Victory Vitamin Blog – Isaiah 56:7

“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

-Isaiah 56:7 NIV

 

For some reason, God selected the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to be His “Chosen People”.  God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, that’s why His descendants are known as the Israelites.  It’s not that the Israelites were any better than any other nation on earth.  To the contrary, there was nothing special about them at all.  What made them special is that God chose them.  In a similar way, God chooses YOU.  Through baptism, God makes you His own. He forgives you and gives you the gift of faith.  Through faith in Jesus you will live forever in heaven with the God who has chosen you to be His own.  The Israelites were a little surprised when God said through the prophet Isaiah, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”  They expected to be the only ones chosen by God.  We now know that God wants all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth.  Jesus told His followers to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  God loves all of His human creatures.  He wants all of them to spend eternity with Him in heaven.  He’s entrusted that mission to us!  What can you do today to help make that happen?

Victory Vitamin Blog – Job 38:12

“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place?”

Job 38:12 NIV

 

The answer to both questions is “No.”  At least for me.  I wish I could order the morning to come about 6 hours later than it does, but it wouldn’t work.  I’m not God.  With these words, God is reminding Job who’s in charge.  He wants to show Job that there is so much he doesn’t understand about what God does and How He works.  It’s very easy for us to question God.  He doesn’t do things the way we would.  He allows things to happen that seem so harsh and uncaring.  But God is God.  We are not.  God knows things we don’t know.  God sees things we don’t see.  We see a piece of the puzzle, God sees the completed picture.  We don’t know what God knows so we become frustrated and angry.  What we do see is God in the flesh hanging on the cross.  What we do know is that our sins are forgiven.  What we can grasp is that God loves us.  God loves you and God is in control.  The clay doesn’t tell the potter how to do their job.  It is still hard to endure some of the things God allows into our lives, but know that the One who created the universe is still in control of it all, and He loves you very much.  Trust.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 8:18

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

-Romans 8:18 NIV

 

At one time or another most of us have spent time wallowing in our sorrows.  We feel sorry for ourselves, adopt a victim mentality, and blame others for the problems we have.  Yeah, we can stop doing that.  In the Bible, God reveals the Truth about our earthly sufferings.  He says, they’re not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  I’m not saying that our present sufferings aren’t real and aren’t painful.  I’m just saying…no, GOD is saying that they are inconsequential when compared with the perfection and peace that we will experience when this life is over.  Jesus suffered, died, and rose to ensure a perfect eternity for us.  Make no mistake, you’ve got a reason for being here.  God knows your purpose.  But when this life is done, indescribable joy will be yours.  In the meantime, don’t let your temporary, present sufferings rob you of the eternal joy that Jesus earned for you.  Remember what is yet to come, and remember, that perfect joy lasts forever.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Isaiah 55:10-11

so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

-Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV

 

 

It’s always nice when things work the way they’re supposed to.  That’s God’s promise to us when it comes to the Bible.  God’s Word will accomplish what He desires, and it will achieve the purpose for which He sent it.  The fancy word for things that do what they say they’ll do is “efficacious”.  God’s Word is efficacious.  That’s reason enough to read it, study it, and hear it on a regular basis.  In Isaiah 55, God says that just as rain causes crops to grow, so His Word will cause us to produce fruit.  Do you feel stagnant in your faith life?  Have you hit a spiritual wall?  Crack open your Bible.  The power is there.  Power to comfort you, power to strengthen you, power to forgive you.  Jesus died to earn forgiveness and eternal life for you.  God then put the power to forgive and save in His Word, the Bible.  It’s all there in one neat little package.  66 books packed with God’s power to accomplish His will in your life.  You don’t have to go it alone.  God’s efficacious Word is here to give you the power.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 7:15-21

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 

-Romans 7:15-21 NIV

 

By almost any standard, the apostle Paul was a pretty solid Christian.  Not that there is some hierarchy of Christians based on performance, I’m just saying that Paul would be worth imitating.  In spite of Paul’s maturity as a follower of Jesus, he admitted that he still struggled with sin.  He strait up says, “what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do.”  Paul knew the Word and will of God.  But knowing it and doing it are two different things.  He struggled to translate knowledge into action.  When it comes to Christian living, there are two extremes we need to avoid.  The first, is thinking that we’ll achieve perfection.  It’s not gonna happen.  The other extreme is thinking that since we can’t be perfect, we shouldn’t try.  We should try.  We should try, knowing full well that we’re going to fail.  The key is in the struggle.  We are to fight against sin every day.  Not because we’ll be perfect, but because it’s what God wants, and we owe God everything.  Jesus lived a perfect life, and gave it up so we could be forgiven.  In response we fight against the sin, and struggle to live lives that will glorify God, and make us happier.  We’ll win some and we’ll lose some, but thanks be to God!  He gives us the ultimate victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ!