Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 17:13-14

“They called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.”

Luke 17:13–14 NIV

This is how faith functioned for some lepers one day.  They called out to Jesus.  (Which means they already had faith in Jesus.  They wouldn’t have asked Him to do something they didn’t believe He could do.)  When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”  He didn’t say, “OK, you’re healed!”  he just said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  Leprosy was highly contagious and lepers were required to show themselves to a priest so the priest could verify that they were in fact healed and “cleansed”.  That way they could return to their homes, families, jobs, and be part of the community again.  The lepers show us how faith works.  They didn’t stand around and wait till they were healed to go to the priest.  They headed to the priest and “as they went, they were cleansed.”  It wasn’t until they went on their way that their healing took place.  Their faith in Jesus empowered them to begin the journey to have their healing verified even before they had been healed.  (Hebrews 11:1)  Remember, God has shown His love for you in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Though you don’t have it yet, God has promised eternal life to you through faith in Jesus.  How can you display your certainty in God’s promise like lepers did by heading to the priest before they were healed?  How can you show by your actions today that eternal life is yours even though you haven’t fully received it yet?

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 11:2-4

“When you pray, say:”

-Luke 11:2–4 NIV

It may seem like I cut that verse short.  I did.  You know the rest.  It’s the Lord’s Prayer.  Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray and in response Jesus taught them what we call The Lord’s Prayer.  Without communication there is no relationship that’s why God has given us the gift of prayer.  Through prayer we communicate with God and Jesus gives us a model prayer.  That doesn’t mean we can’t pray other words as well.  Prayer is simply talking to God with words or thoughts.  We can and should talk to God about anything, anywhere, anytime.  Pray your personal petitions and perhaps at the end of your prayers pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray.  In that prayer we are reminded that God is our perfect heavenly Father.  The one who loves us and is close to us at all times.  He is the Father who sent His Son to take our sin away and pay for it on the cross.  That prayer reminds us that our spiritual and eternal needs are more important than our physical earthly needs.  So, whenever you pray, whatever you pray, when you pray, say… (You know the rest)