Daily devotional for 10 January 2018 – Jeremiah 29:11-14

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Dear brothers and sisters,

On Monday my wife and I started fasting for 10 days for this new year and to grow closer to God. Let the main priority of fasting be to come closer to God and secondary all the things in your life you want to bring before His throne. Know that praying and fasting is necessary to get real breakthroughs in your life. And what subjects can you fast on? According to Rick Warren in one of his recent sermons: if it is worth worrying about, than it is also worth fasting about!

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV):

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.a I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

These verses are dealing with the exile of Jewish nation to Babylon for 70 years. This was because they did not obey God on certain matters (of which idol worshipping for once, but also not respecting the jubilee year every 7th year. But even before they went into exile God already let them know that they would only be in exile for a fixed time.

In our lifes we should also know that God has plans for us and wants to let this plans come into fruitition in our lifes. It is important that through our faith that we are open and willing to follow his plans for our lifes. If we do, we will see the blessings come more and more in our lifes.

 

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Daily Devotional for 9 January 2018 – Luke 1:68-70

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to read and meditate on the words from Luke 1:68-70 (NIV):

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),

It is through God that we are redeemed. Don’t think that it will be your own actions/deeds that you will / are redeemed, because you never will be. No matter how good your “works” might be. God wants us to come to Him and through faith in Him be redeemed.

Daily Devotional for 8 January 2018 – Psalm 146:7-9

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Psalm 146:7-9 (NIV):

7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free. 8 the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. 9 The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

These verses show a beautiful part of God: He always looks out for everyone, also the “weak” of our societies. So, we as Christians need to do the same. Don’t think that you are too holy (or too busy, or whatever your excuses might be) not to help others.

Daily Devotional for 7 January 2018 – Hebrews 2:14-15

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Hebrews 2:14-15 (NIV):

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Through these verses we learn that one of the reasons that Jesus was born, was to be in that matter just like us from flesh and blood. To undergo the same us and eventually die for our sins. Be very aware of the big offer Jesus made also for you: dying for your sins!

 

Daily Devotional for 6 January 2018 – Proverbs 28:13

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Proverbs 28:13 (NIV):

13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

This verse makes it very clear how important it is to confess (and ask forgiveness for) our sins to God. If you truly want to prosper, than you should at least make sure that you are always honest to God and confess when you have sinned. And ask forgiveness for it.

Daily Devotional for 5 January 2018 – Colossians 3:12-14

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Everyday is a new beginning. So know that each day God can and will turn things around in your life and change them for the better. Never think that God isn’t going to do anything, because you didn’t see anything happen today.

Also don’t trust on your own feelings/emotions and reasoning, because God wants us to to not trust on our self, but on Him through faith.

Also today I want to read and meditate with you on the words from Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV):

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

God shows us in these verses that we need to love each other and not hold grudges, but also forgive each other if we did each other wrong. See also all the others behaviors that God wants us to have. Don’t ever loose anyone of them, because things in this world teaches you that e.g. it is ok to be arrogant or don’t have patience.

Daily Devotional for 4 January 2018 – 1 Corinthians 15:57

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Make sure that you life and enjoy every day of your life together with God. See how within the blink of an eye we are already on the 4th day of the year. Before a new year comes it may seem a long time: a whole year. But the fact is that before you know it a new year has gone. Also when you life every day with and for God, than you will have the best in life.

Today I want to read and meditate with you on the words from 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV):

57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen to this. Know that this is a fact! If you truly want to have victories in your life, than you need to give thanks and trust on God, because He is the only one that truly gives victories!