Victory Vitamin Blog – Genesis 6:5-8

“The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

– Genesis 6:5-8 NIV

Admittedly, one of the less cheery verses in the Bible.  This is part of the intro to the account of Noah and the flood in the Bible.  The reason for the flood?  Sin.  Yes, Noah was a sinner too, but He acknowledged and trusted God to save him.  It may not be comfortable, but for a minute I’d like to talk about your sin, and mine.  Most of the time when we do something we know is wrong, we worry most about getting caught.  Second to our concern for ourselves, we then worry about how our actions might affect those around us.  That’s a sign that our conscience is working properly.  But how often do we consider the fact that our sin causes God to grieve?  Our sin is first and foremost a sin against God.  He created us to be in a peaceful, loving relationship with Him, but sin causes us to think first of ourselves and our own wants and needs.  Sin is serious.  Thankfully, God directed His grief and pain toward His perfect, sinless Son, Jesus, who disposed of our sins on the cross.  Noah trusted in God and God delivered him from the destruction of the flood.  Through faith in Jesus as our Savior, God delivers us from the eternal consequence of our sin, and gives us eternal life.  Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, we are forgiven.  Because Jesus rose from the dead, we are free to live lives that acknowledge and glorify our Creator.  As the water of the flood lifted the ark above the devastation and death below, so the water of baptism lifts us up from the death of sin to live lives that please the one who made us and saved us.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for September 25, 2016 – Genesis 6:9

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Sunday Service Sneak Peek for September 25, 2016 – Genesis 6:9

Sunday we continue our review of some basic Bible accounts.  The account of the flood teaches us about the seriousness of sin, as well as God’s mercy and grace.  Thanks be to God for the ultimate rescue from sin that took place when Jesus died and rose from the dead! Learn more about Genesis 6:9 NIV this Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Genesis 4:9

“Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’”

-Genesis 4:9 NIV

The account of Cain and Abel is evidence that sin was passed down genetically from Adam and Eve.  Brother kills brother. And for what?  Because Abel’s sacrifice was acceptable to the LORD, and Cain’s wasn’t.  This wasn’t a matter of the sacrifice itself, it was the attitude of the heart offering the sacrifice.  Cain must have viewed this as some kind of competition.  He lost and wanted to win, so he lured his brother out into a field and killed him.  The first murder.  When God confronted Cain, he replied with the infamous line, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  The correct answer is, “Yes.”  You are your brother’s keeper, your sister’s keeper, the keeper of all of God’s children.  They do matter.  Their well-being is your business.  Sadly we often treat others the way Cain treated Abel.  Not by killing them, but by harboring ill will toward them, by being jealous of their blessings, by holding grudges over dumb things.  Thankfully we have a brother who is our keeper.  God became human in Jesus Christ.  Jesus became our brother in the flesh.  Our sin was avenged sevenfold on him when He died on the cross and descended into hell to declare victory over Satan.  Now, through faith in Him we have the assurance of forgiveness and the certainty of eternal life in heaven.  Knowing that our life on earth and our eternity in heaven are secure, we can devote our lives to being the keeper of our brothers and sisters on earth.  We love because He first loved us.