Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 14:11

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

-Luke 14:11 NIV

Another way of saying that might be, “It’s hard to put your foot in a closed mouth.”  I’ve concluded that compliments always sound better coming from someone else.  Jesus is saying that If we assume a certain status for ourselves, we put ourselves in danger of being humbled.  If we start from a position of humility, we leave open the possibility of being lifted up.  An upgrade is always better than a downgrade.  In real life that means we acknowledge that we are dust, and one day we will return to it.  We acknowledge that whatever gifts, talents, and abilities we possess have been given to us by God.  If we trust in our own ability, we will be limited in what we can achieve. If we trust in God, there is no limit.  “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:13 NIV  Consider the humility of Jesus.  God became human.  That’s humility.  Jesus suffered torture and death.  That’s humiliating.  Did it ruin Jesus?  To the contrary, as a result of His humility and further humiliation He rose from the dead and earned forgiveness and eternal life for YOU through faith in Him.  If there are any benefits from arrogance and pride, they end with your last breath.  Humility and confidence in Christ bring benefits that last forever.  Let’s not be short-sighted.  Let God have your life.  He can do more with it than you can.

August 21 Sermon – What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger – Hebrews 12:7

August 21 Sermon – What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger – Hebrews 12:7

Watch the August 21, 2016 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Hebrews 12:7 NIV an find out more about how our life experiences make us stronger with the help of God’s love.Watch the August 21, 2016 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Hebrews 12:7 NIV an find out more about how our life experiences make us stronger with the help of God’s love.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for August 21, 2016 – Hebrews 12:7

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Sunday Service Sneak Peek for August 21, 2016 – Hebrews 12:7

They say whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  Hmm, not so sure about that.  We can say that whatever doesn’t kill us brings us closer to God!  God’s Word tells us to “Endure hardship as discipline.” It may not be pleasant, but it’s productive. Learn more about Hebrews 12:7 NIV this Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Hebrews 12:1

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

-Hebrews 12:1 NIV

 

Are there Christians in your past who have had a formative influence on your faith life?  The verse above refers to these people as being part of a “great cloud of witnesses”.  This cloud of witnesses consists of those who have gone before us and died in the faith.  Their faith inspires and encourages us to persevere and remain faithful to Jesus until death.  My mother and father are among those whose faith inspires and encourages me to remain faithful, but we need to remember that faith has an object.  The object of faith is Jesus Christ.  The faith life of others may encourage us, but Christ alone empowers us to live that life of perseverance and faith.  As you consider those whose faith has influenced you, consider the faith legacy you’re leaving behind.  Live and talk in such a way that others (your children, your co-workers, your friends) will be inspired by your faith to know and love Jesus Christ.