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Hello, World!

What’s all this, then? What’s this site doing here, anyway? Why did I make a whole new site/domain when I already have one?

Well, it’s simple, or at least it seemed simple to me when I got the idea to make another site, in addition to the one I already have and post in. The idea was to make a separate site where I basically post only what I wrote, that is, poems, prose, and things in other literary styles, as well as sharing here links to my LMMS tracks that I uploaded to my SoundCloud page, which is the same name as this site: Battle, Adventure, Beauty.

Also, I have come to think that perhaps my GloryToGodALoneVP site has become, shall I say, cluttered, and I think that it would become increasingly difficult for people to find just my poems/prose/writings and soundcloud links because of all the other things I post there which aren’t my own writings.

I want to make it much easier for people to find things I wrote and published/posted online, well, on my GloryToGodAloneVP site, and soundcloud, and though I did also post plenty on my facebook and twitter which I posted on GTGAVP, I don’t provide links to those social media pages here, I’d need a good reason and request to share links to those media sites.

So, then, in the coming weeks I will basically be adding/copying/transferring all the poems/prose from my GloryToGodAloneVP site to this one, one post at a time, and removing it from that site so that all posts which have to do with poems/prose/etc. that I shared/posted there will only be found on this site. This will make it easier for people to find all that and it will be more organized site here and less cluttered-looking site there.

The focus of both sites remains the same: doing all for the glory of God. Having separate sites will simply show the different parts of the primary focus and goal I have in mind.

This will not be a small task for me to undertake or finish but I believe it’s worth the time and effort to do this. I want both sites to have what I intend them to have and shine the specific light that each has for all readers to see.

May God be glorified by what I do now and always, and may my posts and work be for the good of people.

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“Until One Comes to Know and Love God” written by me.

“Until One Comes to Know and Love God” written by me.

Until one has come to a point in life, the point of an actual realization that they are accountable to God who is One infinitely more powerful than they are;
the One who has created them and sustains them every moment of life and existence;
the One who can rightly and truly lay claim to them, lay claim over their life completely;
the One to whom they must ultimately answer for all their actions when their life here ends;
until that point the person can rightly be called ignorant of an ultimate reality in which all humans live and exist, a truth which can be denied but not destroyed.

If they have heard that truth but keep rejecting it, scoffing, mocking, ignoring, or hating it, it may simply be said they consider or want to be their own god, to have none greater than themselves to answer to, to ultimately be their only true ruler and thus all others are usurpers and makers of false claims upon the person’s life.

Such a person has remained behind the line that separates truth and lie; they remain behind the line that leads to the illumination of truths, the opposite of the lies they have believed and lived by in life.

These people may believe they have what they need but it is not what they need, it is what they want, what the self desires, what the lies make appear as need but it is not.

They can rightly be called presently ignorant and deceived for that is how God sees them but He does not want any to remain so but rather to receive new life, to come to repentance, to be born again as Christ said, to have their hearts replaced, remade, renovated, to become who they were meant to become, to do what they should do, to love as they are loved, to think as they ought, to have what they need and not desire at the moment.

This being God’s desire and will may appear to many people confining, restrictive, even oppressive, but they do not see or understand their actual need or what was originally planned and willed for them or what is ultimately good for them.

If their hearts remain cold and hard and their mind keeps rejecting the truth, it is quite possible that they will keep rejecting the truth until they die, to their own peril and doom.

If their self is the I’m-my-own-god sort of high degree these usually meet their end as conviced of their own autonomy and judges of their own goodness and destiny, a sad sight for clear minds who know the truth of the matter is the opposite of such peole’s beliefs, or rather delusions.

What does not correspond to reality is unreality or irreality and should be fought against, rejected by those who have had their minds opened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of truth.

Without this mind-opening, this illumination, understanding, people remain in the dark, ignorant, deceived, blind, and are in need of what they have not, whether because of the self and pride rejecting God and truth, or other reasons.

All these need God, they need a Savior for they are not saved, their spirit is dead and their soul is lost;
they need God’s forgiveness for they are not yet forgiven for their many sins, transgressions, wrongs;
they need deliverance and redemption for they are slaves to sin and self and must be redeemed by Christ;
they need regeneration, renewal, a second birth, from above, a spirual rebirth.

