Victory Vitamin Blog – Habakkuk 2:4

“See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous will live by his faith”

Habakkuk 2:4 NIV

Habakkuk is talking about the King of Babylon who apparently got a little cocky, got a big head, got arrogant, got proud, got to big for his britches, got above his raising.  We have a lot of ways to describe people who lack humility.  Perhaps it’s because pride and arrogance are such disgusting traits.  Humility on the other hand is admirable.  I mean true humility, not fake humility that just masks actual arrogance.  Christians exude humility because they are followers of Christ, and Christ is the epitome of humility.  He’s God in the flesh, yet He humbles Himself to the point of being tortured and crucified by the very people He came to save.  On the cross Jesus said, “Father, forgive them.”  That is humility.  For us, humility means knowing where you stand in relationship to God and others.  When it comes to God, HE is the Creator, we are the creatures.  When it comes to others,  God tells us, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”  -Philippians 2:3 NIV  The Holy Spirit empowers us to adopt an attitude of humility and it’s a great way to live.  We reduce the risk of being “put in our place”, and we’re content to serve others, knowing that through faith in Jesus we’ll have an eternity to enjoy all the glory we can handle.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Daniel 12:1

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise.”

Daniel 12:1 NIV

The Bible makes it clear that angels exist.  They are mentioned numerous times in both the Old and New Testaments and are heavily involved in carrying out God’s plans for His people.  We get the word “angel” from the Greek word “angellos” which means “messenger”.  Angels obviously brought messages to God’s people at various times, but as it says in Daniel 12:1, angels also protect God’s people.  Angels have been popularized and characterized in may ways and have developed a sort of sub-culture all their own.  What we know is that they are spirits sent by God to minister to His people when they are in need. (Hebrews 1:14)  We can take comfort in the fact that our heavenly Father has blessed us with these ministering spirits, but even greater than the earthly comfort and protection offered by these spirits is the eternal salvation earned for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus who is no spirit, but God in the flesh.  In life’s challenging times we have comfort and peace knowing that our God loves us so much that He has provided comfort and protection while we live, and eternal life with Him when we die.