“We All Need A Purpose” note by me.

“We All Need A Purpose” note by me.

–Note: This was originally posted as a comment on a social media site but I’m sharing it here for the benefit of all who read it and for God’s glory.–

The need to find purpose is placed in every person by God so we would not be content with mere existence but strive to find purpose for which we were created.
We’re made in the image of God and it should be obvious that God is not one merely existing eternally but does as He pleases and follows His purpose and we being His creation must find our purpose and thus reflect part of what He does, in the world.
Living and dying with a purpose separates us from mere animals/beasts and from those who are just existing without real purpose, just wasting the days God gave,
waiting for nothing in particular, existing for the sake of existing and perhaps hoping things will change and purpose will come to them by luck or whatever, but that’s not how it works.
Sitting around waiting for purpose to pop into your mind won’t get you closer to having a purpose. It requires asking, searching, knocking; effort and diligence, resolve and determination. Sloth and indifference don’t produce diligence and purpose.
In God each can find their purpose, to live and not just exist; to live for God and others and not for selfish pleasures and gain; to make a positive impact in the world; to leave behind a legacy and not be forgotten as another merely-existing human.
If we don’t believe God can give us purpose; if we don’t believe He can reveal it to us or already has revealed it, then we simply won’t find it or discover it because we refuse to look for it at the source so our efforts will prove futile.
If you think you can find your purpose without God, apart from God, you’ll be very disappointed soon enough to discover that you can’t and won’t because all things
of importance, of substance, of worth and use, all such things come from God Almighty, not from the Devil or the world (world system) or any of the religions out
there.
We all need a purpose and God is willing to reveal it. All who are tired of merely existing can come to Him and receive purpose, the fire of life that burns within, the point of living that doesn’t disappoint, a hope that doesn’t burn up and out, a light that shines in the darkest nights of our lives, a reason for our living that is based on what God has said and revealed in His Word.
We can all find purpose, we all need to find purpose; we’re not here to exist, we’re here to live, to be, to do, to love, to help, to obey the will of God and grow daily
into Christ-likeness, daily renewing our minds by the Word of God, becoming more and more like the person God created us to be and wants us each to be.

“What Can Become an Idol” Note by me.

“What Can Become an Idol” Note by me.

–Originally posted as a comment on a social media site but shared here for the good of people and the glory of God.–

Pretty much anyone or anything can become an idol.
Anything that is made a higher priority than God is an idol. Anything we give more time to than God is an idol. Anything we love more than God is an idol.
Anything we devote our best strength and efforts to is an idol. Adding ‘anyone’ to mentioned ‘anything’ makes the list of possible idols much longer. Idolatry not
dealt with correctly and quickly can soon become the ruination of the idolater. If we don’t expose in ourselves all those things which are becoming idols, we do it to
our own ill.
We must let God’s penetrating light expose all the evil and idolatrous things in the darkest corners of our heart, mind, and soul, and ask Him to purge it out, remove it, cleanse us by Christ’s Blood and be made clean, renewed by the only One who can save us from idols, false gods, our sins, and ourselves, that is, God alone can do
that.
This goes for every Christian, young and old, for all who are still in the flesh will face temptations and trials and must fight the enemy’s lies and deceptions.
Until we die we all must fight all that is not of God, all that is sinful, wrong, deceptive, all that an become a trap, a snare, an idol, a time-wasting activity, and a multitude of other things. We’re soldiers of Christ, after all, not trophies in a display case or children on a playground; we’re the redeemed of the Lord on the
battleground until life here ends; until then we must not take off the armor of God or lay down our weapons of our spiritual warfare.

“When God Stirs Our Hearts” Note by me.

