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Daily Devotional for 19 April 2018 – James 5:16

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from James 5:16 (NIV):

16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

This verse emphasizes 2 things.

First, does God want our sins to be kept hidden? No! God wants us to come clean and confess our sins. Why? As long as you keep your sins hidden, than the devil can have control over you, because you will have the tendency to hide and not move away from that sin.

Secondly, God wants us to have others help us in prayer to remove that sin or to overcome that sin!

This verse therefore shows that God gave us each other to help each other out to get sin out of our lifes. Don’t think you should fight this battle alone. God gave you brothers and sisters to fight against it through prayer.

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 1

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 1

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 1st chapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the folliwing subjects:

  • Intro
  • Thanksgiving
  • A church divided over leaders
  • Christ crucified in God’s power and wisdom

Intro

Paul writes this letter to the church in Corinthians. That it is written to a specific church in a specific time does not mean that we also cannot learn from it.

Thanksgiving

Paul demonstrates that it is very important to give thanks for all that God does for us. We need to thank God for His grace, because without His grace we would have an almost impossible task to get into Heaven. But when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, then God also introduced grace as the way that we can enter into Heaven, because we will never be able to do so with just our works.

A church divided over leaders

In church (but I also believe in e.g. our families) it is very important that agree with one another in what we say and that is very important that there is no division between us. Why not? Because the devil can use this to cause strive in our churches and families. Therefore it is important that we grow through the Holy Spirit and are very focused not to allow any form of division to come in our churches and families.

Furthermore, Paul emphasizes that it is imporant to remember that we follow only God and should not claim to follow a person (not even Paul). And certainly we shouldn’t allow this to be a reason for discussion amongst us. Paul makes it very clear that no person should exalt him- or herself or allow others to exalt him or her.

By claiming to follow a person, we are actually downgrading what Jesus did for us!

Christ crucified in God’s power and wisdom

That Jesus did not die for nothing on the cross should be known to everyone. However, if you choose to go against God’s word, than you are perishing. And when you are perishing than you should know that Jesus dying on the cross will have not benefit in your life anymore. Whhen you do follow God, than it is the power of God!

Also we should not trust on any wisdom of this world, because it is foolish. So don’t expect that God will try to persuade you to follow Him, no He demands of you to believe in Him. This is the essence of faith!

And don’t think God only uses the wise based on worldly standards. No God can and will use everyone and can even shame the (earthly) wise by someone that is considered less wise.

To finish this first chapter of 1 Corinthians Paul states: Therefore, as it is written: “Let the who boasts, boast in the Lord! To God be ALL the glory!

Daily Devotional for 18 April 2018 – Colossians 2:6-7

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV):

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

When you are a Christian, then this does not mean that you only choose to be a Christian on some day. No, after that day God expects you to continue your life in Him and life according to His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to life a life strengthed through faith even when the circumstances you are in maybe very hard. Know that God is guiding you and that He will reward a God-fearing life.

Daily Devotional for 17 April 2018 – Isaiah 1:18

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 1:18 (NIV):

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

This verse should make you realize that although our sins are wicked and we cannot excuse them. God makes it very clear that through God our sins will be forgiven. And this was especially made possible, when His Son, Jesus, died for our sins at the cross. Amen!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 16

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Bible study on Romans – Chapter 16

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 15th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • Personal greetings

Personal greetings

This chapter starts with the Apostle Paul sending personal greetings to a lot of different people in the church around the world. Although it may seem to just be these personal greetings, when you come to the second part of this chapter, you see the exact reason that (to me) the Apostle Paul wrote this chapter: we need to watch out for those who cause division and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. The apostle is very clear: stay away from them! Don’t try to persuade them or to discuss with them, but avoid them. A lot of the times we feel the need (speaking for myself) to enter into a discussion with a certain person. But I believe it is important to make sure that you are led by the Holy Spirit and then you will start noticing which persons you should avoid (and that can even be in church).

And especially, when some people have a very smooth way of talking, never let your guard down and also with them you need to be led by the Holy Spirit. Because it is mostly the smooth talkers that will deceive and especially the naive under us.

Pray to God to make you strong in your faith and not te be influenced by these smooth talkers, which seek to divide our churches and homes.

The next Bible study series will be on 1 Corinthians. Hope you enjoyed and are encouraged by the bible study on Romans.

Daily Devotional for 16 April 2018 – Romans 6:5

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Dear brothers and sisters,

First of all, I want to take this opportunity to celebrate the 37th birthday of my beautiful wife, Cindy! God bless you and that He may give you a new year full of blessings!

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

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Know that if you truly give your life to God, than you will also be part of the ressurection!

Daily Devotional for 12 April 2018 – Hebrews 9:15

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Hebrews 9:15 (NIV):

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

Amen! Know how big the blessing is that Jesus died on the cross for your sins!

Daily Devotional for 11 April 2018 – Luke 24:6

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Luke 24:6 (NIV):

6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:

When God makes a promise, He will always keep it. God promised us that His Son would die for our sins and would rise again .. and He did!

Daily Devotional for 11 April 2018 – Luke 24:6

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Luke 24:6 (NIV):

6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:

It is always important to realize that Jesus not only gave His life and died for our sins, but he also arose from the death! Jesus is not death, but alive!

Daily Devotional for 10 April 2018 – John 19:30

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from John 19:30 (NIV):

30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

For me what really stands out is, that the devil thought he could kill Jesus and win. But not only did the devil loose, because it was Gods plan to let Jesus die for our sins. But also, Jesus was not killed as He Himself decided on the exact moment when He gave His life. Let the important lesson from this verse be that God always wins from evil!