Victory Vitamin Blog – Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1 NIV

Faith is a powerful thing.  It’s a gift from God that enables us to be sure that He loves us and has acted to save us through Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Faith is complete confidence in God.  Consider how powerful faith is.  God told Noah to build a boat 500 ft. long.  Noah was to build it on dry ground long before a drop of the floodwater rained down from the sky.  Did Noah look stupid to the people around him?  I’m gonna say “Yes.”  But remember, God has given you and me the very same faith.  Faith that enables us to be extremely faithful and obedient.  That means we KNOW through faith that Christ’s death means our forgiveness.  We KNOW through faith that Christ’s resurrection means eternity in heaven for us.  Those certainties empower us through faith to live boldly for God.  We’re not being asked to build an ark, we’re being told to share God’s love and forgiveness with others.  It is OUR task to introduce others to their Savior, Jesus.  Will you look stupid to some of the people around you?  Maybe, but we know how all of this ends, and there’s nothing more important than faith in Jesus to take us from here to eternity in heaven.  Believe strongly in God.  Live boldly for God.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 11:2-4

“When you pray, say:”

-Luke 11:2–4 NIV

It may seem like I cut that verse short.  I did.  You know the rest.  It’s the Lord’s Prayer.  Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray and in response Jesus taught them what we call The Lord’s Prayer.  Without communication there is no relationship that’s why God has given us the gift of prayer.  Through prayer we communicate with God and Jesus gives us a model prayer.  That doesn’t mean we can’t pray other words as well.  Prayer is simply talking to God with words or thoughts.  We can and should talk to God about anything, anywhere, anytime.  Pray your personal petitions and perhaps at the end of your prayers pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray.  In that prayer we are reminded that God is our perfect heavenly Father.  The one who loves us and is close to us at all times.  He is the Father who sent His Son to take our sin away and pay for it on the cross.  That prayer reminds us that our spiritual and eternal needs are more important than our physical earthly needs.  So, whenever you pray, whatever you pray, when you pray, say… (You know the rest)