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Re: Daily Fountain Devotional Guide 2020 (Anglican Communion) by iammarvellux(m): 4:51am On Feb 02
Date: 2020-02-02
(Epiphany 4)


18. For the message of the cross is foolishness
to those who are perishing, but to us who are
being saved it is the power of God.
19. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of
the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding
of the prudent.”
20. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe?
Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God
made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world
through wisdom did not know God, it pleased
God through the foolishness of the message
preached to save those who believe.
22. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek
after wisdom;
23. but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a
stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,
24. but to those who are called, both Jews and
Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom
of God.
25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than
men, and the weakness of God is stronger than
I Corinthians 1:18-25 NKJV

The Jews believed that anyone who is hung on
the cross/tree is under God’s curse (Deut.
21:23).In spite of Isaiah 53, they could never
envisage a suffering Messiah. They sought for a
sign that would prove that the Prophet or
Messenger was from God. To them, a crucified
Christ indicated weakness, not power. They
looked for a Messiah who would restore the
kingdom of David, not one who would die on the
cross (v.22; Mat 16:1-4). To the Jews, this
message of the cross is a stumbling block and to
the Greeks, foolishness, but to those who are
called (both Jews and Greeks); Christ is the
power and wisdom of God (vs. 22-24).
The total debt for sin was paid on the Cross,
therebygranting pardon to guilty men and at the
same time, vindicating the justice of God which
stands out as the wisest and most remarkable
plan of all time. The cross is the foundation of
the Christian message. It is the place of
reconciliation. Jesus suffered and died on the
Cross just to save you from eternal damnation.
Come to Him in repentance now without delay
before it is too late.

PRAYER: Jesus keep me near the Cross;
And help me walk with you day to day, till I reach
Heaven. Amen.

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Re: Daily Fountain Devotional Guide 2020 (Anglican Communion) by iammarvellux(m): 4:55am On Feb 03
Date: 2020-02-03

(The Presentation of Christ in the Temple)

TEXT: LUKE 2:22-35(NKJV)
22. Now when the days of her purification
according to the law of Moses were completed,
they brought Him to Jerusalem to present [Him]
to the Lord
23. (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every
male who opens the womb shall be called holy
to the LORD"wink,
24. and to offer a sacrifice according to what is
said in the law of the Lord, "A pair of turtledoves
or two young pigeons."
25. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem
whose name was Simeon, and this man was just
and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy
Spirit that he would not see death before he had
seen the Lord's Christ.
27. So he came by the Spirit into the temple.
And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus,
to do for Him according to the custom of the
28. he took Him up in his arms and blessed God
and said:
29. "Lord, now You are letting Your servant
depart in peace, According to Your word;
30. For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31. Which You have prepared before the face of
all peoples,
32. A light to [bring] revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel."
33. And Joseph and His mother marveled at
those things which were spoken of Him.
34. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary
His mother, "Behold, this [Child] is destined for
the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a
sign which will be spoken against
35. "(yes, a sword will pierce through your own
soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may
be revealed."

The presentation of Christ in the Temple comes
40days after Christmas. That is the interval
between the birth of a male Child and his
presentation as prescribed by the Law (Lev.
12:3, 4, 8; Deut. 16:16-17). This corresponds to
our present day Churching of women after Child
The parents of Jesus obeyed the command that
every first born male belonged to the Lord and
had to be redeemed (Exodus 13: 1-2; Numbers
18: 15-16). Jesus was presented in the Temple
as holy to the Lord. And as we commemorate
His presentation, we are requested to present
our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
to God, which is our reasonable service (Romans
12: 1).
When Jesus was brought to the Temple, Simeon
sang the Nunc Dimittis which announced that
with the coming of the Messiah, the old order is
superseded. He declared that in Jesus, salvation
had come (v.30; Mal 3:1-6). Jesus is the light to
the Gentiles and glory to His people Israel (v.32;
Isa. 49:6). He continues “Behold, this Child
(Jesus) is destined for the fall and rising of
many in Israel…’’ (Luke 2:34). I implore you to
accept Him today as LORD or you will stand
before Him tomorrow as your Judge.

