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Bible study on Romans – Chapter 2

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 2

Dear brothers and sisters,

We will go through the 2nd chapter of the book of Romans. I pray that God will guide us through this chapter and this Bible study. As I mentioned before, first read the chapter in its entiriety (if possible more than 1), before starting to study it. Also ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, also through this bible study.

In this chapter Paul speaks on the following:

  • God’s righteous judgment
  • The Jews and the law

God’s righteous judgment

The more I study on the books written by the apostle Paul, I notice how he was truly blessed by God to teach us all to really get deep into the Gospel. I believe God wants us personally, but also in our churches to be really deeply involved and fully committed in our faith. We are not just going to church or to read the Bible to hear to beautiful stories and sermons. No, God wants us not only to read, but also understand, feel and do His word.

This part already made me very ashamed, because it showed me how easy it is to by judgmental. Through Paul, God tells us that we have NO excuse to pass judgment on someone else (I will do a more in-depth study in to this subject, because I feel I am just hitting the service here). Why not? Because we are condemning ourselves, because at that moment that you are passing judgment you are also committing (the same sin). For example I was judging that they were following a prosperity preacher (and I still believe that these are the false teachers that the Bible speaks of). But is it not up to God to use the Holy Spirit to show these people this, if it is indeed correct. And who am I to judge them? Is my own spiritual life perfect? Am I a role model? I wish I could say yes, but the fact is that I am not. As mentioned in my devoitional of the 8th of August 2017 I explained how God is really humbling me (still). I think part of this is that God doesn’t want me (or you) to spent our time to judge others, but to do some soul searching and see how our relationship with God is. Are we living a life that we would not be ashamed of, if we would be standing before God at this moment? I know my life is not at that point. I know God is working in my life and I thank Him with all my heart. Also, for having so much patience with me 🙂

So, please do not spent your time judging other, because God makes it very clear that for this He will also judge you! And don’t think you can escape his judgment, please don’t show Him that kind of contempt! Know that God is very patience and loving and is giving you continious opportunities for repentance. So, make sure that you take one of those opportunities fast!

God has told us in this chapter that He will repay each according to what they have done. To those who by persistence in doing good, seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But those who are self-seeking, and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. And don’t blame God, because God gave and is still giving you enough chanches to change and make the right choices. So please do what is good!

Next Paul also tells us that both Jews and gentiles there will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, than the gentile. But glory, honor and peace for everyone that does good: first for Jew and than for gentile. God does not do any favoritsm. If you are not under the law you will perish, if you are than you will be judged. So don’t think just being a good person is enough. Or accepting God is enough. No, God demands both.

The Jews and the law

I believe that with Jew, he refers to everyone that has accepted God and is living his / her life according to God’s will. If you are so sure (by learning from God, the Bible) what God is all about and what His law is, than you should also ask yourself if you are obeying all His laws. Before you tell someone not to steal, are you sure that there is nothing in your life that is also considered stealing. It could even be stomething very little, but for God there is no difference between stealing paper clips from work or money from the bank (did you have approval for taking these paper clips? Or did you take in secret? Of course, most companies won’t mind if you take some for your own use, but if you constantly taking things home without them knowing, are you also not stealing?).

It may be very harsh to hear, but we can call ourself Christians and even do some actions/rituals, but it is our heart that determines our real relationship with God.

God, I pray that you please forgive us for all our sins. For being so easy to condemn others, while not even having a perfect life ourselfs. You know me and my sins, faults. I ask you not only for forgiveness, but also that you help me to grow in my faith. To be focused on you and not on others. To learn from you, to life like you, to really let go of things that are blocking my growth in faith.

I pray the same for all of you!

Amen!

 

 

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Daily devotional for 8 August 2017 – Philippians 4:13

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Daily devotional for 8 August 2017 – Philippians 4:13

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Philippians 4:13 (NIV):

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Speaking for myself I used to think that I was able to do alot through my own strength and abilities. But in the last years God has really humbled me and showed me that in fact on my own I can do nothing. All I am able to do is by Him and the strength that He gives me.

I know how easy it is when you have it easy in school and at work, or because for others you have enough money or just the right looks (of whatever makes you think you can do it own your own). But I found out, from the moment I thought that I really had it made and was in control of my life, that it was all an illussion. God really doesn’t like it when we exalt ourselves, because than it will also mean that we will put Him lower. I have God forgiveness for this (this arrogance). God showed me and is still showing me that I need to to trust on Him fully. As we speak I am still in that learning process. God is teaching me to trust on Him to put my trust on Him in everything I do, have and want. If I want to chance, than I need Him. If I want circumstances to chance, I need Him. If I want my health to be ok, I need Him.

WE ALL NEED HIM! KNOW THAT IT IS ONLY GOD THAT GIVES YOU STRENGTH. EXALT GOD, NOT YOURSELF!

Bible study on Acts of the Apostles- Chapter 10

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Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 10

Dear brothers and sisters,

In the Bible study on the 10th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:

  • Cornelius calls for Peter
  • Peter’s vision
  • Peter at Cornelius’s house

Cornelius calls for Peter

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At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion from the Roman regiment. This man (and his family) was devout and God-fearing. They gave generously to those in need and prayed regularly. See how even people of which you wouldn’t expect it, can be children of God. Don’t assume that someone cannot be a Christian, just because of his or her job or status in life. Don’t judge people as we do not know everything. It also show how God can place Christians in influential roles.

On some day he received a vision on 3am in the night. He saw an angel, which called his name. He immediately knew that it was from God, and he acknowledged this by asking God what it was that he came for. When you know that God is calling you, always respond to him humbly and in obedience. The angel told him that his prayers and gifts to the poor were considered to have come up as a memorial to God. This shows that when we do good to others, then we are honoring God first and foremost. God told him that a man called Peter was in Joppa and that he was to meet him. He immediately sent 2 of his man to get Peter. Again we see that if God asks us something, that we need to act immediately. God also won’t wait to help us.

Peter’s vision

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The next day Peter went to the roof of the house were he was staying and started praying. Because he was hungry, he let some dinner to me prepared. At the same moment he went into a trance. Peter saw heaven open and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.

13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
While he was still trying to understand the vision, at the same time the three men sent by Cornelius were informing where Peter was staying. At that same moment God told Peter that three man were looking for him. And again we see a child of God immediately acted on God’s demand and he met with them and they both shared that God sent them to each other. God will always make sure that both parties will know when God is working.
Peter at Cornelius’s house
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The next day Peter joined the three to meet Cornelius in Joppa. Peter told Cornelius that it is against the Jewish law for a Jew to meet with a gentile, but because God sent him, he did it, and that he also never call anyone impure or unclean. See again that God hates it when we judge people, certainly because we always do this on earthly reasons, never based on the Word of God. They discussed God’s word and in the end he baptized Cornelius as no one is exempt of being baptized when they want to follow God! Again I pray that we let God use us for His work, so others have the chance to come to God!
Thank you God for blessing us and making us humble by never rejecting someone just because we have been thought that someone is not able to be a follower of God.