Anglican Daily Fountain 29 October 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.
TOPIC: LIVING A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
TEXT: 2 Corinthians 5:6-15(KJV)
5:6. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
5:7. (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
5:8. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
5:9. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
5:10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
5:11. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
5:12. For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
5:13. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.
5:14. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
5:15. And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Anglican Daily Fountain 29th October 2023 STUDY:
Today is the 21*Sunday after Trinity in the Church calendar and our reading today enjoins us to live a brand new life for God so as to stand as His representative wherever we find ourselves. God is the end of all things, living or dead, and to have a relationship with Him, our spirit, soul and body must be transformed; we will no longer live for ourselves, but for Him. We must learn and live to please God in newness of life, since we will be accountable to Him for our life here on earth. God is love (1John 3:8); He is also a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29). This truth should persuade us to live holy and righteous daily. God loves sinners, but hates sin (Hab. 1:13; 1Tim 2:4).
Our service to God should not be for human praise or vain glory, since all things comes from Him (1Cor. 4:7; James 1:17). Since Christ has died, redeemed and washed us clean from our old dirty lives (for those that have accepted Him and are regenerated), we should not remember the old lifestyle which may corrupt our minds and defile us; rather, we should live in newness of life for Him that died, rose and still pleads our cause before the Father. To live for Him therefore, we must be crucified with Christ (Gal.2:20), surrender our lives to Him, walk with Him, work for Him, be in Him and allow His words to be in us so that we can fulfil His purpose for our lives.
PRAYER: Turn Philippians 3:13-14 into prayers.