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Anglican Daily Fountain 24 March 2023 (Devotional Today)

Welcome to Today’s Daily Fountain Devotional of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. Daily Fountain is a daily reading devotional for all Anglicans and Non-Anglicans to read, study, share and discuss the Word of God on a daily basis.

TODAY’S TOPIC: CLEAVE UNTO THE LORD AND LIVE

TEXT: Deuteronomy 4: 1-25(NKJV)
4:1. “Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you.
4:2. “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
4:3. “Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal Peor; for the LORD your God has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor.

4:4. “But you who held fast to the LORD your God [are] alive today, every one of you.
4:5. “Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according [to them] in the land which you go to possess.
4:6. “Therefore be careful to observe [them;] for this [is] your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation [is] a wise and understanding people.’
4:7. “For what great nation [is there] that has God [so] near to it, as the LORD our God [is] to us, for whatever [reason] we may call upon Him?

4:8. “And what great nation [is there] that has [such] statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?
4:9. ” Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,
4:10. “[especially concerning] the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and [that] they may teach their children.’

4:11. “Then you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness.
4:12. “And the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no form; [you] only [heard] a voice.
4:13. “So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
4:14. “And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might observe them in the land which you cross over to possess.

4:15. ” Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire,
4:16. “lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female,
4:17. “the likeness of any animal that [is] on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air,
4:18. “the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that [is] in the water beneath the earth.

4:19. “And [take heed,] lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and [when] you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.
4:20. “But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day.
4:21. “Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I would not cross over the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.

4:22. “But I must die in this land, I must not cross over the Jordan; but you shall cross over and possess that good land.
4:23. “Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you.
4:24. “For the LORD your God [is] a consuming fire, a jealous God.
4:25. ” When you beget children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, and act corruptly and make a carved image in the form of anything, and do evil in the sight of the LORD your God to provoke Him to anger,

Anglican Daily Fountain 24th March 2023 STUDY:

In our text today, Moses was admonishing the people of Israel. He took time to make them understand the importance of keeping the statutes of the Lord and the dangers of idolatry among His people. The Lord has been so particular about His people and would not want them to be in allegiance to any other god. He is a consuming fire and a jealous God who tolerates no double allegiance. So they were to worship God alone who brought them out of Egypt.

All of God’s statutes and judgments are righteous. There is never an instruction He gives His children that is not for their good and safety. Today, He still expects us to cleave to His words that we may live. Our total allegiance must be to this God who has been faithful to us. We must always remember the covenant we have with Him.

Since God hates idolatry, Christians must detest any form of idol worship and cling to the only true God. Idolatry includes anything that replaces the place of, trust in and time for God in our lives such as the social media, workplace/business, connections, wealth, family status, position etc. If you are an agent of idolatry, repent and receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour so that you will inherit eternal life. Will you do so today?

PRAYER: Father, please give me the grace to keep your statutes in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Anglican Daily Fountain 24 March 2023 (Devotional Today)

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