Daily Devotional for 19 February 2018 – Romans 6:11

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 6:11 (NIV):

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

God makes it very clear that you have to choose between God and sin. Don’t think that because we can ask for forgiveness, that God in any way will accept you sinning. No, you have to work hard through the Holy Spirit to life a life without sin.

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Daily Devotional for 18 February 2018 – Revelation 4:8

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Revelation 4:8 (NIV):

8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

Let this verse inspire you to praise and worship God everyday!

Daily Devotional for 17 February 2018 – Isaiah 44:6

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 44:6 (NIV):

The LORD, Not Idols

6 “This is what the LORD says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

God will not accept it from you and me if we would elevate anything in our lifes and treat it as a god. Because God is very clear; He is the one and only God and He will not share that with anything. So you have to make a choice if you want to serve God or something or someone else.

Daily Devotional for 15 February 2017 – 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 (NIV):

4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.

As Christians we are no longer part of this world and will therefore not be living in darkness anymore, but always in the light. Stay close to God and don’t let this world cloud your judgement, so that you will not be surprised by anything. Trust on the Lord!

Daily Devotional for 14 February 2018 – Psalm 25:14-15

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Psalm 25:14-15 (NIV):

14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

God wants you to fear Him. This does not mean that you need to be afraid of Him like He is the boogeyman. This is certainly not want is meant by fearing Him. To fear God means that you have very much respect for God and know that He is the almighty God. That you know that everything you do or say, that God is watching you and judges you. That you desire to do what is good in His eyes!

If you do this than you will see how He makes Himself and His convenant known to you!

Daily Devotional for 13 February 2018 – Philippians 4:4-5

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Philippians 4:4-5 (NIV):

Final Exhortations

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

No matter what you are going through, make sure that you always rejoice in the Lord. God wants us to be always in a state in which we are focussed on Him and rejoicing in Him. If we do so, than you will make sure that nothing in your life will get the best of you or let anything influence you in a negative manner. Also, don’t allow anything influence you that you forfeit your gentleness!

Daily Devotional for 12 February 2018 – Mark 1:9-11

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Mark 1:9-11 (NIV):

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus

9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

To me a very important part of theses verses is the fact that you see how Jesus first had to be baptized, before He could start His ministry. For us, as Christians the same applies. If you truly know and feel that you are meant to do a ministry for God, than you first need to fully submit yourself to God by also being baptized.

Daily Devotional for 11 February 2018 – Proverbs 19:11

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Proverbs 19:11 (NIV):

11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.                            

In the Bible you will see that God asks us to be patience more than once and also in more than one sort of occassion. Why? He wants to test our faith, but also He knows that if we immediately react on something than we are not letting God taking control of that situation and we are bound to make mistakes. God wants you to be patient and also to overlook any offense. God will judge the person making the offense, but by also not reacting to an offense, you will see how God will bless you. Instead of you making it worse.

Daily Devotional for 10 February 2018 – Ephesians 2:17-18

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Ephesians 2:17-18 (NIV):

17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

It doesn’t matter how far you are from God, know that there is always one way to Him: through Jesus!

 

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 13

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 13

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 13th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • Submission to governing authorities
  • Love fullfills the law
  • The day is near

Submissions to gouerning authorities

How easy is it to complain about any gouverning authority in your life like the government. I will fully agree with you that there are enough reasons to go against them. However, God tells us that this is not allowed. All governing authorities are established by God and rebelling against such an authority will be viewed by God as rebelling against Him. Just like with Saul we asked for a king back in the days of the Bible. Back than He already warned us through Samuel that we did not need it, but we insisted. Therefore is is important that you always pray for all governing bodies that they are blessed and lead by God. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that God wants us to accept any wrongdoing by a government, just like in the time of Hitler. But when it comes to paying your taxes, than you are obliged by God to pay those taxes. Remember you are actually submitting yourself to God in this situation and He will bless you for your obedience.

Love fulfills the Law

If you want to fulfill God’s law than you need to love one another. Love is so powerful and that is also why God’s love is the most powerful thing in our life! Also, God’s wants us to have no debts in our life other than loving one another. So make sure to not to get in a position of having any debt. Ask God to help you out of any debt. We also should not choose to pledge anything to another person, which can cause us to be in debt of honoring that pledge, while we are unable to do so.

What God also makes very clear that the commandments as we know them come down to love your neighbour as yourself. Why? Because loving someone has never hurt anyone. And by doing so you will also fulfill God’s law!

The day is near

This is very important to realize. Yes, we do not know when the end of time is near, but it will be sooner than we can realize. But God emphasizes this, because if we realize that time is near and salvation is also near, than it should make us even more determined to do good. Because e.g. you have a fight with someone. Will you have enough time to make peace with that person? Do you want to run the risk of dying, before you corrected a bad situation in your life? So, please life a life that gives God honor. Because is it not better, than to clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh?