Sunday Praise (4) 9/30/18

Sunday Praise (4) 9/30/18. by me.

Fill my heart with praise,
Lord, open my mouth
And fill it with thanksgiving,
Fill me with gratefulness.

Open my eyes to better see
The beauty that’s around me,
What I miss in the daily rushing,
What merits wonder and awe.

I haven’t lived a single day
The same way as another,
Every day’s different in some way,
There’s something new in every day.

For the singing of birds,
The warmth of the sun,
The beauty of Your nature,
For it all I praise You, God.

God, You give rest to my mind
When many worries flood it.
You are my peace at all times,
You are the one I need the most.

You sustain me every moment,
You provide me with what I need,
You show me what I need to see,
You’re my strength when I’m weak.

I’m growing and realizing
I’m wholly dependent on You.
You pick me up when I fall,
You forgive me when I sin.

May praise ever flow
From my lips to You,
And may heart hope
In You alone, O Lord.

Something wonderful happens
When I open my heart and mouth
And praise You, glorify You,
I do what I was created to do.

Father, in the battles I fight every day
I know You’re with me every moment,
You’re my song, my hope and victory,
You’re the one I can trust completely.

God, there’s a longing in my soul
To praise You more than I have before,
To give You the best that I can,
To give You the glory You deserve.

Lord, none are worthy like You
To be praised forever and ever,
You are holy, righteous, loving,
Merciful, just and kind, almighty.

Father, until the day that I die
I’ll praise You more and more,
For You alone are the true living God,
I’ll praise and worship You forevermore.

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“Lest We Regret It Later”

4/11/18. 5/20/18.
Written by: Victor P.

“Lest We Regret It Later”

If it’s just for one night
Then I don’t want this.

Won’t throw away what I can’t get back,
It’s not worth the consequences.

‘Shows me it’s not worth the price we’d have to pay,
Show me there’s another, better way.’

Even if it’s what we want,
This just isn’t what need.

Innocence is too high a price
To pay for feeding infatuation.

Better to fight temptation now
Than to regret choices later.

It isn’t easy to resist such things
And without God it’s no use trying.

Against fools’ ways we must now stand,
Better to refuse sin, reject compromise.

‘What about these feelings growing strong?
Why not just seize this moment now?’

Lest we regret it later
We must do what’s right now.

Won’t throw caution to the wind,
Won’t be guilty of that common sin.

‘Isn’t the heart stronger than the brain?
Doesn’t the mind often get in the way of love?’

Put to the test with eyes fixed on Christ
Resist sin and temptation in this sick age.

Preventative measures taken now, count the cost,
To avoid future heartache, regret, and loss.

“Tell Me Something”

4/12/18.
Written by: Victor P.

“Tell Me Something”

Tell me what you know,
Tell me what you believe,
Tell me why it matters to you,
Tell me what it means.

Tell me what you’re thinking,
Tell me how you’re feeling,
And tell me, tell me of your hope
For today and every day after.

Is this all that we can have here?
Is this all that we’ll know here?
Is there nothing after everything here?
How can we know what we’ve never seen?

Tell me, why are you still hoping
To see better, brighter days ahead?
See it’s cloudy, confusion surrounds,
Can’t see the horizon ’cause of the dark.

Are these just trivial considerations?
Have we stopped living with absolutes?
Oh, if it’s all we have, then it’s not enough.
If it’s all we know, then we don’t know enough.

Can’t see the sun in the middle of night
But we still believe we’ll see it again.
Can’t hold on to what’s slipping through our fingers
But we still believe there’ll be more than all we’ve lost.

“See Heartless Progress”

4/4/17.
Written by: Victor P.

“See Heartless Progress”

The world sings its song:
To Hell with the children,
Protect all other living things,
Sacrifice all for our progress.

The future belongs to us,
We are the masters of our fate,
We are the engineers of our destiny,
We are the only gods of our lives.

Let peoples’ blood be shed,
Let it flow and cover the earth
As long as we get what we want.
So what if there’s blood on our hands?

Expediency is our method,
The ends justify the means.
Our goal will be achieved –
A Godless Paradise on Earth!

The gears of the progress machine
Are oiled with the blood of innocents.
Crimson streams flow everywhere,
The horizon is painted bloody red.

Heartless naturalistic pragmatism,
Foolish mechanistic functioning,
Cancerous conscienceless plans,
In a hurry on the highway to Hell.

They’re breathing murder
And spreading hatred,
They now sow to the wind and flesh,
They’ll reap the whirlwind and destruction.

They want a Godless utopia here
But they’ll only get Hell on Earth.
The greedy and ungodly fools
Will meet their sad end one day.

“More Than This”

4/12/18. 4/25/18.
Written by: Victor P.

“More Than This”

Is this what it all amounts to –
Another day much like the last?
Nothing seems to be changing.
This isn’t what I want or need.

If this is a preview of the afterlife
Then I’m not in a hurry to die.
Confused in the moment
But I just want to own it.

God, I want more than to just feel alive
Once in a while for a moment in time.
I wasn’t put here just to live and die, was I?
If this is all there is, then it’s not much at all.

