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

DATE: MARCH 5, 2021
(Lent 2)
Date: 2021-03-05
✝️🔎TOPIC: MISSION FORMULA
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✝️📖TEXT: LUKE 9: 1-9 (NKJV)
1. Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
2. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
3. And He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4. "Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
5. "And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them."
6. So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
7. Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
8. and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.
9. Herod said, "John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?" So he sought to see Him.
✝️📜STUDY
Jesus first empowered his disciples for mission before sending them out. They received authority from Him over devils and diseases and then came a description of their assignment. They were to preach the kingdom of God and heal the sick. They were not to be worried about their welfare as provision had been made by God for them in their assignment. The given formula is in line with Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness: and all these things shall be added to you.
The picture seems to be different in our present time. Some people engage in God's work without first being spiritually empowered. Thus, we have a lot of Christians who do God's work but not in accordance with His formula. Hence some emphasise miracles over salvation while some others are material-driven. All these are all contrary to our text. The church should emphasise preaching the kingdom of God, though it should not neglect
miracles and material blessings. But ask yourself: Have I been preaching the kingdom of God? Do I have the approval and empowerment of Christ like the disciples? If not, how do I correct my wrong? Who can help me?
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Reset my approach to ministry in the manner of Christ's,
O God, I pray.













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

DATE: MARCH 4, 2021
(Lent 2)

*TOPIC: GREAT BACKGROUND*
READ: ESTHER 2:1 - 14 (NKJV)
1. After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what had been decreed against her.
2. Then the king's servants who attended him said: "Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king;
3. "and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the citadel, into the women's quarters, under the custody of Hegai the king's eunuch, custodian of the women. And let beauty preparations be given [them.]
4. "Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti." This thing pleased the king, and he did so.
5. In Shushan the citadel there was a certain Jew whose name [was] Mordecai the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite.
6. [Kish] had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been captured with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.
7. And [Mordecai] had brought up Hadassah, that [is,] Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman [was] lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
8. So it was, when the king's command and decree were heard, and when many young women were gathered at Shushan the citadel, [under] the custody of Hegai, that Esther also was taken to the king's palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women.
9. Now the young woman pleased him, and she obtained his favor; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance. Then seven choice maidservants were provided for her from the king's palace, and he moved her and her maidservants to the best [place] in the house of the women.
10. Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal [it.]
11. And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women's quarters, to learn of Esther's welfare and what was happening to her.
12. Each young woman's turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months' preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.
13. Thus [prepared, each] young woman went to the king, and she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the women's quarters to the king's palace.
14. In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch who kept the concubines. She would not go in to the king again unless the king delighted in her and called for her by name.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Our text today gives us the background of Esther. She was a stranger, a slave and a orphan but she was a virgin, fair and beautiful. She grew under a Godly uncle who adopted her as a daughter and got her rooted in God. Amidst other maidens who possibly had rich and influential backgrounds, Esther won the favour of Hegai who prepared them to appear before the king for choice of a replacement for Vashti. Hegai speeded up her up preparation and gave her the best place of the house.
The importance of someone's background in our society today cannot be overemphasised. The problem, however, is the preferment of riches, education, fame, etc. to godly virtues. The background that attracts divine favour is that of godliness, which manifests chastity, natural beauty, obedience, simplicity, self control, discipline, etc. The King of our soul is not interested in our wealthy and famous background. Thus you need to ask yourself: What is my background? How can I achieve a great background? Who can help me?
*PRAYER:* I resolve to have a great background; dear Lord please help me.












