Victory Vitamin Blog – Judges 2:18-19

“Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived;

-Judges 2:18-19 NIV

 

At this point in Israel’s history, they had left Egypt, wandered in the wilderness, crossed into the Promised Land (modern day Israel/Palestine).  The LORD had instructed the Israelite army to destroy every living thing in the cities they conquered in the promised land.  That way they wouldn’t be tempted to follow the idol-worshiping ways of the previous inhabitants.  They disobeyed the LORD in that regard, and not surprisingly, the Israelites began worshiping false gods.  When they worshiped false gods, the LORD caused the Israelites to lose in battle and be oppressed by other nations.  When the Israelites repented, the LORD would send a “judge” who would lead the people back to the LORD, and back to victory in battle.  As it says above, this would last until that particular judge would die, then the Israelites would start the cycle of disobedience over again.  We’re not that different from the Israelites.  When life is good, we tend to drift away from God, neglect worship and His Word, pray less frequently.  When hardship strikes, suddenly we remember just how much we need God.  We can be thankful that just as God raised up judges to rescue His sinful Israelite people, so He has raised up a rescuer for us.  One who has delivered us from the enemies of sin and death.  We need not worry about our freedom lasting only as long as that judge lives.  Jesus lives forever.  He cannot die again.  Our victory in Him is eternal!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for November 12, 2017 – The book of Judges

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for November 12, 2017 – The book of Judges

This week, we continue our journey through the true story of God’s interaction with His people since Creation.  Today, God provided the Israelites with judges to deliver them from the hands of those who oppressed them.  In a similar way, God provided Jesus to deliver us from the hands of our oppressors, sin, death and the devil. Learn more about The book of Judges this Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Joshua 1:9

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

-Joshua 1:9 NIV

 

The LORD spoke these words to Joshua not long before sending him and the Israelite army to take the city of Jericho.  Thank God I’ve never had to go to war.  I have absolutely no idea what it’s like to take the life of another, or to face imminent death myself.  I’m eternally grateful for those who have selflessly faced those harsh realities for the good of others.  The LORD told Joshua to be strong and courageous as he prepared for battle.  Do those words apply to us in any way?  They certainly do.  If the LORD was willing to protect and bless Joshua and the Israelite army thousands of years ago, we can be sure that His promise stands true today.  Jesus said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  -Matthew 28:20  God is with us in our daily battles with temptation, fear, sadness, and hopelessness.  He is with us in our battles.  This coming Tuesday marks the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses by Martin Luther.  That act sparked years of turmoil and conflict in the Christian church, and caused Luther to have a bounty put on his head by Emperor Charles V.  God’s encouragement to Joshua certainly gave Luther comfort in his battles.  Luther’s words and actions brought the Truth of the Gospel back to the forefront of Christian teaching.  Luther refused to let anything obscure the truth that Jesus has earned forgiveness and eternal for all who believe in Him.  God’s words above remind us that we have comfort in our battles because Jesus won the ultimate battle over sin, death, and the devil by His death and resurrection.  Your God is a mighty fortress.  Christ has fought for you, and won!  You have peace, and ultimate victory in Jesus Christ.  Here we stand.