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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!

 

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Daily word for 17 February 2016 – Romans 8:15

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Daily word for 17 February 2016 – Romans 8:15

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 8:15 (NIV):

15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.a And by him we cry, “Abba,b Father.”

This is a major difference between God and the devil. Where accepting to follow the devil (knowingly or unknowingly) will make us slaves, there you will not become a slave when you accept God! Even more so, you will become free and get to life without fear! Trust on the Lord and it will bring amazing freedom and changes to your life!

Daily word for 12 February 2016 – Ephesians 1:3-4

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Daily word for 12 February 2016 – Ephesians 1:3-4

Dear brothers and sisters,

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

Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

Amen! What a powerful praise this is. Our lifes our not just coincidence as God already choose us before we were born, even before earth was created. God intended in His plan for you to be here at this moment in time. Follow Gods guidance to grow into His plan for your life. Also know that God has blessed you and will continue to bless you!

Amen!

Daily word for 10 February 2016 – Proverbs 30:5

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Daily word for 10 February 2016 – Proverbs 30:5

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Proverbs 30:5 (NIV):

5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

God protects us directly, that is why is a shield to all of us that come to Him for protection. But He also protects us indirectly by His words. Because every word of God is flawless: accurate and without any error and always to protect you! Take everyday as an opportunity to learn to His word and grow towards Him!

God bless you all!

Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 1

Gospel of John

Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 1

Before reading this blog/Bible study, please start your time with first praying to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through this Bible study. Ask God to give you insight and knowledge to understand the secrets and treasures He has stored for us in this chapter of the Bible. Also I ask to read (even more then one time) the chapter first before proceeding with reading this Bible study. God knows what you need to learn, not me .. I just write what I receive from the Holy Spirit.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today we start with the Bible study on the Gospel of John. I pray that God will also bless us while we are on this journey through the fourth and last of the Gospels. It has already been a great journey so far with doing the Bible studies over the first three Gospels and I ask God to also bless this Bible study on the Gospel of John. That He will guide us and show us all that we need to learn and know!

Thank you also for blessing this blog for this coming year!

In the first chapter of the Gospel of John we will discuss the following chapters:

  • The word became flesh
  • John the Baptist denies being the Christ
  • Jesus the lamb of God
  • Jesus’ first disciples
  • Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael

The word became flesh

The word became flesh

This first part of the chapter is very powerful! John starts his gospel by making it very clear that Jesus was not just “created” at that time, but that He has always been there! Jesus is the Word that became flesh. And here we read that the Word was there from the beginning, the Word was with God and that the Word is God! Wow, how beautiful to see that before the world was created, that Jesus was already there and His coming on earth was not just something that God decided on later on, but He already decided on it before the earth was even created!

After this introduction on Jesus, then John tells how John the Baptist was sent to gives Jesus praise, by letting us know that everything that was made, was made through Jesus. That life was in Him, and that the light was the light of men. And indeed He is the light in our life as He died for our sins and through Him we can come to the Father! And also He shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not understood it. This shows that He was to bring salvation on this earth, that is so dark through the presence of the devil here on earth. And the devil could not understand this big plan where Jesus came to save us by dying on the cross for our sins!

Now John the Baptist is introduced and it is made clear that he was sent by God as a witness to testify on Jesus, so that we all could know that Jesus finally came! It is beautiful how he gives all praise and attention to Jesus and not to Himself. Also John tells us that Jesus made the world, but the world did not recognize Him. That Jesus came to save us still did not follow Him. But the ones that did recognize Him and followed Him, He gave them the right to be called children of God (not born of natural descent, but of God!)

Here he describes that when Jesus was born, He became the Word that became flesh! Also where the Law came through Moses, the grace  and truth came through Jesus Christ!

John the Baptist denies being the Christ

John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ

In this chapter  we see the priest and Levites were with John the Baptist to question Him. They thought by his testimony that he claimed himself to be Jesus, but he made it very clear by stating: I am not the Christ!.

Then they were still confused and wanted to know who he was then. After they made a few guesses, he then let them know that he was the voice of one calling in the desert, “Make straight the way for the Lord!”. After his testimony they were still not satisfied and asked him why he was baptizing if he was not the Son of God nor Elijah, nor the prophet. Now he tells them that he baptizes in water, and that amongst them one stands they did not know. He came to tell about Jesus and how we did not see Him, while He was already amongst us! He tells them that Jesus was coming after him, and that He is so great that he could not even stand in his shadow. All the praise be to God!

Jesus the lamb of God

Jesus the Lamb of God

The next day John the Baptist was again baptizing people in water, when Jesus came. See how he already knew that Jesus was coming, while no one else recognized Him. This gave him the chance to give Jesus the introduction he deserved by saying: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”. He tells that Jesus was already there before him, and that He surpassed him greatly. I love the humbleness of John the Baptist, because of his ministry he had every chance to take the honor and praise of the men around him, but he was very humble and had not desire to take the place of Jesus! Also John now tells that his ministry was to introduce Jesus and to baptize Him (a son of a priest in the line of Melchizedek that baptized Jesus as a priest!). From the moment He was baptized Jesus could start His ministry!

