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


DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021
*TOPIC: ESSENTIALS OF GOOD LEADERSHIP*
READ: TITUS 1:1-9 (NKJV)
1. Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,
2. in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
3. but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4. To Titus, a true son in [our] common faith: Grace, mercy, [and] peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5. For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you --
6. if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.
7. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,
8. but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,
9. holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In out text, Paul calls Titus his true son and informs him that why he left him in Crete was to do a good job and appoint elders or leaders for the Churches. Paul specified the qualifications for an elder namely: must be blameless, have only one wife, have God-fearing believing children, not hot-tempered, not a drunkard, not violent and does not pursue dishonest gain; must be hospitable, loves what is good, is self-controlled, upright, holy, disciplined and hold on to the gospel truth, to be able to encourage others.
Good leadership is very important to the progress of any family, school, business, football team, institution or nation. However, many leaders in developing nations are selfish, not disciplined and some marry many wives while their children live wild and ungodly lives. The church is not left out in this malaise. Some Church leaders are hot-tempered, get drunk with alcoholic drinks and are violent, while some others use church money in their pursuit of dishonest gain. Our politicians do not meet the qualifications too. Some of them are corrupt and embezzle government funds because they are not self-controlled. Indiscipline and corruption are the bane of today's society and we need to cry to God to help us and give us good leaders.
*PRAYER:* Dear Lord. please grant us good leaders after Your heart in Jesus Name. Amen.













THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021
*TOPIC: WHY ACCUSE JESUS?*
READ : JOHN 10:31-42 (NKJV)
31. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.
32. Jesus answered them, "Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?"
33. The Jews answered Him, saying, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God."
34. Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, "You are gods" '?
35. "If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),
36. "do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?
37. "If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;
38. "but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father [is] in Me, and I in Him."
39. Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.
40. And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed.
41. Then many came to Him and said, "John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true."
42. And many believed in Him there.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The Jews wanted to stone Jesus; He asked them why and they accused Him of blasphemy and making Himself God! Jesus quoted the scripture which says, "I said, you are gods" (Psalm 62:6) and wondered why the accusation since the scriptures had called people who read them "gods!" He challenged the unbelieving Jews to believe His works and that He works with His Father. The Jews were very angry at His response and wanted to capture Him but He escaped and went to stay beyond the Jordan. Many people came to Jesus there and believed in Him since they realised that John the Baptist was right about the Christ.
The Jews wanted to stone Jesus but the questions He put to them made them accuse Him of blasphemy. Jesus used His superior wisdom to diffuse their accusation and left them bewildered. Are you among those that accuse preachers of the Gospel and plan how to hurt them? In a world where there are many false prophets and preachers, one should be careful of one's speech. Jesus told us that by their fruits we shall know them. Be sure of their fruits before accusing men of God of one thing or the other.
*PRAYER:* My Father; help me to be wise as I relate with Your servants and not to accuse them falsely. Amen.











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

DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021
*TOPIC: DO YOU WANT ETERNAL LIFE?*
READ: JOHN 10:22-30 (NKJV)
22. Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter.
23. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon's porch.
24. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, "How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly."
25. Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me.
26. "But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.
27. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
28. "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
29. "My Father, who has given [them] to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of My Father's hand.
30. "I and [My] Father are one."
*THE MESSAGE:*
At the Jewish feast in Jerusalem, the Jews asked Jesus to tell them plainly if He was the Christ. He replied that He had answered that question before but was not believed but that His works done in the Name of His Father bore witness for Him. Their unbelief in Him
showed that they did not belong to Him because His people hear Him, He knows them and they follow Him. Jesus gives eternal life, eternal security and eternal protection to His followers (verse 28). He also said that His Father is the greatest and none can snatch His followers from His Father's hand and that He and His Father are one!
Jesus had earlier told the Jews who He was, yet, they came to ask the same question. Christ explained that their unbelief made them lose the blessings of eternal life, eternal security and eternal protection that He gives to believers. Are you a believer in Jesus? You may be a good Church-goer but that does not make you born again! Do you want eternal life, security and protection? Then come to Jesus, repent of your sins and receive Him into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour. Do it today!
*PRAYER:* Help me, O God, to believe in You and receive Christ as Lord and Saviour! Amen.





