All they have not but need is all they require to be the people God wants them to be, the kind of people God can make them if they lay down their pride, surrender unconditionally to their Creator and Lord and by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Savior of souls, Redeemer, King of kings and Lord of lords.

God calls all people to repentance and new life in Him, to fellowship with Him, to love Him above all and to obey His will and live as He has called us all to live, holy, not like the worldlings, the once-born and spiritually-dead but as God’s children adopted into His family and taken from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into God’s Kingdom to live not like the children of the devil but as children of God.

God alone can lay claim to us, over us, completely, for He is our Creator, our Maker and He is sovereign over all, and has no equal, no rival in existence, contrary to what some may believe, thei beliefs are false and correspond not to reality but are conceived in imagination and formed into false beliefs about God and reality.
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Glory to God Alone

“Eighteen Years Here” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty. (electronic/instrumental LMMS track)

“Eighteen Years Here” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty.
Simple electronic/instrumental LMMS track

“Nights End the Days”

2/16/16.
Written by: Victor P.

“Nights End the Days”

The lifeless silhouettes of our dreams
And fantasies before our weary eyes,
The days we burned without thought,
The haste with which we heeded lies.

It is all something serious, a heavy burden of shame,
Or is it nothing if all is from nothing to nothing going?
We can gain nothing if nothing will be ours in the end;
We can lose nothing if we’ve never really had anything.

“In the Darkness Again”

2/21/17
Written by: Victor P.

“In the Darkness Again”

Lost again in the darkness,
I’ve wandered from Your light,
I’ve strayed from Your path
And now I’m trapped here.

Nothing makes sense anymore
When I leave Your way, O Lord,
If I seek peace outside of You
I’ll always be left disappointed.

You’ll find me anywhere,
You’ll call my name again
And I’ll see Your light
And feel Your presence.

I’m lost again when the world pulls me in,
I lose ground when I lose focus of You.
I’d stand strong if I weren’t so weak,
I’d keep fighting if I weren’t so tired.

The enemy whispers in a sweet voice
With tempting offers and half-truths,
The shiny chains hide future bondage,
The liar promises freedom from much.

God, find me where You found me before,
I’ll be back in the dark searching for light,
Looking for answers to my many questions,
Looking for the way out of this great darkness.

Tear down this veil over my eyes
And I’ll see the scales fall off and see
What meaningless things I’ve chased,
What lies I’ve believed told by the enemy.

Now I’m desperate in this darkness
And the liar comes to spout his lies,
Trying hard to drain me of hope,
Trying to wear me down, tear me down.

Tearing at the walls of my very heart,
Slithering around like a snake every day,
Always with the lies, always with the deceit,
It starts to look like this won’t end at all.

I know his desire’s to lead me to lose faith,
To see my faith waiver, to see it crumble;
I know the devil wants me to despair,
To fall to pieces, to lose all hope and die.

But it won’t go the way the devil wants,
I see through his lies and half-truths,
I cling to the living Truth at all costs,
I won’t fall into despair, God help me.

I seek the light in this thick darkness,
I hear Your truth drown out the lies,
My heart looks to You now, Lord,
I won’t drown in despair, God help me.

I won’t be left in this darkness to perish,
You’ll hear the cries of my soul and answer,
You’ll shine Your great light, dissipate the darkness
And pull me out from this place I’ve been trapped in.

No, I won’t be another victim,
You alone have saved me, Lord,
Your light replaces my darkness,
I’m walking in Your light again.

Stay by my side through everything,
I place my life in Your caring hands,
You’re my first love, my Judge and Savior,
You’re all I truly want and need, my God.

My Savior, my Shepherd, light of my life,
My love and hope, my strength and song,
My Redeemer, my Rescuer, the only true God,
I will live and love You, You’ll lead me home.

“To the Unsaved, Lost, Condemned”

2/27/17
Written by: Victor P.

“To the Unsaved, Lost, Condemned”

Cracks in your outer structure
Reveal your inner state of disrepair.

The evidence shows a slave to sin,
The windows reveal death within:
A dead spirit,
A heart of stone,
A soul unsaved,
One at war with God.

Mere existence is not enough,
You are called to true life.