Then John the Baptist gave his testimony by stating: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.  I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus’ first disciples

Jesus' First Disciples

The next day John the Baptist was sitting there with two disciples, when Jesus came by. At that moment John said to them: Look this is the Lamb of God. How amazing that John continually gives Jesus the praise and not himself. We also need to take his example and be humble and in everything give God the honor of the things that we are blessed with in our lifes. After the introduction the 2 decided to follow Jesus. Jesus then turned around and asked them why they are following Him. They wanted to know where He was staying and Jesus told them to follow Him to know!  Andrew, Simon Peters brother, was one of the 2 following Him. After hearing Jesus, he went to find his brother Simon to tell him: “We have found the Messiah!”. And he took his brother to Jesus. Jesus wants us to not only follow Him ourselves, but to tell of Him and bring others also to faith in Him! Jesus now tells Simon that He from no on will be know as Cephas (which is translated in Peter).

Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

The next day He was leaving Galilee, when he found Philip, He told him to follow Him. Jesus will also come to each and everyone of us, to tell us to follow Him. It is up to Him to listen to His request. By accepting this request you will make the best decision of our lifes!

Then Philip went and find Nathanael to tell him that they found the one Moses wrote about  in the Law, and about whom the propeths  also wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Then Nathanael asked Him if anything good can come from Nazareth. In that time people in Israel did not think high of Nazareth. I believe that God for this reason let Jesus grow up there, to even more show the mighty name of Jesus.

When Jesus saw both of them come He told about Nathanael that he is a true Israelite, of whom there is nothing false. Nathanael was surprised by this and Jesus explained him that He already saw him sitting under the fig tree, before Philip called Him. This shows that Jesus already knows us and can see us even before we are ready to know and accept Him! Then Jesus tells them that they will come to see a lot of amazing things that Jesus will do while on earth!

Thank you for reading this bible study. This first chapter of the Gospel of John is really amazing and so powerfull! Thank you God for blessing us with all you want us to learn during this Bible study!

 

Amen!

 

 

Daily word 15 April 2015 – Ephesians 1:3

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Daily word for 15 April 2015

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Ephesians 1:3, which says:

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,1 who has blessed us in the heavenly realms2 with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Even with all our faults and sins we can still rest on the fact that God loves us very much and is more the willing to get us of any wrong path in our life and bring all His spiritual blessings on our life.

Daily word 30 March 2015 – Romans 5:14-15

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Daily word for 30 March 2015

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 5:14-15, which says:

14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam,1 who was a pattern of the one to come.2 15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man,3 how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ,4 overflow to the many!

When Jesus died at the cross for the sins of all humans, it also ended the reign of death on earth. Sin may have come into the world by one man, but it was an even greater man (Jesus) that defeated it and brought us grace!

Daily word 29 March 2015 – Isaiah 46:9-10

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Daily word for 29 March 2015

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 46:9-10, which says:

9 Remember the former things,1 those of long ago;2 I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.3 10 I make known the end from the beginning,4 from ancient times,5 what is still to come.6 I say: My purpose will stand,7 and I will do all that I please.

Know that God is unique and that no is the same or can even measure up to Him. Also when you want to be encouraged in your faith about God, just look back in the Bible, but also in your own life all that God has done. God has a plan for your life and He will carry it out, but you also have to allow Him to work in and through you.

Daily word 28 March 2015 – Colossians 3:12-14

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Daily word for 28 March 2015

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Colossians 3:12-14, which says:

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves1 with compassion, kindness, humility,2 gentleness and patience.3 13 Bear with each other4 and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.5 14 And over all these virtues put on love,6 which binds them all together in perfect unity.7

As a Christian it is very important to love. When you act out of love, then your action will be a lot different then others will, because you have decided to honor God by not letting negative emotions control you. God wants us to be different from the worldly ways, by being compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient. You will see that by having these character trades that it is not only a blessing to your own life, but also to others.

Daily word 27 March 2015 – Mark 16:17-18

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Daily word for 27 March 2015

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Mark 16:17-18, which says:

17 And these signs1 will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;2 they will speak in new tongues;3 18 they will pick up snakes4 with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on5 sick people, and they will get well.”

These verses should indeed encourage us to grow more and more in faith. As long as we tend to think according to the rules of this world, then we will stay limited in what we are able to do as Christians. As soon as we put all our trust on God, then we can rest on the fact that God is almighty and nothing is impossible for Him … also for us to do miracles in His name.

I pray to God that everyday we will grow more and more closer to God and also to be able to do these works in His name.

Have a beautiful and very blessed weekend!

God bless!