PRAYER: LORD Jesus, I present my spirit,
soul and body toYou. Help me to live for you
forever. Amen.

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Re: Daily Fountain Devotional Guide 2020 (Anglican Communion) by iammarvellux(m): 4:47am On Feb 04
Date: 2020-02-04


1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of
God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and
faithful in Christ Jesus:
2. Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every
spiritual blessing in the heavenly [places] in
4. just as He chose us in Him before the
foundation of the world, that we should be holy
and without blame before Him in love,
5. having predestined us to adoption as sons by
Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good
pleasure of His will,
6. to the praise of the glory of His grace, by
which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
7. In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches
of His grace
8. which He made to abound toward us in all
wisdom and prudence,
9. having made known to us the mystery of His
will, according to His good pleasure which He
purposed in Himself,
10. that in the dispensation of the fullness of the
times He might gather together in one all things
in Christ, both which are in heaven and which
are on earth -- in Him.

Our reading today dealt with spiritual blessings
belonging to us as a result of our redemption in
Christ. To redeem is to buy back from the slave
market. God bought us back from the slave
market of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ
who paid our price on the cross of Calvary. He
also rose again from the death to seal this deal
of our redemption.
Great spiritual blessings belong to whoever will
believe in Christ. From our passage, these
blessing include:
• Being “Saints” of God - God sees us as “The
faithful in Christ Jesus”
• Grace of God abides with us - Peace from God
and The Lord Jesus Christ
• God becomes “our Father” - We become
“Chosen” by God
• God sees us as “holy and blameless” - We
become adopted as sons and daughters of God
• We become acceptable to God - Our sins are
completely forgiven
• We have access to the mystery of God’s will
In fact, every spiritual blessing in heaven
becomes available to us in Christ. All these are
by the grace of God. Are you in Christ?

PRAYER: O Lord Jesus, come into my
heart and save my soul.

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Date: 2020-02-05


11. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance,
being predestined according to the purpose of
Him who works all things according to the
counsel of His will,
12. that we who first trusted in Christ should be
to the praise of His glory.
13. In Him you also [trusted,] after you heard the
word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in
whom also, having believed, you were sealed with
the Holy Spirit of promise,
14. who is the guarantee of our inheritance until
the redemption of the purchased possession, to
the praise of His glory.

Yesterday we meditated on the spiritual
blessings that are ours when we receive Jesus
Christ as Lord and Saviour. Let usconsider
another great promise we received in Christ- the
Holy Spirit. When Christ was about to leave this
world, He made a promise to believers that He
would send the Holy Spirit to help us and be our
comforter (John 16:7-9).
In our meditation today, we also see the Holy
Spirit as a seal (mark, stamp) that God has
made on those that receive Christ. He is a
deposit (guarantee, down payment) that God has
made on behalf of believers that all these
spiritual blessings would surely be ours at the
resurrection(v.14). Remember these blessings
were bought for us by the blood of Jesus Christ
to the glory of God. This is a great consolation
to all believers. No matter what you are passing
through, do not be discouraged. God is working
out His purpose for us. It will surely be well in

PRAYER: Thank you Lord Jesus for great
and exceeding promises you have made to us,

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Re: Daily Fountain Devotional Guide 2020 (Anglican Communion) by iammarvellux(m): 4:57am On Feb 06
Date: 2020-02-06


15. Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in
the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16. do not cease to give thanks for you, making
mention of you in my prayers:
17. that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of
wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
18. the eyes of your understanding being
enlightened; that you may know what is the hope
of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of
His inheritance in the saints,
19. and what [is] the exceeding greatness of His
power toward us who believe, according to the
working of His mighty power
20. which He worked in Christ when He raised
Him from the dead and seated [Him] at His right
hand in the heavenly [places,]
21. far above all principality and power and might
and dominion, and every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in that which is to
22. And He put all [things] under His feet, and
gave Him [to be] head over all [things] to the
23. which is His body, the fullness of Him who
fills all in all.

