "What does it accomplish?"
3. I searched in my heart [how] to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what [was] good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.
4. I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards.
5. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all [kinds] of fruit trees in them.
6. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove.
7. I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me.
8. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, [and] musical instruments of all kinds.
9. So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.
10. Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor.
11. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all [was] vanity and grasping for the wind. [There was] no profit under the sun.
*THE MESSAGE:*
King Solomon continued to experiment in his quest to find something worthwhile in life (verse 3). He used pleasure in today’s passage and ended up finding that seeking pleasure for happiness and fulfilment is futile.
Today's world is pleasure-mad. Millions will pay almost any amount of money to ‘buy experiences’ and temporarily escape the burdens of life. There are three reasons pleasure-seeking will always fail to give joy. First, pleasure-seeking usually becomes a selfish endeavour; and selfishness destroys true joy. People who live for pleasure will usually exploit people around them to get what they want, and they end up with broken relationships as well as empty hearts. People are more important than things and thrills. Secondly, if you live for pleasure alone, enjoyment will decrease because you will reach a point when there willbe little or no enjoyment at all, only bondage. For example, the more people drink, the less enjoyment they get out of it; they must have more strong drinks in order to have pleasure; the sad result is desire without satisfaction, and from here, they will move to drugs, gambling, sex, etc., which consequence is disappointment and emptiness. Third, pleasure appeals to only a part of the person and ignores the total being. There will be true joy when the whole parts of you experience joy, not just your body. Pleasure cannot give your soul and spirit fulfilment. Connection with the Creator through Christ (being born again), and daily living by Scriptures and prayers will give total and true joy
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, I pray that those who are in bondage of addiction to worldly pleasure, whose lives and homes are being destroyed, shall be set free.Give me grace not to live for only pleasure. Amen.














THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

✝πŸ”ŽTOPIC: SIN TURNS BLESSING TO CURSE

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✝πŸ“–TEXT: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18(NKJV)
12.  I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13.  And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised.
14.  I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all [is] vanity and grasping for the wind.
15.  [What is] crooked cannot be made straight, And what is lacking cannot be numbered.
16.  I communed with my heart, saying, "Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge."
17.  And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.
18.  For in much wisdom [is] much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

✝πŸ”°STUDY

 King Solomon, the writer of this scripture began his reign as a humble servant of the Lord, seeking God's wisdom and help (1 Kings 3:5-15). In response to his humble prayer, God promised him both wisdom and wealth (1 Kings 3:3-15); and He kept His promise. As Solomon grew older, he turned away from the Lord to the false gods of the many wives he married from foreign lands (1 Kings 11:1 ff). These marriages were motivated primarily by politics, not love, as Solomon sought alliances with the nations around Israel. In fact, many of the things Solomon did to bring glory to Israel were contrary to the Word of God (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). The passage today is a reflection of a miserable king in his latter years. God removed His hand of blessing (1 Kings 11), but only maintained Solomon's throne because of His promise to David his father. There is no record that King Solomon repented and turned to the Lord, but his message in Ecclesiastes suggests that he did, because the book appears to be the kind a person would write near the close of life, reflecting on life's experiences and the lessons learned. He probably wrote this during the years he faithfully walked with God, and near the end of his life.

Therefore, one thing is always constant: God is faithful no matter how we err from Him. But He is always waiting for His repentant child. The stupendous wealth and wisdom of Solomon could not give him joy anymore because God was not in them. Wealthand success can never bring fulfilment of life if Christ is lost. Many lose Christ when they seek these things. Seek first the Kingdom of heaven and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33)

✝πŸ™ PRAYER: Father, let me not derail from Your ways, so that Your blessings will not turn to curse in my life.




















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

TOPIC: LIFE IS GOOD: ONLY IN CHRIST
READ: ECCLESIASTES 1:1-11 (NKJV)
1. The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2. "Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all [is] vanity."
3. What profit has a man from all his labor In which he toils under the sun?
4. [One] generation passes away, and [another] generation comes; But the earth abides forever.
5. The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, And hastens to the place where it arose.
6. The wind goes toward the south, And turns around to the north; The wind whirls about continually, And comes again on its circuit.
7. All the rivers run into the sea, Yet the sea [is] not full; To the place from which the rivers come, There they return again.
8. All things [are] full of labor; Man cannot express [it.] The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor the ear filled with hearing.
9. That which has been [is] what will be, That which [is] done is what will be done, And [there is] nothing new under the sun.
10. Is there anything of which it may be said, "See, this [is] new"? It has already been in ancient times before us.
11. [There is] no remembrance of former [things,] Nor will there be any remembrance of [things] that are to come By [those] who will come after.
*THE MESSAGE:*
This book - Ecclesiastes - is a compendium of what Solomon the King of Israel discovered by the hand of the Lord about life. Most of the discoveries were through his personal life experiences (when he was in tune with the Lord, and when he backslid from Him). A common feature in the book is the denial of any profit or gain to a person's labour. The term ‘gain’ is unique to Ecclesiastes. Generally, it refers to what is left over (a gain or a profit), after removing the principal invested in a business; or metaphorically, to what is advantageous or of benefit. Solomon affirmed at the outset that humans earn no essential advantage or profit from all their toil down here on the earth (this is what the phrase ‘under the sun’ means). He supported his opinion by referring to the ceaseless rounds of human generations through the temporal nature of a person's existence (verses 4) and of nature (sun, moon and the sea) in constant motion but which never arrive at any fixed goal or lasting rest (verses 5-7).
The above description by Solomon is of a life without Christ. Jesus says, ‘I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly’ (John 10:10). When one lives in Christ, everything becomes profitable to God and to the world around the person. Our lives in Christ glorify God, and bless humanity. Even the person would not have lived in vain because the Scriptures affirm, ‘Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord’ (1 Corinthians 15:58). Life is ‘not in vain’ if it is lived according to the will of God, and that is what Solomon teaches today in the power of the Holy Spirit.
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, cause my life to be profitable to You, the people I come across today, my family, and myself in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.




