“When God Stirs Our Hearts” Note by me.
Sometimes God will stir our hearts to do something for another person, probably some small thing, not some grand act of generosity or charity but maybe just a simple act of kindness.
Then the enemy will whisper his own ideas in an attempt to get us to not do what God stirs our hearts to do.
The devil doesn’t want us obeying God’s will or doing good things for others; he wants us to do things for ourselves only, to limit our positive effect and a good impact on others’ lives.
Satan wants us to turn our focus from Jesus to ourselves, in subtle ways he sometimes gets us to do that and what happens is that our life will lose balance.
A life which isn’t based on a saving relationship with God will inevitably become bleak, empty, miserable.
This relationship is one where the person desires to do the will of God out love, not out of an irrational fear or fear of Hell and judgment.
The saved soul no longer fears Hell and judgment for God has saved them from that, nor do they obey out of fear of losing salvation or feelings of guilt if they don’t do what they should.
The actions of the saved done for God are done out of love, gratitude and honor.
The actions of the saved for people, for others, are also to be done out of love, in obedience to the commands of Christ and the desire to see the good of others, to see others benefit by what one says and does.
While it is easier to not do something for another sometimes, be it some small thing or not, we should resist the urge to forgo doing good for another for that is what God wants us to do, to do to others as we would have it done unto us.
It’s easy to come up with excuses but it’s better not to make them or use them.
In all things we do we should have the mind of Christ, doing what He would do, saying what He would, not letting laziness have its place, not letting our minds become factories of excuses.
We’re not called to run from responsibility, we should embrace it.
We should be accountable people though that doesn’t come naturally and must be learned and practiced before it becomes part of who we are.
When God stirs our hearts to action through His Word, we’d be wise to obey when He speaks lest we procrastinate and put it off until we miss and waste an opportunity to do what God wanted us to do.
When God tells us to do something for someone, even a complete stranger, we should heed His call and do a big or small thing for another.
We may not think it makes a difference when we do it but it may mean a great deal to that person.
We don’t know at the moment how our acts of kindness, charity or generosity will affect a person but God knows and that’s what matters; He knows how it will impact the person, He knows the ends, results, outcomes of all our actions.
Do good when you know you should; do good when God stirs your heart; do good when God speaks through His Word; do good and you won’t regret it.

“People Who Exalt Sin” Note by me.

“People Who Exalt Sin” Note by me.

–This was originally posted as a comment on a social media site but I thought I’d share it here, too, and hope it will benefit those who read it. Glory to God Alone.–

People who exalt that sin, who sanitize it, exalt it and exult n it, either do so out of ignorance, spite, intentional rebellion against God’s laws and anything said by Christians to be wrong or sin. They clearly reject God’s Word as having any authority in their lives or are extremely selective when it comes to what sins they may consider calling sins and avoiding. Acts that God calls abominable, they call acceptable and normal. What God says will result in judgment and punishment, they consider tolerated, supported and sanctified by the god they’ve made up in their minds, a sort of all-tolerating deity, which doesn’t exist except in their minds, another false god, another idol that people follow. There’s mercy and forgiveness, but there’s also justice and judgment. Spitting at God’s moral laws and deliberately doing what he forbids will not result in blessings, joy or long life. Those who sow to the flesh will reap corruption, misery destruction, and excuses won’t do any good when they reap what they sow. Don’t blame God for what happens if you intentionally disobey His Word and reject His mercy and reject all calls to repentance.

“Against Universalism” Note by me.

“Against Universalism” Note by me.
Universalism contradicts, twists, distorts, misinterprets, misrepresents, and redefines what the Bible teaches.
It teaches lies about the fate of all people, destiny, life after death, contradicting the Word of God and logic.
Universalism is a lie, a heresy, error, false, something that only harms those who believe it’s true.
People who believe it may have good intentions for telling others about it but you know what they say: the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Universalism is just another wide gate, another broad way that leads to destruction, a saccharine substitute for truth, poison disguised as sweet-tasting nectar.
It may be a popular thing to believe, according to some; it may seem like it’s good to believe it over what the Bible clearly says; it may have a nice ring to it; it may be
an appealing notion, a nice sentiment, but that’s all it can be; it’s not the truth and it’s not what people need.
Don’t fall for the subtle lies; don’t mess with this poison; don’t try to taste it hoping it won’t harm you because it will.
Oppose universalism; fight against it; tolerating it is a waste of time and does no one good, it only allows the lies to spread and grow like a weed, like cancer.
If we don’t reject universalism, then do we really believe or care about what God’s Word actually says?
The time for silence is long over; if we are not against universalism, then we’re for it; there’s no neutrality on this matter, no fence to sit on, no opting out of having an opinion or stand on the matter.
It’s a simple matter of choosing the truth or the lie; the truth of God or the lie of Satan; so, decide and live according to what you’ve decided to believe.
………..
Glory to God Alone.