In the past few days we have meditated on the
spiritual blessings that are the believer’s in
Christ Jesus.
There is a big difference between having the
blessings of God and enjoying them. We move
from having these blessings to enjoying them by
faith. For us to appropriate these blessings and
live in them, we need to pray, asking God to give
us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowing
Christ more. The disciples continually marvelled
at the overwhelmingly powerful miracles that
The Lord performed (Matt.9:33; Mark 4:41, etc.).
The same power is available to the believer by
faith. So we need to pray for spiritual wisdom to
walk in this. We learnt from our meditation today
that Christ is far above principalities and powers,
might and dominion, and every name that is
named, in this world and even in the one to
come. Christ is the head over all things and of
the Church. We are even seated with Him in
heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). How can the believer
understand, appreciate, and walk in these? We
need to pray for spiritual wisdom. That was the
prayer of St Paul for believers

PRAYER: : O God, grant me spiritual
wisdom! Amen

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Re: Daily Fountain Devotional Guide 2020 (Anglican Communion) by iammarvellux(m): 5:49am On Feb 07
Date: 2020-02-07


1. And you [He made alive,] who were dead in
trespasses and sins,
2. in which you once walked according to the
course of this world, according to the prince of
The power of the air, the spirit who now works in
the sons of disobedience,
3. among whom also we all once conducted
ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were
by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His
great love with which He loved us,
5. even when we were dead in trespasses, made
us alive together with Christ (by grace you have
been saved),
6. and raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit
together in the heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus,
7. that in the ages to come He might show the
exceeding riches of His grace in [His] kindness
toward us in Christ Jesus.
8. For by grace you have been saved through
faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of
9. not of works, lest anyone should boast.
10. For we are His workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
beforehand that we should walk in them.
We were saved by the grace of God through
faith in Jesus Christ (v.cool and all He did for us
on the cross. Works cannot save us; instead our
works are the result of our salvation, not the
cause of our salvation.
From our meditation today, we discovered that
God is at work in the life of the believer. It is
good for us to look back and appreciate God for
what He has done for us in Christ Jesus. We
were once dead in trespasses and sins. We were
living worldly lives under the spirit of the power
of the air (spirit of Satan) (vs. 1-2). This spirit is
at work in the life of unbelievers and leads to
eternal damnation in hell. Thanks be to God that
He saved us from all these and continues to
work in us by His Holy Spirit to make us more
and more like His son Jesus Christ, Alleluia!

PRAYER: Appreciate God now for your
salvation and continual work in your life. If you
have not yet repented of your sins, ask God to
save you and work in your life.

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Re: Daily Fountain Devotional Guide 2020 (Anglican Communion) by iammarvellux(m): 5:55am On Feb 08
Date: 2020-02-08

TEXT: Ephesians 2:11-15(NKJV)
11. Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles
in the flesh -- who are called Uncircumcision by
what is called the Circumcision made in the
flesh by hands --
12. that at that time you were without Christ,
being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel
and strangers from the covenants of promise,
having no hope and without God in the world.
13. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were
far off have been brought near by the blood of
14. For He Himself is our peace, who has made
both one, and has broken down the middle wall
of separation,
15. having abolished in His flesh the enmity,
[that is,] the law of commandments [contained]
in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one
new man [from] the two, [thus] making peace,

Today, many nations, societies and families are
facing various forms of conflicts, crises,
discriminations, disunities, and hardships. Broken
marriages, broken relationships, acrimonies,
social stigmatisations, political betrayals,
economic problems, spiritual/demonic attacks,
psychological traumas, unfulfilled dreams, and
loneliness have also stolen the peace of many
minds, luring them to contemplate suicide.
But the good news (Ephesians 2:11-15) is that
Jesus Christ, with His precious blood, has
secured an enduring reconciliation, unity and
perfect peace for all mankind who truly believe in
Him. He knows the social and economic crises,
the discriminations and deprivations, the
disappointments and frustrations, and the pains
and persecutions we are experiencing day. Even
your own deep-rooted worries are bare to Him
now. So, let not your heart be troubled. Just
trust Jesus and believe that He has washed
away your sins with His blood and reconciled you
back to God; He has removed all ordinances
against your destiny; He is smoothening your
relationships and asking you to forgive all who
offended you. He stands before you today saying,
I am your peace, look onto Me.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I believe that You
are my peace; please grant me the grace to
keep looking onto You in all my situations. Amen