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

DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
*TOPIC: JESUS: THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB*
READ: JOHN 10:17-21 (NKJV)
17. "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
18. "No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father."
19. Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings.
20. And many of them said, "He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?"
21. Others said, "These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
*THE MESSAGE:*
God loves people who sacrifice for others. Christians are enjoined to live a life of love just as Christ loved us and sacrificed His life for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:2). Christ laid His life down voluntarily (verse 18) and He has authority to take it up again because He conquered death, for example:
(i) When He raised a dead girl (Matthew 9:25);
ii) When He raised a dead young man (Luke 7:14), and,
(iii) When He raised Lazarus back to life (John 11:43-44).
Christ finally defeated death by His own resurrection (Romans 1:4). Jesus' words gave rise to divided opinions about Him (verse 19).
Some rejected Him while others defended Him because of His miracles.
Have you ever thought of sacrificing your life for others? What great sacrifice for others or for the Church have you made? Many people find it very difficult to sacrifice their time, talent and treasure for God or for man. Christ showed us an example of living a life of sacrifice that we may follow in His steps. As you go out today, decide to sacrifice something for someone. Will you?
*PRAYER:* Dear Father, help me to be ready to sacrifice my time, talent and treasure for the Gospel of Christ in Jesus 'Name. Amen.
















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

DATE: SUNDAY,; APRIL 18, 202
(Third Sunday of Easter)
*TOPIC: THE GREAT CLAIMS OF JESUS*
READ: JOHN 10:7-16 (NKJV)
7. Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8. "All who [ever] came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
9. "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
10. "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have [it] more abundantly.
11. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
12. "But a hireling, [he who is] not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.
13. "The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.
14. "I am the good shepherd; and I know My [sheep,] and am known by My own.
15. "As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
16. "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock [and] one shepherd.
*THE MESSAGE:*
In our text, Jesus makes specific claims which require a closer look. He claims to be the only gate to salvation and is correct because salvation is found only in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). He claims to give abundant life (verse 10b) because Christ is the Only source of life (1 John 5:12). Christ is the Good Shepherd (verse 11) because He died for man (Romans 5:8). He knows His sheep (verse 14) This is correct because anyone who loves God is known by Him (1 Corinthians 8:13). Christ also declared that He has other sheep that He needs to bring under His control because salvation is also for Gentiles (Acts 28:28).
Since the claims of Jesus are true, we need to take His word seriously. Being the only gate to the sheep pen, we need to go through Jesus to enter into Heaven for our salvation. Christ as the Good Shepherd, laid down His life for you. What have you done for Him? Good shepherds know their sheep. Does Christ know you as His sheep?
*PRAYER:* Father, I want Christ to come into my life and make me one of His sheep in Jesus' Name. Amen.















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

DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021
*TOPIC: AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST*
READ: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-21 (NKJV)
17. Therefore, if anyone [is] in Christ, [he is] a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
18. Now all things [are] of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19. that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore [you] on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
21. For He made Him who knew no sin [to be] sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
*THE MESSAGE:*
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When a sinner is reconciled to God, he is saved from the consequences of sin, and now has the ministry of reconciling others to God (verse 19). Christians should see themselves as ambassadors for Christ and on His behalf, they should plead with
unbelievers to be reconciled to God. They should let men know that Christ has carried man's sins so that the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus may be imputed to man (verse 21).
An ambassador for Christ must be dedicated and committed to His service. He should witness for Christ daily and reconcile men to God by preaching the Gospel at home, workplace, business arena, school or wherever God gives the opportunity. Are you an ambassador for Christ? If so, do the work of an evangelist (2 Timothy 4:2). If you do not see yourself as an ambassador for Christ, then you need to cry to God and ask Jesus to come into your life as you repent of your sins (John 1:12). He will come in and empower you to be His ambassador.
*PRAYER:* Father give me the wisdom to know that I am an ambassador for Christ and help me to reconcile men to You.
















