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Daily word for 16 April 2016 – Isaiah 41:13

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Daily word for 16 April 2016 – Isaiah 41:13

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 41:13 (NIV):

13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Know that God is always close to you and will never let you alone in any situation. God is holding your hand to protect you and to guide you through that situation!

God bless!

Daily word for 4 April 2016 – Isaiah 40:6-8

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Daily word for 4 April 2016 – Isaiah 40:6-8

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 40:6-8 (NIV):

6 A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

These verses make very clear that everything on this earth is temporary (therefore also everything we pursue), but Gods word and love is eternal. So, make sure that you focus on God and not on anything temporary, and you will see how it will bless your life!

Amen!

Daily word for 29 March 2016 – Isaiah 48:17-18

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Daily word for 29 March 2016 – Isaiah 48:17-18

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 48:17-18 (NIV):

17 This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. 18 If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.

These verses make it very clear that the best way to go is to follow God and listen to all His teachings and directions for your life. God has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us, but it up to us (considering God gave us a free will) to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

Amen!

Daily word for 11 March 2016 – Isaiah 33:15-16

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Daily word for 11 March 2016 – Isaiah 33:15-16

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 33:15-16 (NIV):

15 Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil— 16 they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.

If you truly desire to be led and protected by God, then it means that we cannot be part of things that are bad and are sinful. You should not even desire it or get profit out of it. If you follow God, trust on Him to bless you and He will!

 

Amen!

 

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Daily word for 28 February 2016 – Isaiah 25:7-8

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Daily word for 28 February 2016 – Isaiah 25:7-8

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 25:7-8 (NIV):

7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; 8 he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.

Even before Jesus came to earth God had already made it clear for which reason Jesus would come to the earth: to die for our sins and swallow up death forever. God loves us so much that He already had everything planned that Jesus would die for our sins.

God I love you!

Daily word for 16 February 2016 – Isaiah 6:1-3

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Daily word for 16 February 2016 – Isaiah 6:1-3

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 6:1-3 (NIV):

Isaiah’s Commission

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Amen! See how the Seraphim are praising our Lord Almighty. Make sure that everyday you do the same to honor Him for all He is and has done for you!

Amen!

Daily word for 4 February 2016 – Isaiah 53:11

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Daily word for 4 February 2016 – Isaiah 53:11

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 53:11 (NIV):

11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.                                

The whole Bible revolves around Jesus. God did not just decide to sent His son, but He already had it planned before the earth was created. Isaiah talks about Jesus and what He is coming for. Jesus came to suffer for our sins, so we could be forgiven and enter into Heaven through Him. Jesus justified us, by dying at the cross.

Not only can we rely on this very big offer that Jesus made, but we can also rest on the fact that God has already made a plan for our life before we were born. The more we listen to Him through the Holy Spirit, the more we can let Jesus make it possible to unfold its plan for our life. And know that it will be full of blessings!

 

God bless you!

My view – Persecution of Christians

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My view – Persecution of Christians

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to write this blog with my view on the persecution of Christians. God really gave this subject on my heart as more and more we see how Christians are openly persecuted in all sorts of way.

Momentarily the most shocking way is by the terrorist organisation ISIS, that is openly targetting Christians in Iraq. They way they kill Christians by beheading them and killing babies! But also more and more we see that just being a Christian in our society is becoming more and more difficult. Just being open about the fact that you are a Christian can bring a lot of hostile reactions from others, while even Islamic terrorist groups don’t get that kind of treatment. Why? I firmly believe that because God is real and we have chosen to follow Him, they feel because of their sinful nature they feel threatened by our God!

What does the Bible say about persecution?

2 Timothy 3:12 says:

12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

First of all God tells us that we should not fear persection, but that we need to know that persecution will come. Why this warning? To scare us? No, I believe it is to prepare us for it. Because we are living in this sinful world and more and more the devil will try and get us to reject our faith.

1 Peter 4:12-14 says:

Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

Also in Peter God lets us know that we never should be taken by suprise when suffering will come. In the midst of that suffering praise God and don’t let those circumstances dictate your happiness. Also God will bless all those that are persecuted and insulted in His name. We are not on this world for other people, but for our Lord!

These two parts of the Bible confirm that suffering is part of being a Christian. The devil hates everyone that decides to follow Christ and he will do anything to get us to reject our faith and to get us to reject Christ. But never let that happen as anyone that dies in Gods name will be rewarded in heaven. And I am not saying it is easy to give your life, but as we have seen with these beheadings by ISIS all those people did not reject Christ so they are a testimony that when in that situation is possible (very possible) to not give up your faith!

Don’t get discouraged by all the ways that we are being persecuted. Not only by ISIS but also by atheist and homoseksuals (those groups in particular) that will attack Christianity at every way they see possible. Even trying everywhere to marry (while this is Christian institute) with someone of the same sex is already a clear attack from them on Christian values. In the Netherlands they (on purpose) target Christian workers at City Hall when they want to marry. In my country you can choose your own person to do the wedding for you and in a lot of instances gays have deliberatilly chosen a Christian person, because they knew that he or she would reject. And we have laws here that if you reject to same-sex marriages then you have to leave that job.

Please put your trust and find peace in God especially in situation where you are being persecuted. God has not forgotten you and will give you the strength to endure that storm!

God bless you!

Daily word 3 October 2014 – Hosea 14:9

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Daily word for 3 October 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Hosea 14:9, which says:

9 Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

This verse shows how important it is to not be rebellious to God, but to trust on Him and walk in the ways of the Lord. God will bless your life if you set yourself open to follow Him!