Gripping tight your weapons still
In a futile struggle against God.
Running, hiding, falling further down,
Your existence for self breeds misery.

Beating the air with your fists,
Trying to carry the weight of your sins,
Too proud to come to Christ now
Or too afraid of what it will cost.

This is the only life you live here,
There’s no coming back to do it all over,
All your sins can be forgiven now
If by faith you receive Christ as Lord and Savior.

You’ve wasted too much time already,
You’ve felt the emptiness within for so long.
It’s about time you accept the Truth solution –
Jesus Christ is the only way to the true God.

Repent of all your sins,
Place your faith in Christ alone,
You’ll be given a new heart,
Your spirit will come to life,
Your soul will be saved,
You will be made whole.

Come, take hold of the promise
Of freedom found only in Christ;
Take hold of a hope true and lasting,
The blessed assurance of the Lord.

See what you’ve ignored, missed for so long,
Open your eyes to see, open your ears to hear
And open your heart to receive the Truth:
It’s not about what you can do for God,
It’s about what Christ has done already.

Despite all that you’ve done wrong
And all your deepest, darkest deeds,
Despite all of the sins you’ve committed
He loved you first, He loves you even now.

If you will hear His voice now,
If you will heed His call now,
You will never regret it, friend,
God is the supreme joy of all!

He can forgive you, this believe,
Your sins aren’t too terrible to be forgiven,
By His grace through faith in Christ you can be saved,
Come as you are now, trust in the truth of His promise.

“Humanity’s Disease and God’s Cure” Note by me.

“Humanity’s Disease and God’s Cure” Note by me.

Humanity’s millenia of killings and murders are symptoms of a sickness that afflicts us all – sin.
Religious or not, afflicted by sin they’ll be and the further from God they are, the more selfish and less restrained they’ll be in their thinking and behavior, and when self is god then misery is left in the wake of all these little phony gods who are not gods at all but are slaves to sin, diseased lost souls who need the remedy, the cure for their terrible illness, and the remedy, the cure, the only solution is Jesus Christ.

The longer people live in denial of this truth and reject this sole solution, the more miserable they’ll be and their attempts at utopia will be pathetic failures, a hell on earth instead of the paradise they thought they could have without God.

That’s reality. No God means no peace; no Christ means no salvation. Pretending sin’s not our worst disease will not make it go away, it’ll just worsen its effects on us, if not in the short run then surely in the long run. Embracing God’s solution, accepting and applying His cure of salvation through faith in Christ is the beginning of spiritual life, true life, the beginning of a better reality and a wonderful destiny that God Himself promises and assures us will be ours in Christ.

That we are all ill with sin, that we don’t have the cure, that we can’t save ourselves, that we can’t enter God’s presence by own efforts, that’s reality, that’s the point of God Incarnate coming into the world, to do what we can never do, to accomplish what we can’t, for Him to be just and yet be able to justify the sinners, that’s the good news, the Gospel.

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, not because we’re decent people who’ve made mistakes but because we’re sinners deserving death, the wages of our sins, we’re deserving of God’s wrath but by His grace and in His love He made a way of release, escape from wrath, a way to be reconciled to God the Father, a way to be made spiritually alive and accepted in Christ, on Christ’s merit, on His righteousness, not anything good in us but all the good that’s in Him.
We’d be the worst fools to reject God’s offer of salvation and new life in Christ.

“Sweet Silence”

3/21/17
Written by: Victor P.

“Sweet Silence”

How sweet is silence
After a time of noise.
How comforting is solitude
After a time of commotion.

This sweet silence
Is the closest thing
To rest I know now,
Being in the noise so long.

Been too long there,
In the midst of noise,
Surrounded by strife,
It’s been such a burden.

How sweet is the sound of truth
After hearing lies for so long.
How wonderful is rest
After long restlessness.

In the darkness of the night
Surrounded by the quiet,
The blackness encompassing
Gives time to think clearly.

The night welcomes sleep,
Into all the dreams deep,
Then into tomorrow’s sunlight,
Then into the new day’s morning.

Sweet silence is a valuable thing
For it doesn’t come often enough.
Solitude must be sought daily
For praying without distractions.

Silence is sweet when it comes
Like a good word in a hard time.
Uninterrupted solitude is good
For pondering, for rest, for renewal.