Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 11:1

“Lord, teach us to pray”

-Luke 11:1 NIV

 

Are you thankful for air conditioning?  Me too, but it’s one of those things that I don’t fully appreciate until it’s stops working.  Likewise, Prayer is a privilege many Christians take for granted.  What if we had no way to communicate with God?  How terrifying!  Thanks be to God, that will never happen.  He invites us to pray, teaches us to pray, and promises to listen and respond.  Though Jesus provides the perfect prayer in the Lord’s Prayer, we’re able to pray to God anywhere, anytime, with any words.  We can speak out loud, or we can communicate with God through our thoughts.  It’s a great way to be reminded that God is with us everywhere, all the time.  Prayer is a great reminder that God cares and God listens.  God has already met our greatest need through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Now through faith in Him, our sins are forgiven and eternal life is secure.  Knowing that God cares, we can approach Him boldly and confidently in prayer, trusting that He will respond in the best way, at the best time.  Take full advantage of the great gift of prayer.  Why not thank God in prayer right now for the gift of air conditioning?

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 10:42

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

-Luke 10:42 NIV

 

To set the stage:  Mary and Martha had invited Jesus and the disciples into their house.  When these words were spoken, Martha was busy making dinner, while Mary was sitting on the floor at Jesus’ feet listening to Him talk.  Martha complained to Jesus about Mary’s sloth, and that’s when Jesus spoke these words.  We’re awfully busy these days, and by awfully, I mean It’s awful.  There doesn’t seem to by any pickin’ or grinnin’ or front porch sittin’ like there used to be.  Jesus’ words to Martha encourage us all to STOP.  Not permanently, but regularly.  We need to stop our busyness, figuratively sit down at the feet of Jesus, and listen to Him.  We hear His Word in the Bible, so that’s where we need to go. Take time out of your week to worship.  Make it a priority!  Take time out of your day at work or at play to think about God, recall some Scripture, and pray.  Yes, we need to work, and we are to work diligently, but Jesus’ Words reminds us that we don’t live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  Stop!  Jesus time.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Colossians 1:10

“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,”

-Colossians 1:10 NIV

The apostle Paul was writing to the small, young church in Colossae, encouraging them to stick with the truth that had been taught to them, and to live lives that would please God.  God sends that same message to us today in Colossians 1:10.  Now, more than ever, people are skeptical and sour toward Christians.  They think of us as snooty, judgmental, “holier than thou” people who don’t know what love really is.  We’ll never change the minds of the masses with our words.  They’re not listening.  They are watching.  As we live lives that are worthy of the Lord, and as we bear fruit in every good work, they’ll have to notice.  In a time when some people represent their god with bloodshed and body counts, the true God wants us to sacrifice for the good of others.  Jesus did it for us, we do it for others.  He died so that we could be forgiven and live eternally with Him.  The loudest witness we can share with the world is to love our neighbors as ourselves.  It may not always be easy, but it also isn’t complicated.  In your dealings with others, be nice.  Simply be nice.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 8:35

“When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.”

-Luke 8:35 NIV

 

Well, that’s interesting.  These people were afraid because a guy who used to run around naked, and out of his mind, was now dressed and sitting calmly at Jesus’ feet?  What’s scary about that?  You’d think they would have been afraid when the guy was running around the town possessed by demons.  It’s funny how easily we can become accustomed to evil.  It sounds like these townspeople liked it better the old way.  They had become comfortable with the devil’s presence among them.  Now that the demons had been cast out, they were afraid.  Backward?  Yes,  but  how easily we become comfortable with our own sin.  We resign ourselves to the fact that our sinful behavior will never change, so we rationalize the behavior and adapt our lives to it.  Let’s stop.  When Jesus cast the demons out of this guy, everyone saw that Jesus has power over the devil.  He’s in control.  We’ll never be sinless on earth, but we also cannot become comfortable with the devil.  Jesus died to cleanse us from sin and His desire is that we live as forgiven people.  When you were baptized the devil lost control of you.  You are now controlled by the Spirit.  Christ is in you.  Live to glorify Him!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 7:14

“Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up!’” 

-Luke 7:14 NIV

I remember my mother’s funeral like it was just a few weeks ago.  I still miss her, but I don’t know what I’d do if someone came up and did what Jesus did in the verse above.  My mother, and all those who have died in the faith are at peace in the perfection of heaven.  What selfishness to allow my temporary sorrow to interrupt her eternal glory.  But Jesus did it for this widow from the town of Nain.  Jesus brought her dead son back to life.  I don’t know if that boy was in heaven, but I’ll assume he was.  Why would Jesus bring him back?  1)Because Jesus has compassion.  He knew the widow’s grief and his heart went out to her.  2)Because He could.  Jesus proved to everyone present, and to all who believe God’s Word, that HE has power over death.  Death does not have the final say, Jesus does.  3) To show us that as life entered that boy’s body a second time, so life will be restored to us.  Not temporary, earthly life, but perfect, heavenly, eternal life.  By HIS death and resurrection Jesus has seen to that.