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

DATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021
*TOPIC: LIVE TO PLEASE THE LORD*
READ: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:9-16 (NKJV)
9. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things [done] in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.
12. For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have [an answer] for those who boast in appearance and not in heart.
13. For if we are beside ourselves, [it is] for God; or if we are of sound mind, [it is] for you.
14. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
15. and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know [Him thus] no longer.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Every Christian should strive to live a life that pleases the Lord. This is because every person must one day appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, where he will receive a reward according to his works on earth (verse 10). It is the duty of every Christian to persuade unbelievers to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ and repent of their sins, so as to avoid the consequences of their sins. Indeed, the love of Christ that is shed in the hearts of God's children should compel them to witness for Christ so that those who accept the Gospel will begin to live a new life that pleases Him.
Many people live sinful lives with devastating
consequences. Beloved, how have you been living your life? Since it is clear that we must all appear at Christ's Judgment Seat, how prepared are you? Examine your life and see if you are actually living to please the Lord. If not, repent and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and ask for His Holy Spirit to help you live a righteous life that will bring glory and honour to His Name.
*PRAYER:*: Lord Jesus, help me to live for You alone. Amen.











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

DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021
*TOPIC: OUR HEAVENLY DWELLING*
READ: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-8 (NKJV)
1. For we know that if our earthly house, [this] tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
3. if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
4. For we who are in [this] tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
5. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing [is] God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6. So [we are] always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
7. For we walk by faith, not by sight.
8. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Heaven is the final dwelling place of a Christian. Jesus said that He has gone ahead to prepare a place for us, and He will come to take us there (John 14:2-3). It is a prepared place for a prepared people (Revelations 21:27). The beauty of heaven cannot be fully described with human words - there is no night there, and the glory of the Lord is its light (Revelation 21:22-24).
A glimpse of heaven makes a mortal man to desire to be clothed with immortality (verses 2-4). He groans and yearns to be united with the Lord, first in this life, and then more fully in heaven. Are you longing to have a part in our heavenly dwelling? Then prepare yourself so that your name will be written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
*PRAYER:* Wash me Redeemer, and I shall be whiter than snow. Amen














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


DATE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021
*TOPIC: RENEWED DAY BY DAY*
READ: 2 CORINTHIANS 4:16-18 (NKJV)
16. Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward [man] is being renewed day by day.
17. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory,
18. while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen [are] temporary, but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Have you had cause to lose heart in the face of mounting pressures, troubles and other challenges of life? Please do not lose heart any more. Consider the encouragement in verse 16. Paul faced many daunting challenges as summarised it all in 2 Corinthians 11:24-29. He called the challenges "light and momentary afflictions" in verse 17. His reaction to the challenges was based on strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He fixed his eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (verse 18; Hebrews 12:2). He also knew that the blessings of eternal life in Christ far outweigh any trouble of this life. As a result, his inner life was renewed day by day.
Do you want to renew your life every day and soar on wings like the eagles? Then trust in the Lord fully and lean not on your own understanding (Isaiah 40:31). Look away from the problem currently confronting you, and look unto Jesus. He will turn your sadness into joy, and cause rivers to flow from your deserts (verse 17; Isaiah 41:18).
*PRAYER:* Heavenly Father, help me to trust You daily so that my life will be renewed. Amen.








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

DATE: TUESDAY, 13TH APRIL, 2021
*TOPIC: TREASURES IN EARTHEN VESSELS*
READ: 2 CORINTHIANS 4:7-15 (NKJV)
7. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
8. [We are] hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair;
9. persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed --
10. always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12. So then death is working in us, but life in you.
13. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak,
14. knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present [us] with you.
15. For all things [are] for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
*THE MESSAGE:*
The Gospel is a treasure that holds promise for this life and eternity. Jesus compared it to a pearl of great value that a merchant found went and sold all he had and bought (Matthew 13:45-46). The Gospel reveals the incomparably great power of God to us whom believe (Ephesians 1:3, 18-19). We are given authority to drive out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead and triumph over all the powers of the devil (Luke 10:9, 19-20). We can pray earnestly over an issue or situation, and receive answers from God (James 5:16-
18)
Have you enjoyed these treasures in your life or ministry? If not, ask God and wait patiently for them (Matthew 7:7; 21:21). Verse 7 shows that such great treasures of the Gospel are held in us mortals who can be compared with earthen vessels. Earthen vessels do not withstand pressure. They are easily broken. But as we depend on God, we can triumph over any situation that He permits to come. Do the situations around you make you feel hard-pressed, perplexed, persecuted or struck down? Read verses 8 to 10 and encourage yourself in the Lord. Believe and confess Romans 8:37 that you are more than a conqueror through Christ!
*PRAYER:* Oh God, help me to depend on You daily for victory over every situation. Amen.


















