Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional Friday, January 21, 2022

Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional Friday, January 21, 2022

Daily Fountain Devotional Friday, January 21, 2022                                 


TEXT: Hosea 1:1- 2:1

God's relationship with Israel is frequently compared to a marriage contract (Jer. 3:14). Israel's departing from the Lord (Hos. 1:2) in order to worship idols was treated by God as spiritual infidelity or prostitution. Hosea's marriage was to be an object lesson for the unfaithful northern Kingdom. Gomer was likely not a prostitute at the time of her marriage, but she would later turn to an adulterous and immoral life which God hates.

You shall have no other gods before me "(Exo. 20:3). God hates idolatry "No one can serve two masters, neither you will hate one and love the other nor you will still be devoted to one and despise the other, you cannot serve God and money " (Matt. 6:24).

God demands total allegiance from his people; He hates disloyalty. He looks forward to seeing His people obey Him and in return bless them. "Be it far from me for them that honour me, I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed" (1 Sam. 2:30).

Prayer: Dear Father, may all the glory and honour be ascribed to you now and forevermore. Amen.

Daily Fountain Devotional Saturday, January 22, 2022



TEXT: Hosea 2:2-17

Israel wrongly attributed its agricultural fertility to Baal, a Canaanite god. A false god! They erroneously believed that Baal controlled the weather and thus, farming. Instead of the Lord God Almighty, who gave all the blessings and protection, the Children of Israel ran to false gods. Israel became unfaithful to   God.   Prophet   Hosea condemned   Israel's unfaithfulness to the true God. For this infidelity, the Lord first initiates a divorce against Israel, the promiscuous wife. The prophet prophesied that the Lord would fence Israel in "with thorn bushes" and "block her path" by making the rewards of idol worship so disappointing that the people would be persuaded to turn back to God. Despite Israel's unfaithfulness, God was still faithful and merciful. God promises a re-betrothal. He would continue to hold His arms out to His people, even to the point of placing obstacles in their wayward path to turn them back to him.

What can couples, families, friends, churches, pastors, and individuals learn from this experience? Infidelity breaks covenants; unfaithfulness spoils a good relationship. Idolatry provokes God. Forgiveness heals injuries and restores good relationships. The Lord is the great provider, preserver, and sustainer of life. The Lord God, not Baal is Israel's benefactor.

Prayer: Dear Father, please, forgive me for my unfaithfulness and grant me the grace to love you most dearly. Amen.


Daily Fountain Devotional Sunday, January 23, 2022                               

(Third Sunday after Epiphany)


TEXT: John 2:1-12

The miracle of turning water into wine was the "beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee" (v.11). We are to note that Jesus responded to a request from his beloved mother, Mary. A very important principle in our relationship with Christ is established by what the mother, Mary, told those serving officials. "Whatever He says to you, do it" (v.5).

This is obedience. This important principle is very fundamental in our relationship with God. God desires our obedience built on our love for Him. He requires us to love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength. Love makes us obey Him by keeping His commandments. Jesus said, "You are my friends if you do whatsoever, I command you” (John 15:14). For us to know what He commands us to do, we must be close to Him to hear Him. This closeness with the Lord is attained by obediently studying the word of God in faith and in prayer.


Prayer: Dear Lord, take away the stony heart from me and grant me the heart of flesh that will enable me to obey you in everything. Amen.


Daily Fountain Monday, January 24, 2022                                                 


TEXT: Hosea 4:1-16

Israel's lawless behavior had brought the twin judgments of increased violence and ecological crisis. The prophetic speeches of Hosea indicted Israel for unfaithfulness and announced the divine judgment. The prophet revealed that the Lord had an indictment against Israel. He warned the priests not to blame anyone else; the nation's sins were largely their fault. Israel's priests pointed out the people's sins, but God would not allow them to overlook their own irresponsible actions. 

Instead of instructing the nation in religion and morality, they had led the way toward idolatry and immorality. Their failure to lead the people in God's ways placed most of the blame for Israel's destruction on them. The religious leaders had failed to turn the people to God, and ritual prostitution had replaced right worship. The nation had declined spiritually and morally, breaking the laws that God had given them. The people found it easy to condemn Hosea's wife for her adultery but they were not so quick to see that they had been unfaithful to God.

God will not allow us to blame others for our own sinful actions. Beware of the tendency to blame others because it can stop you from feeling the need to repent. When we face difficulties, we should seriously ask: Have I done anything sinful or irresponsible that has caused my suffering? If we discover that we are at fault, even partially, we must change our ways before God will help us.

Prayer: Lord, I humbly acknowledge that I am responsible for my unfaithfulness. Please, have mercy on me.


Daily Fountain Devotional Tuesday, January 25, 2022

 (Conversion of Apostle Paul)


TEXT: Galatians 1: 11 16a

Paul insisted that his calling was by the revelation of Jesus and by grace. He was a persecutor of the followers of Jesus Christ out of zeal for God, in line with Jewish traditions but God elected to use him in spite of his being; a prosecutor. Grace was at work in Paul's calling.

Our calling is by grace too. Some of us were outright rebels against I lie ways of God before our calling, yet He called us. Are you zealous for your creator? Do you have an experiential revelation of Christ? Which area has God assigned to you? Paul had a zeal for God; he got a revelation of Christ and his area of the assignment was clear to him: To preach to the gentiles. Therefore, let each believer develop a zeal for God and things of God.

God sees our inner hunger for him and often makes way for us to encounter him by revelation, and then He will usually assign a specific area of calling to us. Our responsibility is to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and to obey Him. Jesus remains the Way. Let us desire an encounter with the Lord who has put in place diverse areas of life to represent him. Let each believer endeavor to identify his or her area of calling or ministry and diligently pursue the same.

Prayer: Lord, grant me encounter with you by grace; help me to locate my area of calling and strengthen me to be diligent in it.


Daily Fountain Devotional Friday, January 21, 2022

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