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

DATE: MARCH 3, 2021
(Lent 2)
*TOPIC: CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE*
READ: ESTHER 1:13 – 22 (NKJV)
13. Then the king said to the wise men who understood the times (for this [was] the king's manner toward all who knew law and justice,
14. those closest to him [being] Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who had access to the king's presence, [and] who ranked highest in the kingdom):
15. "What [shall we] do to Queen Vashti, according to law, because she did not obey the command of King Ahasuerus [brought to her] by the eunuchs?"
16. And Memucan answered before the king and the princes: "Queen Vashti has not only wronged the king, but also all the princes, and all the people who [are] in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus.
17. "For the queen's behavior will become known to all women, so that they will despise their husbands in their eyes, when they report, 'King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought in before him, but she did not come.'
18. "This very day the [noble] ladies of Persia and Media will say to all the king's officials that they have heard of the behavior of the queen. Thus [there will be] excessive contempt and wrath.
19. "If it pleases the king, let a royal decree go out from him, and let it be recorded in the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it will not be altered, that Vashti shall come no more before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she.
20. "When the king's decree which he will make is proclaimed throughout all his empire (for it is great), all wives will honor their husbands, both great and small."
21. And the reply pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Memucan.
22. Then he sent letters to all the king's provinces, to each province in its own script, and to every people in their own language, that each man should be master in his own house, and speak in the language of his own people.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In today’s text, we did not note any remorse or repentance from Vashti, not minding that she knew the law and judgment. So, the king consulted with the wise men on the provisions of the law and statements of judgement in relation to Vashti's offence. The answer was that she should be banished. Her banishment was to serve as a lesson to other women - that they may learn obedience to their husbands. The king kept his love for Vashti aside and dispensed justice in accordance with the rules of his kingdom.
The first lesson here is that leaders should learn to handle offences in accordance with the provision of the constitution for a healthy society. When we pamper evil, we destroy our society. Secondly. justice becomes stronger than love in God's heart when one continues in sin. Remember, this was coming at the rounding off of the long feast. In the same way, our journey on earth is likened to this feast. At the rounding off of our lives, which might be by death or rapture, justice will be stronger than love. If you are found guilty. you will be banished to hell fire. However, there is room for repentance now.
*PRAYER:* O God, I repent today; do not banish me from Your presence, I pray, Amen.











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

DATE: MARCH 2, 2021
(Lent 2)

*TOPIC: DISAPPOINTING THE KING*
READ: ESTHER 1:1-12 (NKJV)
1. Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this [was] the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia),
2. in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which [was] in Shushan the citadel,
3. [that] in the third year of his reign he made a feast for all his officials and servants -- the powers of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the princes of the provinces [being] before him --
4. when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for many days, one hundred and eighty days [in all.]
5. And when these days were completed, the king made a feast lasting seven days for all the people who were present in Shushan the citadel, from great to small, in the court of the garden of the king's palace.
6. [There were] white and blue linen [curtains] fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and marble pillars; [and the] couches [were] of gold and silver on a [mosaic] pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble.
7. And they served drinks in golden vessels, each vessel being different from the other, with royal wine in abundance, according to the generosity of the king.
8. In accordance with the law, the drinking was not compulsory; for so the king had ordered all the officers of his household, that they should do according to each man's pleasure.
9. Queen Vashti also made a feast for the women [in] the royal palace which [belonged] to King Ahasuerus.
10. On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus,
11. to bring Queen Vashti before the king, [wearing] her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials, for she [was] beautiful to behold.
12. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's command [brought] by [his] eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him.
*THE MESSAGE:*
King Ahasuerus decided to show the richs of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty. A feast lasting 180 days was organised for this. Another 7 days feast was immediately organised to display the most cherished possessions of the king. The praparation for the 7 days feast was more costly than that of the 180 days. This shows how important it was to the king. The expectations of the guests was high. Vashti was called to manifest her beauty and glory before the king and his guests. This would be the peak of the celebration for the king but for whatever reason, Vashti refused. This grieved the king so much.
Man is the best of God's creation - the most expensive and most cherished. Of course, the earnest expectation of the creation awaits the manifestation of the sons of God. However, most of us have turned odwn the call of God in disobedience. We need to ask ourselves: Am I serving the purpose of my Creator? What is it that has taken away my attention from pleasing God? Is God disappointed in me? How do I right my wrongs? It is too dangerous to incur the wrath of God.
*PRAYER:* May I not be a disappointment to You, Oh God, in Jesus' Name. Amen.