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

DATE: SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2021
(Second Sunday of Easter)
*TOPIC: TELLING THE RESURRECTION STORY*
READ: LUKE 24:1-12 (NKJV)
1. Now on the first [day] of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain [other women] with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
2. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
3. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
5. Then, as they were afraid and bowed [their] faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6. "He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,
7. "saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.' "
8. And they remembered His words.
9. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
10. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary [the mother] of James, and the other [women] with them, who told these things to the apostles.
11. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.
12. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Mary Magdalene and several other women were the first to receive the news of the resurrection (verse 10). These same women had supported the ministry of Christ from their own resources all the way from Galilee (Matthew 27:55-56). They were the last brethren that left the crucifixion site, and the first at the empty tomb (Mark 15:47; verse 1). Being the first to know, they had the special privilege of being the first to tell the resurrection story! You too can tell the resurrection story from your own encounter with Christ and inspiration from the scriptures.
The disciples initially doubted the report of the women, but this prompted Peter to investigate the story (verses 11-12). In the same way, it was the report of the Samaritan woman in John 4:39-42 that brought many to Christ to hear for themselves. You may not be a wonderful preacher like Paul, but your personal testimony can be used by God to draw many to Christ. Tell the resurrection story today!
*PRAYER:* Oh God, let Your word dwell richly in me daily, that I may tell the resurrection story convincingly to people around me. Amen.



















THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
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DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021
(Saturday in Easter Week)
*TOPIC: SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS*
READ: ROMANS 6:15-23 (NKJV)
15. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!
16. Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin [leading] to death, or of obedience [leading] to righteousness?
17. But God be thanked that [though] you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
18. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
19. I speak in human [terms] because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members [as] slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness [leading] to [more] lawlessness, so now present your members [as] slaves [of] righteousness for holiness.
20. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
21. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things [is] death.
22. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
23. For the wages of sin [is] death, but the gift of God [is] eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
*THE MESSAGE:*
A genuine Christian is not under law but under grace (verse 15). Does being under grace give one a licence to commit sin? No! Our text shows that sin is a terrible master which enslaves its subjects and leads them to eternal death (verses 16, 21). A slave of sin offers parts of his body to all kinds of impurity and wickedness (verse 19). In John 8:33-38, Jesus referred to the Jews as "slaves of sin" even though they claimed to be Abraham's children. Today, someone can claim to be a Christian while in reality, he is a slave to sin.
John 8:36 shows that Jesus can set one free from slavery to sin, and such a one shall be free indeed! This makes the person a new creation, with the old lite of sin gone (2 Corinthians 5:17). If you have experienced this turnaround, you must willingly offer all parts of your body to God in obedience to His word (verse 16, 17). In this way, you become a slave to righteousness, leading to holiness and eternal life (verses 18-23). If you have not done so, please do it today.
*PRAYER:* Lord, wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.











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

DATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 09, 2021
(Friday in Easter Week)
*TOPIC: INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS*
READ: ROMANS 6:7-14 (NKJV)
7. For he who has died has been freed from sin.
8. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9. knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
10. For [the death] that He died, He died to sin once for all; but [the life] that He lives, He lives to God.
11. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
13. And do not present your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness to God.
14. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Our passage today brings out further implications of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yesterday, we highlighted the aspect of being dead to sin (verse 6). Today, we look at practical steps to take in this direction and the end result. Verses 11 to 13 of our text and Romans 12:1-2 show that this involves a renewing of our minds so that we consider ourselves dead to sin but alive to God. Whenever any temptation comes, as must happen, we must deliberately refuse to yield any part of our being to that temptation, but rather offer it as a living sacrifice to God. We must refuse to conform to any sinful pattern of the world, even if it is accepted or legal in our community (Exodus 23:2).
Being an instrument of righteousness is a moment-by moment affair. Every victory must be won by grace which God readily supplies as we depend on Him (verse 14; John 15:5). Be an instrument of righteousness.
*PRAYER:* Lord, make me an instrument of righteousness each day in Jesus' name.















