Victory Vitamin Blog – Jeremiah 1:7

“Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”

-Jeremiah 1:7 NIV

Excuses, excuses.  Jeremiah had just been told by God to go to the Israelites and give them a message from Him.  His response?  “Sorry God, I don’t know how to talk.”  God wasn’t having any of it.  As God enabled, Jeremiah went and did what he was told.  We’ve been told to share a message as well.  Having experienced the love and forgiveness of God, we are to let others know about it.  What’s your excuse?  We’ve all got ‘em.  God isn’t interested in our excuses.  There’s too much at stake.  He promises to be with us always (Matthew 28:20), and there are ways to share the hope that you have without making everyone uncomfortable.  What benefits do you receive from your faith in Jesus Christ?  Rehearse your answer to that question and you’ll be surprised how often you can blend it into a conversation.  We’re forgiven for our failures.  That’s the Good News we’ve got to share.  Rather than make excuses, let’s make some results for the God who so graciously forgives our failures.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 31, 2016 – Jeremiah 1:7

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Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 31, 2016 – Jeremiah 1:7

As Christians, we call Jesus our Lord.  The word rolls easily off the tongue, but what it means is that we submit to Him, and His will for our lives.  Jeremiah learned how difficult that can be.  His experience teaches us what God wants us to do, and how He empowers us to do it.  No excuses! Learn more about Jeremiah 1:7 NIV this Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Kings 3:9

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

-1 Kings 3:9 NIV

Solomon had been pronounced king at the tender age of 12.  Yup, 12.  The LORD told Solomon to ask  for anything he wanted, and Solomon asked for a discerning heart.  God was obviously pleased that Solomon didn’t ask for  an XBox One, or a hoverboard, so God granted Him “a wise and discerning heart”.  All three of the Bible readings for this Sunday talk about wisdom.  Wisdom isn’t just knowledge, it’s the prudent application of that knowledge.  There is one field of knowledge that is more beneficial than the rest, and that is knowledge of God’s will.  The book of Proverbs tells us, “Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  The better we know the will of God in the Bible, the better equipped we are to apply it in our daily lives.  Be wise to the love God showed when He became a human in the person of Jesus and died so that we could be forgiven.  Be wise to the instructions God gives on how to live a godly life in this world.  Resolve this year to spend time reading the Bible.  You’ll be wiser for it.

 

Happy New Year in the Lord!