“On Music and Truth.” by me.

“On Music and Truth” by me.
Written 2/24/16.

A Suggestion
If you are looking for some music that is lyrically good, with content, with substance, theologically sound, I have a suggestion. It’s a band called Minor, and they released an album this year; the songs can be heard online, fastest way to find them is to go to YouTube, or follow the link I provide here. Give the songs a listen, I hope you shall find something to like, to be inspired by, provoked to thought, to ponder the great theme of salvation through faith in Christ by the grace of God.
While I would personally prefer more vocal variation in an album, it does not make the songs or album worse in any way, for the main thing is the lyrical content, the truth that’s present, the message that is shared with all who will hear the songs or read the lyrics online. At the end of the post is a link to the band’s songs.
Songs With Words(Lyrics)
Speaking of the importance of the lyrical content in any song I do not want anyone reading this to get the idea that I am against instrumental music, songs without words; no, I am not against them, and I’m not saying that since I consider lyrical content/ substance of a song to be the most important part of a song, that means I consider songs without words to be of little or no value to people;
no, I don’t want people to get that idea, what I am saying is that in songs with words/lyrics the part that should be given primary place/focus is words/lyrics, for no matter how good it sounds musically if it’s deficient in lyrical quality or content it is deficient in the most important part, and whatever enjoyment listeners may get from it they’ll not get the benefit of hearing quality lyrics, by which I mean lyrics full of truth; lyrics that conform to theological and biblical standards, virtues, values, etc.; lyrics that aren’t about just making someone feel good about themselves but lyrics that call for action to be taken by the listener; lyrics that provoke the listener to move, to change, instead of remaining complacent or being content with the way things are in one’s life be they so bad or spiritually unhealthy or so-so; lyrics that shift one’s focus from the temporary and fleeting to the eternal and everlasting; lyrics that point one to love, to truth, to Christ, to God.

Instrumental music (songs without words)
In this post I was speaking of songs with words, therefore no implication was made about the worth or usefulness or lack thereof of instrumental music. What I will say about songs without words is that it must not be music for music’s sake; music just for the sake of music being made as an addition to the music that already exists; it shouldn’t be music for filling the void in any given environment, meaning music made to chase away the silence, music to distract one from ponder important questions of life and death; it shouldn’t be noise to drown out the silence in any given place; it also shouldn’t be music made for the promotion of self in the eyes of others, seeking praise or approval of others through the making of music; it shouldn’t made for one’s own glory or for the inflating of their ego, or for the occasion to belittle others or insult their music-making abilities.
Instrumental music should be made most importantly for the glory of God, even though it contains no words, in still has the potential to affect people in positive ways if it is done right, if it’s made for the right reasons, if it’s made for the glory of God first and the benefit of others second. While some may underestimate the power of instrumental music, we must not, for it can be a potent, powerful tool in the hands of a devoted and God-fearing individual, and it can bring benefits that another would not be able to for the other may be making the music for reasons I mentioned above, essentially misusing the tool that is music for their own ends and glory.
Instrumental music can be used to help those who’ve much to think about, inspire them, lead them to ponder important things, help them study, help to to appreciate music as a gift God has given mankind, lead them to praise God, inspire them to also make music, and it can do other things. So, instrumental music is a powerful thing, a good thing in the right hands, a gift to share, it is not worse than music with lyrics but it cannot share the truth like music with words can.

