Daily Fountain Devotional Friday, May 21, 2021
The Daily Fountain Devotional 2021 Daily Devotional. This is the current daily devotional by the Anglican Communion. It is good to begin the day with Jesus.
TOPIC: NATIONAL IDENTITY
TEXT: Deuteronomy 4: 44 – 49
44 This is the law Moses set before the Israelites. 45 These are the stipulations, decrees and laws Moses gave them when they came out of Egypt 46 and were in the valley near Beth Peor east of the Jordan, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon and was defeated by Moses and the Israelites as they came out of Egypt. 47 They took possession of his land and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan. 48 This land extended from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge to Mount Sirion[a] (that is, Hermon), 49 and included all the Arabah east of the Jordan, as far as the Dead Sea,[b] below the slopes of Pisgah.”
Having come out of Egypt, there was a need that Israel should be taught the laws, decrees, and orders of their God. Israel is a unique nation chosen by God among all the nations of the earth; they had been in the midst of a nation that did not know their God. Again, they were surrounded by nations that served many gods. There was therefore the need that having come out and now in the Promised Land, their National history and identity should be introduced to them. Their culture and traditions should be clearly spelled out to them, for it is by this that they would relate with God, with one another, and with other nations. Their identity –culture- is based on the laws of God. It is pertinent to note that till today, the laws that guide Israel are the laws of God as written in the Scriptures.
As believers today, our identity is given by the word of God (Deut. 6: 4; Mk. 12: 29). Our Culture, practices, and traditions that mark us out as a people are based on the word of God (Psalm. 119: 105). Anywhere we are, in any part of the world, we should recognize this and live by it.
PRAYER: Lord, teach us Your ways and give us the Grace to follow Your dictates in this nation, in Jesus Name. Amen.
Daily Fountain Devotional Saturday, May 22, 2021
Topic: HEAR, LEARN AND OBSERVE
TEXT: DEUT. 5: 1 – 11.
“Moses summoned all Israel and said:
Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. 2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 It was not with our ancestors[a] that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. 4 The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. 5 (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:
6 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
7 “You shall have no other gods before[b] me.
8 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
11 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”
In today’s passage, Moses spoke to all Israel as they were about to enter the Promised Land. He reminded them of the Covenant they had with God at Horeb through the Ten Commandments. In verses 1 to 3, Moses drew their attention to the need to hear, learn and observe the Commandments which were given to them and not their Forefathers. He further reminded them about the mediatory part he played and how God delivered them from Egypt.
The New Covenant believers must also hear, learn, observe and obey the whole words of God for our good. Jesus Christ is our mediator in the New Covenant and has delivered us from the slavery of sin. Verses 8 to 11 state the first and second Commandments which center on reverence for God. By implication, nothing should compete with God in our lives, be it money, power, calved images, technological gadgets, etc, because He is a jealous God. Note that obedience and disobedience to the Commandments have their blessings and consequences respectively to the third and fourth generations. Let us, therefore, choose to obey and be blessed with our generations.
PRAYER: Lord, create a desire in me to hear, learn and observe Your word always in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Fountain Devotional Sunday, May 23, 2021
TOPIC: THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS MINISTRY
TEXT: JOHN 20: 19 – 31
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of John’s Gospel
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Jesus Christ while earth spent time to teach His disciples about the Holy Spirit and His Ministry. In John 16: 7, He made the promise of sending the Holy Spirit when he would go away. In today’s passage, He fulfilled the promise saying; “receive the Holy Spirit” (v.20). The Holy Spirit would enable the disciples to accomplish the great commission. We also need to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish kingdom services. The scripture calls him the Helper, Teacher and Counsellor (Jn 14: 26).
Today is Whit Sunday in our Communion and reminds us of the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and empowered them for service. In verses 19 – 21, Jesus met His disciples physically in a closed room where they were besieged with fear; a proof that he is alive and alive even today. He released His peace to them even as He does to us in our troubled lives and situations today. In verses 24 – 30, Jesus condemned the unbelief of Thomas who doubted His resurrection. We must not be like Thomas, but live to believe the risen Christ and every word of God. It is more blessed to do so.
PRAYER: Fill me with Your Holy Spirit Oh Lord.
Daily Fountain Devotional Monday, May 24, 2021
TOPIC: OBSERVE THE SABBATH DAY
TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 5: 12 – 15
“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day”.
The fourth Commandment in the Covenant relationship between God and Israel is to keep the Sabbath day. Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, a Holy day on which no work was permitted. It was a day of worship and rest for the Jews. The Lord commanded His people to observe that day for some reasons:
He finished the work of creation in six days and rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2 verse 2);
To allow individual men and maidservants, strangers, animals to rest from physical activities (Verse 14);
To remind Israel of how He delivered them from their bondage in Egypt.
Today, as New Covenant believers, we observe Sunday the first day of the week as our day of rest. This is to remind us of the day that Jesus rose from the dead and had victory over death. It is a day of worship and honour to God and rest from our physical work. As we observe Sundays as days of rest, we must understand that this rest goes beyond the physical. There is yet another rest (Heb. 4: 9) which is ultimate and found in Christ through the new birth. (Matt. 11: 28 – 29).
PRAYER: Lord, strengthen me to keep the Sabbath in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Bible Verses in the Daily Devotionals
Deut. 6: 4
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Mk. 12: 29
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Psalm. 119: 105
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
John 16: 7
7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
Jn 14: 26
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Genesis 2: 2
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day, He rested from all his work.
Heb. 4: 9
9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
Matt. 11: 28 – 29
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.