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Re: Daily Fountain Devotional Guide 2020 (Anglican Communion) by iammarvellux(m): 6:31am On Feb 09
DATE: 2020-02-09


1. Let a man so consider us, as servants of
Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2. Moreover it is required in stewards that one
be found faithful.
3. But with me it is a very small thing that I
should be judged by you or by a human court. In
fact, I do not even judge myself.
4. For I know nothing against myself, yet I am
not justified by this; but He who judges me is
the Lord.
5. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until
the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the
hidden things of darkness and reveal the
counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise
will come from God.
6. Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively
transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes,
that you may learn in us not to think beyond
what is written, that none of you may be puffed
up on behalf of one against the other.
7. For who makes you differ [from another?] And
what do you have that you did not receive? Now
if you did indeed receive [it,] why do you boast
as if you had not received [it?]
8. You are already full! You are already rich! You
have reigned as kings without us -- and indeed I
could wish you did reign, that we also might
reign with you!
9. For I think that God has displayed us, the
apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for
we have been made a spectacle to the world,
both to angels and to men.
10. We [are] fools for Christ's sake, but you [are]
wise in Christ! We [are] weak, but you [are]
strong! You [are] distinguished, but we [are]
11. To the present hour we both hunger and
thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten,
and homeless.
12. And we labor, working with our own hands.
Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we
13. being defamed, we entreat. We have been
made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of
all things until now.

In today’s Scripture, Paul indirectly uses his life
experience to advise the Corinthians to stick to
the right Christian lifestyle, to be faithful, humble,
non-judgmental, and true Christians who would
bless when reviled, endure when persecuted, and
entreat when defamed.
This lifestyle implies following Christ sheepishly,
following Him faithfully and steadfastly, doing His
will without complaining or doubting, being
humble like Him, allowing God to be Judge in all
situations, blessing our revilers, enduring all
pains and persecutions, entreating our defamers,
and seemingly being “fools for Christ’s sake” (vs.
10-13). Ironically, the truly wise Christians are
those who are fools, like Paul, for Christ’s sake.
As we prepare for the forthcoming Lenten
Season, let us consider/evaluate our lifestyles
and determine to follow Christ sheepishly for the
eternal gains of doing so.

PRAYER: LORD, please grant me the
grace to follow Christ wholeheartedly, to
maintain a truly Christian lifestyle like Paul and
make heaven at last, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Date: 2020-02-10


16. and that He might reconcile them both to
God in one body through the cross, thereby
putting to death the enmity.
17. And He came and preached peace to you
who were afar off and to those who were near.
18. For through Him we both have access by one
Spirit to the Father.
19. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers
and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints
and members of the household of God,
20. having been built on the foundation of the
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself
being the chief corner[stone,]
21. in whom the whole building, being joined
together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
22. in whom you also are being built together for
a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Today’s reading reminds us that Christ is the
source of Christian unity; the Chief Cornerstone
of the Holy Temple- the body of Christ. It shows
us how Christ removed the barriers of sin and
offences separating us from God and from one
another; how He reconciled us not only to God
but also to all who were hitherto our enemies.
By His death on the cross, the enmity with God
and His people died and we have become friends
and united with God and with all people under
the banner of Christ.
Shall we make void this Christian unity which
Christ purchased with His precious blood? No!
Shall we recreate the barriers of separation
between us and God and continue to live in
enmity with Him by committing secret sins? No!
Shall we continue to live in unforgiveness,
discrimination, acrimony and rancour with people
whom Christ has enjoined us to live with in
peace and unity? No! If your answers are No!,
like mine, let us pray.

