Anglican Devotional 2 January 2023 – Accept God’s Mandate

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The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 2 January 2023 – Accept God’s Mandate

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TOPIC: Accept God’s Mandate


READ: Matthew 3:13-17


13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”


The MESSAGE:


This year, write your plans with a pencil and allow God to hold the eraser. Draw your programmes and allow God make the necessary adjustments. In out text, Jesus came to John and asked him to baptise Him (v.13) but John felt unqualified. In John’s view, it was not the right thing to be done. Jesus urged him to baptise Him in order to fulfil all righteousness (v.15). John surrendered to God’s mandate, baptised Jesus and God confirmed the baptism with a declaration (v.17).


Ephesians chapter 5:17 says, “Therefore do not be unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Take time this year to seek the face of God before taking sensitive decisions. You do not waste time while waiting upon the Lord, rather you save time and also renew your strength. Find His will on how you will run your business, train your children, operate in your academics, serve in the place of worship, etc. John projected Jesus in his ministry. Through your character, messages, association and mode of worship, let Jesus be projected. Be a reliable partner in God’s kingdom movement this year.


PRAYER: Merciful Father, help me this year to totally surrender to your will.

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