Daily Fountain 12th July 2017

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
TOPIC: WHO IS QUALIFIED FOR THE BLESSING?
READ: GENESIS 27:1-17

Many have blamed Isaac for wanting to bless Esau for the wrong reasons – because he “……loved Esau because he ate of his game” (Genesis 25:28). Some blame Rebecca for manipulating her husband to accomplish God’s purpose. Yet others blame Jacob for going along with his mother’s ungodly plan. However, though they were all wrong in manipulating situations for their selfish ends, it is clear that the blessing was meant for Jacob. Esau had spurned his birthright for a plate of porridge (Genesis 25:32); and God would not bestow His blessings on those who would not value it. Rebecca knew the prophesies God gave even before the twins were born (Genesis 25:23), but lacked the faith to trust God to bring them to pass.

Have you through your speech and character derailed the purpose of God concerning your life? The good news is that we serve a merciful God who forgives and grants us a second chance as He did to Jacob. Repentance will always put us back on the pathway of God’s will and blessing.

PRAYER: Gracious Father, teach me to trust Your timing for Your promises to be fulfilled in my life and help me to repent of any ways in which I have derailed from Your path for my life.

Daily Fountain 4th July 2017

 

 

THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE: TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017
TOPIC: PREPARED FOR THE MASTER’S USE
READ: GENESIS 24:15-28

Rebecca appeared almost immediately after Abraham’s servant prayed for God’s guidance and help. Though Rebecca was beautiful, the servant knew that the task ahead required much more than physical beauty. She passed the servant’s test with flying colours, by showing kindness, hospitality and care for a traveller she didn’t know. She saw people in need and inconvenienced herself to help them.

We need to always remind ourselves that God desires the very best for everyone of His children (Jeremiah 29: 11; 3 John 2). Unfortunately we often miss out of God’s blessings because we ignore opportunities to obey His command, to love and care for the vulnerable among us – which will be one of the yardsticks for judgement when He returns in glory, as Matthew 25:31-46, clearly teaches. Unlike many Church folks who fail to involve God in their everyday Iives, Abraham’s faithful servant had no doubt that his meeting with Rebecca was ordained by God, and he was quick to return all the glory to Him (verse 27). God desires that we trust Him with our very lives. Only then can we truly see His glory.

PRAYER: Help me dear Lord, to never lose sight of the fact that I was created for the display of the beauty of Christ with which You have decorated my life. Amen!

Daily Fountain July 3 2017

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE: MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
TOPIC: COMMIT YOUR WAYS TO THE LORD
READ: GENESIS 24:1-14

Abraham’s servant had just been saddled with a very difficult, sensitive but definite task which called for a definite result. Humanly speaking, it was virtually an impossible mission, failure of which would likely truncate the flow of the family’s covenant relationship with God. He left under oath, fully prepared for the mission, but knowing that he was not really qualified in himself to deliver accordingly. Thankfully, growing up in Abraham’s household – Abraham’s faith in God had positively impacted his own life.

At that well in the city of Nahor, he prayed a simple prayer of faith … and waited (verses 12-14). Today, Christians do not necessarily need to pray in the manner that Abraham’s servant did, when faced with difficult situations and decisions. We should rather learn to take seriously the admonition in Proverbs 3: 5-6; Psalm 37: 5. Absolute trust in God’s ability and faithfulness to help us navigate the many difficult terrains of life will help us avert unnecessary heartaches which failure in our life’s missions will bring on us.

PRAYER: Help me Lord to always acknowledge You in all my ways so I may not ever lose my

THE DAILY FOUNTAIN  DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION) DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017 TOPIC: OBEDIENCE IS REWARDED

 

THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017
TOPIC: OBEDIENCE IS REWARDED
READ: GENESIS 22:15-19

Obedience is the key to fulfilling our destiny. It is total surrender to God’s will and, therefore, the easiest way of attracting God’s blessings to our lives. In this passage, God was evidently moved by Abraham’s obedience and immediately pronounced blessings on him and his posterity. We know that God abhors human sacrifice and would severely punish all those who indulge in it as scripture warns us. However, the pagans in Canaan routinely sacrificed their children to idols; so in asking him to sacrifice his son Isaac, God was testing Abraham’s faith in Him, to see if he was willing to give up what he valued most as a sign of devotion to Him. We give total obedience to God only when we completely trust in His love and faithfulness; and Abraham passed the test with flying colours!

We can only meaningfully claim that Abraham’s blessings are ours when we follow Abraham’s example of complete love for, trust in, and obedience to God, even when it doesn’t make sense as in this case. Such complete (and some would say, irrational) obedience to God, is the key to unlocking the blessings of God in our lives, families, businesses, careers, ministry, etc.

PRAYER: Help me Lord to consistently walk in total obedience to Your