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

DATE: MARCH 1, 2021
(Lent 2)

*TOPIC: GOD'S COMPASSION*
READ: LUKE 15:11 - 24 (NKJV)
11. Then He said: "A certain man had two sons.
12. "And the younger of them said to [his] father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls [to me.'] So he divided to them [his] livelihood.
13. "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
14. "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
15. "Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16. "And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him [anything.]
17. "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18. 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
19. "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." '
20. "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
21. "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
22. "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put [it] on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on [his] feet.
23. 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill [it,] and let us eat and be merry;
24. 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today's text is the story of the prodigal son who had a very wayward lifestyle that separated him from his family. This exposed him to shame and suffering. Though his father was compassionate and willing to help, he could not because of the separating wall. When the prodigal son could not bear the situation, he reflected on the beauty of life in his father's kingdom, then he humbled himself, admitted his sins, returned to his father, confessed his sins and appealed for adoption. The sincerity of his heart and actions gained him his father's compassion, which changed him completely for good.
We have God's compassion readily available but may not enjoy it until we have reflected on the beauty of heaven, humbled ourselves, admitted our sins and confessed them to God in agreement with heaven's lifestyle. God is ready to attend to our needs but we have to pull down the dividing wall. The question therefore is; what is it that has separated me from the family of Jesus Christ? How can I remove the separation? Is there anyone who can help me to keep to my decision (that is, a disciple)? Sincere answers and practical steps to these questions will be helpful.
*PRAYER:* Lord Jesus, help my deliberate decision to live above sin today and grant me Your compassion.



















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

DATE: FEBRUARY 28, 2021
(Lent 2)
✝️🔎TOPIC: JUST ONE LOST SHEEP!
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✝️📖TEXT: LUKE 15:1-10 (NKJV)
1. Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.
2. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them."
3. So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
4. "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
5. "And when he has found [it,] he lays [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6. "And when he comes home, he calls together [his] friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
7. "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
8. " Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds [it?]
9. "And when she has found [it,] she calls [her] friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!'
10. "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
✝️📜STUDY
Happiness is an emotion which could be evoked by good fortune amongst other things. Joy on the other hand is a stronger feeling than happiness, experienced when one achieves selflessness to the point of personal sacrifice. The 'shepherd' in our passage could have allowed the one lost sheep to go, after al; he still had ninety-nine! He didn't. He went all the way, sacrificing his time, energy, comfort, rest and happiness, to look for that one lost sheep until it was found. His joy was so much that he called his friends and neighbours to a thanksgiving service... for just one sheep out of one hundred! (vv. 4-6,9).
There is one thing we need to do to cause more joy in Heaven and that is to search/look for and find just one lost sheep or one lost coin (v.4b, 8b). This calls for our time, devotion, commitment, patience and whatever it will take us to search out and share the Gospel message with that one sheep who has lost the way. left the fold or one that has never even believed in Jesus until he/she accepts Jesus or is restored to the fold (v.7,10). While rejoicing, we will present such to our Heavenly Father thus provoking more joy in Heaven. There is joy among the angels… when a sinner turns repenting and bending low before our King!
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to constantly cause more joy in Heaven
through soul-winning.


















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

DATE: FEBRUARY 27, 2021

OPIC: HEARING AND DOING THE WORD*
READ: MATTHEW 7:21 -29 (NKJV)
21. " Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22. "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
23. "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
24. " Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
25. "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26. "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27. "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
28. And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
29. for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Without mincing words, the passage today shows us that 'staying in Church, fellowship or any Christian gathering' from Sunday to Sunday and participating fully in such gatherings, is not a guarantee to entering into Heaven. The qualifications for entrance are hearing and doing the word of God! It is important to hear the Word of God, for faith comes from hearing His Word (Romans 10:17). It is more important to do what is heard; faith without works is dead (James 2:18-20). Hearing without doing could be deceptive (James 1:22).
The changes in life do not happen preferentially. Given that life's circumstances may not always favour one, the only guarantee to standing tall and strong after the rains have descended, the floods have come and the winds have blown and beaten on one's 'house' (faith), is holding on to the word heard and doing same (verse 25). Calling Jesus Lord, performing miracles, prophesying, casting out demons and even raising the dead in His Name, without doing His word are all exercises in futility and will attract a condemnation at last (verse 23). Doing all the above in His Name and in accordance with His Word will attract the commendation... "thou good and faithful servant... "Be a wise man - build on the Rock by hearing and doing His Word!
*PRAYER:* Help me dear Lord, to daily build on You, the Rock, till I see You face to face. Amen.










