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Daily devotional for 10 August 2017 – Romans 10:9-11

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Daily devotional for 10 August 2017 – Romans 10:9-11

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 10:9-11 (NIV):

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Amen! These verses are very powerful and words to life by! God tells us how important both our heart and mouth are in professing our faith in Him. The one does not go without the other. It is not enough to just say that Jesus is Lord. No, you fully have to believe in your heart. If you really do it like this than God will fullfill His promise over your life: that your life is saved! Also make sure that you are very careful what and how you speak, because although you can use your mouth for good, you can also use it for evil. Make sure that you think before you speak. It is so easy to speak out of anger and make things worse so easily. While it is the devil that wants you to react on bad things. But if you let the Holy Spirit control your speach, than you will see how it will make things better and stop worse things from happening. Also, know that other people know that you are a Christian and what kind of example are you being for your faith and for God if you use your mouth to do evil? Let your life be a good example for others!

 

 

Bible study on the Epistle to the Romans – Introduction

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Bible study on the Epistle to the Romans – Introduction

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I am starting the Bible study on the Epistle to the Romans

My introduction

I feel very blessed that God has asked me to go through the Bible book by book and that together we have already come to the book of Romans. I pray that God will truly guide us through this book and teach us all that He wants to teach us.

Background and setting

This epistle was written by Paul. On the internet you will find that there is supposed to be some controversy on the writer of this book, but I see the Bible as the only source on this and the Bible makes it very clear that it was Paul that wrote this book.

He wrote this epistle to the Christians living in city of Rome. At that moment of time Rome was the center of the Roman empire and was very etnically diverse. It was estimated that around 1 million people were living there of which approximately 40-50 thousand were Jews.

It is expected that the Roman church started by Christians/Jews that were present at Pentecost and at some point found their way to Rome.

Audience

The apostle identifies his recipients in 1:7 by saying: To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints. His intent was for the Christians in all of Rome to read the epistle. It also seems that there were multiple churches in the Empire’s capital because there is made mention of an additional church in the home of Priscilla and Aquila (Rom 16:5).

Purpose

Paul wrote this epistle so that they would know the gospel of Christ. He also wanted to inform the church regarding his future plans because those plans would involve them. At the time of writing the epistle, Paul was about to take the offering that he had collected from various churches to the poverty stricken church in Jerusalem. After that, he intended on going to visit the Roman church for a time to preach the Gospel to them.

God bless you all!

Daily devotional for 29 July 2017 – Romans 4:3-5

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Daily devotional for 29 July 2017 – Romans 4:3-5

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 4:3-5 (NIV):

3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

Know that God sees and values your faith in Him!

 

Daily word for 21 June 2016 – Proverbs 10:17

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Daily word for 21 June 2016 – Proverbs 10:17

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Proverbs 10:17 (NIV):

17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

Make sure that you are never to proud to listen to correction or to have discipline. These are not bad things, as the world sometimes wants us to believe. No, there are a part of Gods love for you to show you the way of life and give you blessings!

Daily word for 20 June 2016 – Ephesians 4:25

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Daily word for 20 June 2016 – Ephesians 4:25

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Ephesians 4:25 (NIV):

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

As a Christian you need to be aware that it also brings responsibility. This is because others will view what you do (as a Christian) as something that represents all Christians. Therefore make sure that you always speak the truth and don’t commit any sins.

Daily word for 15 June 2016 – Isaiah 43:18-19

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Daily word for 15 June 2016 – Isaiah 43:18-19

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV):

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

God doesn’t want us to life in the past and continuously think of things that went wrong. No, He wants us to look at today and the future and all that God is doing now in your life and is still going to do!

Amen!