Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 1:21 NIV

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21 NIV

Now, more than ever, we need to proclaim what Christmas is all about.  It’s not about Santa, it’s not about trees, it’s not about new cars or diamonds, or toys of any kind.  Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.  His birth is special, because it’s evidence of God’s profound love for you.  God became a human in the person of Jesus so He could live a perfect life, then offer that life on the cross to pay for all sin.  His name is Jesus, “because he will save his people from their sins.”  Christmas is a big deal.  It is a celebration God’s plan of salvation put in motion.  You can give gifts, you can have egg nog if that’s your thing, but do NOT forget to remind those with whom you celebrate that Christmas is about God becoming human because of His intense love for His people.


You are loved!  Celebrate that love this Christmas!  Christ is born!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 5:43-44

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”

-Matthew 5:43-44 NIV

Well, that just happened.  Like an activist judge, Jesus just up and changed the way we have to live!  (Of course, Jesus is God so He can do that.)  Conventional human wisdom says, “love those who are nice to you, and hate those who are not.”  Followers of Jesus are to live differently.  This is what sets us apart from the world around us.  We are to love all people.  Perhaps not their attitude or actions, but we love them as creatures created and loved by God.  One of the ways this Christian love  for our enemies is fostered and developed is through prayer.  It is increasingly difficult to dislike someone for whom you are praying.  Try it.  Pray for your ex-spouse.  Pray for your annoying neighbor.  Pray for your immature, under-qualified boss.  Prayer gives us occasion to consider what might be going on in the lives of those we “prefer less”.  It causes us to imagine what challenges and hardships they might be facing, and what emotional wounds they may still be nursing.  Pray for them and see how it changes both of you.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 25:23

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!

– Matthew 25:23 NIV

Many of us have deluded ourselves into thinking that the things we have are ours. It’s mind-blowing to come to the realization that everything we have is God’s, entrusted to us for a time, but that is the essence and foundation of being a faithful Christian steward. The Bible verse above appears in the Parable of the Talents. A Master goes on a journey and entrusts his property to his servants. When he returns, he calls his servants together to see what they’ve done with what they were entrusted. What are you doing with what God has entrusted to you? Are you using your abilities to serve others? Are you using your money to carry out God’s loving mission? Are you using your time in ways that glorify God? We’re probably all thinking, “Umm, there’s room for growth in those areas.” No worries. Christ died to forgive our sins and failures. Our motivation isn’t fear, it’s love. Love for God, and love for others. Use what’s been entrusted to you to earn a return for the Kingdom of God. Not because you have to, but because you get to!