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

DATE: FEBRUARY 26, 2021
(Lent 1)
*TOPIC: YOUR FRUIT!*
READ: MATTHEW 7: 15-20 (NKJV)
15. " Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16. "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
17. "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18. "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor [can] a bad tree bear good fruit.
19. "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20. "Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
*THE MESSAGE:*
A fruit is the seed-bearing, edible part of a plant or tree, formed on the branches attached to the tree. A fruit describes the kind of tree it is formed from. For example, mango is got from a mango tree. It is expected of every tree to bear fruit (verse 17). The question here is 'What kind of fruit does the tree bear? A tree can either bear a good or a bad fruit but not both. That is to say, a good fruit must come from a good tree and not otherwise (verse 17).
Our reading today describes the quality of life expected of the followers of Christ. We cannot profess to be Christ's and exhibit characters depicting the Devil. In John 15:5, Jesus says that He is the Vine (tree), we are the branches and if we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit. Jesus is the good 'tree'; therefore, His branches must bear good fruit. Which tree do you represent? Do you live for Christ or the Devil? You will be known by your fruit. You can only bear the good fruit if you stay constantly attached to the Vine. Then your fruit will not only be 'much' but will also bring glory to God by impacting positively on people's lives (Galatians 5:22-23). The danger in not bearing good fruit is that the tree will be cut down and burnt.
*PRAYER:* Dear Father, help me to constantly stay attached to Jesus Christ so as to bear much fruit. Amen.



















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

DATE: FEBRUARY 25, 2021
(Lent 1)

✝️🔎TOPIC: THE NARROW GATE
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✝️📖TEXT: MATTHEW 7:12-14 (NKJV)
12. "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
13. " Enter by the narrow gate; for wide [is] the gate and broad [is] the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
14. "Because narrow [is] the gate and difficult [is] the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
✝️📜STUDY
In life, good things are often difficult to get. Gold, silver, and other precious metals are mined deep down from the earth and must pass through fire to be refined for use. Jesus encouraged us to "enter by the narrow gate, … because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way, which leads unto life, and there are few which find it." A narrow gate is harder to pass through than one that is wide; only few people can go through it at once. Why did Jesus say the gate to life is narrow?' The decision to follow Christ has already narrowed a broad way. That decision includes giving your heart to Christ and making difficult choices and doing difficult things. Therefore, getting into the path is just the first step.
Just as one's ability to succeed has very little to do with what happens to one in life, but rather on how one responds to the things that happen, so Jesus describes the pathway to life as one that requires effort and focus to enter. We have to lay aside certain things (Heb. 12:1-2). Though we are living in the world, we are not part of
the world (John 17:11, 16). Jesus said that in the world, one shall have tribulations but He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Only those who endure to the end shall be saved (Matt. 24:13). Endure.
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Oh Lord, make me an overcomer in this world in Jesus' Name. Amen.









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

DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2021
(Lent 1)
DATE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2021
(St. Matthias/Church of Nigeria Day)
*TOPIC: FRUITFULNESS*
READ: JOHN 15:1-11 (NKJV)
1. "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2. "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every [branch] that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
3. "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4. "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5. "I am the vine, you [are] the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
6. "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw [them] into the fire, and they are burned.
7. "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8. "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9. " As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
11. "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and [that] your joy may be full.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The reason Jesus came in the form of man is to save us from our sins and for us to bear fruit - winning souls into the kingdom of God by our character and the Gospel. When we do not fulfil this purpose of God, then we need purging. Physically, when one is purging, foods not good for the body system are removed as stool. This is also applicable to plants. When a branch does not bear fruits, the husband-man takes it away, that is, cuts it down so that it will not eat up the nutrients from the tree. However, the plant that bears fruit, he also purges that it may bring forth much fruits. The husband-man removes hindrances in the branch so that it will bring forth much fruits. In this case, purging has dual purpose.
The secret of fruitfulness is abiding in the Lord. Just as the branches gets nutrients from the vine as long as it abiding in the vine, so also every Christian receives strength and grace for good character and soul-winning as longs as he abides in the Lord. By their fruits you shall know them(Matthew 7:16). Fruits here are both character and soul-winning. Bearing much fruit brings glory to the Lord and attracts God's love. It brings joy both to the soul-winner and the Lord. God is our natural environment - man without God is nothing!
*PRAYER:* OH Lord, please make me a soul-winner to y5our glory in Jesus' Name. Amen.











