Victory Vitamin Blog – Genesis 14:18-20

“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.   And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”  Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”

– Genesis 14:18-20

Melchizedek?  I know, right?  Not one of the more well-known names in the Bible.  Oddly enough, Hebrews 5 tells us the Jesus is “a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek”.  What does that mean?  In a nutshell, it means that Jesus is superior to any of the priests that served before Him in the Bible.  Jesus is eternal and serves forever.  Jesus is sinless and needs to offer no sacrifices for Himself.  As is mentioned above Jesus, Like Melchizedek, blesses us. The greatest blessing being the forgiveness He earned for us when He served as both priest and sacrifice by offering His perfect life on the cross.  The name “Melchizedek” means “King of Righteousness”; Jesus certainly is.  Melchizedek was King of Salem.  Salem is a form of the Hebrew word for peace.  Jesus certainly is our King of Peace.  Finally, just as Melchizedek offered bread and wine to Abram, so Jesus offers us His body and blood in the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper for the forgiveness of our sins.  In the Old Testament, priests were intercessors between the people and God.  Jesus still intercedes for us and our heavenly Father listens and responds when His perfect Son speaks.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalms 107:1

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

– Psalms 107:1

One person will read that verse and think, “If God is love, why is there so much suffering in the world?”  Another will read that verse and think, “If it weren’t for God’s love, I wouldn’t make it through life in this sinful world.”  It’s a matter of perspective, I guess.  Is it possible for God to be loving, without Him removing all stress and suffering from our lives?  Is it possible for God to be loving and at the same time allow children in Africa to starve?  Well, if we’re going to believe what God reveals about Himself in the Bible, then we have to admit that God is beyond our comprehension.  His ways are “higher than ours”.  It will always prove fruitless when we try to judge God.  We can’t know how He’s working things out.  If God is God, we’ll have to take Him at His Word.  Some never will, but others believe that the Lord is good, and His love endures forever.  We believe it because He says it, we believe it because we’ve experienced it, and we believe it because He became human and proved His love on the cross.  He didn’t have to do that, but because He did, we have eternal life through faith in Him.  Eternal life.  Eternal.  His love endures forever.  Patience.  We will experience the greatest measure of God’s love when time has ended.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Isaiah 40:31 NIV

“those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

– Isaiah 40:31 NIV

It’s been said, “It’s hard to soar with the eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys”.   The implication is that you’re circumstances are more powerful than your potential.  I disagree.  If you read Isaiah chapter 40, it becomes clear that God is the one who gives strength.  It’s a strength of the soul and spirit, but I would argue that strength of spirit is what fuels strength of the mind and body.  In Isaiah 40 we read about the power and supremacy of God; how He created and rules over all things.  How He orchestrates the stars in the universe and events on earth.  Then God says, “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  The will soar on wings like eagles.”  The almighty God shares His power with those who hope and trust in Him.  How?  Through faith in Jesus.  Jesus showed supernatural strength by remaining on the cross when He could have escaped.  He shares that strength with you in your hard times through faith.  Jesus soared from the tomb and ascended into heaven so that we could have the assurance that life eternal waits for us.  Your circumstances do not control you.  God gives you the strength to soar above it all through faith in Jesus.  He has already won the victory over sin and death for you.  No earthly event can rob you of that gift.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 8th, 2015 – Isaiah 40:29-31

strength-to-soar-02/08/15Sunday Service Sneak Peek for February 8th, 2015 – Isaiah 40:29-31

Better than a vacation or an extra hour of sleep, God gives refreshment and strength to those who trust in Him.  Some days you may feel burdened and weak, but God promises to make you soar like an eagle.  He alone gives us the strength to soar! Learn more about Isaiah 40:29-31 this Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at Victory Lutheran Church.