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!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for July 9, 2017 – Romans 7:18-19

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for July 9, 2017 – Romans 7:18-19

Through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus, our sins are forgiven.  That doesn’t mean we don’t sin anymore, and it doesn’t mean temptation ceases.  The apostle Paul describes his frustration with sin and temptation and it serves as a reminder to us all that the struggle is real! Find out more about Romans 7:18-19 NIV Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 5:11

“we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” 

-Romans 5:11 NIV

 

There’s a TV commercial that portrays a man in a bank in a security guard outfit.  When the bank is robbed, he tells the customers, “I’m not a security guard.  I’m a security monitor.  I only notify people when there’s a robbery.  There’s a robbery.”  What’s the point in monitoring a problem if you aren’t going to fix it?  Thankfully we have a God who doesn’t just monitor, He fixes.  It’s one thing to have an auditor come in and point out financial discrepancies in your books.  It would be highly unusual to have the auditor take money out of their own pocket to make the books right.  That’s what God has done for you and me.  Our sin was the problem.  God pointed out the problem.  God fixed the problem.  The wages of sin is death.  We owed that debt to God.  God became human in Jesus to reconcile the books.  Jesus paid the price of death so that we could live forever.  Balance paid in full by Jesus.  We are reconciled to God through Him.  God loves you, God forgives you. Let that thought bounce around in your head for a while.  I hope it makes you smile!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for June 18, 2017 – Romans 5:11

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for June 18, 2017 – Romans 5:11

Honesty reveals that every day we sin with our minds, our mouths, and our bodies.  Sin separates us from God, but the death of Jesus heals that broken relationship.  We are reconciled with God through Jesus! Learn more about Romans 5:11 NIV this Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.