There’s gotta more to this life
Than feeling lost and empty inside
When you have nowhere to go
And no one has the time for you.

I don’t wanna feel numb again,
Don’t wanna go back to the past
And relive the memories I’d rather forget.
God, let me see what You want me to see.

Remind me I’m alive in Christ,
Restore the joy of Your salvation,
Renew my soul, You make me whole,
Nothing will separate me from Your love.

I know You’ve given me all I have
And sometimes I take it for granted.
Remind me of all Your blessings
And help me to count them all.

All of these clouds around me
Are floating away, You move them,
You’re showing me You’re all I need,
You’re my all in all, my everything!

“God’s Truth Against Human Foolishness” Note by me.

Since it’s April Fools’ Day.

“God’s Truth Against Human Foolishness” Note by me.

It is the height of foolishness to reject God, to reject His call to repentance, to reject His way of salvation by His grace through faith in Christ.
Those who live like God’s dead are the ones blind to a fact undeniable and quite consequential, affecting their eternal destiny.
Those who pretend God doesn’t even exist are in for a real shock when they die, they’ll be judged by the God they didn’t want to believe in, the perfect and holy living and true God.
It’ll be too late to repent on judgment day: they had a whole life to believe and come to repentance and surrender to God against whom all sin and rebel from their first days.
A fool scoffs at God’s truth now but will regret it later. The rebellious fools fight against God hoping to maintain autonomy, as if the mortal can prevail against the immortal, as if the creature can overcome the Creator.
God calls all to repentance, to true life, to love and obey Him, to live as He intended us to live, to come to salvation through Christ.
It’s a terrible waste of a life to live without God, to pretend He’s dead, to mock all that has to do with God, to persist in sinful rebellion against the living and true God. The only end of such a foolish life is to be judged by a holy God and be condemned justly to Hell for eternity.
People can only go to Heaven or Hell when they die: there’s no nirvana, there’s no purgatory, there’s no void, there’s no annihilation, no other places or states of being.
God has told us the truth and if we don’t obey it and believe it, we only fool ourselves and gain nothing.
God wants what’s best for us, for our souls, and He has already done and provided everything we need to believe and be saved, to know and love Him.
If we reject all God has said and done and keep living like we can save ourselves, then we’re condemning ourselves because we’re not trusting in Christ’s death to be enough to save us or reconcile us to God whose enemy we’ve been since we were born. Thus, we’d refuse eternal life with God and accept an eternal existence in Hell.
Such foolishness doesn’t have to be our course, our end, our destiny. God offers us His way, His love and salvation, eternal life, Himself, if we will trust and obey, take Him at His word, believe on and in Christ as Lord and Savior, as the Lamb if God who takes away sins, as the Way and the Truth and the Life, the only way to God, the only way we can be saved.
So then, we can trust in the Lord and believe in His Word, believe and accept His Gospel as truth and come to Christ to be washed clean by His Blood, forgiven, saved, made new, receive eternal life; or continue living like God’s dead or irrelevant or doesn’t exist, or some other lie Satan has told people over the many years.
We’re all accountable to God now for how we live and think and act and love; there’s no one who’s excused from this duty, this responsibility. Pretending God doesn’t exist doesn’t change at all the reality that He does exist and He will judge all as He said He will. One life to live here is too short to waste believing the lie that there’s no God.
Don’t waste it all on a fool’s hope of nothing after death because God said only Heaven or Hell await us when we die. It’s terribly foolish to choose to be wrong for eternity, to choose to believe a lie when the truth was spoken to you often enough.
You’ll have only yourself to blame if you die today and be sent to Hell.
If you reject God’s Gospel now, you’ve chosen eternal Hell, you’ve chosen the losing side, you’ve chosen the fool’s side. When you die, you can’t say you weren’t told of the deserved horrors of Hell awaiting all the faithless, Godless, foolish, who reject God and His way and truth, you had a lifetime to read His Word, the Bible, and believe His truth.

Today, your eternal destiny can change for the best.
Today you can come to God through Christ the Savior, be saved, forgiven, redeemed, renewed, remade, given what you need most.
Today is the day of salvation; tomorrow you might die. Are you saved?
Today God calls you to repentance, to surrender, to new life in Christ; tomorrow you may already be standing condemned at God’s throne if you’re not saved.
Today is what you’re given and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed so choose to believe or reject God, there’s no neutral position, no third option.
Christ can save you now, believe it, come and take God at His word; don’t throw away everything for lies and hopeless world’s offers. Only Christ can save you, what are you waiting for? Come and believe, trust and obey, be forgiven, remade, made a child of God in Christ, be given eternal life. Come now, tomorrow you may already be dead; where do you want to be for eternity?
Count the cost of believing God’s Gospel, see that the eternal gain is ever greater than any earthly loss or pain. To gain Christ is the greatest gain of all.
This isn’t fiction, this isn’t nonsense, these are words of truth taken from God’s Word of life.
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Psalm 14:1b “… The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”
Psalm 53:1 “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”

Romans 1:20-25
“20) For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22)  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24) Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”