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Daily Devotional for 20 January 2018 – Colossians 4:2

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate you with the words from Colossians 4:2 (NIV):

2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

What a short, simple verse, but. yet so powerful. It really hits me right in the face, because with all the things happening in life, it so easy to forget these things. Whatever is going on, God wants us to go to Him in prayer. This verse also tells us that we never have a legitimate reason not to pray. I know out of my own experience that when there is too much stress at the same time (and stress is something we allow ourselves), than prayer often can be the first thing to put aside, because we tell ourself that we need to this and we need to that. But what if we first pray, are thankful and watchful and after praying we start taking care of those things? In all the instances that I did so, I did see those things being solved much sooner and even much better!

I want to ask you to pray for each other and me to always come to God and not let our worries dictate our lifes, but that we trust on God in everything! Amen!

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Daily Devotional for 19 January 2018 – John 1:12-13

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from John 1:12-13 (NIV):

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

There is only way to become a child of God and this is by acknowledging His name. You cannot expect that you will be saved, if you are unwilling to accept Him and believe in Him.

Daily devotional for 18 January 2018 – Proverbs 11:12

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Proverbs 11:12 (NIV):

12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

With this verse God wants to emphasise that we should never allow ourselves to talk negative about others or to mock them. Why? Because you are no blessing if you do. If you have nothing positive to say, than God urges you to better keep your mouth closed.

Daily Devotional for 17 January 2018 – Philippians 3:20-21

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV):

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Know where your place really is. Is it here on earth? No! If you truly believe in God, than you need to know that your only place and citizenship is in heaven. Your desire should be to life a life that will bring you there. Do not put your trust on this earth, on yourself or others, but on God!

Daily Devotional for 16 January 2018 – 1 John 5:11-12

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today we are experiencing quite some bad weather in the Netherlands with expected storm later in this week. And in other places in the world we hear of cyclones and such. God tells us not to worry about these extremities in our weather or to be worried by any storm that may be in our lives, because when you trust on God than you will be protected by Him and not influenced by the storm. Always start your day in prayer and ask for protection and guidance in every situation.

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from 1 John 5:11-12 (NIV):

11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

In these verses God again tells us how important it is to know that it is God that gives us eternal life. How? Through His son, Jesus, as Jesus is life! If you really want this eternal life, than there is only one way: through Jesus!

Daily Devotional for 15 January 2018 – Numbers 23:9

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Dear brothers and sisters,

God bless you for this new week, that He may (and will) guide you throug this week and let blessings come your way!

Today I want to meditate on the words from Numbers 23:19 (NIV):

19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

What a powerful verse. It shows a clear distinction between God and us. We should never compare God with any human, because God is God. And with God you will get the truth and know that He will carry out His promises. Don’t rely on people, but on God!

 

Daily Devotional for 14 January 2018 – Romans 8:22-25

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Romans 8:22-25 (NIV):

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

These verses tell us that we have to wait for something that is not yet there. That is what faith is about. Not depending on what you already see, but to believe in something you cannot (yet) seen. Take that leap of faith to believe in God!

 

Daily Devotionial for 13 January 2017 – 1 Peter 3:18

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to meditate with you on the words from 1 Peter 3:18 (NIV):

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

Know the sacrifice that Jesus made for you! He didn’t die for nothing, but He died so that all our sins could and were forgiven. The reason that you can go to Heaven is due to Jesus’ suffering. He deserves all the praise and glory!

Daily devotional for 12 January 2018 – Isaiah 65:17-18

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Isaiah 65:17-18 (NIV):

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.

God deserves all our worship and praise and even more. God has only blessings in store for you and you should focus on those blessings not on your current situation.

 

Daily Devotional for 11 January 2018 – James 2:12

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from James 2:12 (NIV):

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,

This verse lets us now to be aware that we will be judged on all that we say an do. So make sure that you speak and act carefully and in accordance to God’s law!