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Another Man's Wealth
by Victory Baptist Church 

In 1 Corinthians 10:24, Paul wrote the following words to the believers in the church at Corinth: "Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth."  At first glance, many people probably see this verse as a difficult one to understand.  If a person were to read this verse alone, it may sound like the Apostle Paul was instructing believers to be envious of other's or to covet the wealth of others.  This would not make sense because God instructed the children of Israel in the Ten Commandments not to covet their neighbor's possessions.  {Exodus 20:17}  

When the verses preceding 1 Corinthians 10:24 and the verses following it are read, it becomes clear what the apostle was trying to teach the church at Corinth.  When referring to the wealth of another man, Paul was talking about the spiritual wealth (or well-being) of another.  In other words, he wanted to encourage the Corinthians to think about the spiritual state of others when going through their daily routine.  He wanted them edify (or build-up) the people around them.  

This is a challenge that each and every Christian in the 21st century ought to take to heart.  Are we seeking the spiritual well-being of those around us?  Are we trying to edify the people around us?  When I was growing up, my teachers at school as well as at church shared the following thought with me: "You can either be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution." Which one are we today?

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A Woman Who Fears the Lord
by Victory Baptist Church 

In Proverbs 31:30, the Bible says, "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised."  


Luke, in his Gospel, tells us about such a woman; her name was Joanna.  Though not mentioned in any of the other Gospels, Luke tells us enough about her to help us to come to the conclusion that she was a Proverbs 31:30 type of woman.  In chapter number eight and verses two through three, Luke writes about a group of women "which ministered unto him of their substance." Listed among this group of women is Joanna, the wife of Chuza.  

There is a small, but important phrase that Luke wrote after the name of Joanna's husband, Chuza; that phrase is "Herod's stewart."  Chuza, Joanna's husband, was the steward, or financial adviser for King Herod.  This is the same King Herod who ordered John the Baptist to be imprisoned and later to be beheaded.  When keeping all of this in mind, we realize how much Joanna must have feared the Lord to not only believe in Jesus Christ, but also to openly minister to Him.

At the end of Luke's gospel, we read the resurrection story.  On that glorious Sunday morning, a group of women made their way to the tomb where Jesus' body had been laid so that they could annoint His corpse with spices that they had prepared.  It was during this trip to the tomb that two angels appeared to them and revealed to them that Jesus was not there, but that He had risen from the dead.  The women immediately went to the disciples to tell them the good news.  In verse number ten, Luke records the names of some of the women who made up this group.  The Bible says there, "It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles."

Did Joanna have the favor of men?  Was she beautiful to look at?  We don't know the answers to these question; but we do know that she feared the Lord.  For that reason, she was privileged to see the empty tomb, to hear the message of the angels and to share the good news with the apostles.  The result, we are talking about her today; and through our study of her testimony, she is praised (or glorified).  While Proverbs 31:30 was written about a woman who fears the Lord, the challenge is applicable to each and everyone of us as Christians.

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Jesus Prayed for You!
by Victory Baptist Church 

In John 17, Jesus is preparing to be betrayed, judged and crucified.  As part of His preparation, He prays for the future of His disciples.  In verse twenty, however, we read that Jesus prays the following: "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word..."  Jesus prayed for those who would believe on Him through the word of the disciples.  Everyone who knows Jesus Christ as their Saviour today is either a product of the life of Christ Himself or a product of the lives of the disciples.  Ultimately, when Jesus was praying for those who would believe on Him through the word of the disciples, He was praying for you and for me!  Humbling, isn't it?  I hope that as you go through your schedule today you will remember that Jesus prayed for you.

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Enticing Words!
by Victory Baptist Church 

In Colossians 2:5, the Bible says, "For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ."  These words were written by the Apostle Paul from a prison cell in Rome.  Even though he was not able physically to be in Colosse with the believers to whom he was writing, Paul was able to be there in spirit by his communication with them and his prayers for them.  

The reports that had been brought to him, which talked about the order and the stedfastness of this church, left Paul with a sense of joy.  The word order is a military term that means "to stand shoulder to shoulder."  The believers were standing shoulder to shoulder with each other. They were united, not divided, in the battle against Satan for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The wordstedfastness means "to have a solid front; to be immovable."  Not only were the members of this church united; they were standing strong.  They had formed a solid front, or immovable front, known as the Colossian church.

Still, in verse number four, Paul writes, "And this I say, lest any man should beguile yo with enticing words."  Even though this church had formed a united, immovable front, the Holy Spirit impressed upon Paul's heart these words.  Why?  I believe Paul's words to the Corinthian church probably explain it best for us,"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."

Even though this church was standing strong in the battle against the enemy, they still needed to be reminded to be careful not to fall.  Sometimes the devil will attack us straight-on like a battering ram; and other times, he will attack us with enticing (or cunning) words.  Today, Christian, make sure that you do not trust in yourself, your length of time as a Christian or your church membership to keep you from falling prey to the devil.  Keep your eyes directed toward heaven, and trust in the One Who is able to keep you from falling!

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We Wrestle...
by Victory Baptist Church 

In Ephesians 6:12, Paul writes, "For we wrestle not against the flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."  Even though he started this verse by saying "For we wrestle not against," Paul concluded it with "but against."  He did not want the Ephesians to believe that they were not wrestling at all; but rather, he wanted to emphasize with whom they were wrestling.


In the 21st Century, we are often guilty of forgetting the simple truth that we are not wrestling with people (flesh and blood), but with spiritual elements (principalities, powers, darkness and wickedness).  If we are not careful, we will start thinking that our enemy is the person who disagrees with us or who we feel has wronged us.  In actuality, our enemy, according to 1 Peter 5:8, is the devil who "walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."  Today, before you get angry or upset with someone, stop where you are and pray for strength to win the battle in which you find yourself...the spiritual battle.
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Every Day Is the Lord's Day!
by Victory Baptist Church 

The Old Testament book of Psalms is a compilation of psalms, or songs, that the Jewish people would sing.  Some of these songs they sang as they made their journey to Jerusalem for a special feast or celebration; while others they would sing as they went about their daily lives.  In Psalm 118:24, an anonymous psalmist, or author, wrote, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."  Though we call Sunday "the Lord's day," technically every day is the Lord's day because He made them all.  This week, as you go through your daily routine, purpose to sing this song as a reminder that each day is God's.  At the same time, show Him that you understand this truth by spending time each day walking with Him and telling others about Him.

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