Victory Vitamin Blog – Genesis 18:14

“Is anything too hard for the LORD?”

-Genesis 18:14 NIV

Abraham was 100 years old, his wife Sarah was 90.  God revealed to them that they were going to have a child in their old age and they both laughed.  In response, the LORD to Abraham, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?”  Have we too, forgotten that God performs miracles?  Do we doubt His ability to do amazing things in our lives today?  We should expect to be surprised by God!  (I know, the whole point of a surprise is that it’s unexpected)  God has given us the gift of faith, and God has proven that He will act in surprising ways to display His love for us.   For example, it’s surprising that God became human, took our sin on Himself and died to remove them!  That combination of faith, and God’s surprising track record should give us complete confidence that God will continue to work in our lives  in amazing and surprising ways still today.  God can and will display His surprising and miraculous power in your life, the greatest surprise being the love of a perfect God, given to sinners like us.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Leviticus 19:18

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”

Leviticus 19:18

Some view the Bible as a big book of rules.  They clearly haven’t read it.  Of course there are commands from God contained in the Bible but that shouldn’t surprise us in the least.  Families have rules.  Those rules are not there to annoy children or spoil their fun.  Rules are in place because of love.  Rules help to reduce chaos and protect children from harm.  Our heavenly Father also has rules.  They are set in place out of love.  Jesus died to pay the price for our sins and to show us how serious the situation is.  Sin is not a game.  God gives us rules to help us avoid sin and protect us from harm.  We may think we know best, but God’s way is a better way.  Leviticus contains many laws from God, but Jesus summarizes all of God’s law by saying, “Love the Lord with all your heart…and love your neighbor as yourself.”  We know God loves us, the death and resurrection of Jesus prove that.  God’s rules are given out of love and our response is motivated by love.  We seek to live our lives according to God’s will for our own good, for the good of others and to show our love for God.  It’s a better way.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 9:62

‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’

-Luke 9:62 NIV

The story is that a man went to get a tattoo that said “NO REGRETS” on his arm.  The tattoo “artist” didn’t check the spelling and the man ended up with “NO REGERTS” on his arm and a healthy dose of regret.  A “no regrets” attitude can be dangerous, but Jesus encourages us to jump in with both feet when it comes to discipleship.  In the verse above we see that Jesus requires a “no regrets”, “full steam ahead” attitude from those who follow Him.  We are to put God first in our lives and make His mission our primary mission.  Jesus put us first when He boldly, intentionally went to Jerusalem knowing that He would be arrested and crucified.  His love for you made Him bold to act.  His love for us now makes us bold to act, sharing His love in words and actions, and asking others if they know just how much God loves them.  God promises, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10 NIV) Those words remind us that a full commitment to serving Christ is one thing we will never regert.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Galatians 4:4

“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son,”

Galatians 4:4  NIV

 

I don’t know what that means.  “When the time had fully come”.  I mean, I comprehend what is being said, but it doesn’t help me understand the timing.  It’s like saying, “When the appointed time arrived”.  But I don’t know what that appointed time is until it arrives.  Working on God’s timetable can be very frustrating.  God has perfect timing.  Why did He send Jesus into the world 2,000 years ago, and not last week?  Because the time had fully come.  Only God knows.  I once read that God’s timing is as important as God’s will.  In other words, when it happens is as important as what happens.  I think most of us assume sooner is better but through faith we leave that up to God and His timing is perfect.  We know we can trust His timing in everything because when the time had fully come for Jesus to come into the world, things went exactly as they were supposed to.  Jesus died and rose so we could have forgiveness and eternal life.  We may not know when God’s will is going to be done, but whenever it happens, it will be done at the perfect time.

Victory Vitamin Blog – John 8:57-58

“’You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham!’ ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’”

John 8:57–58  NIV

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday.  Christians are monotheists, which means we believe in one God.  One, not three.  And yet that one God reveals Himself in the Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It’s beyond comprehension, but then again I would expect God to be beyond my comprehension.  The member of the Trinity that gets the most scrutiny is Jesus.  Many claim that Jesus isn’t God.  Jesus claimed that He is.  In the verse above He says that He existed before Abraham, and by saying “I am!”  He was saying that He’s always existed.  In the Old Testament, God told Moses to tell Pharaoh that “I Am” had sent him.  Now Jesus drops the same name, and the Jews knew exactly what He was saying.  They wanted Jesus dead because they thought He was blaspheming.  But Jesus is God.  Conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus tells us to honor Him the same way we honor the Father.  (John 5:22-23)  Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.”  (John 10:30)  Jesus had to be God in order for His death on the cross to mean anything.  As a human, Jesus’ death would have done nothing for us, but as The Perfect God/Man, Jesus’ death paid the price for all sins, and His resurrection means eternal life for all who believe.  Be at peace, your salvation is secure.  Jesus is God!