Conclusion
It could be said that that’s what’s lacking in the modern music world, even Christian music world, a lack of more truth-packed, biblically correct, theologically sound songs. This can be changed if more people realized how potent music can be, how useful it can be as a tool to spread the truth and share the undiluted Gospel with the world in need of the truth, in need of Christ the Savior, in need of God.
Let us venture to speak the truth to all through whatever media we have at our disposal, whatever is our area of expertise, whatever talent(s) that we have, doing it for the benefit of others but primarily to the glory of God.

I am well aware that someone or other may disagree with something or everything I have written here; that will not make me think I should remove the note or that I should change my mind as soon as someone tells me something that differs from what I have written. If you will consider all I have written to be merely my opinions, so be it; if there are only some or a few things you agree with, great; if you disagree with all I wrote because of what you believe, so be it. I do not and cannot expect all who read this to agree with everything I wrote. If you are offended by something I have written in here, say it. I won’t change what I think just because someone disagrees with it or because it offends someone somehow; my beliefs don’t need to conform to other people’s but rather to the Word of God; I must disagree with others when what they say is not what the Bible says; I must conform to God’s ways and words, not to others’ or even my own if they aren’t what they’re supposed to be. I’m not perfect and neither are you, reader, we all think differently, we can’t all be right, but if we don’t agree with God’s Word then we’re all wrong. I have much to learn, as do you, so let us learn together as we live and live as we ought to, not conforming to the standards of the world but to the standards of God for therein lies our good and light for the path we walk in life.

This post was not to promote some band over another but to simply show that there are great songs one can listen to which have lyrical substance, presenting biblical truth accompanied by vocals and music. It is but one band that chooses to share the truth through the medium of song; there are plenty others out there, one just has to look to find.
A simple google search result for the band’s album, then follow the youtube link to listen to the songs:
https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=minor+sovereign+God&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#q=minor+sovereign+God&tbm=vid

“Man can’t judge God” note by me.

“Man can’t judge God” note by me.

–Note: Originally posted as a comment on someone’s post on a social media site. I think it’s worth sharing here, too. —

While man’s alive he thinks he has God in the dock and he’s feeling good about himself, he’s “a good person,” after all, so he thinks he has the right to question and judge God permitting this or that thing he believes shouldn’t be permitted by God, or at least the kind of god he’d feel comfortable believing in, which is not
coincidentally, very much like the man himself in so many ways, so it’s obvious why the man’d prefer to follow such a god, for it’s a god of his own making, one
that conforms to the man’s preferences, exists for the benefit of man, seeks the approval of man lest man become angry with that god and stop following him,
which’d be the end of that god, so that god’s always looking for ways to bless the man and keep him mellow and satisfied lest the man’s anger be kindled and the
flame of man’s wrath burns the god to ash.
Of course, the reality is that there’s no such god in existence; such a push-around god is a counterfeit, a fake, a thing unworthy, a thing imagined in the factory of
idolatry, the man’s mind, and though the may be ever so sincere that that’s the god he believes exists, such a god exists nowhere outside the man’s imagination, it’s just another counterfeit the devil sold to the man who doesn’t want to believe in an All-powerful, most holy God, the One who will judge the world in
righteousness. God’s not a grandpa god who seeks to keep all the people happy by permitting them to do whatever they wish and he’ll forgive them because “no
one’s perfect, everyone makes mistakes.”
Such a sin-tolerating, over-permissive god’s not one people should embrace, much less worship, the very idea of such a god should be spewed from our minds and
replaced by the truth of the true God as He revealed Himself in His Word, not as some man or woman conceived in their imagination.
If we feel qualified to judge God now because we disagree with Him doing this or that or not doing this or that, for permitting certain things, for not giving us such
or such, I guarantee that not one of us will do so when we die and stand before Him, the real Him, and not any conception of Him that the devil has sold billions of
people and they gladly embrace.