Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Samuel 17:48 NIV

“David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” 

-1 Samuel 17:48 NIV

 

As we continue our review of some basic Bible accounts, today we run across David and Goliath.  David was a shepherd boy at this point, and was offended when he heard Goliath mocking God, and the people of Israel.  David was also confident in the LORD.  As he left to meet Goliath on the field of battle, David didn’t walk, he ran.  A small shepherd boy with a slingshot, was running to meet a nine foot tall soldier with armor, spear and javelin.  That’s faith!  Wouldn’t it be great if we could eagerly, confidently run toward the challenges in our lives the same way to tackle them in faith?   Actually, we can.  God has already won the victory for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Jesus certainly appeared to be the underdog in that fight too.  The Pharisees, the Romans, they conspired to kill Him, but by that death, Jesus earned forgiveness for us!  And though the stone wasn’t thrown with a sling, it was rolled away from a tomb which resulted in the devil’s defeat.  Forgiveness and eternal life are yours in Christ.  You can live boldly and confidently because the same God who accompanied David to face Goliath, accompanies you as you face your daily challenges.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for October 16, 2016 – 1 Samuel 17

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Sunday Service Sneak Peek for October 16, 2016 – 1 Samuel 17

The Israelites were very afraid or the Philistine Giant Goliath.  David wasn’t afraid, he was insulted and offended by the brute.  It wasn’t that David was a great warrior, it was that he trusted God.  God promises to be with us as well.  His grace and power are with us every day as we face our Goliaths. Find out more about 1 Samuel 17 NIV this Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Genesis 50:19-20

“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?  You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.”

-Genesis 50:19-20 NIV

Here’s the back story: Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery.  Joseph was sold as a slave in Egypt.  You’d think it couldn’t get any worse.  Joseph was then falsely accused of putting the moves on his master’s wife, so he was thrown in prison for years.  Imagine the bitterness he must have had toward his brothers!  By divine intervention, Joseph ended up as the right hand man to Pharaoh.  Second in charge of all Egypt.  The words above were spoken some 13-14 years later when Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt in search of food.  Joseph recognized them, forgave them, and said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.”  Granted, hindsight is 20/20, Joseph didn’t say this when he was sitting in a dungeon, but looking back, Joseph could see how God orchestrated these events to accomplish His will.  Oh, that we could have the wisdom to say those words each day when we encounter hardship.  Oh that we could trust that God is still in control when people treat us unfairly.  Oh that we could rejoice in the end result even though it hasn’t happened yet.  We can!  We know God’s intentions toward us are good.  He gave up the life of His Son, Jesus so that we could be forgiven.  Jesus suffered, died, and rose from the dead so that we could enjoy heaven for eternity.  Whatever happens to us on earth, we can rejoice that God will ultimately deliver us from this place of hardship to our palace in heaven.