Victory Vitamin Blog – Genesis 2:18

“It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

-Genesis 2:18 NIV

 

God had a plan when He created Adam and Eve.  He intended that husband and wife work together.  Let’s call them “teammates”.  The plan is still in place today.  Way back in Genesis 2, God said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife”.  God still intends that a man and a woman live together in marriage with the purpose of working together, serving and loving each other so that the lives of each are enriched and more fulfilling.  It’s  not easy.  There are people and things in this world that love to destroy marriages.  Pride, porn, conflicts, careers.  The marriage relationship is so unique that Jesus uses it to illustrate His relationship with the church. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”  -Ephesians 5:25 NIV Jesus gave His life to save His bride, the Church, and now we look forward to the marriage feast in heaven.  If you’re married, make your marriage a priority.  If you’re not married, please pray for those who are, and know that those who are, are praying for you.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Mark 9:33-35

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Mark 9:33-35 NIV

 

What a silly thing to argue about.  How would you determine which one of the disciples was the greatest?  The greatest at what, following Jesus around?  I guess it’s human nature.  We love to be recognized.  We care too much about our status.  It was pure genius for the creators to include “likes” in their social media apps.  We become addicted.  Jesus’ message to us today is this: life is about service, not status.  After His disciples argued about who was the greatest, Jesus told them that He was going to suffer, die and rise.  He was focused on service, they were focused on status.  Jesus’ act of service resulted in forgiveness and eternal life for those who believe in Him.  Status does nothing to help others.  Now that God has blessed us with the gift of faith, now that forgiveness and eternal life are ours, let’s lay our quest for status aside and focus on serving others by helping those in any need, and sharing the message of forgiveness and eternal life with them.  Then it doesn’t matter what others think, it’s the Lord Christ we’re serving.  😊

Victory Vitamin Blog – James 3:8

“but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” 

James 3:8 NIV

 

James focuses on the tongue because the tongue helps form words.  It’s not actually the tongue that needs taming, it’s our hearts and minds that motivate us to say things we shouldn’t.  I’ve noticed that the older I get, the less I have to say.  I’m finally taking my mom’s advice: “If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.”  I’m now working on pointing out the good in people and talking about that.  Every day we have the option of using our words to hurt other people, or help them?  As children of God, is there really a choice?  Why would we ever say anything hurtful to someone, or about someone?  Why?  Jesus died because He loves not just you and me.  He loves ALL people, even the ones we speak evil about.  As Jesus hung on the cross He refrained from speaking evil about those who were killing him.   Isaiah 53:7 NIV “as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”  Fill your words with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”: -Galatians 4  Fill your words with the first 8 things in that list and if you can’t, then exercise the 9th thing in that list.  In other words, if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Mark 7:6

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” 

Mark 7:6 NIV

 

Jesus was talking about the Pharisees here.  They were all show and no go.  They liked to dress the part and walk around judging other people for not being holy enough.  Does that sound like some Christians today?  There are the cliché’s, “Less talk, more action.”  “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  Words are words but where’s the heart?  Where’s the concern, where’s the compassion.  Jesus came into the world with one mission, to die to pay for the sins of the people He loves.  Yeah, He talked too, but His mission was primarily one of action.  He displayed His love by dying as our substitute.  In response, we worship God not just with our words, but with our lives.  One saying puts in this way: “Preach the Good News everywhere you go.  If necessary, use words.”  The Holy Spirit lives in your heart, filling it with the love of Christ.  Get out there and empty it on someone.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Ephesians 5:15-16

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

-Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV

 

Let’s start at the end of this verse and work our way back.  No arguments that the days are evil, right?  Take your pick of disheartening events here at home and around the world.  It’s sad, but we are to make the most of every opportunity to dispel the darkness of this world with the love and light of Jesus Christ, who loved us to the point of death.  A death that cleansed and pardoned us from sin.  How do we wisely make the most of every opportunity?  By being very careful how we live.  Keep your eyes open.  Be aware of your surroundings and when you see an opportunity to say something kind, or do something good, DO IT!  Don’t let opportunities to show the love of Christ slip away.  Jesus said that the greatest command is to love God most of all and love your neighbor as yourself.  By doing this, you may play a role in bringing someone to faith in Christ.  That will change not only the world in which we live, but it will change eternity for the person who comes to Christ.  Be careful how you lie.  Wisely make the most of every opportunity!