PRAYER: Almighty God, please forgive me
all past sins as I forgive those who sinned
against me, and grant me the grace to uphold
Christian unity all the days of my life, in Jesus’
name. Amen.

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Re: Daily Fountain Devotional Guide 2020 (Anglican Communion) by iammarvellux(m): 4:01am On Feb 11



1. For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ
Jesus for you Gentiles --
2. if indeed you have heard of the dispensation
of the grace of God which was given to me for
3. how that by revelation He made known to me
the mystery (as I have briefly written already,
4. by which, when you read, you may understand
my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),
5. which in other ages was not made known to
the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by
the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
6. that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the
same body, and partakers of His promise in
Christ through the gospel,
7. of which I became a minister according to the
gift of the grace of God given to me by the
effective working of His power.
8. To me, who am less than the least of all the
saints, this grace was given, that I should preach
among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of
9. and to make all see what [is] the fellowship of
the mystery, which from the beginning of the
ages has been hidden in God who created all
things through Jesus Christ;
10. to the intent that now the manifold wisdom
of God might be made known by the church to
the principalities and powers in the heavenly
11. according to the eternal purpose which He
accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12. in whom we have boldness and access with
confidence through faith in Him.
13. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at
my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Apostle Paul gives a concise account of his
ministry in the verses of today’s passage. It is
very important that we appreciate that his
labelling himself a ‘prisoner’ is not in the
negative sense as is usually associated with the
word. Anyone who is imprisoned is often viewed
as one who has committed a crime. It is rather
an expression of commitment to a course or role
from which he wishes not to escape, no matter
what it cost him. For this, he prayed the
Christians at Ephesus not to be dismayed or
discouraged by his sufferings.
To discharge our ministries effectively and
successfully, we need to have a good
understanding (v.4) of the contents of the gospel
and our specific roles in sharing it. It is very
pertinent that we realise that in this ministry, we
are nothing but servants and privileged carriers
of the mystery of Christ. Anyone who must make
his mark needs to know that executing this task
requires the grace of God (v.7). Leaning on the
grace of God boosts our confidence and
enhances our availability. Mention is to be made
of God’s special disposition towards all who are
of the ‘lowly estate’ (v.cool, that is, humility. Can
we therefore like Apostle Paul, count ourselves
as both prisoners ‘for’ and ‘of’ Christ?

Heavenly Father, I yield myself totally to You as
a prisoner for the sake of the gospel. Grant me a
perfect understanding of my specific role in
sharing this gospel, *Amen!*

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Date: 2020-02-12


14. For this reason I bow my knees to the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15. from whom the whole family in heaven and
earth is named,
16. that He would grant you, according to the
riches of His glory, to be strengthened with
might through His Spirit in the inner man,
17. that Christ may dwell in your hearts through
faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in
18. may be able to comprehend with all the
saints what [is] the width and length and depth
and height --
19. to know the love of Christ which passes
knowledge; that you may be filled with all the
fullness of God.
20. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly
abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us,
21. to Him [be] glory in the church by Christ
Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

The ministry of the word and prayer was well-
recognized by the early disciples as being vital
tools in nurturing the newly founded Christian
assembly (Acts 2:42). As evident in most of
Paul’s epistles, he was genuinely interested in
the establishment and building up of the saints
also. Instructions through writing and sincere
compassionate prayers were very prominent in
his letters (Rom. 1:9; Eph. 1:16; Phil. 1:4).
Prayer is a responsibility that every believer must
take seriously. Jesus showed this example also
in His ministry, for not only did He pray but also
taught the disciples to pray. This shows the
importance of prayer in building up the Church.
Do we as believers really devote time to pray for
the Church? Are we burdened by the need to get
young believers rooted and grounded in the love
of God and love for neighbours? Several
concerns have today taken over the attention of
many believers to the neglect of the spiritual
needs of the growing Church. Notable among
these is the undue emphasis on material
acquisitions of the Church. Paul’s key interests
as he mentioned were strengthening their inner
man, ensuring that Christ indwelt their hearts
and increasing their power to understand the full
dimensions of God’s love. Can we pause and
consider the havoc being done to today’s Church
as a result of weak Christians being raised up in
these last days.

