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Daily devotional for 14 September 2019 – Jude 1:21

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Jude 1:21 (NIV):

21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

If you are really sincere in receiving Gods mercy, then you need to be willing to keep yourselves in God’s love. God is very willing to show and give His mercy, but you need to be willing to wait for it.

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Daily devotional for 13 September 2019 – 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV):

10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

God tells us that we cannot waste our life and do nothing. God tells us that we need to work. God will not bless you, if you are unwilling to your own part. So not only pray for blessings, but also do everything in your own strength that you should do. If you have debt, to your best to get your finance in order and pay as much back as you can.

Daily devotional for 12 September 2019 – Psalm 128:2

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Psalm 128:2 (NIV):

2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Amen. See how important it is do let all our actions to be in accordance with God’s will. Why? Because we will eat the fruit of that labor. If we follow God, then that labour will be blessed and prosperous.

Daily devotional for 11 September 2019 – 1 Thessalonians 1:3

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV):

3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

See how God looks at us. It is not our worldly deeds He sees and remembers. No, He sees our acts of faith and what we do with our faith. How we act ouf of love and how we were able to perservere. Remember this, because we tend to judge ourselves and others on the wordly way .. which is wrong.

Daily devotional for 9 September 2019 – Psalm 127:1

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Psalm 127:1 (NIV):

1 Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

This verse shows that in anything that we do, we need the guidance and approval of God. If you wish to succeed in anything, know that Psalm 127:1 tells you that if you want it to be succesful, then God needs to approve it and guide it. This verse should make you want to grow in faith and in prayer test any plan you have if God would approve of it. If you feel that this is the case, then you should also trust on God to guide you to success.

Daily devotional for 8 September 2019 – Ecclestiastes 5:18

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Ecclestiastes 5:18 (NIV):

18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.

In this verse we are told that it is not a sin to enjoy eating, drinking and find satisfaction during your time on earth. It is only a problem when the sort of satisfaction is sinful or the eating and drinking is way overboard. So, enjoy life while you are here, but also do your best to keep yourself to God’s word.

Behind the music – Post Malone

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to share with you a new blog in the ‘Behind the music’ series. It has been quite a while since my last blog in this serie and felt it was time to start writing new blogs on this subject.

Please note, that I love to receive comments and questions from you and normally I will approve all of them. However, yesterday for the first time, I decided to block one comment. Why? Because the comment was plain rude. I understand that not everyone is open to the content of my blogs in this serie. Maybe it was a fan of the band (Poets of the Fall), maybe it was someone heavily opposed to Christiniaty. In the end it doesn’t matter what the reason is for reacting the way he did, because I am very open to opposing arguments as I feel as a Christian you should be open to all arguments. It can even help you to grow in your faith.

One of the arguments the person made was that I could not substantiate my claim that certain artists are satanically influenced. His argument was that if they have not stated in interviews that they worship satan, then I was wrong. This argument of his however does not make much sense. If a murderer claims that he is not a murderer, but all direct and indirect proof shows that he is, then his own testimony is not relevant. That is why we need the Holy Spirit to receive all information necessary and also be able to interpret it correctly. In my blogs I gather this evidence and ask the Holy Spirit to open my eyes and show me what is truly information provided by the Holy Spirit and what is my own feeling or opinion.

Post Malone

In most of my blogs in this serie I have discussed more older artists and bands, however I feel it is also good to analyze and discuss current artists and bands. And although I don’t deny the qualities of Post Malone as an artist, it does not mean that he also could be satanically influenced.

The main reason Post Malone got my attention is the fact that he is very openly when it comes to his drugs use and almost worships it. Let it be clear drugs is bad and also not something God approves of. I believe the main reason because it affects your mind and as a Christian we need to have a clear mind. How can you receive anything from God, if you distort the ‘line of communication’ between God and yourself.

Another reason that I came to analyze Post Malone is his song: Rockstar. First of all, the easiest sin that is attached to this song title is idolatry. Rockstars love and crave attention to the level of people idolizing them. It is not wrong if other people appreciate your work, but it should never come to the level of idolatry!

What does the Bible say over the sin of idolatry? First lets use a secular source of what the world understands about idolatry (source: wikipedia):

Idolatry is the worship of an idol or cult image, being a physical image, such as a statue, or a person in place of God. In Abrahamic religions, namely Christianity, Islam and Judaism, idolatry connotes the worship of something or someone other than God as if it were God.

When we read this definition then it shows that if we worship an artists we are actually sinning as well. When we worship another person in place of God, then it is called idolatry. As I stated it is not wrong to appreciate someones work, but it should never be more then that. However rockstars/musicians/movie and tv-celebrities crave exactly that: that people worship them!

