Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 8:18

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

-Romans 8:18 NIV

 

At one time or another most of us have spent time wallowing in our sorrows.  We feel sorry for ourselves, adopt a victim mentality, and blame others for the problems we have.  Yeah, we can stop doing that.  In the Bible, God reveals the Truth about our earthly sufferings.  He says, they’re not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  I’m not saying that our present sufferings aren’t real and aren’t painful.  I’m just saying…no, GOD is saying that they are inconsequential when compared with the perfection and peace that we will experience when this life is over.  Jesus suffered, died, and rose to ensure a perfect eternity for us.  Make no mistake, you’ve got a reason for being here.  God knows your purpose.  But when this life is done, indescribable joy will be yours.  In the meantime, don’t let your temporary, present sufferings rob you of the eternal joy that Jesus earned for you.  Remember what is yet to come, and remember, that perfect joy lasts forever.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for July 23, 2017 – Romans 8:18

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for July 23, 2017 – Romans 8:18

Suffering is relative.  What we endure on a daily basis is nothing compared to that of a starving child in Africa, but that fact doesn’t necessarily make us feel any better.  Stress and strain, worry and pain wear us down.  But God promises joy.  Perfect and eternal joy that give us hope right now in the midst of our suffering. Learn more about Romans 8:18 NIV this Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for July 16, 2017 – Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for July 16, 2017 – Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

The Bible is unlike any other book. It is inspired by God, and was recorded by humans. Since it is God’s Word, it is powerful and efficacious.  In other words, it does what it says.  That’s great news for you and me as we face the ups and downs of daily life. In a world full of lies, God always does what He says. Find out more about Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 NIV at Victory Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 7:15-21

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 

-Romans 7:15-21 NIV

 

By almost any standard, the apostle Paul was a pretty solid Christian.  Not that there is some hierarchy of Christians based on performance, I’m just saying that Paul would be worth imitating.  In spite of Paul’s maturity as a follower of Jesus, he admitted that he still struggled with sin.  He strait up says, “what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do.”  Paul knew the Word and will of God.  But knowing it and doing it are two different things.  He struggled to translate knowledge into action.  When it comes to Christian living, there are two extremes we need to avoid.  The first, is thinking that we’ll achieve perfection.  It’s not gonna happen.  The other extreme is thinking that since we can’t be perfect, we shouldn’t try.  We should try.  We should try, knowing full well that we’re going to fail.  The key is in the struggle.  We are to fight against sin every day.  Not because we’ll be perfect, but because it’s what God wants, and we owe God everything.  Jesus lived a perfect life, and gave it up so we could be forgiven.  In response we fight against the sin, and struggle to live lives that will glorify God, and make us happier.  We’ll win some and we’ll lose some, but thanks be to God!  He gives us the ultimate victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ!