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About Alex Dekkers

I am Alex Dekkers and a Dutch follower of Christ. I love Christ very much and everyday I try a grow closer and closer to Him. Not always easy, but everytime I look back I see that it is very rewarding. God is great!! God gave it on my heart to become a pastor and writing these blogs is the first step on that journey!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 6

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 6

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 6th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through the following parts:

  • Dead to sin, alive in Christ
  • Slaves to righteousness

Dead to sin, alive in Christ

When you are baptized, than you have died to sin. That God will forgive us for our sins, does not mean that we have a “wild card” to sin, whenever we want. If we do sin, than it is an insult to God if we decide to sin again. Know that your baptism is very important and should never be taken lightly. From the moment you were baptized, you have been set free from sin, so do your best to life without sin!

I love God very much and I thank Him, that He freed us from sin and that sin is no longer our master!

Slaves to righteousness

Paul continues onthe subject of sin. He asks us, if we can continue to sin, because we are no longer under the law, but under grace? He is very clear on this subject: NO!

What happens when you sin? Then you choose to let sin be your master again. And the master called sin will lead to one thing: dead!

But now Paul lets us know that we should not be in despair, because through God we became slaves to righteousness! As long as you are a slave to sin, then the only benefit will be death! But from the moment that you become a slave to righteousness, then you will be reaping the benefit which lead to holiness and the result of that will be eternal life!

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Daily devotional for 26 September 2017 – Isaiah 64:3

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Daily devotional for 26 September 2017 – Isaiah 64:3

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you with the words from Isaiah 64:3 (NIV):

3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

You should never think that you fully understand God, because the fact is no one does! Yes, it is very important to fully rely on God and if you do, than you will see that you will not only do awesome things, but even more so: He will do amazing things you did not expect. This shows, that God will not only bless you, but He will bless you beyond your own expectations! Thank you, God!

 

Daily devotional for 25 September 2017 – 1 John 3:1

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Daily devotional for 25 September 2017 – 1 John 3:1

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate on the words from 1 John 3:1 (NIV):

1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

I love this verse as it clearly states who we are: we are the children of God! Don’t bother to be known by this world, as it is only important that God knows you!

 

Daily devotional for 24 September 2017 – Philippians 4:8

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Daily devotional for 24 September 2017 – Philippians 4:8

Dear brothers and sisters,

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

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

When we follow God, than He wants our mindset also to be different than is common in the world. God wants us to think of good things, so never let your mind be polluted by negative things!

 

Daily devotional for 23 September 2017 – Psalm 59:17

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Daily devotional for 23 September 2017 – Psalm 59:17

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Psalm 59:17 (NIV):

17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.

Know that the only source of strength is God. Never rely on your own strenght, because it is nothing more than a lie. We might think that our strength is amazing, but without God it is nothing. Be humble and know the (only) source of strength in your life!

 

Daily devotional for 22 September 2017 – Hebrews 1:3-4

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Daily devotional for 22 September 2017 – Hebrews 1:3-4

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Hebrews 1:3-4 (NIV):

3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

What a powerful description of Jesus. Jesus is part of and the same as God, therefore He is described as the exact representation of God. Also know and always remember that is was Jesus that died for your sins! He is the only way to God and heaven!

 

Daily devotional for 21 September 2017 – Ephesians 5:15-17

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Daily devotional for 21 September 2017 – Ephesians 5:15-17

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV):

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

It is easy to go with the “flow” of this world. However, God doesn’t want us to do this. Why? Because God knows that we are living in evil ways and that on this earth most of the people around you will not do and/or act according to God’s will, but to their own will and desire. If you follow this behavior than it is very likely that you will do the wrong thing. I pray that we let us be led by the Holy Spirit to do what is God’s will. If you do this, then you will see how everything will work in your favor.

 

Daily devotional for 20 September 2017 – Proverbs 18:10

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Daily devotional for 20 September 2017 – Proverbs 18:10

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Proverbs 18:10 (NIV):

10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Know that there is one place you can always go to and need to go to: God! Know that He is a fortified tower. Nothing in your life will be too much to knock down this tower or even make a dent in this tower.

 

Daily devotional for 19 September 2017 – Galatians 5:5

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Daily devotional for 19 September 2017 – Galatians 5:5

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate on the words from Galatians 5:5 (NIV):

5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.

Thank you Holy Spirit by guiding us in our life. We need you, because it is You that enables us to eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope! Amen!

 

Daily devotional for 18 September 2017 – 2 Corinthians 4:7

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Daily devotional for 18 September 2017 – 2 Corinthians 4:7

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV):

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

God wants us to be humble. One of the ways to be humble is to know that all that we do in life is by his all-surpassing power and not by our own strength!