PRAYER: : Lord, please teach us as
believers to pray for the Church.

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Re: Daily Fountain Devotional Guide 2020 (Anglican Communion) by iammarvellux(m): 6:55am On Feb 13
Date: 2020-02-13

1. I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech
you to walk worthy of the calling with which you
were called,
2. with all lowliness and gentleness, with
longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
3. endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in
the bond of peace.
4. [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as you
were called in one hope of your calling;
5. one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6. one God and Father of all, who [is] above all,
and through all, and in you all.
7. But to each one of us grace was given
according to the measure of Christ's gift.
8. Therefore He says: "When He ascended on
high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to
9. (Now this, "He ascended" -- what does it mean
but that He also first descended into the lower
parts of the earth?
10. He who descended is also the One who
ascended far above all the heavens, that He
might fill all things.)
11. And He Himself gave some [to be] apostles,
some prophets, some evangelists, and some
pastors and teachers,
12. for the equipping of the saints for the work
of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

It is a fact that growth and maturity are
characteristics expected of any living thing.
Paul’s target as a labourer was to see Christ
formed in these young believers (Gal. 4:19).
Christian maturity hence can be simply described
as formation of Christ in us. A mature Christian
is known by the life he/she lives; a life worthy of
the calling characterised by humility, gentleness,
patience, forbearance, unity and peace (vs. 2&3).
Christian maturity is a virtue that is critically
needed among the people of God in these last
days if the Church must rise up to the great
commission that was handed over to her. To do
this, it is important that we recognise that
Christianity is all about one Lord, one faith, one
baptism, and one God (vs. 4-6).
Christian maturity brings about maturity in
Christian service. Christians worldwide are called
upon to understand that what makes for a
mature service includes recognising the fact that
we have all received the gifts we operate today.
It does not therefore call for any form of pride or
self-centeredness. Also we have been gifted in
order to equip our fellow saints for the work of
the ministry and further building up of the body
of Christ. We should make this our target. That
way, the church can look beyond some of the
negative attitudes in her which project her as

PRAYER: O Lord, it is my sincere desire
that Christ be fully formed in me and may I in
turn be a worthy vessel in Your hands to build
others up through the free gifts you have given
to me. Amen

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13. till we all come to the unity of the faith and
of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect
man, to the measure of the stature of the
fullness of Christ;
14. that we should no longer be children, tossed
to and fro and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning
craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15. but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up
in all things into Him who is the head -- Christ --
16. from whom the whole body, joined and knit
together by what every joint supplies, according
to the effective working by which every part
does its share, causes growth of the body for the
edifying of itself in love.

Our text today in verse 14 points out that as long
as one doesn’t mature in the faith (our common
faith) and in the knowledge of Christ,such a one
will continue to be tossed around by every wind
of teaching and craftiness of men. Such an
unsteady person, according to James 1:7 should
not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Many men are out there to prey on the gullible,
unsteady people with their sweet but untrue
teachings, flashybut fake magical miracles,
thereby enslaving them in the confines of their
so called ministries. Our faith is one; our
salvation is one in our one Lord and Christ.
Obedience to the truth, which involves studying
the scriptures, makes one experience that truth
and stand firm as a member of the body of
Christ. Growing in the Lord: In love, knowledge of
the truth, faith, righteousness and peace, is
maturity. Be mature, don’t be deceived but be
beneficial to the Lord.

PRAYER: O Lord, help me to grow to
maturity in the faith and in the knowledge of the
Son of God. Amen!

