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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!

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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!

Daily word 1 October 2014 – Romans 15:1-3

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Daily word for 1 October 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 15:1-3, which says:

1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”

As Christians we need to always put our own desires after helping out someone near you. Jesus showed this to die for us on the cross and by following this example of serving others, then you will see how this will not only bless the other person, but also your own life! God bless you all!

Daily word 21 September 2014 – Habakuk 3:17-19

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Daily word for 21 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Habakuk 3:17-19, which says:

17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.

Even in times when everything in life seems to go wrong, don’t stop trusting the Lord, because He is always your strength. And He will guide you out of that moment and bring you blessings in abundance!

Daily word 15 September 2014 – Mark 9:35-37

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Mark 9:35-37 which says:

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Following Christ also means that the way we are should be different from the world. To follow Christ means that you need to be able to serve others and don’t expect only people to serve you. Also when we welcome people and help them, then we know that God will also welcome you! So don’t look how others can serve you, but how you can serve others! Amen!

Daily word 14 September 2014 – Collosians 2:9-10

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Daily word for 14 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Collosians 2:9-10 which says:

9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

Always remember what Jesus did for us, and that by Him coming to earth to die for our sins, he made it able for us to befull in Christ. Know that in everything God has all power and authority, so trust only on Him!

Daily word 13 September 2013 – Galatians 5:1

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Daily word for 13 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Galatians 5:1 which says:

Freedom in Christ

1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

When God died at the cross, He did so for our sins! Through this beautiful act of Him we are set free. For this reason we should never allow ourselves to be put in slavery from any kind of burden or sin. Life you life free in Jesus Christ!

Daily word for 12 September 2014 – Proverbs 29:25

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Daily word for 29 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Proverbs 29:25 whichs says:

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

Never put your reliance on man, but always on God! If you to this then you will always be safe. Because with man you will never have that guarantee.

Daily word 11 September 2014 – 2 Corinthians 13:4

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Daily word for 9 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from 2 Corinthians 13:4 which says:

4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.

Always be aware that we are strong through God and not through our own works and “strength”. Thank God for everything He has done in your life.

Daily word 10 September 2014 – 1 John 5:19-20

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Daily word for 10 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from 1 John 5:19-20 which says:

19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true–even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

We life in a sinful world that is under control of Satan, but luckily we are children of God that will let us know what is true. Follow the teaching of God and you will be able to resist all that this world tries to do and bring.