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

DATE: FEBRUARY 23, 2021
(Lent 1)

*TOPIC: ASK, SEEK, KNOCK!*
READ: MATTHEW 7:7-11 (NKJV)
7. " Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9. "Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10. "Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11. "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
*THE MESSAGE:*
God loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to save us from our sins. "Therefore, he that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, How shall He not with Him freely give us all things." (Romans 8:32). God's love for us is unfathomable. If evil men can give good things to their children, how much more shall our Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him? The point is giving good things. Therefore, if what you are asking is not of God, He will not give it.
The promises of God are Y ea and Amen. He has promised He will never fail. Delay is not denial. The reason we do not get what we ask may not be far-fetched. Some things we ask for must be sought after. Seeking is stronger tht mere asking. You seek for things that are not easily attainable, that are lost or can't be found. Knocking is a greater level of receiving from God. If the door is not open to you, it shows dispproval and you may not receive what you are asking for. When doors are shut on people, access will be difficult. It is true that before we ask, God already knows our needs; He still wants us to ask, to show commitment, so that it wil not be like the proverbial 'casting of pearls to swine.' Ask, seek and knock today!
*PRAYER:* Oh Lord, grant us open heavens in Jesus Name. Amen
















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

DATE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2021
(Lent 1)
*TOPIC: JUDGE NOT*
DATE: MATTHEW 7:1-6 (NKJV)
1. "Judge not, that you be not judged.
2. "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3. "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4. "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank [is] in your own eye?
5. "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
6. "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
*THE MESSAGE:*
To judge means to form an opinion or conclusion or to decide cases in a case law court. Judging leads to condemnation or commendation and these two words are vastly different. To condemn is to express complete disapproval of someone or something while commendation is to praise formally or officially. Our Lord Jesus said 'judge not that ye be not judged.' However, 1 Corinthians 2:15 says that the spiritual man judges all things.
Do not make carnal judgements because you are bound to make mistakes. Seek the leading of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Samuel 16:6, the Prophet Samuel in anointing the successor of Saul nearly made a costly mistake. He looked at the physical appearance of Eliab, the first son of Jesse and to other elder sons of Jesse. He concluded by saying, "Surely, the Lord's anointed is before me." The Lord told him, "Man looks at the outward but God looks at the heart." If a man like Samuel could have made such an expensive mistake, it behoves on all to seek God's guidiance in judgements. When some men came with the woman caught in adultery, Jesus told them, anyone without sin should cast the first stone and all left one after the other. The Lord Jesus told the woman, "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more." In judging people, look inwards first and make sure you are not guilty of the same offence.
*PRAYER:* Lord, may Your Spirit lead me always especially in passing judgements on people.













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

DATE: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2021
(Lent 1)
*TOPIC: IT IS WRITTEN*
READ: MATTHEW 4:1 -11 (NKJV)
1. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
3. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
4. But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "
5. Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6. and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, 'In [their] hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.' "
7. Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.' "
8. Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."
10. Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.' "
11. Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The solution to overcoming temptation is the word of God in you. Jesus overcame the devil with the written word. Jesus Christ, our Lord. knows the word and quoted it to overcome the devil: "It is written".
It is not enough to know the Word of God in your heart but to use it as a weapon of warfare, "The sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:17b). It is not enough to have the sword in the sheath; it must be drawn and wielded to fight the enemy. So, we must quote the word in every situation. John 6:63 says "The word that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." When the word is quoted, it moves to accomplish the purpose for which it was sent. Isaiah 55:11 says, "So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." How much of the word do you know? Do you make use of it to overcome the devil? The word must be heard, read, studied, meditated upon, memorised, spoken or quoted. John 5:39 says, "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life and they are they which testify of me." How much do you apply the Word?
*PRAYER:* Oh Lord, teach me Your Word and may I boldly use it to defeat the enemy.















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

DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2021
*TOPIC: WORRY IS A KILLER*
READ: MATTHEW 6:25-34 (NKJV)
25. " Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
26. "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27. "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28. "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
29. "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30. "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, [will He] not much more [clothe] you, O you of little faith?
31. "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
32. "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33. "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day [is] its own trouble.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The average man has a lot of issues facing him daily: From his immediate and extended families, Church, work-place, daily events, etc. Each of these attracts his attention and requires his time, energy and resources. Therefore the tendency to worry is natural.
However the Lord Jesus said, "Take no thought for tomorrow (verse 34). He said we should not worry about mundane things of life like food and clothing. God who cares for the lilies and beautifies the grasses which can be cut down at will, cares for us.
"For your Father knows the things you need of before you ask Him" (Matthew 6:8). God cares! What are you worrying about? The Corona virus was ravaging the world and putting everyone into fear and confusion as this was being written. Cast your cares upon the Lord, He cares for you. Reflect on the Word of God. Sing spiritual songs. These and others are food for the soul and mind. Philippians 4:8 enjoins us on what to meditate on: Things that are noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report. By worrying, you cannot add a single hair to your head. Jesus asked us to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all these things we worry about shall be added to us (Matthew 6:33). Can you trust Christ enough
with your problems?
*PRAYER:* Lord Jesus, please help me to seek first the kingdom of heaven so that my worries will vanish.
