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

(Holy Cross Day)
TOPIC: OBEDIENCE BRINGS GLORY
READ: PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 (NKJV)
5. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6. who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7. but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, [and] coming in the likeness of men.
8. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to [the point of] death, even the death of the cross.
9. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11. and [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Rose of Lima once said, “Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” Cross is symbolic to Christianity. Today commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross which had been placed on Mt. Calvary by St Helena and preserved in Jerusalem but had fallen into the hands of Chosroas, King of the Persians. The precious relic was recovered and returned to Jerusalem by Emperor Heralius in 629 AD. In verse 8, Christ humbled Himself from the glorious and divine form to human form, in order to die for sinful and corrupt mankind. He did it in obedience to His Father’s will.
To follow Christ, you too must be ready to obey Him even unto suffering (Hebrews 12:4). When you identify with Christ on the cross, sharing in His suffering through obedience, then you share in His glory. The opportunity to glorify God by our obedience should be one of our compelling motives for living. Some people find it difficult to obey simple and godly instructions from their parents, superiors, doctors, teachers, and pastors. But we must remember that these are also messengers from God to guide us through life. For you to glorify God, there is no other way than to be obedient to Jesus Christ. Your steps in obedience, though tough to follow through, will bring glory to God and upliftment to you.
*PRAYER:* Lord, help me to be obedient to Your commands no matter what it may take, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

DATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
(Trinity 14)
TOPIC: DO NOT GIVE UP ON LOVE
READ: 1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13 (NKJV)
1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2. And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor,] and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4. Love suffers long [and] is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5. does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6. does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8. Love never fails. But whether [there are] prophecies, they will fail; whether [there are] tongues, they will cease; whether [there is] knowledge, it will vanish away.
9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In our text today, Apostle Paul gave a full list of the attributes of love. He says, ‘Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.’ The list is so comprehensive and exhaustive that it opens our eyes to human weaknesses and makes it appear as though not so many a people of God can be said to exhibit these qualities. But the truth is that the scriptures are not written to “perfect” and sinless humans. The Bible is written so that the imperfect man may behold the holy writ and be transformed by the renewing of his mind to conform to the image of the perfect Man, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Child of God, have you weighed your life in the light of the above scriptures and found out that you are not measuring up? Brace up and do not be discouraged. Never give up on love. Get closer to the scriptures to know what the will of the Lord is and seek to do it. This will enable you to grow in grace. The more you grow in grace, that is, in Christ Jesus, the more love you will exhibit. Again, I say, keep the scriptures before you; determine to practise love in the light of Christ Jesus. Your resolve to love in the way of God will pay off, and others will come to the light of Christ in you.
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, help me to grow in grace so that I may love the more.




















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

TOPIC: BEWARE OF THE LOVE OF MONEY
READ: PROVERBS 1:8-19 (NKJV)
8. My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9. For they [will be] a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.
10. My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
11. If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait to [shed] blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12. Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
13. We shall find all [kinds] of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil;
14. Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse" --
15. My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path;
16. For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.
17. Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird;
18. But they lie in wait for their [own] blood, They lurk secretly for their [own] lives.
19. So [are] the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Verses 10-15 reveal how people are lured into the temptation to get rich quickly and this is one of the evils of the last days - the uncontrollable love for money. God says through His servant, Paul the Apostle, that those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction (I Timothy6:9). The writer of the book of Proverbs speaks at the beginning of the book as a father to a son or a teacher to a pupil, a father using his experience to admonish his son.
One of the most effective tools in the hands of the devil to lead people astray today, especially the youth, is the love of money. The devil in his deceitful and cunning ways has exposed the younger generation to ungodly quick access to wealth. This unholy access to instant wealth is devised in the pit of hell and sends promising youths into untimely graves and eternal condemnation. “For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life?’’ Be wise! All that glitters is not gold!
*PRAYER:* O God of heaven and the earth, You are the Giver of all good things, give me the spirit of contentment and prevent my heart from every deceit of the devil, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

TOPIC: THE SECRET OF TRUE WISDOM
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✝πŸ“–TEXT: PROVERBS 1:1-7(NKJV)
1. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2. To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,
3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity;
4. To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion --
5. A wise [man] will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6. To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.
7. The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge, [But] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
✝πŸ”°STUDY
Wisdom has been defined as the application of knowledge, but not just application of knowledge but the right application of knowledge. For instance in I Samuel 3, when king Saul had waited for Samuel for seven days according to his(Samuel’s) word, the Philistines were already advancing against themand many of his people had deserted him as a result of not seeing who was to offer the sacrifice, Saul then applied his human wisdom which seemed to be reasonable and good. James 4:17 says, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty.’’
The instruction provided in the book of Proverbs is to provide us with wisdom with which to handle the everyday affairs of life. Verse7 of our text reveals to us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, to fear God is to obey Him completely, that is the secret. It is not just to have the knowledge of what to do but doing it with the fear of God. Saul hardly finished with the offering of the sacrifice when Samuel arrived, what a tragedy! He was regarded as a fool and a disobedient fellowand this cost him and his lineage eternal regret. One guiding principle for finding true wisdom is to have the fear of the Lord. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
✝πŸ™ PRAYER: God of covenant, you promised in your word that whosoever lacks wisdom should ask, I pray that you guide me through your wisdom to handle the affairs of my life in accordance with your will, in Jesus name .Amen.