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17. This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord,
that you should no longer walk as the rest of the
Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
18. having their understanding darkened, being
alienated from the life of God, because of the
ignorance that is in them, because of the
blindness of their heart;
19. who, being past feeling, have given
themselves over to lewdness, to work all
uncleanness with greediness.
20. But you have not so learned Christ,
21. if indeed you have heard Him and have been
taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22. that you put off, concerning your former
conduct, the old man which grows corrupt
according to the deceitful lusts,
23. and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24. and that you put on the new man which was
created according to God, in true righteousness
and holiness.

Becoming a Christian or having a true
association with Christ entails deserting every
old life of sin. Our text tells us that the thoughts
of the gentiles (unbelievers) are futile, their
understanding darkened and their living
separated from God. They have lost all
sensitivity of God and spiritual things, thereby
becoming carnal in their living.
Ponder a minute: What influences your
judgments?Where do you spend your time?On
what do you spend your strength, money and
wealth? Do you focus on material gains,
vengeance, sectionalismand fleshly desires or do
you meditate on fulfilling God’s purpose – mercy,
loveand godliness? Now judge within yourself, are
you a church goer (unbeliever)?Are you really
different from the world? A Christian business
man once told me of a colleague who, wanting
to avoid being regarded as one of the evil men in
society, decided to join a church. He happily
invited him to join his church, but before he met
him again, he had joined another church which
people advised him would hide his evil ways. If
you are called to be a Christian, put off your old
self, and put on the new self, created to be like
God in true righteousness and holiness.

PRAYER: Father please help me to live a
life that will make me different from the world.

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13. Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
14. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for
the elders of the church, and let them pray over
him, anointing him with oil in the name of the
15. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and
the Lord will raise him up. And if he has
committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16. Confess [your] trespasses to one another,
and pray for one another, that you may be
healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a
righteous man avails much.

The Christian life is not always rosy;as long as
we are in this world, we,as believersmust face
trials, temptations and tribulations. Our reading
today tells us how to approach specific needs
weencounter as believers:
i. Arewe suffering? The Bible encourages us to
pray (v.13).
ii. Arewe happy and cheerful?Let us sing psalms
and praises (v.13).
iii. Are sick (v.14)?We should call the elders
(Ministers and other faithful believers) of the
church to pray for us.
iv. Theseelders are to anoint such as are sick
with oil in the name of the Lord. Such prayer of
faith will heal the sick or save the sick if he/she
is not a believer. If the sickness is as a result of
sin or unconfessed sin in the life of a believer,
he/she is assured of forgiveness (vs. 14-15).
v. The importance of confession of sin and
prayer by mature believers isparamount (v.16).
Such effective fervent prayer, God will surely
answer (vs. 16-17).

PRAYER: Thank you O Lord,for providing
us various ways of help in our difficult situations.

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25. Therefore, putting away lying, ["Let] each one
[of you] speak truth with his neighbor," for we
are members of one another.
26. "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun
go down on your wrath,
27. nor give place to the devil.
28. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather
let him labor, working with [his] hands what is
good, that he may have something to give him
who has need.
29. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your
mouth, but what is good for necessary
edification, that it may impart grace to the
30. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by
whom you were sealed for the day of
31. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and
evil speaking be put away from you, with all
32. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, just as God in Christ
forgave you.

The Church, which is the body of Christ, should
be one, holy and spotless as the bride of the
coming Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Unity in
holiness should be her watchword and goal.
The Church would be dysfunctional if bitterness,
rage, brawling and slander, falsehood,
unforgiveness, laziness, stealing, backbiting,
pulling down one another and other vices, exist.
The Holy Spirit of God who is with the Church,
would be grieved and desert her if these things
exist and persist. Then the Church would be at
the mercy of the devil who always seeks
opportunities to take advantage of her.
Therefore, every Christian should be careful
about his or her conductand make every effort to
build up one another - tolerating, sharing with
and caring for one another. Brethren, we must
work hard to keep the body of Christ one and
exclude every vice that the devil may hold on to
trouble us.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, may I have the zeal
for your church and keep in step with the Holy
Spirit. Amen.

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