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

DATE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 07, 2021
(Wednesday in Easter Week)
*TOPIC: CHRIST OPENED THEIR MINDS*
READ : LUKE 24:44-49 (NKJV)
44. Then He said to them, "These [are] the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and [the] Prophets and [the] Psalms concerning Me."
45. And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
46. Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
47. "and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48. "And you are witnesses of these things.
49. "Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."
*THE MESSAGE:*
In verse 44, Christ reminded the disciples what He had told them earlier in Luke 22:37 that everything written about Him in the Bible had to be fulfilled! This includes His suffering, death, resurrection and worldwide proclamation of the Gospel (verses 46-47). The disciples initially did not understand the idea of a suffering Messiah (see Matthew 16:21-22). Christ therefore had to open their minds to enable them understand the scriptures.
We all need divine enlightenment today to enable us understand the scriptures and correctly apply them in our ever- changing world. This was Paul's prayer for his audience in Ephesians 1:17-18. From 2 Corinthians 3:14-18, it is clear that this enlightenment comes when one turns to Christ. If you have not already come to Christ, please do so today.
*PRAYER:* Oh Lord. grant me the spirit of enlightenment to understand the scriptures.











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

DATE: APRIL 06, 2021
(Tuesday in Easter Week)
*TOPIC: TOUCH ME AND SEE!*
READ: LUKE 24:36-43 (NKJV)
36. Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, "Peace to you."
37. But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.
38. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
39. "Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have."
40. When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
41. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, "Have you any food here?"
42. So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.
43. And He took [it] and ate in their presence.
*THE MESSAGE:*
After Jesus rose from the dead, many of the disciples were still troubled and had doubts. In His mercy, God used many infallible proofs that Jesus had risen from the dead to clear their doubts and establish their faith (Acts 1:3). In our text, Jesus appeared to them physically. Read verse 39 again and note two particular experiences He wanted them to have of Him. In addition, He ate food in their presence (verses 40-43).
Jesus still calls on us today to touch Him and see. We may not see Him physically the way those early disciples did but as He told Apostle Thomas "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29). By faith, our experience of God today can be as real, concrete and personal as those of the early disciples. In our different situations and circumstances, we can see Him with the eye of faith, and bring to reality those interventions that we ask of Him. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).
*PRAYER:* Oh Lord, help me to know and love You more and more each day of my life in Jesus' Name. Amen.












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

DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 05, 2021
(Easter Monday)
*TOPIC: OPEN MY EYES LORD!*
READ: LUKE 24:13-35(NKJV)
13. Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.
14. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.
16. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
17. And He said to them, "What kind of conversation [is] this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?"
18. Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, "Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?"
19. And He said to them, "What things?" So they said to Him, "The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
20. "and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.
21. "But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.
22. "Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.
23. "When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.
24. "And certain of those [who were] with us went to the tomb and found [it] just as the women had said; but Him they did not see."
25. Then He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
26. "Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?"
27. And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
28. Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.
29. But they constrained Him, saying, "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent." And He went in to stay with them.
30. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke [it,] and gave it to them.
31. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32. And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?"
33. So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those [who were] with them gathered together,
34. saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!"
35. And they told about the things [that had happened] on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
*THE MESSAGE:*
Our story today details another post-resurrection appearance of Jesus on the first Easter day. The sad mood of Cleopas and the other disciple may describe the general experience of most of the disciples who had not understood or believed that Christ had risen! From verse 21, their hopes may have been dashed, and the reports by Mary Magdalene and others may not have helped at that material time. Moreover, they had not understood Isaiah 53:3, 7-9 and other prophecies about Jesus as a suffering Messiah (verse 26). Like those disciples, many people still perish today because they do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God (Hosea 4:6; Matthew 22:29).
As they talked with Jesus, He explained what was said about Him in all" the Old Testament Scriptures (verse 27). We need to know and believe the scriptures so that what was said in verse 26 will not apply to us. May we pray that God will open our eyes to understand and believe the scriptures so that we shall experience Christ, not just as a historical figure, but as God who is with us and lives in us (Isaiah 7:14; John 14:23).
*PRAYER:* Open my eyes, Oh Lord, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law