Victory Vitamin Blog – Jeremiah 1:7

“Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”

-Jeremiah 1:7 NIV

Excuses, excuses.  Jeremiah had just been told by God to go to the Israelites and give them a message from Him.  His response?  “Sorry God, I don’t know how to talk.”  God wasn’t having any of it.  As God enabled, Jeremiah went and did what he was told.  We’ve been told to share a message as well.  Having experienced the love and forgiveness of God, we are to let others know about it.  What’s your excuse?  We’ve all got ‘em.  God isn’t interested in our excuses.  There’s too much at stake.  He promises to be with us always (Matthew 28:20), and there are ways to share the hope that you have without making everyone uncomfortable.  What benefits do you receive from your faith in Jesus Christ?  Rehearse your answer to that question and you’ll be surprised how often you can blend it into a conversation.  We’re forgiven for our failures.  That’s the Good News we’ve got to share.  Rather than make excuses, let’s make some results for the God who so graciously forgives our failures.

Victory Vitamin Blog – John 2:7-8

“Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

-John 2:7-8 NIV

Those servants must have been nervous.  The wedding they were working at ran out of wine. (Embarrassing)  Jesus’ mother gets Him involved and he tells the servants to fill up these huge stone containers with water.  Then He tells them to take some to the guy in charge of the banquet.  Mmm, yummy water!  But they did it.  They did what Jesus said.  That’s faith.  When the guy in charge of the banquet took a sip, he tasted some of the best wine he’d ever had.  Those guys had no reason to trust Jesus.  They didn’t know Him.  This was His first miracle so they hadn’t heard rumors about his abilities.  To the contrary, we know who Jesus is!  We know what He’s done.  Not just His miracles, but His amazing love and devotion to us.  We know He offered His life for ours so that we could be forgiven.  We know that because He died and came back to life, we will do the same.  All this through faith.  Trust in Jesus.  In fact, next time you see, or enjoy a lovely glass of Cabernet, remember that if Jesus can turn water into wine, He can certainly take care of your temporal and eternal needs as well.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Colossians 3:12

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

– Colossians 3:12 NIV

We’re 10 days into the new year.  Have you broken any resolutions yet?  If you haven’t considered some changes in your life, it’s not too late.  This Sunday we’ll set resolutions aside, and consider a new year’s REVOLUTION!  In Colossians 3, God reveals nine life-changing attitudes and behaviors that will change your life for the better, and have a positive impact on the people around you.  Too often we become stuck in a pattern of behavior and think we’re incapable of changing.  Come on.  ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD!  Start with the attitudes listed above.  Draw them on the back of your hand with a marker, better yet, commit them to memory and live them.  You’ll notice the difference.  Then look up verses 13-17 in your Bible and put the rest into practice too.  We don’t do this out of guilt, or shame, we do this because we are God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved.  God loves you!  He loves you to the point of dying and rising so that your sin would be forgiven, and your eternity in heaven would be certain.  Trust Him to supply you with the power you need to live a new year’s REVOLUTION!

Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Kings 3:9

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

-1 Kings 3:9 NIV

Solomon had been pronounced king at the tender age of 12.  Yup, 12.  The LORD told Solomon to ask  for anything he wanted, and Solomon asked for a discerning heart.  God was obviously pleased that Solomon didn’t ask for  an XBox One, or a hoverboard, so God granted Him “a wise and discerning heart”.  All three of the Bible readings for this Sunday talk about wisdom.  Wisdom isn’t just knowledge, it’s the prudent application of that knowledge.  There is one field of knowledge that is more beneficial than the rest, and that is knowledge of God’s will.  The book of Proverbs tells us, “Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  The better we know the will of God in the Bible, the better equipped we are to apply it in our daily lives.  Be wise to the love God showed when He became a human in the person of Jesus and died so that we could be forgiven.  Be wise to the instructions God gives on how to live a godly life in this world.  Resolve this year to spend time reading the Bible.  You’ll be wiser for it.

 

Happy New Year in the Lord!