What does the Bible says (the most importants source):

1 Corinthians 10:7 states the following:

7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”

The verse above already makes it clear that idolatry is a sin. So, even if you like a certain singer his or her music, let it be just that. But do not let yourself go into the mode of following everything about that person and (almost) worship that person.

Judges 10:14 states:

14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!”

That God and idolizing persons do not co-exist becomes clear from the verse above. If you are so set on worshipping an artist, then God tells you that you should put your full faith on them and see how they help you. They won’t and they can’t!

If you study the Bible then you will find more references on idolizing is a sin. The most important one is the fact that it is stated in the 10 commandments!

Open alliance with the devil

Althought they will not always tell you in an interview there are enough sources of proof that they worship satan by the hand sign and the use of a snake. People will try to mitigate this by stating that it just a gimmick and they do it to sell their music, because the reference to satan and the illuminati sells. Don’t be fooled by this nonsense argument! Yes, I want to be succesful in what I do, but I will not use any references to the devil to do this. See with Post Malone the following signs that he has declared alliance with the devil:

The handsign is an open declaration to the devil
Why use a snake in your song? It is now more then known by everyone that the devil came to Adam and Eve as a snake and that the snake is a clear symbol to the devil. Using a snake is a clear sign that you worship the devil. The serpent in this song serves no other purpose.

There are more indications that Post Malone as sold his sould. I was informed by someone that in his earlier music he loves to make references in his music and clips to suicide, murder and blood. All signs that are quite disturbing, but also show that he loves/idolizes death. And who is associated with death? The devil! even in this song a clear reference to blood is made in the picture below:

Daily devotional for 7 September 2019 – Exodus 34:21

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Exodus 34:21 (NIV):

21 “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest. 

Even worthly studies show us that having rest is very important for us. Why? Because both our body and mind need to get the time to regenerate. It is not good to be working every day, because it will not be bad for your health, but also, I believe, it will decrease the effectiviness of your work/study.

Make sure that no matter how busy it may be with your studies or at your work, that you never allow yourself to be working at it continiously. You need rest!

Also, this will also allow at least one day a week that you can fully dedicate yourself to God, go to church. God is always more important then any study or work. And is it not God that is leading you through those studies and make you succesful in your job!

Bible study – 2 Corinthians 9

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today we continue the bible study of the book of 2 Corinthians in chapter 9 in which we will discuss:

  • Introduction
  • Generosity encouraged

Introduction

In the introduction part of this chapter, we see a very important point of our Christianity. When you feel that the Holy Spirit has called you to either teach other people (or ask them to do something) or to inform them they are sinning and it needs to stop, that is very important to start that conversation with the good things that they are already do. If you start to talk only negative, then you can loose the person immediately. Also, if you are only condeming and negative, how are you being a good Christian. Did you ever read about Jesus only condeming people and saying nothing positive?

In this part Paul starts by telling the church of Corinthe on how good they are already in their faith. If I would receive a letter starting with the things I am already doing good, then I would be more inclined to continue reading and even listen to the part in which I am either asked to do something extra or to listen to what the person thinks I am doing wrong.

Next Paul tells them of his upcoming visit and that he will not be alone, but will be probably be accompanied by a part of the church of Macedonia. This part to me shows that we need to inform each other, and be fully open, about things we have planned. Imagine, that he would not have informed them and some time later he would come their with his Macedonian friends collecting the gifts. This could feel to the church of Corinthe as if they are being forced or tricked into giving that money. And we need to assure that the other person does someting (or changes something) with a willing heart. So never, just suprise a brother of sisters, but inform them you are coming and also on which subject you wish to speak or what your expectations are.

Generosity encouraged

We now continue to another important lesson in our faith. When we pray, the chance is big that we are praying for certain blessings. If you wish to receive big blessings from God, then you need to be aware that you are also told by God to be generous as well. If your heart is unwilling to be generous (and this does not have to be with money alone) to other people, then we should not expect from God to be generous in His blessings as well.

In the very sinful world that we are living, it is made normal that we can be thinking of only ourselves. However, this is not how God has raised us!

I believe that the way God brings blessings in our lives is by activating all of us to be generous to each other. You could bring the point that it then must not be God that has blessed you but another human being. Wrong! Is it not God that touched his or her heart to help you out?

Daily devotional for 6 September 2019 – Revelation 7:17

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Revelation 7:17 (NIV):

17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ ” 

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that in this verse God is referring to His son, Jesus, when referring to ‘their shephard’. The Bible is full of references to Jesus and His role as our shephard. When we will follow Jesus, then He will lead us to God’s blessings. Also, it is Jesus that will also comfort us and that is Jesus that will take all pain out of lives.