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Daily Devotional for 23 July 2018 – Daniel 6:26-27

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Daniel 6:26-27 (NIV):

26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

See how even our enemies sing praise on who God really is. See the way that the Babylonian king respected Daniels God (the only God). This is important to understand for us that God is so big, that noone will ever match up to God!

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 8

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 8

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 8th chapter on the book of 1 Corinthians 8, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Concerning food sacrificed to idols

Concerning food sacrificed to idols

The chapter begings to making it clear to us that we need to stop relying on our own understanding? Why, because God is all-knowing and we are definitely not! God can oversee the whole picture, why we can only see a part of it and are also likely to be biased and not always as objective as why imagine ourselves to be.

God tells us that there is only one God (Him) and there is no one like Him. And that we won’t be any better if we eat food that was used as a sacrifice before an idol and we won’t be any worse if we do eat that same food. Why? Because we won’t grow closer to God by the food that we eat. Should we than still eat it? Personally, based on this chapter I would say no. It could be that some other Christian, whom is not so strong in his/her faith sees you eating this food that was sacrificed to an idol and it can cause him/her to be disturbed in his/her faith. And than it does become a sin that you are commiting. To me it should be clear that you shouldn’t even run the risk that you think it won’t do any harm, that it still does, because there was one person that took offence to it and through that you sinned.  Is food really worth running the risk to be sinning against God? For me it isn’t!

Daily Devotional for 22 July 2018 – Psalm 27:1

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Psalm 27:1 (NIV):

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Never be afraid of anything in this life, especially when you truly believe and know that God is real. Because if you believe and know this, than you also know that He is your light and salvation. And that you can also rely on Him in every situation in your life!

Daily Devotional for 21 July 2018 – Hebrews 13:5-6

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV):

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

God will continiously be working in your life to help you not to love money and to be content with what you have. Why is so important? When you have a love for money than it means that you will give it more value than you should .. only God deserves that praise and place in your life. But also you give the devil a way to control you, because you will be able to be conrolled by either the absence or the availability of money.

Also you need to be content with what you have. Does this mean that you are not allowed to have more? I don’t believe that is the case, but when you are content with what you have, you will enjoy your life more and you will be more focussed on God and you will be more happy. When you are not content that important time will go to hating the fact that you do not have a certain thing.

Let God change your heart!

Daily Devotional for 20 July 2018 – Philippians 4:6-7

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV):

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

These verses emphasize the importance of a prayerful life. Not only because it is way by which we can and have to honor God and give Him praise. But also because by prayer we can get rid of being anxious in a certain situation. Because if that situation arises, than you can come before God in prayer and present your request to God! And know that God will lead you through that situation.

Daily Devotional for 18 July 2018 – 3 John 1:11

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I first want to take the opportunity to wish our youngest child and son, Levi, a very happy and blessed 6th birthday! I pray that God will also bless you in the coming year and open doors for you!

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furthermore, I would like to encourage you also with the words from 3 John 1:11 (NIV):

11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

How many times did you have had other people (or even your own mind) telling you how difficult God is to understand. But is He really? Actually, He totally isn’t, because unlike us, He will tell you very clearly what is good and what is evil. Either you do what is according to God’s will or you don’t. Stop making God more difficult than He is. Read the scriptures and follow them, without complicating God’s word.

Daily Devotional for 17 July 2018 – 2 Peter 3:7

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from 2 Peter 3:7 (NIV):

7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

Don’t think it is wise to postpone your decision to life your life to and for God, because in this verse it is very clear that God has already prepared the day of judgement and destruction of the ungodly. Don’t think that you will be an exception. God is very clear, that you have to choose for Him, or else you choosing against Him, with all the consequences attached to it.

Daily Devotional for 16 July 2018 – John 8:34

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from John 8:34 (NIV):

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

How easy is it to sin? Very easy. And do you think you can sin, without any consequence? Wrong! When you sin, than you have become a slave to that sin. When you accepted Jesus in your life, than you also were freed from bondage. So never allow yourself to be enslaved again!

Daily Devotional for 15 July 2018 – James 1:12

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from James 1;12 (NIV):

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

This verse is one that you keep close to your heart and steady in your mind. All those moments that you are in the middle of trials, than it is good to know that if you perservere under that trial, than you are BLESSED!