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


DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021
*TOPIC: SERVING TWO MASTERS*
READ: MATTHEW 6:22-24 (NKJV)
22. " The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
23. "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great [is] that darkness!
24. " No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The decision to serve God is very important. Jesus clearly taught that when you serve two masters, you will love one and hate the other, or you will be loyal to one and despise the other. He ended by saying that one cannot serve God and mammon (money/riches) (Matthew 6:24). Joshua declared in Joshua 24:15, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua admonished the people, "Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth. and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the Rivers and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!"(Joshua 24:14).
Many people in the Church today come to church and still visit some evil and ungodly places. That is, they serve two masters, secretly or openly. When one engages in acts of darkness, then, one is serving two masters. Many still pay allegiance to the evil cultures and traditions of their people. Many still promote the so called cultural and traditional revival, better called, idolatrous revival! When you are serving the true God only, your eye will be single and full of light. Do you have another secret master other than Jesus? Repent today. Holiness and sin cannot go together. Who then is your master?
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord, I want to serve You alone. May You give me the enablement to do so














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

DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021
*TOPIC: THE HEART AND TREASURES*
READ: MATTHEW 6:19-21 (NKJV)
19. " Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
20. "but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
*THE MESSAGE:*
God gives us power to make wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) and gives us all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). The heart is the centre of all things and treasures are valuable things on which our hearts sometimes concentrate. Many persons have laid their treasures on earth - Sometimes buildings, property, bank savings, etc. However, these treasures can on earth - be stolen, destroyed or broken into. We need to guard them. Moths and rust are possible devourers! Thieves today break even into banks to steal. Yahoo boys and girls, fraudsters (419 people) and kidnappers also target our treasures. The safest place to keep them is in heaven if you have access to it (Matthew 19:21). If one's heart is laid on earthly things which can vanish in a twinkle of an eye, one can die prematurely.
Haggai 1:3-8 teaches us that many have put their treasures in open pockets and lost them completely. Investing in the work of God is the surest way to lay treasures in heaven. God can blow off the one reserved for personal use if this is neglected. So, where are you
laying the treasures and the resources God has committed into your hands? You must give account of them on the last day. The first step to learning how to lay one's treasure in heaven is to give your life to Christ.
*PRAYER:* Lord, teach me how to lay my treasures in heaven









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

DATE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021
(Ash Wednesday)
*TOPIC: FASTING GUIDE*
READ: MATTHEW 6:16-18 (NKJV)
16. " Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
17. "But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
18. "so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who [is] in the secret [place;] and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and the 40-day fast. Lent is a period when we humble ourselves to seek the face of God. It is a time for mourning, weeping, and solemn assembly. The palm leaves of the last Palm Sunday will be burnt and the ashes used to rub on the forehead to remind us we are dust and ashes. Fasting that is not accompanied with prayer will amount to starving/self- punishment. Fasting, prayer and the word of God, go together. In this passage, Jesus taught salient points on conducts during fasting. Verse 16 warns that fasting should not be done like hypocrites do. Hypocritical fasting portrays pretence and falsehood. It is a show off. People are not meant to wear sad countenances or disfigure their faces to appear to men that they are fasting. Such is hypocrisy and does not give glory to God.
Isaiah 58:3-7 and Matthew 6:17 give us guidelines on proper conduct in fasting. When fasting, brush your teeth, and borrowing a leaf from Ruth 3:3 - '... wash yourself, put on some perfume and get dressed in your best clothes' (GNB). Don't show people that you are fasting. God desires that we come to Him secretly (verse 17). Isaiah 58:6-12 spells out the power and reward in fasting. Meditate on them this season.
*PRAYER:* Lord, reveal to me the power in fasting and prayer in Jesus' Name