Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 5:12

”Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven,

Matthew 5:12 NIV

Christians tend to think of heaven in future terms.  We look forward to the day we “get” to heaven.  Don’t get me wrong, I get that.  I think of heaven in the same way, but Jesus reminds us in the Beatitudes that heaven’s reward is ours RIGHT NOW.  Heaven isn’t something we get, it’s something we have.  It’s like holding the title to real property but not being there.  The land, the home, the building is YOURS, you’re just not there yet.  Today is Reformation Day and one of the great truths of the Reformation is that Jesus’ death paid the price for your sins.  Past tense.  Jesus has already paid the price.  That means through faith the joy of heaven is yours right now.  Present tense.  Regardless of your current circumstance, happy, sad, encouraged, depressed, cling to Jesus.  Through faith in Him, you are able to rejoice and be glad right now because great IS your reward in heaven!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for November 3, 2019 – Matthew 5:12

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for November 3, 2019 – Matthew 5:12

On All Saints Day we remember and celebrate those who have gone before us in the faith and are rejoicing in the presence of Christ in heaven. Sunday, November 3 we also remember and celebrate the fact that we are one with those saints and great is OUR reward in heaven! Find out more at 9 a.m. Worship!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Mark 7:6

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” 

Mark 7:6 NIV

 

Jesus was talking about the Pharisees here.  They were all show and no go.  They liked to dress the part and walk around judging other people for not being holy enough.  Does that sound like some Christians today?  There are the cliché’s, “Less talk, more action.”  “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  Words are words but where’s the heart?  Where’s the concern, where’s the compassion.  Jesus came into the world with one mission, to die to pay for the sins of the people He loves.  Yeah, He talked too, but His mission was primarily one of action.  He displayed His love by dying as our substitute.  In response, we worship God not just with our words, but with our lives.  One saying puts in this way: “Preach the Good News everywhere you go.  If necessary, use words.”  The Holy Spirit lives in your heart, filling it with the love of Christ.  Get out there and empty it on someone.